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NFL News and Notes Week 2

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Feeley has second surgery for broken hand
September 14th, 2007

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Philadelphia Eagles backup quarterback A.J. Feeley underwent a second surgery Friday to repair a broken bone in his left hand.

Feeley had the first surgery on August 31 after breaking the third metacarpal bone in his non-throwing hand during the Eagles' preseason finale a night earlier.

His hand began to swell this week. Doctors felt the screws that were implanted came loose.

Feeley, the primary backup for starter Donovan McNabb, is questionable for Monday night's Week 2 game against the Washington Redskins at Lincoln Financial Field. If Feeley is unable to play, the Eagles would be left with rookie Kevin Kolb as the primary backup.

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Manning, Umenyiora practice
September 14th, 2007

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - The New York Giants got a boost on Friday, as both quarterback Eli Manning and defensive end Osi Umenyiora practiced in preparation for Sunday's game against Green Bay.

Head coach Tom Coughlin declined to say whether either player would play versus the Packers.

"He seemed to throw the ball pretty well," Coughlin said of Manning. "If you really watch closely he did the smart thing. He loosened up pretty good and started to get into the velocity throws a little bit later on. He has actually thrown the ball on the side pretty well, even from day one."

Manning suffered a contusion to the AC joint in his right shoulder during New York's 45-35 loss to Dallas on Sunday night. He threw for 312 yards with four touchdowns and an interception on 28- of-41 attempts before leaving in the fourth quarter with the injury.

Umenyiora has an irritated lateral meniscus in his left knee, an injury that forced him out of last week's loss to the Cowboys as well.

"Osi practiced and appeared to do pretty well," Coughlin said. "But we'll see. These things are all based, of course, after they do work, how are they going to come back?"

The Giants will be without starting running back Brandon Jacobs on Sunday, as he is out with a sprained MCL in his right knee

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Buccaneers:  Caddy hopes to play Sunday

Cadillac Williams will be a game-time call on Sunday. He was able to take part in a limited practice on Thursday, according to the St. Petersberg Times. "I'll go out and try it on Sunday, fly around and bump around," Williams said. "It feels real good."

Vikings:  It's up to Taylor whether he'll play

Whether Chester Taylor will suit up and play Sunday against the Lions will be his decision. "Sometimes those things get better as they go," Childress told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "He's done everything he can to put himself in the position, so we'll see. We'll leave it up to him."

Packers:  Morency ruled out for Week 2

Vernand Morency has been ruled out for Sunday's contest.

Eagles:  Smith to see limited snaps Sunday

L.J. Smith is expected to play again in Week 2. However, offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg indicated that the tight end would see a limited amount of plays as he works his way back from hernia surgery, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Bears:  Rookie Olsen might make debut

It appears that Greg Olsen might see his first NFL action on Sunday. "He has made progress each day," coach Lovie Smith told the Chicago Tribune. "He should be available for us."

Raiders:  McCown likely out, Culpepper in

Josh McCown is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game due to his foot and finger injuries. Coach Lane Kiffin said Friday that the injuries are expected to keep McCown from playing in Week 2, according to the Contra Costa Times.

Colts:  Keiaho unlikely to suit up Sunday

Freddie Keiaho is not expected to play on Sunday. "My sense is we'll probably hold him out," coach Tony Dungy said, according to the Indianapolis Star. "He could play, but I think wisdom would probably be . . . to hold him out and see if we can get him well."

Dolphins:  Chatman cleared to play on Sunday

Jesse Chatman is healthy enough to play on Sunday, according to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Ravens:  McNair says he's a game-time call

Steve McNair said he will be a game-time call on Sunday due to his strained groin. "If I can go out there and still be able to move and not alter my mechanics, I'm going to play. If I can't, I just can't," McNair told the Baltimore Sun. "That's something we'll know in a couple of days."

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Giants' Manning might sit; Favre rolls on
September 15, 2007

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- While the Green Bay Packers have been guessing whether quarterback Eli Manning will be playing against them this weekend, the New York Giants have never had a doubt about whom they will be facing.

It's been a given in Green Bay since the third game of the 1992 season. Play the Packers and you go against Brett Favre.

Favre will start his 239th straight game and play in his 241st consecutive overall on Sunday when the Packers (1-0) play the Giants (0-1) in what could be New York's first game without Manning as its starter since the middle of the 2004 season.

Manning, who bruised his right shoulder against Dallas in a 45-35 loss, took some snaps with the first-team offense for the first time on Friday. He had been restricted to throwing on the sidelines earlier in the week.

Coach Tom Coughlin said Manning's playing status will be a game-time decision.

Jared Lorenzen, who grew up idolizing Favre, will make his first NFL start if Manning can't go.

If Manning doesn't play, it also will end the NFL's fourth-longest active streak for consecutive regular-season starts by a quarterback at 40. That's 199 less than Favre's current run, or more than 12 seasons worth of action.

"People say, 'What is the secret?"' Favre said of NFL's third-longest streak for consecutive starts. "Well, there is no secret. I think there are several factors, luck being a big part of that, maybe the biggest factor. If you play long enough, you figure at some point something is going to keep you out of the game: flu, sprained ankle, broken bone, whatever."

Fortunately for the Packers, Favre has avoided the major injury or he has had the mental toughness to play through injuries, including a broken thumb on his throwing hand, that might have sidelined others.

"I think probably the thing that impresses me the most throughout it is that I have played in every game, but I have played at a high enough level and have competed at a level week in and week out where I have never been questioned," Favre said. "I know that I can look in the mirror every time that I have played and say I gave it my all. I played with passion -- maybe didn't play great every time, but played with passion -- and was competitive."

With Manning having one of his best games as a pro, and the Giants offense was very competitive in the season opener. He threw for 312 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Plaxico Burress.

While he has had limited work, Manning said he would be ready to go if the doctors cleared him. If not, "J-Load" gets the call.

Lorenzen has little experience other than preseason. He had two quarterback sneaks in the 2006 season and threw three passes on the Giants' final series against Dallas.

"Jared will be fine," Manning said. "He knows what he is doing. He has been here long enough. But we will see how it goes on Sunday."

Green Bay defensive end Aaron Kampman said the Packers are preparing for the Giants' offense, not a particular quarterback.

"Everyone has a flavor, but you can't adjust an offense that much based off of one guy," Kampman said. "That's a flavor. It's not an entire system or an entire schematic thing. It's more of a flavor of a guy."

Lorenzen expects the Giants to establish their running back with Derrick Ward filling in for the injured Brandon Jacobs (knee) and to spread the ball out among Burress, Amani Toomer and tight end Jeremy Shockey.

Green Bay might be a little handicapped in the secondary with cornerback Al Harris playing with a hyperextended right elbow.

"I hope I get every pass," Harris said when asked if he might be a target for the Giants' quarterback.

Favre and the offense struggled in a 16-13 win over the Eagles last weekend. The offense was limited to 215 yards and 10 first downs. Green Bay got 10 points off Eagles' turnovers on punt returns.

Playing the Giants might wake up the Packers' offense. New York gave up a league-worst 478 yards in its loss to the Cowboys.

"We can't talk about wins, but we can guarantee a better defensive performance," Giants middle linebacker Antonio Pierce said. "We can't do anything but get better than last week, hopefully."

Favre should be familiar with the Giants' defense, which is run by former Eagles assistant Steve Spagnuolo. New York might be a little short-handed with defensive end Osi Umenyiora's status uncertain because of a knee injury sustained in the first quarter last week.

If the Packers win, it will give them their first 2-0 start since they opened the 2001 season with three straight victories. It would also allow Favre to surpass John Elway for all-time wins by a quarterback at 149.

"I think you know how I feel about being labeled with the wins and losses," Favre said. "But if they're going to do it, I'm glad I have a lot more wins than losses. But yeah, that means a lot."

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