Once again, the Minnesota Vikings will delay naming their starting quarterback until Sunday’s pregame warmups. Tarvaris Jackson, who was knocked out last week with a concussion, is listed as questionable for the game at Green Bay. Brooks Bollinger will start if Jackson doesn’t, but coach Brad Childress said Friday he will wait to reveal his starter for the third time in nine games.
Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El were unable to practice again Friday, putting the Washington Redskins in a perilous position at receiver for Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles. Moss is sidelined with a bruised heel and is listed as questionable on the injury report, but neither Moss nor coach Joe Gibbs sounded optimistic that it would heal sufficiently before game time.
Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth will be a game-time decision Sunday after missing his third consecutive practice Friday with a right hamstring injury. “We still haven’t ruled him out,” coach Jeff Fisher said. “He can play without practicing. The decision will be based on how he is before game time.” Haynesworth hasn’t practiced all week after injuring his hamstring with about three…
Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Zach Thomas will sit out Sunday against Buffalo because of migraines, the fourth game he has missed since a concussion in September. The setback raised anew questions about whether the 34-year-old Thomas will return this season. He hasn’t played since suffering whiplash in a car accident driving home from the Dolphins’ loss to New England on Oct.
It’s come to this for the Panthers: Undrafted rookie Matt Moore, with the team since September, could start Sunday against the Falcons if Vinny Testaverde’s Achilles tendon doesn’t improve. Testaverde had practiced two straight days, but was held out of Friday’s workout because he again felt pain in his right Achilles tendon and was listed as questionable.
The calls for JaMarcus Russell to play have already started from the disgruntled Oakland Raiders fans. The franchise quarterback said he’s ready whenever he’s called upon and coach Lane Kiffin admits he thinks about playing the talented rookie “all the time.” The question now is when do the Raiders actually turn their struggling offense over to Russell and begin to see whether they made the right…
The Chicago Bears have lost nine-time Pro Bowl left guard Ruben Brown for the season because of a right shoulder injury that will require surgery. The team placed Brown on injured reserve Thursday after he missed Wednesday’s practice. Terrence Metcalf will take Brown’s place in the starting lineup Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.
New Orleans Saints sacks leader Brian Young had arthroscopic surgery for left knee swelling and will miss Sunday’s home game against the St. Louis Rams. “We’ll see a time frame on his rehab, but it got to a point where we felt like this was the best thing to do,” head coach Sean Payton said after practice Thursday.
Don Shula used softer language Thursday, but stuck by his belief the New England Patriots’ success this season is diminished by the spying scandal that prompted stiff punishment from the NFL in September. In an interview with Sports Betting News, Shula laughed when asked if the Patriots deserve an asterisk if they finish 19-0.
Running back Larry Johnson’s injured right foot “has made significant improvement,” the Kansas City Chiefs said Thursday. Johnson, who rushed for more than 1,750 yards each of the past two years, was injured in the fourth quarter last week of Kansas City’s 33-22 loss to Green Bay. Coaches have said he would almost certainly not play this Sunday against Denver.
Phoenix center Amare Stoudemire’s sore right knee is much better, and he was available to play in Friday night’s game against the winless Miami Heat. Stoudemire said he felt no pain during the team’s morning shootaround in Miami. “I think he’ll start. He should,” Suns coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It was just a matter of time.
Tadd Fujikawa received a sponsor’s exemption to play the Sony Open, where last year the 16-year-old became the youngest player in 50 years to make the cut on the PGA Tour. With all the attention on another Hawaii teen, Michelle Wie, Fujikawa made a 15-foot eagle putt on the 18th hole for a 66 in the second round to make the cut.