Atlanta Falcons coach Bobby Petrino met Monday with cornerback DeAngelo Hall, trying to sort out their differences over the release of defensive tackle Grady Jackson. Both said they were ready to move on after getting together privately before practice. “Obviously, you don’t like to see some of those comments made,” Petrino said.
The Denver Broncos deactivated leading rusher Travis Henry for the game Monday night against Green Bay because of sore ribs. Henry hurt his ribs in the third quarter against Pittsburgh in last week’s 31-28 win. Henry has also been hampered by right ankle and knee ailments this season. He has 549 yards on 119 carries this season.
Tony Dungy welcomed the three-ring circus back to Indianapolis on Monday. With more reporters, more hype and more debate than a regular-season game typically merits, Dungy instructed his Colts to have fun as they prepare for another high-wire act: Playing the dreaded Patriots. “I really think that’s why you’re in the league, for games like this,” the Indy coach said Monday.
Eric Mangini summoned Chad Pennington into his office and broke the news that the New York Jets have a new starting quarterback. It’s Kellen Clemens’ turn to see if he can turn around the season. “Coach made it clear that I’m not the villain here,” Pennington said Monday. “And I’m not the only one to blame for the lack of our success or our problems, but he did feel like Kellen deserved a chance.”…
Washington Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers is out of the year with torn ligaments in his right knee. Rogers was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday’s 52-7 loss to the New England Patriots. An MRI on Monday revealed tears in the ACL and MCL. He will have surgery in about two weeks and begin rehabilitation with the possible goal of returning for next year’s training camp.
J.P. Losman lost his job as the Bills’ starting quarterback due to injury this season. Now, Trent Edwards can wonder if it’s his turn. Coach Dick Jauron gave the quarterback revolving door another spin Monday, a day after Edwards sprained his right wrist and watched from the sideline while Losman stepped in to lead the Bills to a 13-3 win over the New York Jets.
The preliminaries are over. Eight blowout wins in eight games. Now the New England Patriots are preparing for their main event. Their weekly chatter about how good the upcoming opponent is finally makes sense when they talk about the Indianapolis Colts. “They’ve won however many straight, won a championship last year,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Monday.
While the Giants and Dolphins were sliding around the turf at Wembley Stadium, the NFL had a cadre of about 40 volunteers working the stands doing other important work. They were asking questions of the fans who attended the NFL’s first regular-season game outside of North America what they liked and didn’t like and, maybe most importantly, if they were aware of the meaning of the game they were…
Yi Jianlian will be in Milwaukee’s starting lineup when the Bucks open the season in Orlando on Wednesday night. The lineup unveiled Monday by coach Larry Krystkowiak includes the 6-foot-11 power forward from China. Also getting a starting nod is veteran forward Desmond Mason, who signed as a free agent in the offseason to rejoin his former team.
Dejected over not getting to play in Minnesota with Kevin Garnett, Juwan Howard could end up a teammate of another superstar: LeBron James. Howard, a 13-year veteran forward whose contract was bought out by the Timberwolves on Monday, would fit nicely with James and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who are desperate for experienced frontline help.
The Minnesota Timberwolves did some wheeling and dealing on Monday, reaching a buyout with veteran Juwan Howard and making a trade with San Antonio to get to the 15-man roster limit before the deadline. The Timberwolves sent a protected 2008 second-round pick to the Spurs for cash considerations and guard Beno Udrih, whom the Wolves immediately waived.
Kobe Bryant remains a Laker — for now. Because of the difficulty involved in trading an NBA superstar, Bryant could play in a Los Angeles uniform for days, weeks or months, no matter how much he wants out or those in charge wish to move him. Bryant professes to be very close to his coach and quite fond of his teammates.