|Colts release defensive tackle Corey Simon|
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|Saturday, 04 August 2007 14:52|
The Indianapolis Colts released former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Corey Simon on Saturday.|
Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday that he expected to release the tackle within the next few days.
Simon did not pass his physical last weekend. He was expected to report to camp on time July 29 but was never seen at Rose Hulman Institute of Technology.
Simon did not play last year during the Colts' Super Bowl-winning season and was eventually placed on the non-football illness/injury list with an undisclosed ailment.
The Colts also waived rookie wide receiver Michael DePriest and placed tight end Mike Seidman on injured reserve with a knee injury. Seidman was signed this past spring after five seasons with Carolina.
The Michael Strahan mystery continues. A day after the agent for the star defensive end of the New York Giants said his client probably would release a statement within 48 hours, coach Tom Coughlin was still in the dark.
``I've not heard from Michael,'' Coughlin said after team practice Saturday morning at the University at Albany. The Giants are off on Sunday.
Strahan, who has said he is considering retirement, has yet to make an appearance at training camp, and there was still no word from him after Saturday evening's workout.
Agent Tony Agnone said Friday in a telephone interview with The Associated Press that he did not know what Strahan planned to do but said he probably would release a statement before the end of the weekend.
Strahan missed half of last season with a foot injury but took part in the Giants' offseason training program and minicamp. Despite his second major injury in three years, Strahan believed then that he was the NFL's best defensive end. His 132 1/2 sacks are tops among active players.
Strahan has not commented since failing to report to camp, and the Giants have moved forward as if Strahan won't play after 14 seasons.
Jon Beason and his agent scheduled a face-to-face meeting with the Carolina Panthers for Sunday, perhaps signaling a breakthrough in the first-round pick's weeklong holdout.
``Check with me tomorrow and I will update you,'' Beason's agent Michael Huyghue said in an e-mail, without elaborating.
Beason, a linebacker from Miami, missed his eighth day and 12th practice on Saturday in a dispute over how Beason's bonus money would be distributed.
But discussions heated up on Saturday, and Beason and Huyghue scheduled a flight to Charlotte for a meeting with general manager Marty Hurney and chief negotiator Rob Rogers on Sunday.
If a deal is signed, Beason would then be in Spartanburg, S.C., when the team returns to practice on Monday.
Hurney and Huyghue wouldn't say if a deal is in place, but Hurney said the two sides were in agreement Beason couldn't miss much more practice time.
``There's been urgency to get Jon in from day one, and from both sides because Jon Beason feels the same way, I'm sure,'' Hurney said. ``Both sides try and do what they think is best, so hopefully we can get a resolution to this.''
Tennessee rookie defensive tackle Antonio Johnson will have season-ending surgery on his left knee within the next week.
``We felt he had a chance to help us,'' coach Jeff Fisher said. ``It's an unfortunate (situation) ... There will be no issues as far as returning for the offseason program.''
Johnson hurt the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during a drill Wednesday and hadn't practiced since.
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound tackle was the Titans' fifth-round draft pick out of Mississippi State in April, and he was seen as a player who could help improve a rushing defense that allowed 144.6 yards per game.
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