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NFL News Archive

NFL News Archive

Seahawks First Round Pick Signs, Reports for Camp(Aug. 3) The Seattle Seahawks have signed first round draft pick Chris Spencer, a center out of Mississippi, who also reported for practice on Wednesday.

Bears May Lose Azumah to Hip Surgery(Aug. 3) According to the Chicago Tribune, cornerback/kick returner Jerry Azumah may be facing hip surgery and could miss the next three weeks of the preseason.

Millen Signs Five Year Extension(Aug. 3) Despite a shaky record through his tenure as president and CEO of the Detroit Lions, Matt Millen has been given a five year extension.

Deion Failed Steroids Test, or Did He?(Aug. 2) Deion Sanders says he failed a steroids test before making his comeback with the Ravens because of a treatment for a sprained ankle, but the Baltimore Ravens say that’s not the case.

McDougle Released from Hospital(Aug. 2) Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle was released from Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami just five days after being shot in the abdomen during a robbery attempt.

Second Rounder Webster Agrees to Deal(Aug. 2) The New York Jets have signed their top draft pick, second round cornerback Corey Webster out of LSU. Details were not immediately available.

Redskins Sign Cornerback Carlos Rogers(Aug. 2) The Washington Redskins have signed former Auburn cornerback Carlos Rogers just hours after agreeing to terms with their other first round draft pick Jason Campbell.

Seymour and Patriots Reach Agreement(Aug. 2) The New England Patriots and defensive lineman Richard Seymour have reached an agreement that will end the three time Pro Bowler’s holdout.

Bengals Sign Rookie Linebacker Thurman(Aug. 2) Rookie middle linebacker Odell Thurman has agreed to a five year deal with the Bengals, and is expected to attend his first practice Tuesday afternoon. His addition is a boost to a linebacking corps that is a little depleted at this time. Although head coach Marvin Lewis named Thurman the starter at MLB, reports say the rookie will have to work his way back into the lineup.

Jaguars Agree to Terms with WR Matt Jones(Aug. 2) The Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to terms on a contract with rookie wide receiver Matt Jones. Jones, who is transitioning from the quarterback position he played at Arkansas, is expected to report to training camp today.

Reid Angered by Westbrook’s Absence(Aug. 3) Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid ripped into running back Brian Westbrook, who is holding out in protest of his contract situation.

Williams Controlling Addictive Behavior(Aug. 3) Ricky Williams told reporters Tuesday he thinks he has “done a pretty good job” of controlling his addictive behavior.

Azumah Out After Hip Surgery(Aug. 3) Chicago Bears cornerback/kick returner Jerry Azumah will miss the next three to four weeks after undergoing hip surgery earlier today.

Colts’ Stokley Suffers Dislocated Shoulder(Aug. 4) Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokley suffered a dislocated shoulder in practice Thursday morning and is expected to miss three to four weeks.

Bengals and Pollack at Impasse?(Aug. 4) The Hamilton Journal News is reporting that the Cincinnati Bengals and first round draft pick David Pollack have reached an impasse in contract negotiations and the sticking point appears to be the signing bonus.

Jamal Lewis Return Delayed(Aug. 4) The return of Jamal Lewis to the Baltimore Ravens has been delayed until next week because final details of his probation have not been worked out.

Courtney Brown Injured Again(Aug. 4) Injury prone defensive lineman Courtney Brown, who has missed 33 games since being the first draft pick in 2000, is hurting again. Brown, who came to the Denver Broncos over the offseason, suffered a dislocated left elbow and is expected to miss at least four to six weeks.

Dolphins and Seahawks Swing Trade(Aug. 4) The Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks have agreed to a deal that will send former Seahawks third round draft choice Kris Richard to the Miami Dolphins for defensive end Ronald Flemons

Owens Strains Groin, Reid Says It’s Legit(Aug. 4) Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Terrell Owens suffered a strained groin at practice Thursday morning, and head coach Andy Reid made a point of letting the media know that the injury is legitimate, not simply a charade by the disgruntled receiver.

Panthers’ Safety Minter Injures Knee(Aug. 4) Carolina Panthers safety Mike Minter suffered a knee injury during practice Thursday, but the extent of the injury is unknown at this time.

Cardinals’ Boldin Suffers Broken Nose(Aug. 5) For the second straight training camp, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin has suffered an injury, however, the broken nose he received at practice Thursday is not likely to cost him any regular season action.

Drummond Finally Signs with Lions(Aug. 5) Detroit Lions’ Pro Bowl kick returner Eddie Drummond finally signed his one year, $1.4 million contract.

Eagles Lose Pinkston for the Year(Aug.

Cowboys Rookie Spears Carted Off Field(Aug. 5) The Cowboys official website reports rookie defensive lineman Marcus Spears suffered a knee injury during practice and had to be carted off the field. The extent of the injury is not known at this time.

Jim Kelly’s Son Dies(Aug. 5) Hunter Kelly, the son of Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly, lost his battle with a nervous system disease Friday at the age of eight.

Cowboys’ Spears Out 4 5 weeks{Aug. 5) The Dallas Cowboys announced late Friday afternoon that first round draft pick Marcus Spears will be out four to five weeks with a torn MCL, high ankle sprain and a groin pull.

Falcons Beat Colts in Japan(Aug. 6) Matt Schaub threw two touchdown passes in the first half of Saturday’s exhibition opener, leading the Atlanta Falcons past the Indianapolis Colts 27 21 in the American Bowl.

Ravens Reach Deal with Rookie Clayton(Aug. 6) Ravens top draft pick Mark Clayton, a standout wide receiver at Oklahoma, signed a five year, $8.2 million contract Saturday, ending a five day holdout.

Ty Law Agrees to Terms with the Jets(Aug. 6) The Newark Star Ledger reports that an agreement in principle has been reached on a multiyear deal, contingent on Law passing a physical. The deal, reported to include a signing bonus of $5 million to $6 million and average roughly $6 million per season, is said to be heavily backloaded and filled with incentives.

Indy Football Report 2010 NFL Mock Draft v 2

Indy Football Report 2010 NFL Mock Draft v 2

A prevailing feeling when prognosticating an Indianapolis Colts draft is uncertainty, because no matter when Colts President Bill Polian is selecting, he’s likely not to follow public perception.

That uncertain feeling may not be bigger this year than normal years.

So, with the NFL Draft two weeks away, and while trying to put together 2010 Indy Football Report Mock Draft v. 2.0, there still is no real feeling that this week’s selection offensive tackle Charles Brown of Southern Cal is any safer, more likely selection than last week’s.

As is usually the case when analyzing potential Colts selections this spring, there seem more theories why they won’t select Brown than why they would.

Such is the nature of the draft, but in particular, that’s the nature of the Colts this off season.

So far this off season, I’ve picked for the Colts in three mock drafts IFR vs.

Uncertainly is hardly unusual when projecting any draft for any team, and readers with the memories for such things may recall that last year, IFR and its readers waffled between names such as Peria Jerry, Hakeem Nicks, Evander Hood and others with scarcely a mention of University of Connecticut RB Donald Brown, the eventual selection at No. 27.

Still, this draft just feels harder to predict from the Colts’ end, and that may be because most of their so called draft needs seem to be positions at which historically the Colts don’t like to use first round selections.

There’s interior offensive line, and that was the lure of the Pouncey selection in v1.0 last week. A couple of things changed to veer me away from Pouncey this week. One was that in v2.0, the San Francisco 49ers took Idaho G Mike Iuapati at No. 18, which led to the Pittsburgh Steelers at No.19 taking not Iupati who they took at No. 19 last week but Pouncey, widely considered the second best available interior offensive lineman behind Iupati.

The other factor weighing against Pouncey this week is historically, interior offensive line just isn’t a position that often merits a first round selection. Polian’s draft history indicates he agrees with that league wide philosophy. He never has taken an interior offensive lineman in the first round at either Buffalo (1986 1992), Carolina (1995 1997) or Indianapolis (1998 2009), with the earliest such player G/C Mike Pollak in 2008.

The McCourty selection at cornerback fits more with Polian’s draft history. He selected Marlin Jackson from Michigan late in the first round in 2005, and while cornerback may not be an immediate starting need, it’s a position at which you historically can get value late in the first round.

Which brings us to this week’s mock draft:

There were a few major change early in the mock, with Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung going to the Redskins instead of QB Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame being the most obvious. For several weeks, many draft analysts have considered the Redskins at No. 4 a pivotal position in the draft, with the first round breaking down one way if they selected Clausen and another way if they did not.

Another change in this week’s mock is OT Trent Williams of Oklahoma to Kansas City at No. 5 and OT Bryant Bulaga of Iowa to the Seahawks at No. 6. That made S Eric Berry of Tennessee available to the Browns at No. 7, which pushed Florida CB Joe Haden down to the San Francisco 49ers at No. 13.

Which NFL team does Bob Sanders play for

Which NFL team does Bob Sanders play for

INDIANAPOLIS Bob Sanders isn’t healthy enough to play yet. Indianapolis hopes he’s back before mid October.

Yes, the Pro Bowl safety avoided opening this season on the physically unable to perform list, a move that would have kept him out another six weeks and a move that new coach Jim Caldwell acknowledged means Indy anticipates having the 2007 NFL Defensive Player of the Year back sooner.

“The biggest thing was that we felt he [Sanders] was going to be back inside that five or six week window,” coach Jim Caldwell said Monday. “He’s making progress, he’s coming along.”

Sanders had offseason knee surgery and has been the key cog on the Colts’ defense over the past four seasons.

In 2005, when he started 14 games, the Colts opened 13 0. In 2006, Sanders missed 12 regular season games and the run defense ranked among the league’s worst. When Sanders returned for the playoffs, Indy’s suddenly staunch run defense was one of the catalysts for their Super Bowl run.

Two years ago, Sanders started 15 games and was named the league’s best defensive player, and last year when Sanders made only six regular season starts, Indy’s run defense again ranked in the bottom third of the league.

Clearly, the Colts need a healthy Sanders on the field.

“Obviously, there’s a difference with Bob not being out there,” said middle linebacker Gary Brackett, the defensive captain. “But our motto has always been ‘Next guy up.'”

Caldwell has not officially ruled Sanders out of Sunday’s opener against Jacksonville. But it is unlikely he will play. Sanders has not practiced all summer and was not available for interviews Monday.

Three year veteran Melvin Bullitt, who made nine starts last season, would be Sanders’ likely replacement. In 2008, Bullitt finished with 51 tackles and led the Colts with four interceptions two of which sealed victories, at Houston and at Pittsburgh.

“Melvin will be out there and [former Pro Bowl safety] Antoine [Bethea] will be out there, and we know what they can do,” Brackett said. “I have total confidence in Melvin because he is a professional who is working all the time to get better.”

The Colts covered themselves by adding veteran safety Aaron Francisco to the 53 man roster.

Francisco spent the last four seasons with Arizona. He was cut Friday and is expected to make an immediate impact on special teams, though Caldwell acknowledged Francisco must learn Indy’s terminology before he plays on defense.

To make room for Francisco, Indy released second year linebacker Jordan Senn.

“Hopefully, I’ll be ready by this week,” Francisco said. “It depends how quickly I can digest things, but it sounds like a lot of the things we do here are similar to what we did in Arizona.”

The cohesiveness of Indy’s defense is another concern.

Injuries limited more than half of Indy’s projected starters during the preseason.

Bethea (hand), ends Raheem Brock (hand) and Robert Mathis (thigh), cornerbacks Kelvin Hayden (hamstring) and Jackson (knee), linebacker Clint Session (ankle) all sat out at least one preseason game. The regular starting unit still has not taken a single snap together, though all of those defenders are expected to play Sunday.

Another starter, 296 pound tackle Ed Johnson, will not play Sunday. He is serving a one game suspension because of last year’s arrest on a drug possession charge. The Colts immediately cut Johnson after the arrest and he did not sign with another team until the Colts brought him back in May.

“That’s always something we have to kind of work our way through,” Caldwell said. “One of the things we have talked about is that performance is what counts. So now we have to put it all together. Some of the pieces weren’t there early on but they are now.”

Everyone, that is, except Sanders.

So, when?

“How soon that is, I’m not certain,” Caldwell said twice. “As soon as I get a bead on that, I’ll let you know.”

Bob Sanders (21) is a fifth season player who plays football for the Indianapolis Colts. Thanks for asking Claus!

Demond “Bob” Sanders (born February 24, 1981 in Erie, Pennsylvania) is a professional American football safety for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. Sanders was drafted in the 2nd round (44th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Colts. He played college football at the University of Iowa. Sanders was named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 and is known for being the integral part of the Colts’ postseason defense that led the team to a victory in Super Bowl XLI. He was nicknamed “The Hitman” because of his hard hits and tackles, and was also named by former Colts’ coach Tony Dungy “The Eraser” because he tends to erase the mistakes of his teammates. Sanders was drafted in the 2nd round (44th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Colts. He played college football at the University of Iowa. Sanders was named AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2007 and is known for being the integral part of the Colts’ postseason defense that led the team to a victory in Super Bowl XLI. He was nicknamed “The Hitman” because of his hard hits and tackles, and was also named by former Colts’ coach Tony Dungy “The Eraser” because he tends to erase the mistakes of his teammates. Another nickname that has stuck is “The Sandman” because of his last name.