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Week Two 2009 Thursday injury report

ARIZONA CARDINALS at JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

ARIZONA CARDINALS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
WR Steve Breaston (knee), DE Kenny Iwebema (ankle), LB Chike Okeafor (shoulder), S Matt Ware (shoulder)

Thursday
DE Kenny Iwebema (ankle), LB Chike Okeafor (shoulder), S Matt Ware (shoulder)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring), WR Early Doucet (ribs), WR Sean Morey (ribs), QB Brian St. Pierre (back)

Thursday
WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring), WR Steve Breaston (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

 Wednesday
G Reggie Wells (thumb)

Thursday
WR Early Doucet (ribs), WR Sean Morey (ribs), QB Brian St. Pierre (back), G Reggie Wells (thumb)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
TE Zach Miller (knee), CB Brian Witherspoon (hamstring)

Thursday
TE Zach Miller (knee), CB Brian Witherspoon (hamstring)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Thursday
DE Quentin Groves (thigh), LB Daryl Smith (hip)

BALTIMORE RAVENS at SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

BALTIMORE RAVENS

Practice Report
Thursday

Practice Not Complete

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
LB Terrell Suggs (concussion, chest), S Tom Zbikowski (concussion)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
S Ed Reed (concussion), TE L.J. Smith (hamstring)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
LB Tavares Gooden (knee)

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Practice Report
Thursday

Practice Not Complete

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
LB Antwan Applewhite (hamstring), C Nick Hardwick (ankle), DT Travis Johnson (groin), T Marcus McNeill (hand), RB LaDainian Tomlinson (ankle), G Louis Vasquez (knee), DT Jamal Williams (elbow)

CAROLINA PANTHERS at ATLANTA FALCONS

CAROLINA PANTHERS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
S Chris Harris (knee), DT Nick Hayden (toe), CB Sherrod Martin (knee), RB Jonathan Stewart (heel)

Thursday
S Chris Harris (knee), DT Nick Hayden (toe), T Jeff Otah (shoulder)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
DE Everette Brown (ankle), DE Charles Johnson (knee), T Jeff Otah (shoulder)

Thursday
DE Everette Brown (ankle), DE Charles Johnson (knee), CB Sherrod Martin (knee), RB Jonathan Stewart (heel)

ATLANTA FALCONS

Practice Report

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
K Jason Elam (left hamstring), S William Moore (hamstring)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
DT Peria Jerry (chest)

Thursday
K Jason Elam (left hamstring), DT Peria Jerry (chest), S William Moore (hamstring)

CINCINNATI BENGALS at GREEN BAY PACKERS

CINCINNATI BENGALS

Practice Report

OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)

Wednesday
CB David Jones (foot), T Andre Smith (foot)

Thursday
CB David Jones (foot), T Andre Smith (foot)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
DE Jonathan Fanene (not injury related), G Nate Livings (knee)

Thursday
G Nate Livings (knee), QB Jordan Palmer (illness)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
RB Brian Leonard (chest)

Thursday
RB Brian Leonard (chest)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
T Scott Kooistra (knee)

Thursday
T Scott Kooistra (knee)

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Practice Report

OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)

Wednesday
S Atari Bigby (knee)

Thursday
S Atari Bigby (knee)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
RB Brandon Jackson (ankle)

Thursday
RB Brandon Jackson (ankle)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
K Mason Crosby (abdomen), WR Greg Jennings (wrist)

Thursday
G Daryn Colledge (foot), K Mason Crosby (abdomen), WR Greg Jennings (wrist)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
CB Will Blackmon (quadricep), DT B.J. Raji (ankle)

Thursday
CB Will Blackmon (quadricep), DT B.J. Raji (ankle)

CLEVELAND BROWNS at DENVER BRONCOS

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Practice Report

OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)

Wednesday
G Rex Hadnot (knee)

Thursday
G Rex Hadnot (knee)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
RB James Davis (shoulder)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
LB David Bowens (knee), RB Jamal Lewis (neck), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (shoulder), RB Cedric Peerman (thigh), DT Shaun Rogers (foot)

Thursday
LB David Bowens (knee), RB James Davis (shoulder), RB Jamal Lewis (neck), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (shoulder), RB Cedric Peerman (thigh), DT Shaun Rogers (foot)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
RB Jerome Harrison (knee), TE Steve Heiden (knee), P Dave Zastudil (right knee)

Thursday
RB Jerome Harrison (knee), TE Steve Heiden (knee), P Dave Zastudil (right knee)

DENVER BRONCOS

Practice Report

Thursday

Practice Not Complete

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
CB Champ Bailey (ankle), S Brian Dawkins (hand), LB Spencer Larsen (shoulder), DT Le Kevin Smith (knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
S Josh Barrett (shoulder), G Chris Kuper (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Wednesday
WR Jabar Gaffney (finger), RB Knowshon Moreno (knee), QB Kyle Orton (right finger)

HOUSTON TEXANS at TENNESSEE TITANS

HOUSTON TEXANS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
DT Shaun Cody (knee), WR Andre Davis (concussion), RB Vonta Leach (knee), CB Antwaun Molden (quadricep)

Thursday
DT Shaun Cody (knee), WR Andre Davis (concussion), RB Vonta Leach (knee), CB Antwaun Molden (quadricep)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
DE Antonio Smith (illness)

Thursday
WR Kevin Walter (hamstring)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
CB Jacques Reeves (fibula), WR Kevin Walter (hamstring), CB Eugene Wilson (knee)

Thursday
CB Jacques Reeves (fibula), CB Eugene Wilson (knee)

TENNESSEE TITANS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
TE Jared Cook (ankle), TE Bo Scaife (knee), LB David Thornton (knee)

Thursday
TE Bo Scaife (knee), LB David Thornton (knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Thursday
TE Jared Cook (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
P Craig Hentrich (back)

Thursday
P Craig Hentrich (back)

MINNESOTA VIKINGS at DETROIT LIONS

MINNESOTA VIKINGS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
LB Erin Henderson (calf)

Thursday
LB Erin Henderson (calf)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
LB Heath Farwell (hamstring), G Anthony Herrera (back)

Thursday
LB Heath Farwell (hamstring), G Anthony Herrera (back)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
TE Jim Kleinsasser (hand)
Thursday
TE Jim Kleinsasser (hand)

DETROIT LIONS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
DE Cliff Avril (hamstring), QB Drew Stanton (knee)

Thursday
DE Cliff Avril (hamstring), DT Grady Jackson (knee), QB Drew Stanton (knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
DT Andre Fluellen (knee), DT Grady Jackson (knee), CB William James (foot), CB Eric King (shoulder)

Thursday
DT Andre Fluellen (knee), CB William James (foot), CB Eric King (shoulder), T Daniel Loper (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
K Jason Hanson (right knee)

Thursday
K Jason Hanson (right knee)

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS at NEW YORK JETS

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)

Thursday
LB Jerod Mayo (knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
C Dan Connolly (back), WR Julian Edelman (ankle), LB Rob Ninkovich (calf), DT Myron Pryor (calf), WR Matt Slater (elbow), LB Adalius Thomas (foot), WR Wes Welker (knee), CB Terrence Wheatley (knee)

Thursday
C Dan Connolly (back), WR Julian Edelman (ankle), G Steve Neal (back), LB Rob Ninkovich (calf), DT Myron Pryor (calf), WR Matt Slater (elbow), LB Adalius Thomas (foot), WR Wes Welker (knee), CB Terrence Wheatley (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)

Thursday
QB Tom Brady (right shoulder)

NEW YORK JETS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Thursday
QB Erik Ainge (illness)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
DT Kris Jenkins (back), DT Sione Pouha (ankle), T Damien Woody (illness), WR Wallace Wright (hamstring)

Thursday
DT Kris Jenkins (back), DT Sione Pouha (ankle), WR Wallace Wright (hamstring)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
QB Kellen Clemens (right elbow), DE Mike Devito (hamstring), RB Shonn Greene (rib), LB Bryan Thomas (ankle), LB Jamaal Westerman (quadricep)

Thursday
QB Kellen Clemens (right elbow), DE Mike Devito (hamstring), RB Shonn Greene (rib), LB Bryan Thomas (ankle), LB Jamaal Westerman (quadricep)

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS at PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

NEW ORLEANS SAINTS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
T Jammal Brown (hip), T Jermon Bushrod (ankle), DT Kendrick Clancy (knee), TE Darnell Dinkins (foot), CB Tracy Porter (knee), TE Jeremy Shockey (ankle)

Thursday
T Jammal Brown (hip), TE Darnell Dinkins (foot), CB Jabari Greer (not injury related)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
S Roman Harper (thigh, hamstring)

Thursday
TE Jeremy Shockey (ankle), RB Pierre Thomas (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
RB Pierre Thomas (knee), S Usama Young (shoulder)

Thursday
T Jermon Bushrod (ankle), DT Kendrick Clancy (knee), S Roman Harper (thigh, hamstring), CB Tracy Porter (knee), S Usama Young (shoulder)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES

Practice Report

OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)

Wednesday
G Todd Herremans (foot)
Thursday
G Todd Herremans (foot)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
S Quintin Demps (hamstring), LB Joe Mays (shoulder), QB Donovan McNabb (rib)

Thursday
S Quintin Demps (hamstring), LB Joe Mays (shoulder), QB Donovan McNabb (rib)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
WR DeSean Jackson (groin)

Thursday
DE Victor Abiamiri (groin)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
WR Kevin Curtis (knee), T King Dunlap (elbow), G Max Jean-Gilles (knee), T Winston Justice (shoulder)

Thursday
WR Kevin Curtis (knee), T King Dunlap (elbow), WR DeSean Jackson (groin), G Max Jean-Gilles (knee), T Winston Justice (shoulder)

OAKLAND RAIDERS at KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

OAKLAND RAIDERS

Practice Report

Thursday

Practice Not Complete

OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)

Wednesday
WR Nick Miller (shin), WR Chaz Schilens (foot)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
WR Johnnie Lee Higgins (shoulder)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
CB Nnamdi Asomugha (wrist), LB Kirk Morrison (elbow)

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Practice Report

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
QB Matt Cassel (knee), CB Brandon Flowers (shoulder)

Thursday
QB Matt Cassel (knee), CB Brandon Flowers (shoulder)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS at CHICAGO BEARS

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
S Tyrone Carter (not injury related), S Troy Polamalu (knee), DE Aaron Smith (not injury related), WR Hines Ward (not injury related)

Thursday
S Troy Polamalu (knee), WR Limas Sweed (foot)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
WR Limas Sweed (foot), LB Lawrence Timmons (ankle)

Thursday
LB Lawrence Timmons (ankle)

CHICAGO BEARS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
DE Mark Anderson (toe), TE Desmond Clark (rib), S Danieal Manning (back), CB Trumaine McBride (knee), LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee)

Thursday
TE Desmond Clark (rib), CB Trumaine McBride (knee), LB Pisa Tinoisamoa (knee)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
S Al Afalava (shoulder), DT Tommie Harris (knee), G Frank Omiyale (ankle)

Thursday
DE Mark Anderson (toe), S Danieal Manning (back), G Frank Omiyale (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Thursday
S Al Afalava (shoulder), DT Tommie Harris (knee)

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS at SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

Practice Report

OUT (DEFINITELY WILL NOT PLAY)

Wednesday
LB LeRoy Hill (groin)

Thursday
LB LeRoy Hill (groin)

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
WR Deion Branch (hamstring), CB Travis Fisher (hamstring), WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back spasms), T Walter Jones (knee), C Chris Spencer (quadricep), LB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring)

Thursday
WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (back spasms), C Chris Spencer (quadricep), LB Lofa Tatupu (hamstring)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Thursday
WR Deion Branch (hamstring), CB Travis Fisher (hamstring), T Walter Jones (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
S C.J. Wallace (rib)
Thursday
S C.J. Wallace (rib)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS

Practice Report

Thursday
Practice Not Complete

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
LB Ahmad Brooks (knee), DE Justin Smith (elbow)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
CB Marcus Hudson (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
G David Baas (biceps), DT Aubrayo Franklin (shin), WR Brandon Jones (shoulder), G Chilo Rachal (neck), DE Isaac Sopoaga (shoulder)

ST. LOUIS RAMS at WASHINGTON REDSKINS

ST. LOUIS RAMS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
S Craig Dahl (hamstring), T John Greco (wrist)

Thursday
T John Greco (wrist)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Thursday
S Craig Dahl (hamstring)

WASHINGTON REDSKINS

Practice Report

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
LB Robert Henson (illness)
Thursday
DT Anthony Montgomery (knee), T Chris Samuels (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Thursday
LB Robert Henson (illness)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS at BUFFALO BILLS

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
CB E.J. Biggers (shoulder), C Jeff Faine (triceps), DE Kyle Moore (groin)

Thursday
CB E.J. Biggers (shoulder), WR Antonio Bryant (knee), C Jeff Faine (triceps), DE Kyle Moore (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
WR Antonio Bryant (knee), TE John Gilmore (ankle)

Thursday
TE John Gilmore (ankle), S Jermaine Phillips (calf)

BUFFALO BILLS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
DE Chris Kelsay (knee), LB Paul Posluszny (forearm)

Thursday
LB Paul Posluszny (forearm), DE Aaron Schobel (back)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
TE Derek Fine (hamstring), CB Drayton Florence (knee)

Thursday
TE Derek Fine (hamstring), CB Drayton Florence (knee), DE Chris Kelsay (knee)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
DE Aaron Schobel (back)

NEW YORK GIANTS at DALLAS COWBOYS on Sunday night

NEW YORK GIANTS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
S Michael Johnson (shoulder), T Adam Koets (ankle), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), S Kenny Phillips (knee), CB Aaron Ross (hamstring), RB Danny Ware (elbow)

Thursday
DE Chris Canty (calf), S Michael Johnson (shoulder), T Adam Koets (ankle), WR Hakeem Nicks (foot), CB Aaron Ross (hamstring), RB Danny Ware (elbow)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
LB Michael Boley (hip), DE Chris Canty (calf), CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring), LB Clint Sintim (groin)

Thursday
CB Kevin Dockery (hamstring), S Kenny Phillips (knee), LB Clint Sintim (groin)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Thursday
LB Michael Boley (hip)

DALLAS COWBOYS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
S Michael Hamlin (wrist), LB Jason Williams (ankle)

Thursday
S Michael Hamlin (wrist), LB Jason Williams (ankle)

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Wednesday
LB Curtis Johnson (hamstring), QB Stephen McGee (knee), QB Tony Romo (ankle), S Gerald Sensabaugh (chest)

Thursday
LB Curtis Johnson (hamstring), QB Stephen McGee (knee), QB Tony Romo (ankle), S Gerald Sensabaugh (chest)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS at MIAMI DOLPHINS on Monday night

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Practice Report

DID NOT PARTICIPATE IN PRACTICE

Thursday
WR Anthony Gonzalez (knee), T Charlie Johnson (back), S Bob Sanders (knee), TE Tom Santi (ankle), CB Jamie Silva (abdomen)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE

Thursday
G Jamey Richard (shoulder)

MIAMI DOLPHINS
Practice Report

FULL PARTICIPATION IN PRACTICE
Thursday
LB Akin Ayodele (back)

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PFT's Week Two picks are posted

Every week, yours truly and Gregg Rosenthal will offer a combined set of game picks for your perusal.

And we’ll mention it here, so that you’ll click on the link, check out the picks, and maybe submit your own.

If we do well in a given week, we’ll mention it here.

Last week, for example, we were 12-4.

When I do a better job with my half than Rosenthal does with his, I’ll mention it, too.

Last week, I was 7-1, and Rosenthal was 5-3.

Generally, I pick the games in which an NFC team is the visitor, and Rosenthal takes the games with an AFC team as the road team.

This week, Rosenthal picks against the Steelers, again.

Yeah, this is gonna be easy.
 

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Childress says he won't fudge injury report for Favre

The money that the Jets, G.M. Mike Tannenbaum, and former head coach Eric Mangini paid for hiding Brett Favre’s arm injury last season has provided Vikings coach Brad Childress with a valuable education.

When it comes to Favre, Childress plans to disclose every nook or cranny of his body that might be hurt.

“My exact words [to him] were, ‘I don’t have an extra 25k, if I need to
list you on the injury report with every mucous membrane on your body,
I will do that,’” Childress said, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Favre’s name has not yet appeared on the injury report this year, despite accounts that he has a partially torn rotator cuff, cracked ribs, and sore ankles.

Next week, however, maybe we’ll see something like the list of suggested injured body parts that we’ve now posted twice, and that if we post it again someone will add a comment stating that the gag is as played as the “hello” voice made by the navel of Jerry’s girlfriend, who suffered injuries to multiple body parts when she was struck by a giant ball of oil.

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Favre keeps quiet about injury report fiasco

Typically, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre likes to talk.

A lot.

And his incessant talking about his partially torn biceps tendon ultimately resulted in the NFL nailing the Jets, G.M. Mike Tannenbaum, and former Jets coach Eric Mangini (who named one of his kids after Favre) a combined sum of $125,000.

Since news of the fines arose, Favre has said nothing.

Favre faced no questions about the situation during his weekly press conference on Wednesday, which apparently was conducted before news of the fines emerged.

Still, shouldn’t the guy who created this mess have something to say about it?  At a minimum, we hope he has apologized privately to Tannenbaum and Mangini, since their actions helped keep Favre from facing specific assaults on the injured area of his arm.

Though this issue likely will be a fading memory by the next time Favre faces the media, we hope that someone will ask him whether he has apologized to either or both of them. 

And if he hasn’t apologized to them, we hope the reality that he might eventually will be asked that question will prompt him to do so.

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Kansas City reclamation project continues

As we looked back over the list of possible topics to tackle, we noticed one that previously had been overlooked.

Peter King of SI.com pointed out Monday that, since Week Seventeen of the 2008 season, 30 Chiefs had been sent packing — and only two of them had found jobs on active rosters:  tight end Tony Gonzalez and defensive end Jason Babin.

Since Monday, those numbers have increased to 31 and 3, given the release of defensive lineman Turk McBride, a second-round pick in 2007 who was claimed on waivers by the Lions.

The list of departed and unemployed Chiefs includes safety Bernard Pollard (second-round pick in 2006), cornerback Patrick Surtain, linebacker Donnie Edwards, receivers Will Franklin (fourth-round pick in 2008), Kevin Robinson (sixth-round pick in 2008), and Jeff Webb, quarterback Ingle Martin, kicker Connor Barth, defensive end Alfonso Boone, and tackle Damion McIntosh (who likely will find a new job soon). 

Though some of the changes can be attributed to differences in offensive and defensive systems, it’s either a dramatic indictment of the decisions made by former G.M. Carl Peterson, or evidence that new G.M. Scott Pioli is in over his head.

Given the record of the Chiefs over the past two years, and the presence of three oversized Super Bowl rings in Pioli’s jewelry box, the safe bet for now is that Peterson had driven the franchise into the ground.

Then again, recognizing the need to tear the thing down is one thing.  Having the ability to rebuild it is another.  Whether Pioli and coach Todd Haley can make that happen remains to be seen.

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Bucs G.M. Dominik defends ownership

The fact that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are about $35 million under the salary cap has, reportedly, rankled some Bucs fans who would prefer to see more of owner Malcolm Glazer’s money spent on improving the team.

The fact they were rankled has now irked Bucs G.M. Mark Dominik. Speaking to Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, Dominik went to bat for his bosses Wednesday, using the firing of head coach Jon Gruden and Dominik’s predecessor, Bruce Allen, as evidence.  

“People that say the Glazers are cheap don’t realize they fired Jon Gruden with three years left on his contract, along with Bruce Allen.  They could have tried to ride that out,” noted Dominik (who would likely have a smaller office right now if they had).

Dominik dismissed speculation that the Glazers’ ownership of Manchester United (the other kind of football) created a financial drain for the Bucs.  Dominik also rattled off the deals done that he feels counter the “Glazers are cheap!” argument.

“We drafted a quarterback [Josh Freeman] in the first round and everyone knows it’s an expensive contract.  Jeff Faine became the highest-paid center in the league. We . . . made [Derrick Ward] the highest-paid free-agent running back.”

There were more, but you get the picture.  And Dominik does have a point.  The fact that the team is going through a rebuilding process naturally means there will be younger, lower-priced players on the team.  And, given that the salary cap has risen from $84.5 million in 2006 under the old CBA to more than $125 million now, having abundant cap room isn’t as indicative of miserly spending as it once was.

As for bringing up the firings of Gruden and Allen as evidence that the Glazers aren’t cheap?  He probably could have left those out, since firing Dominik eventually could provide further evidence that the Glazers aren’t extremely careful with money.

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Rex Ryan addresses Rhodes' comments

The only thing that’s keeping the days before the first Patriots-Jets game of the Rex Ryan era from looking like a pay-per-view wrestling card is the presence of a tux-wearing Gene Okerlund going from man to man with a microphone.

Safety Kerry Rhodes recently turned up the heat considerably, both by saying that the Jets hope to “embarrass” the Patriots and by suggesting that the Jets will be swarming around quarterback Tom Brady’s surgically-repaired left knee.

On Thursday, Jets coach Rex Ryan — the Captain Lou Albano of this runup to the Royal Rumble — tried to explain away Rhodes’ remarks.
 
“I think they just want to win,” Ryan said.  “Our franchise has been embarrassed [with] eight straight losses at home [to the Patriots].  You’ll have to ask Kerry if that’s what he meant, but that’s probably where that tone was coming from.”

Right.  Winning the game equates to embarrassing the other team.

Then again, maybe it really will be an embarrassment for the Patriots to lose to a Jets team that seems to be a lot more concerned about talking than preparing for the game — and that thinks any Week Two contest would be remotely on par with a Super Bowl.

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Tomlinson misses second day of practice

Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson, who recently claimed that he’s still the best running back in the league, might have a lot of catching up to do.

Already 125 yards behind Adrian Peterson, L.T. might find himself in a much deeper hole if he misses one or more games with a high ankle sprain suffered on Monday night against the Raiders.

He has missed practice both Wednesday and Thursday due to the injury.  On Friday, the Chargers will apply a label regarding his anticipated availability for Sunday.  (We’re guessing that he’ll be questionable, and that whether he plays will be a game-time decision.)

Center Nick Hardwick also has missed both days of practice with an ankle injury from Monday night, along with guard Louis Vasquez (knee), defensive end Travis Johnson (groin), and linebacker Antwan Applewhite (hamstring).

Appearing on the Thursday’s injury report was punter Mike Scifres, who has a groin injury and who participated in practice on a limited basis.  He was not listed on Wednesday’s report.

The good news is that left tackle Marcus McNeill, who missed practice Wednesday with a hand injury, fully participated in practice on Thursday.  Also, defensive tackle Jamal Williiams (arm) practiced on a limited basis after missing practice on Wednesday.

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Roof, doors will be open at Cowboys Stadium

When the North Texas Football Cathedral makes it official debut on Sunday night, God will be able to watch the game.

If that big television wasn’t in the way.

According to Jeff Caplan of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the hole in the roof and the world’s largest sliding glass doors will be open for the Giants-Cowboys game.

It will be the first time for any event that the roof and doors, positioned behind each end zone, will be open, weather permitting.

The crowd at the game, to be televised on NBC, is expected to exceed 100,000, with 30,000 fans attending on a standing-room only basis, at $29 each.

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Personnel men line up to rip Niners

Nobody’s looking very good in the 50-plus day hunger strike being waged by Michael Crabtree.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports asked seven front-office types if they believed the Niners should be given some kind of draft protection if Crabtree holds out all season and goes back in the draft.

Not only was it 7-0 saying “no flippin’ way,” but the assorted execs also took aim at San Francisco for their handling of the whole situation.

“Why would I want to end up with a lower pick in [a subsequent] draft because another team couldn’t sign a player?” an NFC North exec asked Robinson.  “If you can’t find a way to sign a draft choice, it puts you in some bad company.  Somewhere along the way, you really [messed] up.”

An NFC G.M. said the Niners simply should have known better given Crabtree’s diva act leading up to the draft and the history of contentious negotiations in which his agent, Eugene Parker, has been involved.

“Part of the art of the draft is making sure you pick the right guy,” the unnamed G.M. insisted.  “You owe it to the owner and the organization to pick the right guy in the right situation. . . .  Just because he’s the best player on the board at the time you pick, you can’t just throw caution to the wind and say, ‘Well, we’ll be the one to change him.’”

Of course, since the identifies of the personnel execs aren’t known, it’s also not known whether they passed on Crabtree when they had the chance — or whether they’ll pass on him again if he re-enters the draft.

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Bait and switch from Leodis McKelvin

Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin has a message for the two kids who vandalized his lawn.

“Psych!”

McKelvin said Wednesday that he doesn’t want to press charges against the person or persons responsible for spray painting the final score of Monday night’s loss to the Patriots and a portrait of Terrell Owens depiction of the male anatomy on McKelvin’s grass.

According to WBEN (via BuffaloSportsDaily.com), McKelvin has executed a sworn affidavit indicating that he now wants to press charges.

It’s possible that Stefan Djordjevic and Sean Penn’s brother who was going to play for USC ‘fessed up to the crime in reliance upon McKelvin’s declaration that he doesn’t want to get anyone arrested.  It’s unclear whether McKelvin planned all along to drop the hammer, or whether he had a change of heart. 

Either way, McKelvin has gone from turning the other cheek to showing those kids the skin of his ass.

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Vince Young comes up big for McNair's kids

We know this was mentioned earlier today in Josh Alper’s capably compiled “One-Liners”.

But it’s worth popping out a separate post to point out that Vince Young did a good thing Wednesday.  A really good thing.  He took Steve McNair’s two young sons out to breakfast at The Pancake Pantry in Nashville.

McNair’s sons attend the St. Paul Christian Academy.  On Wednesday, there was a “Dear Dads Breakfast,” in which fathers take their kids out to breakfast as a group.

Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean reports that Young stepped in for McNair, who was slain July 4.

“It was a great, great gesture.  All the kids had been talking about the dads’ breakfast and [Trenton and Tyler McNair] were wondering what was going to happen with them,” said St. Paul admissions director Julie Dilworth.

At McNair’s funeral two months ago, Young pledged to McNair’s sons that they could count on him going forward.

“Those are my boys,” Young told Wyatt.  “I wouldn’t say it was to pay anyone back; it was just out of love.  Steve would do it for me.  He pretty much did it for me when I was growing up.  I have a history with the boys and I want to do anything I can.  I am their big brother.”

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Kurt Warner sees a silver lining in cloudy start

Folks in Arizona are rightfully wringing their hands after the defending NFC champs laid an egg in the 2009 opener.

But quarterback Kurt Warner thinks that the consternation is constructive.

“The great thing about that is we’ve set an expectation,” Warner said, according to the Arizona Republic.  “We
expect to live up to it and when we don’t people get disappointed. 
That’s what we tried to build here, so we can’t get mad at that.”

Right, if the expectations are justified.

As to the Cardinals, they’re not.  Indeed, history eventually will tell us that what we saw from the Cardinals in January 2009 was remarkable, because the Cardinals simply weren’t that good.

They went 9-7 in the worst division in the league.  In five of the losses, the Cardinals gave up more than 44 points per game on average.

So they were a mediocre team.  And they overachieved in dramatic fashion.  Now, they’re back in the valley of 0-0 (actually, 0-1), and they have a huge target on their chests.

No matter how Warner spins it, expectations won’t made a so-so team better.  Instead, it’ll merely make the players more likely to quit once the wheels start wobbling.

Of course, the wheels already are shaking a little, after losing at home to the 49ers.  It’ll only get worse if the Cardinals lose to the Jags at a half-empty stadium on Sunday.

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Rhodes delivers questionable volley at Pats

First, Kris Jenkins said the Jets were preparing like Sunday’s game against New England was the Super Bowl. Then, Jets coach Rex Ryan sent out a voice mail to season-ticket holders pleading with them to make things miserable for the Patriots Sunday at the Meadowlands.

Now, Jets safety Kerry Rhodes is chiming in with an apparent allusion to creating traffic around Tom Brady’s surgically repaired left leg.

Rhodes told the New York Daily News that the Jets were going to “try and embarrass” the Patriots and rattle Brady.

“I’m sure if somebody is around his leg or he feels pressure below, he’s not going to step into his throw,” Rhodes added.

Of course, that would be true for any quarterback.  So true, in fact, that it bears no mentioning.  The fact that Rhodes does mention the Jets applying pressure “around his leg” goes right up to the line of what’s appropriate pregame trash talk.

Some might feel it’s beyond it.

And this presents a mild problem.  Because even while Ryan’s tone in tweaking the Patriots has been entertaining, Rhodes — who by no means has a reputation as a dirty player — has now changed the tone from one of merely standing up to the tyrannical Patriots to going after an opposing player’s injury.

We’re not being naive.  Of course the Jets want Brady to move laterally and be unable to step up in the pocket.  And why wouldn’t they say so?  But publicly declaring an injured area is going to be targeted, as Rhodes seems to, is not wise.

Ryan’s tail-twisting has been very general.  Rhodes’ comment?  Probably a little too specific.

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Brandon Marshall says he was "100%" a long time ago

Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall broke his silence to the local media Thursday, although he didn’t have much to say.

During what the Denver Post is calling the “Immaculate Deflection,” Marshall reportedly ignored questions about the circumstances that led to his suspension, how close he is to Pro Bowl form, and whether he’s done anything to make up for his behavior to his teammates. 

Marshall did say that he’s fully recovered from offseason hip surgery and the hamstring injury that kept him out for most of the preseason.

“I think I was 100 percent a long time
ago,” Marshall said. “I’m just taking the time now to prepare myself
for each week, and this week is Cleveland.”

These untrained eyes thought Marshall was lacking some of his usual explosion in Week One, but he was still able to get open a few times.  Holding on to the ball was another matter; Marshall had at least two drops.

Still, like so many offseason dramas, the storm around Marshall has quieted down now that the season has started and weekly paychecks are at stake.

Marshall begrudgingly seems to realize that they only way he’ll get the money he wants is to shut up and start producing. 

He may also realize putting up Pro Bowl numbers won’t be nearly as easy to do this year with Kyle Orton behind center.

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