Posted on: September 29, 2008 9:30 am
Edited on: September 29, 2008 9:32 am

Burress catches a break

The New York Giants made the difficult decision to suspend Plaxico Burress for two weeks and one game for violating team rules. According to the New York Post, Burress will sit, but he will likely recoup some of the money the Giants wanted to dock from his paycheck.

The two-game suspension would have cost Burress $235,294, but since there is a bye week involved, an agreement is in place to take just one game check away from Burress, meaning he'll be $117,647 lighter in the wallet.

The Giants have a long list of past transgressions against Burress and his no-show for work last Monday was the latest problem he's encountered with the team.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 24, 2008 3:05 pm

Marc Bulger is out and Trent Green is in

St. Louis Rams QB Marc Bulger was benched in favor of Trent Green at quarterback for Sunday's game against Buffalo, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Green was told the news by coach Scott Linehan on Tuesday, the players' usual day off, then came in and met with quarterback coach Terry Shea and offensive coordinator Al Saunders. Late in the afternoon, he pulled out of the facility with some scouting report information on the Bills.

The Rams rank 31st in the NFL in total offense (yards per game), and only Cleveland (26 points) has scored fewer points than the Rams' 29.

Bulger ranks 22nd in the NFL in passer rating, but his 73.2 rating is still better than fellow Pro Bowlers Peyton Manning of Indianapolis, Carson Palmer of Cincinnati and Matt Hasselbeck of Seattle.

Posted on: September 24, 2008 2:57 pm

Derek Anderson will start against Bengals

Cleveland Browns coach Romeo Crennel announced that "Derek Anderson will start at quarterback against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday and Brady Quinn will be ready," according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Anderson is 3-5 over his last eight starts, but Crennel said that his performance had a lot to do with the inconsistencies and injuries on the offense as a whole.

Anderson could have receiver Donte Stallworth (quad) back, but Braylon Edwards might not be 100 percent because of his shoulder.

Posted on: September 24, 2008 2:50 pm

Favre has a sore ankle

N.Y. Jets QB Brett Favre, who has started an NFL record for quarterbacks 256 straight regular-season games, rolled his ankle in the third quarter of the New York Jets' 48-29 loss at San Diego on Monday night.

Favre gingerly stretched at the start of practice, according to Newsday and limped slightly as he warmed up with the other quarterbacks.

Favre has established a reputation for playing through pain, as evidenced by his streak. He played through a broken thumb in 2003, so a twisted ankle isn't likely to sideline the NFL's iron man.

Category: NFL
Posted on: September 24, 2008 2:43 pm

Willie Parker is out and Rashard Mendenhall is in

The Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Rashard Mendenhall in the first round as insurance in case Willie Parker wasn't the same after his fibula was broken in the 15th game last season.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Mendenhall, who didn't have a run from scrimmage in the past two games, will make his first NFL start Monday night against the Baltimore Ravens.

Parker has a sprained left knee that likely will keep him out for at least the next two games.

Posted on: September 24, 2008 2:27 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2008 2:34 pm

Ben Roethlisberger is healthy

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Ben Roethlisberger is relatively healthy even though he was sacked eight times and left last Sunday's game in the fourth quarter after getting his hand stepped on.

That's good news since running back Willie Parker (knee), nose tackle Casey Hampton (groin), defensive end Brett Keisel (calf) and outside linebacker Donovan Woods (hamstring) have been ruled out for the Steelers' game against the Ravens on Monday night at Heinz Field.

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