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    Around the League 5-19-05

    Newsbreakers Recap

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    May 18, 2005 8:17 PM ET
    Titans: Brown suffers another injury
    The News
    Stop us if you've heard this before. Titans running back Chris Brown suffered an injury and will have to miss some time. His latest ailment is a fractured right hand, which he suffered during a minicamp session on Wednesday. "I guess he was running and hit somebody's helmet with the back of his hand," head coach Jeff Fisher told the Associated Press. Brown will miss the remainder of minicamp but is expected to be fine for training camp in July.
    Our View
    While the injury appears to not be too serious, it is just another example of how Brown is among the most brittle backs in the league. At least Fred Taylor has the courtesy to miss large chucks of time with serious injuries. Last season, Brown nickel and dimmed fantasy owners to death by missing one week here and half a game there. His excellent production while healthy makes him an intriguing option for next season, but make sure you surround him with plenty of depth at running back.

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    May 18, 2005 3:19 PM ET
    Steelers: Both quarterbacks ride without helmets
    The News
    In the wake of Browns' tight end Kellen Winslow's motorcycle accident, both Steeler quarterbacks have admitted to riding their motorcycles without wearing helmets. Starter Ben Roethlisberger recently spoke to Steelers coach Bill Cowher about the risks of riding without a helmet, and Tommy Maddox recently acknowledged he does the same. "I don't wear one either," Maddox told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I've ridden one for four years, and it was no big deal until what's-his-face wrecked. I don't try to do tricks in the parking lot."
    Our View
    While wearing a helmet would seem logical no matter how you're riding your bike, there is certainly a difference between taking your Harley out for a cruise and popping wheelies on your crotch-rocket. Maybe Super Dave Osborne can conduct the ceremonial coin flip the next time the Steelers and Browns meet and give Roethlisberger, Maddox, and Winslow some safety pointers.

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    May 18, 2005 2:28 PM ET
    Saints: Brown holding out for a new deal
    The News
    A day after his team and even his agent claimed no knowledge of his whereabouts, Fakhir Brown made it known that he is holding out for a new contract. However, Saints' general manager Mickey Loomis said Brown's holdout is news to him. "He's never expressed to us that he wants a new deal or that he's out because of his contract," Loomis told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The six-year veteran is slated to enter training camp as a starter opposite Mike McKenzie.
    Our View
    Oddly enough, McKenzie has been showing up at team workouts recently even though he, not Brown, was expected to be the contract holdout. There's still a chance that we haven't heard the last of McKenzie's complaints, which means the Saints might have to contend with both of their projected starting cornerbacks holding out for new contracts.

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    May 18, 2005 2:24 PM ET
    Chiefs: Thompson added
    The News
    The Chiefs signed rookie free agent tight end Edwin Thompson to a two-year contract Tuesday.
    Our View
    Thompson posted career numbers of 22 receptions, 272 yards, and one touchdown in 36 games at Division I-AA Idaho State. It's unlikely he will challenge Tony Gonzalez for positional supremacy in Kansas City.

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    May 18, 2005 2:18 PM ET
    Raiders: Gannon doubts he'll play again
    The News
    Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon admitted Monday on the NFL Network that "the outlook is not very good for me to come back and play." Gannon suffered a broken vertebra in his neck last season and is currently in Los Angeles for another evaluation before making any official announcements.
    Our View
    The Raiders are already proceeding with Kerry Collins as their No. 1 quarterback and will likely release the 17-year veteran Gannon after June 1.

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    May 18, 2005 2:13 PM ET
    Falcons: Mora has no interest in Rice
    The News
    Falcons' head coach Jim Mora will not be responding to the fax that Jerry Rice's agent sent all 32 teams recently. In other words, the Falcons have no interest in the 42 year-old wide receiver. "One of the reasons Jerry has been so great is that athletic arrogance," Mora told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday. "To this day, he doesn't think there's anybody out there who can cover him. But father time catches up to all of us." Rice is a free agent who is hoping to catch on with a team for the 2005 season.
    Our View
    Rice would be a great mentor for the Falcons' young wideouts Michael Jenkins and Roddy White, but the team is also reserving roster spots for Peerless Price, Dez White, and Brian Finneran. White is coming off a disappointing season and probably has the least job security, but based on Mora's comments it doesn't appear that Dez has to worry about losing his spot to Rice.

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    May 18, 2005 1:12 PM ET
    Jaguars: No timetable for Jones
    The News
    The Jaguars have no timetable for when first-round pick Matt Jones will join in the team's organized workouts. Jones, who suffered a strained hamstring in the April minicamp, aggravated the injury last week. Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio told the Florida Times-Union that Jones is "day-to-day," and that he is "pretty confident" Jones won't miss all 14 sessions of the latest minicamp, which concludes June 22. Tuesday, Jones participated in the pre-practice stretch and jogged through plays but was held out of 7-on-7 drills.
    Our View
    Jones battled groin and hamstring problems in college, but played in every game. The Jags want Jones to get as many reps as possible to help him transition from college quarterback to NFL wide receiver—especially after watching what missing minicamp did to the development of last year's first-round pick, wideout Reggie Williams, who was unable to attend because his class hadn't graduated at the University of Washington.

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    May 18, 2005 12:31 PM ET
    Rams: Archuleta still sidelined
    The News
    Rams' safety Adam Archuleta is still nursing the herniated disc that bothered him throughout last season. Although he feels that progress is being made, he has yet to determine when he'll be able to take part in a full-contact practice. "Let's put it this way, compared to where I was during the season, I'm about 6,000 percent better," Archuleta told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Tuesday. The 27 year-old safety has been practicing with the team, but has been limited in his activity.
    Our View
    The Rams need Archuleta to make a full recovery, as he is the team's only returning safety from last year's roster. He was supposed to move from strong safety to free safety this season to accommodate Pisa Tinoisamoa's move from linebacker to strong safety, but Tinoisamoa has balked at the coaching staff's plan to relocate him.

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    May 18, 2005 11:55 AM ET
    Giants: Hasselbeck on pace to be Eli's backup
    The News
    The Giants entered the second year of Eli Manning's career with the intention of signing a veteran quarterback to guide their young signal caller. However, after an injury put an end to veteran Jim Miller's short stint with the team, recent waiver claim Tim Hasselbeck is the leading candidate to serve as the No. 2 quarterback behind Manning, according to the New York Times. Hasselbeck is only three years older than Manning and has started two fewer games.
    Our View
    Manning will be the starter, which means Hasselbeck will battle Jesse Palmer for the No. 2 job during training camp. The odd man out appears to be heavyweight signal caller Jared Lorenzen, who might be destined for the practice squad.

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    May 18, 2005 11:55 AM ET
    Redskins: Offense changing to accommodate Portis
    The News
    Redskins' head coach Joe Gibbs is implementing more stretch plays with zone blocking, a formula that proved successful for running back Clinton Portis during his two years with the Broncos. "We were set on being a smash-mouth team," Portis told the Washington Post of the Redskins' approach to last season. "That's what we wanted to go out and do. Unfortunately, that didn't win us a lot of games, so we changed a few things up." Portis was held to a career-low 1,315 rushing yards and five touchdowns last season.
    Our View
    This could be a bounce-back year for Portis. Clinton should benefit from the return of offensive tackle Jon Jansen, who missed last season with an injury. Likewise, the addition of free agent center Casey Rabach should also lead to better production from Portis.

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    May 18, 2005 11:54 AM ET
    Texans: Boulware visits
    The News
    Free agent linebacker Peter Boulware visited Houston Tuesday to undergo a physical exam, and if the Texans are reassured about the status of Boulware's knee and toe they may make him an offer. Boulware, the Ravens' all-time sacks leader, missed all of last season with knee and toe injuries.
    Our View
    The Texans aren't Boulware's only suitor, as the Browns and Seahawks are among other interested parties. But the Texans have ranked near the bottom of the league in sacks each of the past three seasons and could use any help getting to the passer they can find.

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    May 18, 2005 11:39 AM ET
    Redskins: Taylor skips practice
    The News
    Redskins' safety Sean Taylor was a no-show at the team's offseason practice on Tuesday. However, head coach Joe Gibbs believes the second-year defensive back will report for next month's mandatory minicamp. "I would be in shock if he missed something that was mandatory," Gibbs told the Washington Post. Taylor has not returned calls from Gibbs and other coaches in recent weeks.
    Our View
    Taylor is rumored to be holding out in protest of the rookie contract he signed just last season. He fired his agent and hired Drew Rosenhaus, which has led to speculation that the former Hurricane is willing to hold out for a better deal. He hasn't missed any mandatory appearances yet, so fantasy owners who award points for individual defensive players shouldn't be too concerned with Taylor's absence from practice just yet.

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    May 18, 2005 11:27 AM ET
    Jaguars: Taylor held out
    The News
    Running back Fred Taylor, who hasn't run since suffering a knee injury last December, was limited to playing catch on the sidelines with fourth-string quarterback Nate Hybl during the Jaguars organized workouts Tuesday. However, Jacksonville coach Jack Del Rio told the Florida Times-Union he still expects Taylor to be ready in time for training camp. "We ask guys to suck it up and play through things and what not during the season," Del Rio told the Times-Union. "This is not the time for that. Fred is being very diligent, being here working hard and doing all the things he needs to do."
    Our View
    Of course, Del Rio anticipated that Taylor would return for last year's season finale and that didn't materialize. Fragile Freddy has lost any good will built up by making 44 consecutive starts, because fantasy folks still remember the 24 games he missed the previous four seasons. Until we see him back on the field, it's tough to tout him as a good fantasy play—especially given his meager three-touchdown total last year.

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    May 18, 2005 11:17 AM ET
    Cowboys: Burnett sidelined by hip injury
    The News
    Cowboys' linebacker Kevin Burnett will not take part in the team's upcoming minicamp after undergoing right hip surgery recently. The Dallas Morning News reports that the Cowboys' second-round pick in last month's draft is expected to recover in time for training camp.
    Our View
    This is a tough setback for Burnett, who is expected to challenge veteran Al Singleton for the starting strong side linebacker job during training camp.

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    May 18, 2005 11:06 AM ET
    Lions: Law still on the radar
    The News
    The Lions are still interested in signing free agent cornerback Ty Law. However, head coach Steve Mariucci said Tuesday that a deal is not imminent. "He's doing his due diligence to find out who would be interested," Mariucci told the Detroit News. "We're doing ours to see what kind of health he's in. He's been a very good player on a very good team. You have to take into consideration our current depth and his health, and our salary structure. Whether it's going to fit or not, that remains to be seen." Law is still recovering from surgery to repair his broken left foot.
    Our View
    The Dolphins and Jets have also expressed interest in the former Patriot, but the Lions might have the inside track on Law. The 31 year-old defensive back attended the University of Michigan and has many connections in the area. We will continue to keep you posted on the latest Law news as he continues to negotiate with teams.

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    May 18, 2005 10:58 AM ET
    Colts: Freeney says he'll be ready for season
    The News
    Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney, who underwent offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum, says he'll be ready for the start of training camp. "Everything is good," Freeny told the Indianapolis Star, adding that the surgery was "basically just to correct a few problems I had toward the end of the year. It was just so I can be stronger than I was last year."
    Our View
    Freeney won't participate in any of the Colts' summer school workouts. Feel free to talk up the injury in your IDP leagues in hopes of reducing the price on one of the game's elite pass rushers.

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    May 18, 2005 10:49 AM ET
    Vikings: Offord filling in for Chavous
    The News
    Fourth-year backup safety Willie Offord has been taking reps with the first-team during the Vikings' minicamp this week while starter Corey Chavous boycotts the workouts due to unhappiness with his contract situation. "Willie has done a great job," Vikings' defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell told the Star Tribune on Tuesday. "You hear him. He's vocalizing… He's a guy that really stands out." Offord logged 28 tackles while appearing in all 16 games last season.
    Our View
    Chavous' decision to hold out could potentially cost him his job in Minnesota. Vikings' head coach Mike Tice has been a vocal supporter of Offord throughout his three-year tenure with the team, and there have been rumors that Chavous might be released in June. Team vice president Rob Brzezinski has gone on record disputing those rumors, but Offord's improved play could lead to a change in plans.

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    May 18, 2005 10:43 AM ET
    Texans: MRI confirms torn ACL for Joppru
    The News
    An MRI exam Tuesday confirmed that Texans tight end Bennie Joppru will miss the 2005 season with a torn ACL, making it three straight seasons without football since being drafted in the second round out of Michigan. Joppru sustained the injury during non-contract drills Monday. He is expected to have surgery within the next three weeks and faces six to nine months of rehab.
    Our View
    Joppru can't seem to catch a break; he missed his first two pro seasons with a lingering groin injury but was expected to contend for a starting gig before his latest injury. The Texans are believed to be looking into ex-Giant Marcellus Rivers as a possible roster replacement for Joppru.

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    May 18, 2005 10:42 AM ET
    Vikings: Smith misses practice
    The News
    Vikings' running back Onterrio Smith did not take part in the team's minicamp workout on Tuesday. However, the Star Tribune cites three sources that claim Smith's absence from practice was unrelated to his recent detainment at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport last month when a kit designed to circumvent drug tests was found in his luggage. "This was a planned and excused absence," Smith's agent David Cornwell told the Star Tribune. "To say anything more would not be appropriate." Cornwell did not say whether Smith would attend practice on Wednesday.
    Our View
    Vikings' head coach Mike Tice has not been very helpful toward the media regarding this incident. In fact, Tice is declining to comment until Thursday, leaving his assistant coaches to do the talking. We're not sure why the generally affable Tice is being so tight-lipped these days, nor do we know why Smith did not practice on Tuesday. However, we will keep a close eye on this situation, including a report on whether he attends practice on Wednesday.

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    May 18, 2005 10:19 AM ET
    Patriots: Warren hoping to make larger impact
    The News
    Defensive end Ty Warren is working on his pass rushing skills this offseason in an attempt to convince Patriots coaches he deserves to stay on the field more. Warren was a starting defensive end a year ago, but came out on third downs and passing situations in favor of a pass-rushing specialist. "I've already started to put in that work and it's what I'll continue to do," Warren told the Boston Herald. "That means I'm working on everything. That first step. Quickness. Technique. It's all part of it."
    Our View
    Warren has been brought along slowly by the Pats, much like they did with Richard Seymour. In fact, Warren has 102 tackles and four sacks in two years, comparable to Seymour's 100 and eight in his first two seasons. Seymour exploded for eight sacks in his third year. While Warren clearly isn't the player Seymour is, he could be a pleasant surprise for IDP fantasy leaguers if he earns more playing time.

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    May 18, 2005 10:10 AM ET
    Jets: Abraham won't retire
    The News
    Contrary to popular belief, cornerback Donnie Abraham will play this season instead of hanging up his cleats. Coach Herman Edwards confirmed to New York Newsday on Tuesday that Abraham will participate in practices on Monday. That assertion was backed up by Abraham's agent, Jack Reale.
    Our View
    The return of Abraham likely means the Jets will stop entertaining the idea of signing free agent Ty Law. Abraham is a solid veteran who will start at corner opposite David Barrett this season and help groom 2005 draft choice Justin Miller to take over the job in a year or two.

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    May 18, 2005 10:01 AM ET
    Bills: Dante sent to purgatory
    The News
    The Bills waived running back Dante Brown on Tuesday, according to the team's official website.
    Our View
    Dante was signed in week 16 of last year as insurance for a banged-up Willis McGahee. He would have been in the mix to vie for a backup role this season, but the recent signing of former Cowboy ReShard Lee made Brown expendable.


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    Re: Around the League 5-19-05

    He fired his agent and hired Drew Rosenhaus, which has led to speculation that the former Hurricane is willing to hold out for a better deal
    So does this guy have any clients NOT holding out?!?
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    Re: Around the League 5-19-05

    You should be happy you don't live in So.Fla. One of the local news channels has Rosenhaus on as a commentator on the NFL on a regular basis.


    Let's put it this way, if you were to, through scientific manipulation, create an offspring of a donkey, Andrew Dice Clay, Tom Greene, Bill O'Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and Bill Clinton - that child would grow up and one day, upon hearing Rosenhaus speak, remark "Now, that guy is really an a$$!!!!"

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