If Dante Hall played against the Kansas City Chiefs in the regular season, it would definitely hold some importance. Now, the St. Louis Rams’ new return man is rather blase about meeting the team that let him go, in the final preseason game Thursday night. Hall does not view the annual Governor’s Cup matchup as
Shayne Graham walked with a slight limp on Wednesday, leaving the Cincinnati Bengals unsure whether they will have one of the NFL’s most accurate kickers available for the season opener. The Bengals signed Aaron Elling as his replacement on Wednesday, giving them someone to kick in the final preseason game against the Indianapolis Colts —
Asante Samuel is back with the Patriots and preparing for the regular season. Michael Strahan remains away from the Giants and may never play again. While their teammates wrap up the exhibition season against each other Thursday night, the two defensive stars who held out of training camp almost certainly will be on the sidelines.
Maybe he’s just fortunate, but Mike Holmgren has never faced the situation in front of first-year Oakland coach Lane Kiffin. In his long career, from being an assistant in San Francisco to his head coaching days in Green Bay and Seattle, Holmgren has always gone into the final preseason game set on his starting quarterback.
The eBay auction for 22 Michael Vick football cards, chewed up and slobbered on by two Missouri dogs, ended Wednesday as the winning bidder dished out $7,400 — with the money expected to be donated to the Humane Society. The success of that auction, with 31 different bidders, created a craze of 25 other postings
Asante Samuel now is ready to build on his outstanding 2006 season. Insisting he’s happy his holdout is over and he has a one-year, $7.79 million contract, the Patriots cornerback was at practice Tuesday. Last year, the best of his first four since New England drafted him in 2003, he tied Champ Bailey of Denver
The Denver Broncos cut two of their starters from last year: defensive end Kenard Lang and punter Paul Ernster. The Broncos also placed wide receiver Rod Smith, their career receptions and touchdowns leader, on the reserve/physically unable to perform list on Tuesday. Smith is recovering from offseason hip surgery.
Jacksonville claimed linebacker Roy Manning off waivers Tuesday and released linebacker Chris Claiborne. Claiborne signed a one-year contract with the Jaguars on Sunday, but he ended up being more out of shape than the club anticipated. Claiborne, the ninth overall pick by Detroit in 1999, had been out of football since the New York Giants
Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel is appealing the $12,500 fine he received for a low hit on Washington quarterback Jason Campbell during an Aug. 18 preseason game. Campbell bruised a knee and was taken out of the game, but was not seriously hurt. He expects to play Thursday night against Jacksonville in the Redskins’ final
Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said he panicked after crashing his new Lamborghini along a highway early Monday morning and initially reported his car stolen after abandoning the mangled vehicle. Speaking to reporters after practice on Tuesday, Briggs said he called a tow truck after leaving the scene and then reported his 2007 Murcielago was
Browns center LeCharles Bentley’s comeback has been delayed, and cornerback Gary Baxter expressed frustration Tuesday with media portrayals of his return from injury. Cleveland placed Bentley on the physically unable to perform list to give his surgically repaired knee more time to heal. Bentley has yet to practice, but hasn’t given up on playing this
Guard Rick DeMulling was expected to give the Indianapolis Colts offensive line an experienced backup. Now the six-year veteran is looking for a job. DeMulling, a former starter with the Colts, and Keith O’Neil, a key contributor on special teams during last year’s Super Bowl run, were the most prominent names among the 10 players