Some more NFL Tidbits & Rumors. Enjoy:
We reported in early July that members of the Vikings hoped that the team would abandon the pursuit of quarterback Brett Favre and give the ball to Tarvaris Jackson. ESPN's Adam Schefter said during halftime of the Jets-Ravens game that this sentiment still exists in some corners of the Minnesota locker room. It's likely gotten stronger in light of the fact that Jackson pitched a perfect game on Friday night, generating a highest-possible 158.3 passer rating on 15 attempts. And if the Vikings struggle out of the gates, the internal calls for Jackson will only intensify.
Former Giant Plaxico Burress spoke publicly for the first time about the night he accidentally shot himself in a Midtown club. He claimed that security knew he was armed when he entered the Latin Quarter last Nov. 29. "It wasn't like I was trying to hide [the gun]," he said. "They knew I had it."
The Patriot Way is alive and well in the Rockies. From the influx of former New England players, to the coachspeak press conferences and bizarrely vague injury reports and now to the coach's wardrobe, Josh McDaniels is becoming more and more Belichickian with each passing week. McDaniels wore a grey hooded sweatshirt on the sideline of Saturday's game against Seattle -- the favorite gameday attire of his former boss, Bill Belichick.
Vince Wilfork is one of the top nose tackles in the NFL because he holds his ground. The Patriots are one of the most successful teams in the NFL because they don't budge when it comes to their budget. With the Patriots' season set to kick off three weeks from today, Wilfork, who is in the final year of a six-year rookie deal and will make $2.2 million in base salary, and the Patriots are no closer to an extension. When asked yesterday about the status of contract negotiations, Wilfork said "there isn't anything there" and answered "no" when asked if the Patriots had made him an offer that made him think those terms could lead to a deal getting done. He referred to the situation as "pretty frustrating."
One general manager, whose team could have used WR Michael Crabtree, said he never would have taken him because he could sense a holdout and didn't like his attitude. Crabtree, the 10th player picked, by the 49ers, wants a better deal than Darrius Heyward-Bey (five years, $38.5 million with $23.5 million guaranteed), the first wideout taken when he was drafted seventh by the Raiders. Crabtree is trying to beat the slotting system that pays players based on where they are drafted.
The Dolphins advised their players Saturday morning that two of their teammates would not attend Saturday night's game out of fear that both contracted swine flu, but test results have not yet indicated whether such fears are warranted. Cornerbacks Sean Smith and Jason Allen fell ill late last week, suffering from flu-like symptoms, which led to the team's decision to treat the situation with extreme caution by telling the players to increase their hygiene practices.
Bucs coach Raheem Morris said he still plans to name a starting quarterback this week. Despite a strong performance by Luke McCown, who threw a pair of touchdown passes in the Bucs 24-23 win over Jacksonville Saturday, Byron Leftwich may have a slight edge based on the off-season, training camp and the first preseason game. Morris said he would not delay the decision another week.
It didn't take long for a punter to prove Jerry Jones wrong. Titans rookie A.J. Trapasso bounced a ball of the Jerrytron during the third quarter. If you thought Jerry Jones would react by raising the center-hung structure, well, you thought wrong. Jerry pointed out that his $1.2 billion stadium was built to league specifications. He wouldn't even entertain the possibility of cranking the electronic monstrosity that holds the 60-yard big screens up a few feet. "That's not the point," Jerry said. "How high is high if somebody just wants to sit there and kick straight up?" Jerry didn't come out and say that Trapasso was aiming for the scoreboard, but he certainly pointed in that direction.
There is something amiss between the Broncos and Brandon Marshall. The Broncos made a curious decision Friday when they decided not to take their top receiver with them for their preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks. Three other Broncos players -- Brian Dawkins, Knowshon Moreno and Brandon Lloyd -- also didn't make the trip. However, they were all held back because of injuries. Marshall is healthy. His status with the team seemed to change Tuesday afternoon when his agent, Kennard McGuire, met with Broncos management to reiterate a trade request Marshall said he first delivered to owner Pat Bowlen during a face-to-face meeting in June.
Napa police have reopened their investigation into a Raiders training camp melee this month that left assistant coach Randy Hanson with a broken jaw, reportedly when he was attacked by head coach Tom Cable. Without using names, Lt. Brian McGovern said the incident at the Napa training camp at 10 a.m. on Aug. 5 was originally considered a misdemeanor but is now being investigated as a felony assault.