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Week 20 Players in the News


The Latest News

Quarterback

*** Friday Update *** QB Daunte Culpepper (MIN) The agent for QB Daunte Culpepper said he is prepared to begin contract negotiations with the team to make his client one of the NFL's highest paid players. "I am ready to begin the scheduled restructuring of his long-term contract, as we discussed last summer with Mr. Wilf, so Daunte can assume the position on the NFL pay scale that he so deserves," Mason Ashe said Wednesday. Wilf, through a team spokesman, declined comment Wednesday evening. Note that after making those remarks Ashe said that Culpepper did not authorize him to comment on his contract negotiations. In related news, Wilf says he expects Culpepper and Johnson to begin training camp in competition for the starting job.

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

Running Back

*** Friday Update *** RB Brad Hoover (CAR) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** RB Shaun Alexander (SEA) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Wide Receiver

*** Friday Update *** WR Todd Devoe (DEN) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Bobby Engram (SEA) did not practice on Thursday. However, he did practice on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Darrell Jackson (SEA) did not practice on Thursday. However, he did practice on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Tight End

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

Kicker

Offensive Line

*** Friday Update *** OL Carolina Panthers (CAR) C Jeff Mitchell practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

G Tutan Reyes practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Defensive Line

*** Friday Update *** DL Jordan Carstens (CAR) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

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

*** Friday Update *** DL Julius Peppers (CAR) did not practice on Thursday. However, he did practice on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

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

*** Friday Update *** DL Robert Bernard (SEA) did not practice on Thursday. However, he did practice on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Linebacker

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

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

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

*** Friday Update *** LB Larry Foote (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 Joey Porter (PIT) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

Defensive Back

*** Friday Update *** DB Mike Minter (CAR) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DB Darrent Williams (DEN) practiced on Thursday. He rested on Friday but is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DB Greg Wesley (KC) was cited with attempt to inflict injury after allegedly threatening to punch a bouncer outside of a bar on early Thursday morning. Wesley posted $500 bond Thursday morning. A court date has been set for May 2.

*** Friday Update *** DB Chidi Iwuoma (PIT) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DB Deshea Townsend (PIT) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

General Team News

*** Friday Update *** TM Carolina Panthers (CAR) Several players have missed practice with illness the past few weeks. "Hey, it's that time of the year," HC Fox said. "It's late in the season; we've been going at it for a while. "We had guys sick last week too. It just comes with the territory." S Mike Minter said later, "I think about three or four or five guys had it. DT Mike Rucker started it. He's the germ."

*** Friday Update *** TM Detroit Lions (DET) Buccaneers defensive line coach Rod Marinelli has been named as the new HC of the Lions.

*** Friday Update *** TM Kansas City Chiefs (KC) HC Herman Edwards has informed Larry Johnson that he would be the featured back next year regardless of the availability of Priest Holmes. "He told me I would be the guy going into training camp and that I should start the season prepared to start," said Johnson. Regarding Holmes: "It was a good conversation," head coach Herman Edwards said of a meeting he had with Holmes. "Obviously, he's going to have to make a big decision. If I know Priest Holmes, I think he'll be back. He is going to be a big part of our offense. But at this point, I think it's Larry's turn to be the starter. It's his job to keep. And I think when you understand that, that's the mind-set he needs to have and it's something I think he's looking forward to doing."

*** Friday Update *** TM New York Jets (NYJ) Offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger has been retained by new HC Eric Mangini. However, Heimerdinger says he wants out.

*** Friday Update *** TM St. Louis Rams (STL) Dolphins offensive coordinator Scott Linehan has been named as the new HC of the Rams. He will call his own plays. "It's like giving up a dog or something," Linehan said. "I can't give that away."

*** Friday Update *** TM Washington Redskins (WAS) Chiefs offensive coordinator Al Saunders has moved to Washington and will be the offensive coordinator of the Redskins.


All the news

Quarterback

*** Friday Update *** QB Daunte Culpepper (MIN) The agent for QB Daunte Culpepper said he is prepared to begin contract negotiations with the team to make his client one of the NFL's highest paid players. "I am ready to begin the scheduled restructuring of his long-term contract, as we discussed last summer with Mr. Wilf, so Daunte can assume the position on the NFL pay scale that he so deserves," Mason Ashe said Wednesday. Wilf, through a team spokesman, declined comment Wednesday evening. Note that after making those remarks Ashe said that Culpepper did not authorize him to comment on his contract negotiations. In related news, Wilf says he expects Culpepper and Johnson to begin training camp in competition for the starting job.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Matt Cassel (NE) is expected to be the teamís backup QB in 2006.

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

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

Running Back

*** Wednesday Update *** RB DeShaun Foster (CAR) will miss the remainder of the playoffs after suffering a broken ankle last week against the Bears.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Nick Goings (CAR) will start for the team against the Seahawks in place of the injured DeShaun Foster. Remember last season he had three games down the stretch where he carried the ball 30+ times so he's proven in the past he can be a work horse. He also catches the ball well.

*** Friday Update *** RB Brad Hoover (CAR) practiced on Thursday and 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 Cedric Benson (CHI) is expected to have a bigger impact in the 2006 season. "It was a typical rookie season," said HC Lovie Smith. "The next year is normally a lot better and I see it that way for Cedric. He won't miss training camp this year and he'll be in the offseason program. He's a good football player. With an offseason program he should come back stronger and we'll get a chance to see the guy that we drafted in the first round hopefully early in the season."

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Corey Dillon (NE) is expected to return to the Patriots in 2006 as it would count more against the cap to cut him ($5.4 million) than it will to keep him ($4.3 million).

*** Friday Update *** RB Shaun Alexander (SEA) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Shaun Alexander (SEA) said Monday he felt fine and was not suffering from any post-concussion symptoms, such as headaches or blurred vision. Wednesday, the team announced that Alexander is 100% healthy. He practiced on Wednesday and will play this weekend.

Wide Receiver

*** Friday Update *** WR Todd Devoe (DEN) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Todd Devoe (DEN) practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Bobby Engram (SEA) did not practice on Thursday. However, he did practice on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Bobby Engram (SEA) did not practice on Wednesday but is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Darrell Jackson (SEA) did not practice on Thursday. However, he did practice on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Darrell Jackson (SEA) did not practice on Wednesday but is expected to play this weekend.

Tight End

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

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

Kicker

*** Wednesday Update *** PK Mike Vanderjagt (IND) is not expected to return to the Colts in 2006.

Offensive Line

*** Friday Update *** OL Carolina Panthers (CAR) C Jeff Mitchell practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

G Tutan Reyes practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Carolina Panthers (CAR) C Jeff Mitchell did not practice on Wednesday and is questionable for this weekend.

G Tutan Reyes did not practice on Wednesday and is questionable for this weekend.

Defensive Line

*** Friday Update *** DL Jordan Carstens (CAR) practiced on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** DL Jordan Carstens (CAR) did not practice on Wednesday due to illness, but he is expected to play this weekend.

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

*** Wednesday Update *** DL Kindal Moorehead (CAR) did not practice on Wednesday and is questionable for this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DL Julius Peppers (CAR) did not practice on Thursday. However, he did practice on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** DL Julius Peppers (CAR) did not practice on Wednesday and is questionable for this weekend. He says his shoulder is improving though and is feeling better.

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

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

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

*** Wednesday Update *** DL Travis Kirschke (PIT) did not practice on Wednesday but is expected to play this weekend.

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

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

*** Friday Update *** DL Robert Bernard (SEA) did not practice on Thursday. However, he did practice on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** DL Robert Bernard (SEA) did not practice on Wednesday but is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** DL Alain Kashama (SEA) has been placed on the injured reserve list and will miss the remainder of the playoffs.

Linebacker

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

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

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

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

*** Wednesday Update *** LB Willie McGinest (NE) is slated to count $8.3 million against the cap in 2006 and will likely need to renegotiate his contract in order to remain with the club.

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

*** Wednesday Update *** LB James Farrior (PIT) practiced on Wednesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** LB Larry Foote (PIT) practiced on Thursday and