Tag:2011 NFL Training Camp
Posted on: August 3, 2011 5:39 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 6:21 pm
 

Fairley will miss 'significant' portion of camp

FairleyPosted by Josh Katzowitz

When we told you Tuesday that Lions rookie DT Nick Fairley wasn’t practicing -- and was, in fact, in a walking boot -- it might have caught you off guard.

Fairley said the ankle injury wasn’t a big deal and that he was doing whatever it took to get back as soon as possible (though he also let on he didn’t know exactly when that would be).

Well, we have a better idea today. As Lions Rapid Reporter John Kreger writes, Fairley underwent surgery today in Charlotte. Although an exact diagnosis of Fairley’s injury was not released, he’s expected to miss a “significant portion” of training camp while he rehabs.

The Lions decided to send Fairley to Charlotte after observing him Tuesday. Apparently, the team was concerned because the injury was more serious than previously believed.

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Posted on: July 31, 2011 10:35 am
 

Huzzah! Haynesworth passes conditioning test

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

A day after he failed his conditioning test -- or didn’t take it, depending on who you believe -- new Patriots DL Albert Haynesworth has, in fact, accomplished something that took him many, many tries last season in Washington.

He was in good enough shape to pass the conditioning test that will allow him to practice.

That’s the word from the Boston Herald, which writes that Haynesworth actually might not have taken the test Saturday (even though coach Bill Belichick certainly gave the impression that Haynesworth didn’t pass it).

Either way, Haynesworth is scheduled to be on the practice field Sunday for the Patriots.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: July 30, 2011 4:19 pm
 

Manning deal is done: 5-years, $90 million

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

On Friday, Colts QB Peyton Manning said he would be willing “take less money” from owner Jim Irsay if it meant keeping Indianapolis competitive.

Today, we get the news that Manning has, in fact, taken less money*, and, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Manning has reached terms on a five-year, $90 million contract extension that averages $18 million per year** (the same money, probably not coincidentally, that Patriots QB Tom Brady makes).

Manning's money
To confirm the deal, Irsay tweeted, "OFFICIAL----WE HAVE A DEAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

*Of course, less money, in this case, is relative.

**We don’t know what Manning’s guaranteed money take from this contract is, but you get the general idea that he hasn’t set a new standard for top-line quarterbacks.

On Friday, Manning -- who had been rumored to be looking for $25 million a year (his franchise tag was to pay him $23.12 million in 2011) -- denied he was trying to break the bank, explaining, "I'm willing to take less than they’ve offered if they are going to take that money to keep players we need to keep and go get other players. All I want is for them to have the cap and the cash to keep the players they want to keep and to sign other players."

Now, it appears he’s put his (smaller stack of) money where his mouth is.

UPDATED (4:16 p.m. ET): According to Mortensen, Manning had offered to take less (!) money than Brady, but Irsay refused that idea. Instead, according to Irsay, Manning will make $69 million in the first three years and $10.5 million during the final two (though, assuming Manning is still at the top of his game, he could renegotiate before the 2014 season).

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Things stay same: Ochocinco talks, Albert fails

C. Ochocinco meets the media for the first time (AP).

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You might have heard something about the Patriots making some pretty interesting moves during free agency in the past few days. For one, they traded two low draft picks to the Bengals for WR Chad Ochocinco. For two, they acquired somewhat-moody, rarely in-shape Albert Haynesworth from the Redskins.

Luckily for you, we’ve got news on each new Patriots player and how they’re handling their new surroundings.

1) Chad Ochocinco met with the New England media today for the first time, and it’s clear the Patriot-ifcation of the outspoken WR has already begun. He said he probably won’t say much to the media going forward, and then afterward, he asked for a group hug (that latter point is very un-Belichickian, by the way).

“I will always be me,” Ochocinco told reporters in quotes distributed by the team. “It has been a part of my game to always be me, but there is a certain way the Patriots do it and it’s easy for me. I’ve always been a chameleon, so I am going to blend in and do it the Patriot way, which is win. ... There is no need for some of the stuff I did before. There’s no need for it.”

I guess that means he won’t be sending opposing DBs little presents in the week before their games, and I guess that means he won’t be celebrating touchdowns in quite the same way. And as WR Wes Welker would advise him, Ochocinco also probably shouldn’t share any good Rex Ryan foot-fetish jokes he’s heard.

Either way, Ochocinco feels recharged.

“It’s hard to maintain a high level of productivity when things are always up and down,” he said, “The thing about this place [is that] it’s consistent. …  There is only so much that I can control and the position that I was in. In Cincinnati I did the best I could to my ability, and I did it in sort of a noisy way and that says a lot for me -- to be able to talk it and still walk it. To be able to come here, regardless of who is in, they get it done here. I call it riding the wave; I am going to enjoy it.”

He’ll enjoy it while wearing his old No. 85.

“This was Mr. [Aaron] Hernandez’s way of greeting me here,” Ochocinco said. “He gave me the number and I didn’t have to pay anything, I just shook his hand and I said, ‘Thank you.’ … I drive a Toyota Prius, so I was going to let him use my Prius on the weekends, and that’s about the best I can do right now. I have some left over McDonald’s coupons since I don’t eat there anymore.”

2) The reports coming out of New England also say that, perhaps not surprisingly, Haynesworth didn’t pass his conditioning test Saturday. Though Belichick didn’t confirm or deny that, he did say Haynesworth isn’t ready to play quite yet.

“There are things we still need to do with Albert for him to be able get on the practice field and when those things are done, he’ll be out there,” Belichick said.

Good to see that Haynesworth has learned from his past mistakes.

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Posted on: July 30, 2011 10:37 am
 

Ward will stay on sidelines a little longer

WardPosted by Josh Katzowitz

Despite dancing his way into the hearts of America and then apparently drinking his way into a DUI arrest, Steelers WR Hines Ward, he of the very interesting offseason, might have to stay on the Physically Unable to Perform list for a little longer.

Ward had offseason thumb surgery, and for now, it’s keeping him on the sidelines while his Pittsburgh teammates have opened camp.

“The proper time of recovering from a thumb injury, I think I am a week or two away from that," Ward said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

Ward had thumb surgery June 1 to repair an injury that occurred last season. Apparently, the recovery time from a surgery like that is about two months. Until he's off the PUP list, Ward can't practice.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:56 pm
Edited on: July 29, 2011 1:09 pm
 

Sadly, Harrison apologizes to Goodell

HarrisonPosted by Josh Katzowitz

You remember what Steelers LB James Harrison told Men’s Journal, yes? Harrison now would like you to know that he's very, very sorry about that, telling reporters that his comments might have been just a bit out of line.

You’ll recall that he called commissioner Roger Goodell a “crook” and a “devil” (and ahem, a gay slur, "stupid," "puppet" and "dictator"), and he said other nasty assorted things about QB Ben Roethlisberger and RB Rashard Mendenhall.

But obviously this was the best line in the article regarding Goodell: "If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn't do it. I hate him and will never respect him."

So, obviously, we couldn’t wait to hear what Harrison had to say when he first talked to reporters Friday during the opening of Steelers training camp. What other bodily functions would Harrison choose to use as metaphors when diiscussing Goodell?

Instead, Harrison went soft, saying, basically: um, hey guys, that's my bad.

"The interview that I did and the comments that I made about Roger Goodell were inappropriate, at the least," Harrison said, via ESPN.com. "They were way out of line, and I was speaking out of anger and frustration at the time. Any comments that I made that offended anyone, I apologize."

Despite talking trash about some of his teammates, he hasn’t apparently created any long-term problems. In fact, team president Art Rooney said any discipline directed at Harrison won’t go as far as a suspension from team activities.

"That's all behind us," Harrison said. "Those comments [toward teammates] were taken out of context with a long conversation. It's not anything I haven't talked to those guys about or my teammates about."

And though Harrison was apologetic, I wouldn’t expect the muzzle to stay on too long (the guy DID just debate the merits of taking a leak on the commissioner). Nor would we have that any other way.

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Posted on: July 29, 2011 12:39 am
 

The biggest releases of the day

WeaverPosted by Josh Katzowitz

We had some surprising, and plenty of not so surprising, names who were released today, the first day teams could actually waive players.

Here are a few of the most-significant pink slips handed out today (we already told you about Vince Young and Tennessee here and the Baltimore guys who have been cut and the Dallas players who are gone).

-Former Vikings S Madieu Williams: He didn’t play well last year, and he’s teetering on being a bubble player in the league. Although Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier originally said he wanted to see what Williams would do in training camp, he ultimately decided not to find out. The fact Williams was supposed to make $5.4 million this year didn’t help his chances.

-Former Saints CB Randall Gay: After missing most of last season while dealing with the effects of a concussion, New Orleans released Gay. He would have cost New Orleans $5 million, and considering he was stuck behind Tracy Porter on the depth chart, this seemed like an easy call.

-Former Eagles FB Leonard Weaver: The former Pro Bowler was caught off guard by this move. This is what he wrote in a series of tweets (sics, of course, apply): “Hey there eagles nation, I'm sorry to say but I just found out I was released by the Eagles. … The kicker behind that is that the organization didn't call me and tell me. I had to find out by a reporter. … Now I have mixed feeling about that because I gave everything I had to the organization, and I would think that they would atleast call... And Let me know what was going on, but as I have learned over the years fans, business is business. …However I wish the best for the Philadelphia Eagles.”

-Former Chiefs G Brian Waters: He was a Kansas City mainstay for more than a decade, and the news of his release was met by sadness from some of the city’s media. Said Waters, who played 163 games in a Kansas City uniform: “The Chiefs and I have mutually agreed on this decision and although I look forward to continuing my career, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Kansas City."

-Former Giants RB Tiki Barber: I know it’s hard to believe, but for some reason, New York severed ties with the former NBC broadcaster.

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