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Week 19 Players in the News


The Latest News

Quarterback

*** Friday Update *** QB Carson Palmer (CIN) Although his patient suffered what he called “severe ligament damage,” Carson Palmer’s surgeon is optimistic that the Bengals quarterback can return in time for the start of the regular season. Dr. Lonnie Paulos also said Thursday that much hinges on the next few months of rehab and how it heals “things that are really out of my control and Carson’s control. We need to give it a few months. But he’s got an excellent chance to be back playing as well as he did before.” Paulos says the normal timeframe for recovery for reconstructive knee surgery is nine to 12 months, but he thinks Palmer will be back “long before that,” even though he called it an atypical tear of the anterior cruciate ligament. “The kneecap slipped off to the side and caused some damage,” Paulos said. “It’s not the usual ACL tear, but we don’t believe this is going to be a career-ending injury. Really, it comes down to rehab and determination, and knowing Carson, he’s going to do what he has to do.” Palmer left for home Thursday to begin rehab in California after Paulos operated Tuesday in Houston.

*** Friday Update *** QB Jim Sorgi (IND) practiced on Friday and will be available to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** QB Billy Volek (TEN) underwent knee surgery and will be ready for spring drills.

Running Back

*** Friday Update *** RB DeShaun Foster (CAR) practiced on Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday with a case of turf toe that has nagged him for the past three weeks. “He looked very good and it's just something he's dealt with the past month,” HC John Fox said. Also, Foster has says he would like to re-sign with the team. "I've been here for four years so I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be here," said Foster. The team also would like to keep him on the roster.

*** Friday Update *** RB Brad Hoover (CAR) did not practice on Thursday, but he did practice on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** RB Ahman Green (GB) was one of the players who attended HC Mike McCarthy's news conference and afterward he said he was hoping to return to the Packers even if it meant he had to sign a one-year deal. Green, an unrestricted free agent, is rehabilitating from a torn thigh muscle and has made considerable progress. But he won't be able to take part in any minicamps and probably won't be ready for practice until training camp.

*** Friday Update *** RB Priest Holmes (KC) Former HC Dick Vermeil says there's no better than a 50-50 chance that Chiefs Priest Holmes will play next season. The 32-year-old Holmes sat out the final nine games this season after suffering head and neck trauma.

*** Friday Update *** RB Corey Dillon (NE) partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** RB Heath Evans (NE) partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to be available to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** RB Patrick Pass (NE) partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** RB Jerome Bettis (PIT) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Wide Receiver

*** Friday Update *** WR Ricky Proehl (CAR) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Marvin Harrison (IND) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Brandon Stokley (IND) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Troy Walters (IND) was limited on Thursday and Friday and is questionable for this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Jerry Porter (OAK) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Darrell Jackson (SEA) practiced on Thursday. HC Mike Holmgren said on Thursday that Jackson will start in Saturday's playoff game against the Washington Redskins after missing the Seahawks regular season finale with a sore right knee.

*** Friday Update *** WR James Thrash (WAS) did not practice on Thursday and is at best questionable for this weekend.

Tight End

*** Friday Update *** TE Stephen Alexander (DEN) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** TE Jeb Putzier (DEN) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** TE Bryan Fletcher (IND) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** TE Ben Utecht (IND) did not practice on Thursday due to illness, but he did practice on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** TE Christian Fauria (NE) partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** TE Daniel Graham (NE) partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to play this weekend.

Kicker

Offensive Line

*** Friday Update *** OL Carolina Panthers (CAR) T Tutan Reyes practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** OL Chicago Bears (CHI) G Lennie Friedman did not practice on Thursday or Friday and is not expected to play this weekend.

G Terrence Metcalf did not practice on Thursday or Friday and will not play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** OL Indianapolis Colts (IND) T Ryan Diem practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** OL New England Patriots (NE) C Russ Hochstein partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to play this weekend.

T Nick Kaczur partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to play this weekend.

C Gene Mruczkowski partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** OL Seattle Seahawks (SEA) T Wayne Hunter did not practice on Thursday and is not expected to play this weekend.

T Sean Locklear practiced some on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** OL Washington Redskins (WAS) T Chris Samuels practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

Defensive Line

*** Friday Update *** DL Kindal Moorehead (CAR) did not practice on Thursday due to illness, but he did practice on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DL Courtney Brown (DEN) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DL Dwight Freeney (IND) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DL Robert Mathis (IND) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DL Montae Reagor (IND) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DL Corey Simon (IND) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DL Josh Thomas (IND) did not practice on Thursday, but he did practice on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DL Jarvis Green (NE) partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DL Travis Kirschke (PIT) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DL Kimo von Oelhoffen (PIT) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DL Alain Kashama (SEA) did not practice on Thursday and is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DL Joe Tafoya (SEA) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DL Albert Haynesworth (TEN) underwent knee surgery and will be ready for spring drills.

*** Friday Update *** DL Cornelius Griffin (WAS) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

Linebacker

*** Friday Update *** LB Brandon Short (CAR) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** LB Keith Burns (DEN) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** LB Al Wilson (DEN) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** LB Cato June (IND) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** LB Zach Thomas (MIA) underwent shoulder surgery and will be ready for minicamps in May.

*** Friday Update *** LB Matt Chatham (NE) partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** LB Clark Haggans (PIT) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** LB James Harrison (PIT) did not practice on Thursday or Friday and is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** LB D.D. Lewis (SEA) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

Defensive Back

*** Friday Update *** DB Jerry Azumah (CHI) did not practice on Friday but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DB Darrent Williams (DEN) practiced on Thursday. He estimates his health at 67% and is expected to play as the team’s nickel back this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DB Jason David (IND) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DB Kelvin Hayden (IND) did not practice on Thursday or Friday and is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DB Marlin Jackson (IND) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DB Dexter Reid (IND) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DB Bob Sanders (IND) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DB Artrell Hawkins (NE) partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DB Marcus Trufant (SEA) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DB Shawn Springs (WAS) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

General Team News

*** Friday Update *** TM Buffalo Bills (BUF) HC Mike Mularkey has resigned as coach of the Buffalo Bills. He cited family concerns as the reason for resigning.

*** Friday Update *** TM Chicago Bears (CHI) "We're going to run the football," HC Lovie Smith said. "They know it. We know it." Thomas Jones, Adrian Peterson and Cedric Benson all are healthy for only the second time in two months. "Thomas is our guy," Smith said. "We'll try to give him a blow with our other two guys. Our plan is to have three guys ready to go. We'll see how the game goes as far as how we play them."

*** Friday Update *** TM Green Bay Packers (GB) Former 49ers offensive coordinator has been named as the Packers new HC.

*** Friday Update *** TM Houston Texans (HOU) Denver offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is expected to be named HC of the Texans once the Broncos are eliminated from the playoffs.

*** Friday Update *** TM New Orleans Saints (NO) NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Thursday that he expects the New Orleans Saints to play all eight of their home games at the Superdome next season. The commissioner also said that Saints owner Tom Benson plans to remain in New Orleans beyond 2006. "Mr. Benson already has committed beyond 2006. He's made it clear this is not just for one season. It's a multiyear effort," Tagliabue said as Benson stood alongside him. "The commitment is unequivocal."

*** Friday Update *** TM San Diego Chargers (SD) The Chargers have officially taken quarterback Philip Rivers off of the market and are also making an effort to sign quarterback Drew Brees to a long-term contract. "There won't be any more talk about both of them being dangled," GM A.J. Smith said. "One is here. The other – we'll see how it goes with Drew's injury."


All the news

Quarterback

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Kurt Warner (ARI) will return as quarterback of the Cardinals in 2006 - likely getting a contract extension before becoming a free agent in March. That’s also the big reason McCown has considered himself all but gone now that his contract will expire. "I obviously want to play," McCown said the day after the season. "I know I can start in this league. I can be effective as a starter. If the opportunity won’t present itself here, that’s the fun part of free agency. You have an opportunity to do it somewhere else."

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Jon Kitna (CIN) said he doesn’t think his situation has changed because of QB Carson Palmer’s knee injury and he still plans to pursue a job in free agency. Unless the Bengals make it enticing enough to keep him off the market. “I wouldn’t mind staying here. I like it here,” Kitna said. “We’ll have to see. I’m confident God has a plan for me.”

*** Friday Update *** QB Carson Palmer (CIN) Although his patient suffered what he called “severe ligament damage,” Carson Palmer’s surgeon is optimistic that the Bengals quarterback can return in time for the start of the regular season. Dr. Lonnie Paulos also said Thursday that much hinges on the next few months of rehab and how it heals “things that are really out of my control and Carson’s control. We need to give it a few months. But he’s got an excellent chance to be back playing as well as he did before.” Paulos says the normal timeframe for recovery for reconstructive knee surgery is nine to 12 months, but he thinks Palmer will be back “long before that,” even though he called it an atypical tear of the anterior cruciate ligament. “The kneecap slipped off to the side and caused some damage,” Paulos said. “It’s not the usual ACL tear, but we don’t believe this is going to be a career-ending injury. Really, it comes down to rehab and determination, and knowing Carson, he’s going to do what he has to do.” Palmer left for home Thursday to begin rehab in California after Paulos operated Tuesday in Houston.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Carson Palmer (CIN) underwent surgery Tuesday on his torn ACL and MCL. According to Bill Palmer (Carson’s father), “It went very well,” and the damage was less than what was feared.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Charlie Frye (CLE) Browns GM Phil Savage said on Monday that quarterback Charlie Frye has "earned a strong look (to start) next year. I think he's capable of being an NFL starting quarterback. We saw some real positives in him over the last five weeks."

*** Friday Update *** QB Jim Sorgi (IND) practiced on Friday and will be available to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Gus Frerotte (MIA) is set to count $4.68 million against the cap in 2006. He says he is willing to renegotiate with the team, but they would have to be fair about it.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) practiced on Tuesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Ben Roethlisberger (PIT) practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Drew Brees (SD) expects to sign a long-term deal with the team this offseason. "They want to pursue me long-term," Brees said. "I know that's something that for the next few months everybody's going to be working on. As far as what's going on up to this point, it's not much, just the very beginning stages. I know they want me long-term and I want to be here long-term."

*** Friday Update *** QB Billy Volek (TEN) underwent knee surgery and will be ready for spring drills.

Running Back

*** Friday Update *** RB DeShaun Foster (CAR) practiced on Thursday and Friday after sitting out Wednesday with a case of turf toe that has nagged him for the past three weeks. “He looked very good and it's just something he's dealt with the past month,” HC John Fox said. Also, Foster has says he would like to re-sign with the team. "I've been here for four years so I don't see any reason why I shouldn't be here," said Foster. The team also would like to keep him on the roster.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB DeShaun Foster (CAR) did not practice on Wednesday. This has become normal for Foster, and he is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** RB Brad Hoover (CAR) did not practice on Thursday, but he did practice on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Brad Hoover (CAR) did not practice on Wednesday and is questionable for this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Bryan Johnson (CHI) did not practice on Wednesday and is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Reuben Droughns (CLE) Browns GM Phil Savage said Monday that one of his off-season goals is to sign Reuben Droughns to a new, long-term contract. Droughns' current contract goes through the 2006 season.

*** Friday Update *** RB Ahman Green (GB) was one of the players who attended HC Mike McCarthy's news conference and afterward he said he was hoping to return to the Packers even if it meant he had to sign a one-year deal. Green, an unrestricted free agent, is rehabilitating from a torn thigh muscle and has made considerable progress. But he won't be able to take part in any minicamps and probably won't be ready for practice until training camp.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Tony Hollings (HOU) appeared in court Tuesday to face a gun charge. He was arrested in Houston on Jan. 3 and charged with unlawfully carrying a gun with a suspended driver's license after being stopped for speeding. Hollings was released from jail after posting a $2,000 bond. He did not enter a plea at Tuesday's arraignment and Harris County Criminal Court Judge Analia Wilkerson set another court date for Jan. 26.

*** Friday Update *** RB Priest Holmes (KC) Former HC Dick Vermeil says there's no better than a 50-50 chance that Chiefs Priest Holmes will play next season. The 32-year-old Holmes sat out the final nine games this season after suffering head and neck trauma.

*** Friday Update *** RB Corey Dillon (NE) partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Corey Dillon (NE) practiced on Tuesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** RB Heath Evans (NE) partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to be available to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Heath Evans (NE) practiced on Tuesday and some on Wednesday but probably won’t be active this weekend since the team’s other RBs are healthy.

*** Friday Update *** RB Patrick Pass (NE) partially participated in Thursday’s practice but is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Patrick Pass (NE) practiced on Tuesday and some on Wednesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** RB Jerome Bettis (PIT) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Jerome Bettis (PIT) practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Shaun Alexander (SEA) will consider this season a failure if the Seahawks do not make it to the Super Bowl. “I’ve been saying this the whole year, this is going to be a great year, our backs are against the wall, and anything less than getting to the Super Bowl is really a failure, so this is a must-win for us,” Alexander said Monday.

Wide Receiver

*** Friday Update *** WR Ricky Proehl (CAR) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Ricky Proehl (CAR) did not practice on Wednesday due to illness. He is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Chris Henry (CIN) will not need surgery on his injured knee but faces a six to eight week rehab instead.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Braylon Edwards (CLE) Browns GM Phil Savage said on Monday that wide receiver Braylon Edwards, who recently underwent reconstructive knee surgery, may not be 100 percent until 2007. "I think it would be a false sense of security to think he can walk out there on Labor Day weekend and be the stallion athlete that he is," Savage said.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Keyshawn Johnson (DAL) underwent knee surgery for the second consecutive year and is expected to be ready for the team’s offseason conditioning program in March.

*** Friday Update *** WR Marvin Harrison (IND) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Marvin Harrison (IND) practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Brandon Stokley (IND) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Brandon Stokley (IND) practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Troy Walters (IND) was limited on Thursday and Friday and is questionable for this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Reggie Williams (JAX) Jacksonville Sheriff's officers say they found marijuana in the car of Jaguars Reggie Williams during a routine traffic stop. The officer reports finding "two marijuana joints" as well as a "small baggie" of marijuana in the vehicle. Williams was cited for running a red light and making a left turn from a center lane, as well as driving unknowingly with a suspended license. He was not cited for any drug-related offenses.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Chris Chambers (MIA) is opposed to adding Terrell Owens to the Dolphins roster. Chambers believes adding Owens would be a bad idea and hurt chemistry. "If you have another star receiver, it would cause more controversy," he said." WR Marty Booker is an excellent receiver". Miami is among several teams that intrigue Owens, who reportedly has drawn interest from the Jets and Tampa.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Bethel Johnson (NE) practiced on Tuesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Jerry Porter (OAK) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Lee Mays (PIT) has been signed by the team.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Quincy Morgan (PIT) has been placed on the injured reserve list with a broken right fibula.

*** Friday Update *** WR Darrell Jackson (SEA) practiced on Thursday. HC Mike Holmgren said on Thursday that Jackson will start in Saturday's playoff game against the Washington Redskins after missing the Seahawks regular season finale with a sore right knee.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Darrell Jackson (SEA) is working his way back into the Seattle offense. He was back at practice Tuesday and will play in Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game against the Redskins at Qwest Field. But how much he plays is still to be determined. When asked if Jackson will be limited this week, HC Mike Holmgren said, "He should not be." Holmgren said Jackson will be part of a Saturday receiver rotation that will again feature third WR Joe Jurevicius.

*** Friday Update *** WR James Thrash (WAS) did not practice on Thursday and is at best questionable for this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR James Thrash (WAS) did not practice on Wednesday and is questionable for this weekend.

Tight End

*** Friday Update *** TE Stephen Alexander (DEN) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Stephen Alexander (DEN) practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** TE Jeb Putzier (DEN) practiced on Thursday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Jeb Putzier (DEN) practiced on Tuesday and Wednesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** TE Bryan Fletcher (IND) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Bryan Fletcher (IND) practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update ***