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Broncos sign veteran LB Winborn
September 11th, 2007

Englewood, CO (Sports Network) - The Denver Broncos signed free-agent linebacker Jamie Winborn Tuesday.

A seven-year player, Winborn joins the Broncos after playing for Tampa Bay last season. He was released by the Buccaneers on September 1.

Winborn was originally selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft out of Vanderbilt. He has played 62 career regular- season games -- with San Francisco, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay -- and has tallied 266 tackles, nine sacks, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries for his career.

In 2006, Winborn appeared in 14 games and posted a career-high 14 special- teams tackles while adding six stops on defense.

To make room for Winborn on the roster, the Broncos waived tackle Chad Mustard.

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Buccaneers release WR Boston
September 12th, 2007

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released David Boston on Wednesday after reaching an injury settlement with the often-injured wide receiver.

The Buccaneers signed Boston in the offseason and he made the 53-man roster out of training camp. Prior to the season opener this past Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks though, Boston injured his foot during pregame warm-ups and did not play.

Boston was also with the Bucs during training camp last year, but was released prior to the start of the 2006 season.

The seven-year veteran has totaled 315 catches, 4,699 yards and 25 touchdowns in 75 career games. He was selected with the eighth overall pick in the 1999 draft by Arizona and enjoyed four productive seasons in the desert with the Cardinals. In 2001, he caught 98 balls for 1,598 yards and eight scores en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.

The Ohio State product then spent one season in San Diego before moving on to Miami for the next two years. However, injuries played a major part in his lack of success in Miami. He missed all of the 2004 season and all but five games of the 2005 season due to knee injuries.

To take Boston's spot on the roster, wide receiver Mark Jones was re-signed after being released before the start of the season.

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Bills sign a pair of defensive players
September 12th, 2007

Orchard Park, NY (Sports Network) - The Buffalo Bills signed defensive back Bryan Scott and defensive end Copeland Bryan on Wednesday.

The moves correspond to Tuesday's transactions when starting free safety Ko Simpson was placed on injured reserve and defensive end Eric Powell was released.

Scott, who was a second round pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2003, played last season with the New Orleans Saints in a reserve role. During his time in Atlanta, Scott played in 47 games and notched 201 tackles and four interceptions.

The 24-year-old Bryan was signed off Chicago's practice squad.

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Redskins bring back Stoutmire
September 12th, 2007

Ashburn, VA (Sports Network) - The Washington Redskins announced on Wednesday the re-signing of veteran safety Omar Stoutmire.

With safeties Pierson Prioleau (hamstring) and Vernon Fox (groin) battling injuries, Stoutmire provides depth in the secondary for the 'Skins.

Washington originally signed Stoutmire in the offseason, but he was released on September 1. Stoutmire also played with the Redskins in 2005 and appeared in 12 regular-season games as well as both playoff contests that year.

Last season, Stoutmire started nine games for the New Orleans Saints and recorded 56 tackles and two interceptions.

For his 10-year career, Stoutmire has played in 133 games, compiling 418 tackles and seven interceptions.

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Lions add RB depth with Aveion Cason and cut WR Brandon Middleton
September 12, 2007

ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -The Detroit Lions signed running back Aveion Cason and cut wide receiver Brandon Middleton on Wednesday.

Cason, who was released by Detroit just before the season started, provides needed depth because backup T.J. Duckett (ankle) was injured in the win over Oakland and running back Kevin Jones (foot) is slowly working his way back into playing shape.

Middleton was not active against the Raiders, and was one of the final players to make Detroit's team.

In Cason's career, he has run for 517 yards and three touchdowns and has 499 yards receiving with two scores with Detroit, Dallas and St. Louis.

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Jets place WR Stuckey on IR, sign S Elam, release S Ventrone
September 12, 2007

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (AP) -The New York Jets placed wide receiver Chansi Stuckey on injured reserve Wednesday, ending the rookie's season because of a foot injury.

The Jets also signed safety Abram Elam and added him to the active roster, and released safety Ray Ventrone from the practice squad.

Stuckey, injury-prone throughout his college career at Clemson, injured his right foot last week and was inactive for the season opener against the New England Patriots. The nature and severity of the injury wasn't immediately known.

Coach Eric Mangini said it was the same foot he broke in his senior year of college, but a different injury.

``It was something that came up last week that when we tested it, it just wasn't going to get any better, so we put him on IR,'' Mangini said.

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Ravens place Sams on IR
September 12th, 2007

Baltimore, MD (Sports Network) - Baltimore Ravens return specialist B.J. Sams was placed on the injured reserve list Wednesday with a knee injury.

Sams left Monday night's season opening loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the fourth quarter with a sprained knee and did not return.

In corresponding roster moves, Baltimore signed running back Cory Ross from its practice squad to the active roster while wide receiver Romby Bryant takes Ross' spot on the practice squad.

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Veteran center Chukky Okobi signed by Arizona
September 12, 2007

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -The Cardinals signed veteran center Chukky Okobi on Wednesday after he was released by the Steelers during training camp.

Starter Al Johnson injured his knee in Monday night's loss to San Francisco. Okobi spent the past six seasons with Pittsburgh.

The Cardinals also re-signed offensive lineman Brad Badger and released linebacker Brandon Johnson.

Badger was released by the Cardinals on Monday before the game in San Francisco.

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Dinged-up McCown might not start
September 12, 2007

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders once again aren't saying who their starting quarterback will be. This time the issue is Josh McCown's health, not an attempt at a competitive advantage.

Coach Lane Kiffin kept secret his decision to start McCown over Daunte Culpepper in last week's opener against Detroit, hoping to make the Lions prepare for two quarterbacks.

McCown got the nod based on his better knowledge of the offense and went 30-for-40 for 313 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-21 loss to the Lions. He also threw two interceptions and fumbled late in the game to kill the Raiders' attempt at a comeback.

McCown did not participate in team drills in practice Wednesday because of an injured right index finger and a sprained right foot.

He hurt his finger on the final play of the opener when he hit the helmet of offensive lineman Cornell Green on his follow-through. He threw before and after practice with gloves on both hands and said he felt fine. He also hurt his foot in the first half.

"That's more the concern," McCown said. "It's pretty sore. It's actually very sore. It's kind of day to day and try to get back into it so I can get better at pushing off on it."

Culpepper played with the first team in practice and would start against Denver if McCown can't go. Culpepper didn't join the Raiders until July 31 and wasn't as familiar with the offense. However, he looked good in preseason as he tries to regain his Pro Bowl form.

Kiffin said his decision on this week's starter would depend on when McCown could return to practice but that Culpepper would be ready to start if needed. Andrew Walter is the third-stringer, while newly signed top draft pick JaMarcus Russell has a two-week exemption until he needs to be placed on the roster.

"I have great confidence in all our quarterbacks, especially the first two in Josh and Daunte," Kiffin said. "As I said before, I feel both of them can put us in a situation to win."

Receiver Ronald Curry, who had 10 catches for 133 yards and a score in the opener, said it didn't matter much to him which quarterback played Sunday in Denver because he had worked with all of them in training camp.

"If it was Week 15 or something it would, but we just broke camp and have been working with different guys, nobody was a solidified starter at receiver or quarterback spot so you pretty much work with Josh, Andrew and Pep at the same time," Curry said. "So I'm pretty much comfortable with anybody that's up in there."

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Bills place CB Webster on injured reserve
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(September 13, 2007) — ORCHARD PARK – The Buffalo Bills placed cornerback Jason Webster on injured reserve today and signed linebacker Leon Joe.

Webster suffered a broken forearm in Sunday’s 15-14 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Joe, who will wear No. 59, is entering his fourth NFL season. He has spent the last two full seasons with the Chicago Bears. He split time between the Bears and Arizona Cardinals during his rookie season in 2004.

Joe, 25, was cut by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 2 and released by the Chicago Bears on Aug. 28.

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Glenn has 2nd knee surgery in 6 weeks
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Dallas Cowboys receiver Terry Glenn had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee for the second time in six weeks Thursday.

Glenn reinjured his knee last week when he tried to return to practice for the first time since the initial surgery Aug. 1 to remove a cyst. That was a week into training camp.

"This gives Terry a chance to play this season," Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said. "He will do everything he can to get on the field this year."

Still, the team said there is no timetable for Glenn's return.

The latest operation was done in Columbus, Ohio, by Dr. Christopher Kaeding, the orthopedic surgeon for Ohio State, Glenn's alma mater. Kaeding removed loose cartilage from the knee.

Dalrymple said Glenn, the 33-year-old receiver in his 12th NFL season, may still need a more extensive microfracture procedure in the future.

Glenn is coming off consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons with the Cowboys, his third NFL team. He also played for New England (1996-2001) and Green Bay (2002).

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Pats, Belichick fined, lose draft picks for spying

New York, NY (Sports Network) - New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has been fined the maximum of $500,000 by the league for the use of equipment to videotape an opposing team's offensive or defensive signals it was announced late Thursday night.

In addition, commissioner Roger Goodell also notified the Patriots that they would forfeit their own first-round draft choice in 2008 if they reach the playoffs, or their own second-round and third-round picks if they do not qualify for the playoffs. The club was also fined $250,000.

This stems from Sunday's 38-14 win over the New York Jets at the Meadowlands when an employee of the Patriots was caught filming the Jets' sideline and had the video equipment confiscated.

"This episode represents a calculated and deliberate attempt to avoid longstanding rules designed to encourage fair play and promote honest competition on the playing field," commissioner Goodell wrote in a letter to the Patriots.

Goodell also considered suspending Belichick, but the NFL will closely review and monitor the Patriots' coaching video program, effective immediately.

"I specifically considered whether to impose a suspension on coach Belichick," commissioner Goodell wrote. "I have determined not to do so, largely because I believe that the discipline I am imposing of a maximum fine and forfeiture of a first-round draft choice, or multiple draft choices, is in fact more significant and long-lasting, and therefore more effective, than a suspension."

NFL policy states that "no video recording devices of any kind are permitted to be in use in the coaches' booth, on the field, or in the locker room during the game" and that all video shooting locations for club coaching purposes "must be enclosed on all sides with a roof overhead."

It was determined by Goodell that Patriots ownership was unaware of Belichick's action, but determined that penalties should be imposed on the club because "Coach Belichick not only serves as the head coach but also has substantial control over all aspects of New England's football operations. His actions and decisions are properly attributed to the club."

On Wednesday, Belichick released a statement addressing the situation.

"Earlier this week, I spoke with Commissioner [Roger] Goodell about a videotaping procedure during last Sunday's game and my interpretation of the rules. At this point, we have not been notified of the league's ruling. Although it remains a league matter, I want to apologize to everyone who has been affected, most of all ownership, staff and players. Following the league's decision, I will have further comment."

It was also reported earlier this week that this wasn't the first time the Pats were caught doing this.

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Packers' Morency, Jennings still in doubt for Giants game
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GREEN BAY, Wis.-- Hoping to get back two injured starters on offense this week, the Green Bay Packers got some discouraging news on Thursday.

Running back Vernand Morency's knee injury flared up, and wide receiver Greg Jennings still had some soreness in his hamstring. The lingering injury issues left both players' availability in doubt going into the Packers' road game against the New York Giants on Sunday.

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Morency, who hurt his knee on the first day of training camp and was inactive for the season opener last Sunday, will be listed questionable going into Sunday.

''It's very unfortunate for Vernand, but that's where we are,'' McCarthy said. ''We're kind of at that last hurdle, and just based off the doctor's opinion, we want to (wait) until he's 100 percent, no soreness, before we move forward.''

Jennings' availability also is up in the air after hurting his hamstring late last week and missing the opener.

''He looked really good yesterday, but he was a little sore today,'' McCarthy said.

If Jennings can play, he'll add another dimension to the Packers' offense.

If not, they'll be facing depth issues in the passing game.

No. 1 receiver Donald Driver is coming off a foot sprain, but played Sunday and has not been listed on the Packers' injury report this week. But Jennings is still sore, and backup receiver Carlyle Holiday didn't practice on Thursday because of a knee injury.

The Packers also added starting tight end Donald Lee to their injury report on Thursday. Lee was limited in practice because of a knee injury, leaving the Packers with only one tight end in practice, Bubba Franks.

If Jennings and Holiday can't play, the Packers would be down to Driver, rookie James Jones and second-year player Ruvell Martin as their healthy receivers.

''You're one play away from being out of some personnel groups, and that's what you try to avoid in game planning,'' McCarthy said. ''That's the reality of where we would be. We'd have some backup plans.''

Holiday's injury also puts the Packers in a potential problem at quarterback. The Packers kept only Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers on the roster. Holiday, a former college quarterback at Notre Dame, is the Packers' emergency quarterback.

But with Favre expected to extend his quarterback-record starts streak to 239 on Sunday - 259 including playoff games - that's not as major a concern.

''Brett's played more games than anyone in history, so I'm going to play the odds there,'' McCarthy said. ''But the wide receiver depth is a concern as we move into tomorrow's practice.''

Morency, the Packers' projected starter after veteran Ahman Green signed a free-agent contract with the Houston Texans in the offseason, only recently had returned to limited participation in practice.

Morency participated in nearly all of the practice on Wednesday, only to have the injury flare up. He sat out most of the portion of practice that was open to the media on Thursday, and was listed as having limited participation in practice on the Packers' injury report.

''It's tough,'' Morency said. ''You definitely want to be out there with your teammates and fight and claw. The only thing I can do is rehab and do what I can do to get better.''

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Hill out indefinitely with back injury
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Rams officials have confirmed that cornerback Tye Hill has suffered a back injury that will sideline him indefinitely.

Hill apparently suffered the injury near the end of practice Thursday.

Under coach Scott Linehan, practices are closed to the media after the first 30 minutes. But during the open locker room session with the media after practice Thursday, Hill was seen walking around and talking to teammates, and appeared to be in no pain.

The injury apparently is similar to an injury suffered by wide receiver Dane Looker, involving smaller bones in the bottom of the back. Looker missed one preseason game with the injury and was limited in a second.

But Hill plays every play on defense, and Looker is a part-time receiver and holder on extra points.

Lenny Walls probably starts in Hill's place Sunday against San Francisco, with rookie Jonathan Wade moving into the slot as the nickel back.

But as of Friday morning, the Rams have only three healthy cornerbacks on their roster. Fakhir Brown is one game into a four-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

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Cowboys determine linebacker Greg Ellis isn't ready to play against Miami
September 14, 2007

IRVING, Texas (AP) -Dallas Cowboys linebacker Greg Ellis won't make his season debut Sunday at Miami.

Ellis returned to practice on a limited basis this week after an extended rehabilitation from a torn left Achilles' tendon. Coach Wade Phillips said Friday that Ellis hasn't had a setback but hasn't made enough progress to play.

Phillips said cornerback Terence Newman, who also returned to practice this week, will be a game-time decision. Newman hasn't played since the first preseason game because of a slight tear in tissue on the base of his foot.

Ellis tore his left Achilles' tendon in a game in November. He came out for the opening workout of training camp July 25 before he felt pain in the foot and left the field.

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Seahawks Alexander will play Sunday at Arizona despite cast on sprained wrist
September 14, 2007

KIRKLAND, Wash. (AP) -Shaun Alexander bobbled a short pass from Matt Hasselbeck in practice - and it was the best thing Mike Holmgren saw all day.
   
``I'm glad that happened,'' the Seahawks coach yelled across the field Friday to his star running back.

Holmgren was happy Alexander was getting to test the usefulness of the soft, padded cast he was wearing over his left wrist, halfway up his forearm. One day after Alexander was playfully coy about what the injury was or whether he was even wearing a cast, Holmgren said the 2005 league MVP sprained his wrist while running for 105 yards and a touchdown in last week's win over Tampa Bay.

``We're being real careful with that,'' Holmgren said after a light practice in which Alexander clowned around with teammates while participating fully with the first-team offense. ``He feels really good about playing with that thing. He feels better.

``And so they are going to rig something up during the game to allow him to play'' Sunday at Arizona, he said.

Alexander has a good reason to play through the injury this week. In 10 games against the Cardinals, he has 962 yards rushing and 15 touchdowns. Both are his most against any team.

The Seahawks have been wanting to throw more passes to Alexander this season, to reduce the receiving load on 36-year-old fullback Mack Strong and to make the offense tougher to defend. Alexander had a career-high 59 receptions in 2002, his first full season as Seattle's feature back, but has had 15 and 12 catches in each of the last two seasons. But he had problems with dropped passes in the preseason with two healthy hands, and then dropped another in the opener last week.

``I told him, 'Heck, maybe we'll put a cast on the other hand and things will get better, I don't know,'' Holmgren joked.

``He's limited slightly with that thing,'' Holmgren said of the bulbous, taped cast that stops about midway up Alexander's thumb. ``It's different, let me put it that way, so he's got to get used to it. I think it does affect him, certainly.''

Seattle's play-caller expects Alexander to be limited Sunday - and indefinitely beyond that, since the coach said he didn't know how long Alexander will have to wear the cast.

``Anytime a running back or receiver has to wear one of those, it's different,'' Holmgren said.

Leonard Weaver, an undrafted free agent in 2005 and Alvin Pearman, acquired in a trade from Jacksonville earlier this month, will get more opportunities in passing situations with Alexander limited.

Alexander severely bruised his foot in last season's opener. After playing on it for two more games, the foot became cracked, causing him to miss six games and rush for just 896 yards in the regular season. It was the first season under 1,000 yards since he became Seattle's feature back in 2001.

The Seahawks say his foot may still have a small crack, but Alexander was unlimited in practices throughout minicamps and training camp.

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Vikings RB Chester Taylor questionable for Sunday's game in Detroit
September 14, 2007

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -Minnesota Vikings running back Chester Taylor was listed Friday as questionable for Sunday's game at Detroit, due to a bruised hip that limited his participation in practice all week.

Taylor was hurt in the first quarter of the season opener against Atlanta, and rookie Adrian Peterson took over. Coach Brad Childress said the decision on Taylor's status would not be made until shortly before kickoff against the Lions after coaches and trainers watch him warming up on the field before the game.

``Just kind of incremental progress. Sometimes those things get better as they go. He's done everything he can to put himself in position, so we'll see. We'll leave it up to him,'' Childress said.

Taylor, who was raised in the Detroit area, will have a difficult decision to make with dozens of friends and family expected to attend the game.

``If I felt like I'm good to go, I'm going to go, but I'm still taking it day by day right now,'' he said.

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Culpepper likely to start for Raiders
September 14th, 2007

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - With Oakland quarterback Josh McCown listed as doubtful for Sunday's game at Denver, the Raiders are expected to start Daunte Culpepper under center.

McCown sprained his right foot last Sunday versus Detroit and was unable to finish practice on Friday, meaning the Raiders are expected to go with Culpepper on Sunday.

McCown also injured his right index finger and suffered a sprained foot last Sunday, when the Lions coughed up a 17-point lead but rallied to beat the Raiders, 36-21, at McAfee Coliseum.

McCown, who got the nod over Culpepper, went 30-of-40 for 313 yards with two touchdowns and two picks against his former team.

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