First, Michael Vick apologized to all the people he lied to. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank. Coach Bobby Petrino. His teammates. “I was not honest and forthright in our discussions,” the star quarterback said Monday, somber and deliberate and not speaking from notes. Then he apologized to “all the young kids
Looking for more experience behind young starter Tarvaris Jackson, the Minnesota Vikings acquired veteran quarterback Kelly Holcomb in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday. The 34-year-old Holcomb is entering his 12th season and has 21 career starts, nearly twice as many as the other three quarterbacks on the Vikings’ roster combined.
Lane Kiffin narrowed his choice for a starting quarterback down to two players on Monday but the Oakland Raiders coach still isn’t ready to announce his decision. Josh McCown and Daunte Culpepper, both of whom started preseason games, will continue to split reps with the Raiders’ first offense in practice this week.
Kevan Barlow, a former 49ers and Jets running back who signed with his hometown Steelers earlier this year, was among 10 players released Monday during Pittsburgh’s first roster cutdown. The moves trimmed the roster to 75 players. The Steelers must reach the season-opening 53-man limit by Saturday, two days after their preseason finale at Carolina.
One-time special teams Pro Bowler David Tyree of the New York Giants will be sidelined up to six weeks with a broken left wrist. Tyree will have surgery, coach Tom Coughlin said Monday, adding that the team was willing to keep him on the roster in hopes of getting him back. The five-year veteran was
Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter returned to practice Monday, less than three weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery, and he was optimistic he’ll play in the season-opener Sept. 9 at Washington. “I didn’t do too much. I just ran around a little bit and tested it out,” said Porter, who was limited in drills.
Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith has earned the job as the Baltimore Ravens’ third-string quarterback. His place on the team, however, is not yet guaranteed. The Ravens cut former UCLA quarterback Drew Olson on Monday, leaving Smith alone on the depth chart behind starter Steve McNair and backup Kyle Boller.
Cornerback Asante Samuel returned to the New England Patriots on Monday, moving closer to ending a contract dispute that had cost him a month of the preseason. Samuel, who tied for the NFL lead with 10 interceptions last season, was at Gillette Stadium taking a physical on Monday, coach Bill Belichick said.
This is one of those landmark days, a dividing line that will forever define the history of the Atlanta Falcons. Never mind that it’s only the preseason. On Monday morning, Michael Vick will walk into a federal courtroom in Richmond, Va., to plead guilty to gruesome dogfighting charges, which will almost certainly end his Falcons
Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney bruised his right thigh during the Indianapolis Colts’ 37-10 win over Detroit Saturday night and isn’t expected to play Friday at Cincinnati. Coach Tony Dungy said Sunday that the injury is not serious and Freeney would probably play if it were a regular-season game.
Tony Dungy wanted Saturday night’s preseason game to be a tuneup for the defending Super Bowl champions. Peyton Manning was thinking more about cleaning up. The Super Bowl MVP threw three first-half touchdowns and was nearly perfect as the Indianapolis Colts routed Detroit 37-10 for Indy’s second win in 13 preseason games.
The stadium lights dimmed while Kyle Boller’s throw was in mid-air. The pass was incomplete — just like the game. With more lightning on the way, officials decided enough was enough. Saturday night’s preseason game between the Baltimore Ravens and Washington Redskins was halted with 11:38 remaining in the third quarter, giving the Redskins an