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    Around the League 6-1-05

    Newsbreakers Recap

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    May 31, 2005 3:34 PM ET
    Vikings: Birk to miss up to four months
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    Vikings' center Matt Birk underwent hip surgery on Tuesday that could sideline him for all of training camp and even a portion of the regular season. Birk, who underwent three previous operations for sports hernias, had his labrum repaired during his most recent procedure. "This is all a function of having tried to compensate for (the hernias)," Birk told the ESPN website. "When they checked on the hernia, to see how it was progressing, they found this thing. Hopefully, this will take care of it." Birk has now undergone four surgeries over the last nine months.
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    Losing Birk for any length of time would be a big blow to the Vikings' offensive line. He is widely regarded as the team's top lineman, and his absence would be felt by everyone from quarterback Daunte Culpepper to running back Michael Bennett. If Birk misses playing time, he would likely be replaced in the starting lineup by six-year veteran Cory Withrow.

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    May 31, 2005 2:34 PM ET
    Cowboys: Davis ahead of the pack
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    Keith Davis is the man to beat for the Cowboys' starting free safety job. "I think Keith has played pretty darn good in this camp," Cowboys' head coach Bill Parcells told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Monday. "I am torn there because he is my best special teams player. But if he is the best player, he is going to play. I am torn because if he is starting, we are going to be losing a lot on special teams." Other contenders for the starting job include Lynn Scott, Clint Finley, and rookie Justin Beriault.
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    The Cowboys are trying to fill the role vacated by Darren Woodson, who retired during the offseason after missing the entire 2004 season. It's still possible that Parcells will sign a free agent when cuts are made after June 1. However, if the team doesn't bring in a new competitor, Davis will likely be the starter.

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    May 31, 2005 1:10 PM ET
    Titans: Rookie wideouts catching on
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    With Derrick Mason a cap casualty and Tyrone Calico still recuperating from offseason knee surgery, the Titans' trio of rookie wide receivers—Brandon Jones, Courtney Roby, and Roydell Williams—has had ample opportunity to work with starting quarterback Steve McNair and catch the attention of the coaching staff. "The knack for going after the football, it's impressive," McNair told The Tennessean. "They are coming in running better routes than I expected and making catches better than I expected, especially with the deep ball."
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    Jones, who possesses 4.38 speed, has been the most impressive of the three through the Titans' minicamps and capped the most recent camp with a great downfield grab that left teammates talking. One or more of the trio could easily push their way into fantasy prominence, as there are plenty of vacancies behind projected starters Drew Bennett and Calico.

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    May 31, 2005 12:58 PM ET
    Colts: Jackson faces lawsuit
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    First-round pick Marlin Jackson joined the array of Colts making an appearance on the offseason legal blotter when a $10 million civil lawsuit was filed against him May 24. The lawsuit stems from a 2003 incident in which Jackson, then a student-athlete at Michigan, was charged with felonious aggravated assault for striking Shahin Farokhrany. Jackson pled guilty to a misdemeanor in August 2003 and completed community service and a one-year probation. At the time of Jackson's sentencing, Farokhrany told reporters that he didn't suffer any permanent damage to his vision and would not pursue civil action, adding that he wanted to move past the incident. Farkhrany's new lawsuit claims Farkhrany has suffered permanent vision loss, mental and physical anguish, and "general damages in the millions of dollars," according to the Indianapolis Star.
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    Funny how seeing the guy who kicked your tail land a fat NFL contract makes those bumps and bruises become lifelong debilitating scars, at least according to your ambulance-chasing attorney. Odds are Jackson will adhere to the time-honored tradition of making the lawsuit go away by paying the claimant some undeserved cash. Welcome to the NFL, Marlin. The incident is unlikely to impact Jackson's quest for a starting spot in the Indy secondary.

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    May 31, 2005 12:48 PM ET
    Giants: Burress cleared in tax error
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    An arrest warrant that had been issued for Giants' wide receiver Plaxico Burress was rescinded over the weekend. Burress' agent told the New York Times that his client was a victim of a "bureaucratic snafu." Meanwhile, a lawyer who represents Burress said his client owes no back taxes. "He paid where he worked, it was taken right out of his paycheck by the Steelers and paid to the city of Pittsburgh," attorney Chuck Potter told the Post. "He's paid every penny he owed."
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    Hey, the IRS really does make mistakes. Actually, we're just going based on the information published by the Post. For the record, we would never accuse our good friends at the IRS of making an error of any kind.

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    May 31, 2005 12:22 PM ET
    Cowboys: Romo has edge in backup battle
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    The battle for the primary backup quarterback role in Dallas started during a minicamp workout over the weekend. Although it's too early to predict a winner, Cowboys' head coach Bill Parcells said Tony Romo has a slight edge over Drew Henson in familiarity with the system. "I think it's going to play itself out this summer" Parcells told the Dallas Morning News. "I really do. That's gonna be one of the easier things to decide because we're going to give them so many reps." Drew Bledsoe has already been named the Cowboys' starter.
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    The Cowboys showed confidence in Romo by giving him a two-year contract earlier this month. However, owner Jerry Jones is a big believer in Henson, whom the team acquired in a trade with the Texans last year. We'll continue to keep you posted on this battle throughout the summer.

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    May 31, 2005 11:37 AM ET
    Cardinals: Arrington could start
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    Cardinals' head coach Dennis Green is open the idea of starting rookie running back J.J. Arrington. The Arizona Republic reports that Arrington is one of four rookies the team will consider for starting roles. The former California rusher was selected in round two of last month's draft.
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    Arrington's primary competition for the starting job will be Marcel Shipp, who missed last season due to injuries. Even before he went down with the injury, Shipp had already been demoted to backup duty behind Emmitt Smith, which is a good indication that Green isn't fond of the four-year veteran. Therefore, we consider Arrington the favorite to win the starting job during training camp.


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    Re: Around the League 6-1-05

    Quote Originally Posted by RamWraith
    Cardinals' head coach Dennis Green is open the idea of starting rookie running back J.J. Arrington.
    I'd be pretty shocked if Arrington wasn't starting for the Cards this season.
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    Re: Around the League 6-1-05

    An arrest warrant that had been issued for Giants' wide receiver Plaxico Burress was rescinded over the weekend. Burress' agent told the New York Times that his client was a victim of a "bureaucratic snafu." Meanwhile, a lawyer who represents Burress said his client owes no back taxes. "He paid where he worked, it was taken right out of his paycheck by the Steelers and paid to the city of Pittsburgh," attorney Chuck Potter told the Post. "He's paid every penny he owed."
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    Hey, the IRS really does make mistakes.
    As an employee of the federal government, I feel a need to defend Uncle Sam on this one. Burress' tax issue has absolutely nothing to do with the IRS. The "bureaucratic snafu" was on the part of the City of Pittsburg and the Moon Township. The federal government had nothing to do with any of this.
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