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Broncos lose DE Ekuban to torn Achilles
August 18, 2007

IRVING, Texas (AP) -Denver starting defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban likely suffered a season-ending torn Achilles' tendon, and running back Travis Henry sprained his left knee in the Broncos' 31-20 preseason loss to Dallas on Saturday night.

Ekuban hurt his right Achilles' in the second quarter. He slammed his helmet to the turf and was in obvious pain. Across the field, his agony was felt by former college and Cowboys teammate Greg Ellis, who is slowly trying to come back from the same injury.

``It's a shame to lose Ebenezer for the year,'' coach Mike Shanahan said. ``He's been a real leader for us.''

Henry ran for 25 yards on 10 carries and lost a fumble on Denver's 7. He gained a yard on first-and-goal from the 3 on the play he was injured. Henry later walked to the locker room with an ice pack on his knee.

Shanahan said Henry's injury is to his MCL. It's a first-degree sprain, which is the lowest.

``We'll get an MRI to make sure,'' Shanahan said.

Backup running back Mike Bell strained his left hip and backup safety Curome Cox strained his right shoulder. Shanahan called those ``bumps and bruises.''

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Giants lose WR Jennings for season
August 19th, 2007

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - New York lost wide receiver Michael Jennings for the season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, as well as several others, suffered as the Giants squeaked by the Baltimore Ravens, 13-12, in preseason action on Sunday.

Jennings, who had three catches for 31 yards before the injury, was starting in place of Plaxico Burress who did not play in the game.

Rookie receiver Steve Smith caught the game's lone touchdown but left after suffering a concussion on the play for the Giants.

Two members of the Giants' starting defense left in the second quarter as safety Will Demps, who started all 16 games last season, dislocated an elbow and cornerback Sam Madison pulled a hamstring.

Also, Baltimore cornerback Samari Rolle and receiver Mark Clayton both suffered sprained ankles.

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Shockley out for season

Falcons third-string quarterback D.J. Shockley will miss the rest of the season after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament and injuring the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Friday's preseason game against Buffalo, a person close to Shockley with knowledge of the injury told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Surgery has not been scheduled because medical officials are waiting for the swelling in the joint to subside, the person said.

The Falcons said Sunday they would not address Shockley's medical situation until coach Bobby Petrino speaks to reporters after practice Monday. The Falcons initially said Shockley's injury was a sprain but they would have further details following an MRI exam, which was administered Saturday.

Team officials spent the weekend exploring options to replace Shockley, who was competing with Redman for the No. 2 job behind starter Joey Harrington. They Falcons have held trade talks with Philadelphia about veteran Kelly Holcomb but nothing had developed as of Sunday.

There is a chance the Falcons will wait until after the first wave of NFL player cut are made following their Aug. 27 preseason game to sign a quarterback, most likely a veteran. Their direction could largely be determined by how much faith Petrino has in Redman being Harrington's main backup.

For now, second-year player Casey Bramlett, who was signed last week, is the third quarterback.

Shockley suffered his injury while running with the ball on a fourth-quarter drive against the Bills. Shockley's left knee buckled as he made a cut and shortly before he was tackled.

The North Clayton High and University of Georgia product immediately grabbed his knee and writhed in pain as trainers rushed onto the field. Shockley, in his second season and an immensely popular player locally, eventually was carted into the locker room.

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Broncos deal Warren to Oakland
August 20th, 2007

Englewood, CO (Sports Network) - The Denver Broncos have traded defensive tackle Gerard Warren to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for an undisclosed pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

Warren spent the past two years with the Broncos after playing his first four NFL seasons with the Cleveland Browns, who made the former University of Florida standout the third overall pick of the 2001 draft.

In his two years with Denver, Warren posted 36 tackles and 5 1/2 sacks while starting all 31 games he played.

Warren has started 90 of the 91 games he has played since entering the NFL in 2001, and has 22 sacks to go along with 149 tackles.

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Report: Strahan likely to decide future this week
August 20th, 2007

Melville, NY (Sports Network) - According to a published report, New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan will likely decide this week if he will return to the team or officially walk away from the game.

According to Newsday, Strahan, who has missed all of training camp while contemplating retirement, could rejoin the Giants as early as this week. The newspaper also cited an anonymous source as saying that Strahan's agent, Tony Agnone, had a meeting with Giants general manager Jerry Reese on Sunday.

Agnone is based out of Baltimore, where the Giants played the Ravens in preseason action on Sunday night.

The seven-time Pro Bowl selection has been fined over $14,000 on a daily basis for not reporting to camp.

If Strahan decides to retire, he would leave a sizeable hole on the Giants defensive line. With 132 1/2 career sacks, he is tied with Hall-of-Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor for first in franchise history. Both Giants are tied with Leslie O'Neal for seventh in league history.

The 35-year-old Strahan owns the NFL record for sacks in a single season with 22 1/2 in 2001, and he also led the league in sacks in 2003, when he compiled 18 1/2. He registered 11 1/2 sacks in 2005, but was limited to only three sacks in nine games in 2006, when a Lis Franc sprain to his foot cut his season short.

Strahan has played in 200 career games -- all with the Giants -- and has amassed 794 tackles.

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Jags sign OL Reyes
August 20th, 2007

Jacksonville, FL (Sports Network) - The Jacksonville Jaguars signed offensive tackle Tutan Reyes on Monday.

The 6-3, 310-pounder was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Mississippi. He played in one game with the Saints in 2001 before being claimed off waivers by the Carolina Panthers.

Reyes, 29, played four seasons in Carolina and started 28 games in 2004 and 2005. He started the first six games of the 2006 season for the Buffalo Bills after signing as an unrestricted free agent but was released in March after the Bills revamped their line.

The Jaguars also waived long snapper Brett Goode.

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Eagles release Trotter in surprise move
August 21, 2007

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter was released by the Eagles on Tuesday, a surprising end to the Pro Bowl player's second stint with Philadelphia.

Coach Andy Reid informed Trotter of his decision Monday night during an emotional meeting. Trotter was a fan favorite because of his intensity, big hits and candor

``Jeremiah and I have been together for many years and he's played a vital role in helping this team win a lot of football games,'' Reid said in a statement. ``He developed himself into a Pro Bowl middle linebacker through a lot of hard work and desire. In my mind, he will always be a Philadelphia Eagle and I'm sure he feels the same way.''

The team scheduled a news conference with Trotter for Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Trotter spent four seasons in Philadelphia before an acrimonious departure as a free agent after the 2001 season. Trotter spent two unsuccessful years with the Washington Redskins, but made amends with Reid and signed a one-year deal with the Eagles following the 2003 season.

He started the 2004 season on special teams but ended up in the Pro Bowl. He had been the starter in the middle since.

The Eagles drafted Trotter out of Stephen F. Austin in the third round in 1998. He became the starting middle linebacker the next season and set a career high with 202 tackles in 1999.

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RB Larry Johnson shows up at Chiefs camp
August 21, 2007

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Running back Larry Johnson joined the Kansas City Chiefs for practice Tuesday after having been absent from training camp since it opened July 27.

Johnson was in uniform, taking a swing pass from quarterback Brodie Croyle.

Chiefs spokesman Bob Moore said Johnson will speak to the media Wednesday.

Johnson has broken the Chiefs' single-season rushing record in each of the past two seasons. He ran for 1,789 yards last year and set an NFL record with 416 carries.

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Redskins sign Godfrey, release Marshall
August 21st, 2007

Ashburn, VA (Sports Network) - The Washington Redskins signed veteran linebacker Randall Godfrey on Tuesday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Godfrey spent the previous three seasons with San Diego. He recorded 58 tackles and four sacks in 13 games last season.

The 11-year veteran has registered 834 tackles, six interceptions and 17 sacks in 159 career games. He also has played for Dallas, Tennessee and Seattle.

Also on Tuesday, the Redskins released linebacker Lemar Marshall, who registered 70 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 15 games last season. He had been with Washington since 2001 and he appeared in 75 games (45 starts) and has 210 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks and four interceptions.

The Redskins also signed wide receiver Jerel Myers, who spent the past two seasons in the Arena League.

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Ferguson joins Vikings
August 21st, 2007

Eden Prairie, MN (Sports Network) - Veteran receiver Robert Ferguson agreed to terms with the Minnesota Vikings on Tuesday.

Ferguson, who was cut by Green Bay last Friday, was drafted in the second round by the Packers in 2001 and had played with the team his entire career.

Over six seasons in the NFL, he caught 116 passes for 1,577 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Injuries have hampered him throughout his career as he only appeared in all 16 games once, in 2002.

He missed the final 12 games of last season with a foot injury, and a knee injury cut his season short in 2005.

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Bills sign DE Wallace

Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - The Buffalo Bills signed veteran defensive end Al Wallace Wednesday.

Wallace had spent the previous five seasons with the Carolina Panthers before they released him in February.

Wallace, undrafted out of Maryland, recorded three sacks and 13 quarterback hurries in a reserve role last year for Carolina. The 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman has appeared in 112 career games with ten starts.

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Broncos sign DL Browning
August 22nd, 2007

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - The Denver Broncos signed defensive lineman John Browning Wednesday, just two days after losing defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban for the season.

Browning, formerly of the division-rival Kansas City Chiefs, is primarily an interior lineman but has also spent time playing end during his 11 NFL seasons. He spent last season out of football after reaching an injury settlement with the Chiefs on September 30, 2006.

In 2005 with Kansas City, Browning started 12 games and recorded 35 tackles, two sacks, four passes defended and one forced fumble.

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Eagles' McDougle and Moats have surgery
August 23rd, 2007

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle and running back Ryan Moats both underwent what the team described as successful surgeries on Tuesday.

McDougle had his right triceps repaired in Birmingham, Ala. Meanwhile, Moats underwent a procedure to repair his left ankle fibula fracture and ligament damage in Indianapolis, Ind.

Both players will miss the entire 2007 season

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Bengals sign LB Marshall
August 23rd, 2007

Cincinnati, OH (Sports Network) - The Cincinnati Bengals signed free agent linebacker Lemar Marshall and released tight end Erik Jensen on Thursday.

Marshall, a sixth-year veteran out of Michigan State, was the second-leading tackler for the Redskins in 2006 with 119, adding 1.5 sacks, but was released by the team on Tuesday.

Jensen was signed by Cincinnati as a free agent August 3.

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Jets ship Kendall to 'Skins
August 23rd, 2007

Hempstead, NY (Sports Network) - The New York Jets have agreed to trade disgruntled left guard Pete Kendall to the Washington Redskins.

"We reached agreement in principle to trade Pete Kendall to the Redskins last night," said Jets head coach Eric Mangini. "Obviously each night [general manger] Mike [Tannenbaum] and I meet, get together and discuss possibilities. When this deal presented itself, we thought it was a good opportunity."

Numerous media sources have reported that the Jets will receive a fourth-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft for the 34-year-old Kendall, who will sign a new two-year deal with Washington.

This will be the fourth stop for Kendall, who was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in 1996. He has also played for the Arizona Cardinals.

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Lions release Drummond
August 23rd, 2007

Allen Park, MI (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions announced Thursday that they have released wide receiver and kick returner Eddie Drummond.

Drummond has spent all five of his NFL seasons with Detroit, who signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State in 2002. He is one of three players in NFL history to return two punts and two kicks for touchdowns in the same season. Drummond accomplished the feat in 2004, while Dante Hall achieved it in 2003 with the Chiefs and Devin Hester did it for the Bears in 2006.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2005, Drummond accumulated 1,092 kickoff return yards with two touchdowns on 41 returns, and 316 punt return yards with two touchdowns on 24 returns during the 2004 season.

Drummond ranks second in Lions franchise history with 5,026 total kickoff return yards.

The Pittsburgh native had 71 career receptions for 1,134 yards and five touchdowns at Penn State, as well as 40 carries on the ground for 272 yards and one score.

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Chiefs sign Drummond
August 26th, 2007

Kansas City, MO (Sports Network) - The Kansas City Chiefs agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free agent wide receiver/kick returner Eddie Drummond.

Drummond played in 52 games, starting once, during his five-year career -- all with Detroit. Last season he appeared in 14 games and caught two passes for 10 yards, returned 62 kickoffs for 1,349 yards and 28 punts for 296 yards.

A Pro Bowl selection in 2005, Drummond accumulated 1,092 kickoff return yards with two touchdowns on 41 returns, and 316 punt return yards with two touchdowns on 24 returns during the 2004 season.

Drummond ranks second in Lions franchise history with 5,026 total kickoff return yards. He also has 1,058 punt-return yards and has scored a total of six touchdowns on returns.

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Jaguars sign Claiborne to bolster linebacker corps
August 26, 2007

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -Former first-round draft pick Chris Claiborne signed with Jacksonville on Sunday, giving the Jaguars some much-needed depth at linebacker after backup Tony Gilbert was lost for the season.
   
The Jags also signed linebacker Kevis Coley and defensive tackle Joe Anoai.

The team placed Gilbert on injured reserve, three days after he tore a biceps muscle against Green Bay. Jacksonville also placed rookie defensive end Brian Smith on the physically unable to perform list and waived place-kicker Aaron Elling.

The moves came two days before the NFL's first mandatory roster cut, which will force the Jaguars to trim 11 players.

But with several players sidelined for Thursday night's preseason finale against Washington, coach Jack Del Rio needed extra bodies to make it through the week.

Linebacker was the biggest concern. With Gilbert, Clint Ingram (ankle) and Pat Thomas (hamstring) out and starters Mike Peterson and Daryl Smith not expected to play much, the Jags were essentially down to four linebackers heading into the preseason finale.

So they signed Claiborne and Coley.

The ninth overall pick by Detroit in 1999, Claiborne also played for Minnesota, St. Louis and the New York Giants. He has 769 tackles, 15 sacks and eight interceptions in 105 career games.

Coley spent the final two months of last season on Jacksonville's practice squad.

Anoai originally signed with Minnesota as an undrafted rookie free agent this year, but was waived in May.

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Briggs' car abandoned after accident
August 27, 2007

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CHICAGO (AP) -- A damaged black Lamborghini registered to Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs was found abandoned early Monday alongside the Edens Expressway on the city's North Side, authorities said.

Illinois State Police officials said the 2007 Roadster was discovered around 3:15 a.m. on northbound I-94 near the Devon Avenue exit. It had crashed into a light pole.

"(The) registration comes back to Lance Briggs, however we don't know who was driving the car at the time," Master Sgt. Kyron St. Clair said.

Police said it doesn't appear that anyone was injured in the crash. Whoever was behind the wheel of the luxury Italian sports car could face misdemeanor charges for improper lane usage and leaving the scene of the accident, St. Clair said.

The vehicle had not been reported stolen, he said.

Authorities were trying to find the 26-year-old Bears star Monday morning to get more information about what may have happened.

Several team spokesmen did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press early Monday, and phone calls were not answered at the Bears' public relations office.

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Giants WR Tyree fractures wrist; could miss 4-6 weeks
August 27th, 2007

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - New York Giants wide receiver David Tyree fractured his left wrist and will miss the next 4-6 weeks, head coach Tom Coughlin announced Monday.

Tyree was injured in Saturday's 20-12 exhibition loss to the Jets, but x-rays weren't taken until the following morning.

Tyree will undergo surgery Monday night.

The 27-year-old played in all 16 games for the Giants last season, catching 19 passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns. He also made the Pro Bowl in 2005.

Coughlin also announced Monday that wide receiver Plaxico Burress had his back examined at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhatten, while running back Robert Douglas will need arthroscopic surgery after suffering a knee injury against the Jets.

The Giants made seven roster moves Monday, but they are still one player over the 75-man limit that must be reached by Tuesday.

The team released tight end Rodney Burgess, receiver Will Buchanon, defensive back Richard Yancy, center Nick Jones, offensive lineman Myniya Smith and linebacker Karibi Dede. They also placed defensive tackle Marcus Bell on injured reserve with a knee injury.

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