The judge who will determine how much time Michael Vick spends in prison has shown little mercy over the years for high-profile defendants. Nobody knows this better than defense lawyer Robert H. Smallenberg. In 2004, he represented a city official who stole more than $1 million from Richmond taxpayers.
Quarterback Jon Kitna’s status for the Detroit Lions’ third preseason game remained uncertain Thursday. Offensive coordinator Mike Martz said the Lions will wait until Saturday afternoon to decide whether the starter will play that night at Indianapolis. Kitna left Tuesday’s practice with back spasms and has not taken part in drills since.
The New York Jets have reached an agreement to trade disgruntled veteran Pete Kendall to the Washington Redskins, who hope the 34-year-old lineman will make up for the team’s inability to find a suitable starting left guard in the offseason. Pending a physical, the Jets will receive a fifth-round pick in 2008 or a fourth-rounder
Falcons quarterback Michael Vick “is not a victim” and should be held responsible for his actions involving a dogfighting ring in Virginia, the national president of the NAACP said Thursday. “He absolutely must account for what he has done,” Dennis Courtland Hayes, interim president and CEO of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored
The Cincinnati Bengals signed veteran linebacker Lemar Marshall on Thursday, two days after he was released by the Washington Redskins. Marshall, a Cincinnati native who started 45 games over the past three seasons for the Redskins, signed a one-year contract, the Bengals said. Cincinnati released second-year tight end Erik Jensen, signed as a free agent
Jerome Bettis, the No. 5 rusher in NFL history, claims in a new book that he faked a knee injury during training camp in 2000 so the Pittsburgh Steelers wouldn’t cut him and install Richard Huntley as the starter. Bettis was worried offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride favored Huntley over him and the Steelers were ready
Daunte Culpepper will be Oakland’s starting quarterback in the Raiders’ preseason game Friday night against St. Louis. Culpepper, who signed with the Raiders as a free agent July 31 after being released by Miami in the offseason, has been taking the majority of reps with Oakland’s starters in practice this week but coach Lane Kiffin
Randy Moss strolled through the Patriots’ locker room with a smile and without a limp. When it came time for the start of Wednesday’s practice, though, he was a no-show — again. The New England wide receiver is one of several key players who, because of physical woes or contract problems, haven’t practiced much, if
It’s a boy for Bridget Moynahan and New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady. The actress gave birth to the baby in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Moynahan’s publicist Christina Papadapoulos said in a statement. “Both mother and baby are doing well,” she said. Other details were not immediately released.
Eli Manning defended his decision to rip former New York Giants teammate Tiki Barber on Wednesday, saying there are times when you just have to react to criticism. The quarterback also said there are also times to forgive and forget, and that he would like to put his disagreement with the halfback-turned-football-analyst behind them.
More than 50 pit bulls seized from Michael Vick’s property face a Thursday deadline to be claimed. If no one comes forward, they could be euthanized. Federal prosecutors filed court documents last month to condemn 53 pit bulls seized in April as part of the investigation into dogfighting on the Vick’s property.
Trot’s spot has been filled. The middle linebacker position belongs to Omar Gaither now, earlier than expected after the surprising release of Jeremiah Trotter. One practice, Gaither worked with the first team defense; the next one, he was a full-fledged member prepping for a preseason start. The second-year pro isn’t exactly a novice — he