Some updated NFL tidbits & Rumors. Enjoy the read:
Well, if the Buffalo Bills were hoping to keep the deal with defensive end Aaron Maybin under wraps until after Saturday night's preseason game, Terrell Owens didn't get the memo. Tweeted Owens moments ago: "Congrats 2 our #1 draft pick Aaron Maybin!! He will b officially joining the Buffalo Bills 2morr!!" Oops. So it looks like the deal is done. It remains to be seen whether the Bills will still try to keep it quiet through Saturday night, so that they won't have to cut a player to make room for Maybin.
An attorney representing injured Oakland Raiders assistant coach Randy Hanson will turn over medical records at the request of the Napa, Calif., police on Friday that show Hanson's jaw is broken, multiple sources told the National Football Post. In the meeting among coaches that included Tom Cable, defensive coordinator John Marshall, defensive backs coach Lionel Washington and assistant defensive backs coach Willie Brown, Cable allegedly came at Hanson from behind as he was verbally contesting what Marshall had said. "Cable said, 'I am going to kill you, I am going to kill you,' as he was choking him," according to the source, who also said furniture in the room was damaged. The source said that Hanson did not cooperate with law enforcement from the start because it was his hope the matter would be resolved and he could return to his role as a coach. The source said Hanson's lifelong goal was to work for the Raiders, leading him to leave a position he held in St. Louis for Oakland. Now that Davis and Cable have made it clear that will not happen, Hanson has decided to follow the request of police and aid in their investigation. A civil suit is a probability, a source said.
The Dolphins are not happy with Matt Roth. Specifically, as has been substantiated by multiple sources, the Dolphins are mystified why one of their most consistent, hardest-working players from a year ago has held himself out of practice for this long. The team's decision-makers, including Bill Parcells and general manager Jeff Ireland, are said to be as confused and annoyed by the situation as anyone on the outside.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger went down with a right foot or ankle injury in the final practice of training camp. Asked after practice if Roethlisberger would be all right, Coach Mike Tomlin told the Post-Gazette, "Yup." Several of his teammates concurred, including backup quarterback Charlie Batch, who said he believes Roethlisberger will be OK. However, it's possible he will not play Saturday night in Washington against the Redskins.
The Jets have conceded that maybe they're a little light at wide receiver and need to explore their trade options. Brandon Marshall is a sexy name, but the reality of the Jets being able to offer enough and the willingness of the Broncos to deal Marshall seem to make me feel this will never happen. Jets fans, I don't see this one happening. As for Dwayne Bowe, I'm sure if the Jets are willing to overpay, they could make the deal -- overpaying being the key to the trade, which the Jets have been known to do from time to time.
Brandon Marshall's behavior during practice Wednesday morning and his comments afterward make two things clear: The disgruntled wide receiver still wants out of Denver, and he is not ready to play in a game. In a candid interview after practice, Marshall admitted he has "trust issues" and is "not being close at all" to grasping the Broncos' offensive playbook. The result is that the rift between the Broncos and their star wideout that began in the spring appears to be growing wider as the regular season draws closer.
Leslie Frazier has watched new Vikings quarterback Brett Favre pass for two days against his defense in practice. Favre's passes haven't lost any zip, he said. "I've seen more dropped balls than before," the Vikings' defensive coordinator said Wednesday. Those drops were by receivers, not defenders. That's how hard Favre has been throwing, despite a slight rotator cuff tear and offseason biceps tendon surgery. "He has more velocity (than other quarterbacks) on the football and guys have got to get used to catching the ball," Frazier said. "He's had that everywhere he's been. When guys first begin to catch footballs from him, they have to adjust because he puts lots of velocity on the ball. A lot of velocity; he really zings it." Frazier said Favre throws as hard as any quarterback he has seen.
Venus and Serena Williams have found a new sport: pro football. The tennis-playing sisters will become the latest celebrities to own a stake in the Miami Dolphins, a person familiar with the deal said Wednesday.
Vikings hall of fame quarterback Fran Tarkenton is getting bored with Brett. "I really have no interest in what Brett Favre does," Tarkenton said on Sirius NFL Radio Wednesday morning. "He kind of lost me a few years ago by retiring and un-retiring and here and there." Tarkenton said he spoke to 10 to 12 friends and none of them cared. "It's a circus," he said. "It's an absolute circus, and it takes away from all the other things that are going on with the Vikings, with the NFL. We're getting ready for a football season and this is a circus, and I just have no interest in it."