Posted on: June 22, 2010 8:33 pm

Washington back at practice

For the first time since suffering a compound fracture of his tibia and fibula last year while playing for the Jets, requiring a metal rod to be inserted in his leg, Seahawks RB Leon Washington, was on the field in a helmet for practice today.

Coach Pete Carroll told reporters he thinks Washington is ahead of schedule, and though the team will continue to be careful with him, he could be ready to compete by the start of training camp.

Just practicing was heaven for Washington, he told the team’s official web site .

“It felt good,” Washington told “All I can say is that it’s a blessing. This was a long time coming. I’ve been looking forward to this day since last October. I felt like a little kid playing Pop Warner football again.”

On Tuesday, Washington worked out in individual, non-contact drills, and he plans to practice again Wednesday.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Seahawks use Washington, who split carries with Thomas Jones last season. There was a question whether Washington’s career would be over after suffering the injury, and it doesn’t seem likely he’ll have the same ability as when he was a rushing, receiving and a Pro Bowl-caliber kick returning threat who made good use of his speed and quickness.

Plus, the Seahawks already have Julius Jones and Justin Forsett – neither of whom have rathad their leg bone break through their skin anytime recently – in the backfield. Then again, both were rather mediocre last year, and if Washington can retain much of his speed, he could make an impact.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 7:49 pm

Bank sues Haynesworth, says he owes $2.4 million

Despite taking a $21 million bonus in April – and then not showing up for the Redskins offseason workouts before demanding a trade – DE Albert Haynesworth has debts he apparently can’t afford to pay.

The Knoxville News-Sentinel reported today that Clayton Bank & Trust is suing Haynesworth, alleging he hasn’t made payments on his $2.38 million loan. The commercial loan was made in June 2009, and though the two parties came to an extension agreement, the bank still hasn’t seen its money.

The bank is suing for more than $2.4 million to recoup the loan, interest and other fees.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 7:21 pm

Ellison could be a Seahawk

Kevin Ellison, released by the Chargers on Tuesday, didn’t have to wait long to find another job. On Tuesday, the Seahawks claimed the safety off waivers, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee .

If he plays for Seattle, Ellison would be reunited with Pete Carroll, his coach at USC. Ellison was arrested in May after police discovered he was carrying 100 pills of Vicodin without a subscription.

Even if he’s signed and makes the team, Ellison could have to sit out an NFL-mandated suspension.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 6:40 pm

Another chance for David Carr

David Carr was supposed to be the long-term franchise player that would lead the expansion Houston Texans to riches. They made him the No. 1 pick in the 2002 Draft, and he rewarded them by helping beat Dallas in the first regular-season game in the club’s history.

But since then, his career has spiraled upward and downward (but mostly downward). He played for some terrible Houston teams – he, of course, had something to do with that, though he also recorded some decent numbers (he led the league with a 68.3 completion percentage in 2006) – and he led the league in sacks in 2002, 2004 and 2005.

The past three seasons, he’s split his time between Carolina and the New York Giants and since leaving Houston, he’s been relegated to QB backup status. According to the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat’s Phil Barber , Carr has accepted that role with the 49ers and has developed a much better mindset.

"Now, it's so much about just football," Carr told Barber. "All that other stuff I worried about when I was younger, how the perception was, how I came across to certain people, even my teammates... If you master your football stuff and you go out there and you play like you're supposed to, everything will take care of itself."

One problem with Houston was that the coaching staff tinkered with his unusual throwing style. That meant he, at times, was thinking more about mechanics than about letting his instincts take over. As most NFL players will tell you, if you’re thinking about your mechanics while on the football field, you’re in trouble.

So, what about the San Francisco coaches? How have they handled Carr’s anything-but-ordinary motion? Barber writes:

In San Francisco, offensive coordinator Jimmy Raye and quarterbacks coach Mike Johnson have tinkered with Carr's footwork and weight transfer. No one has said a thing about his delivery, which again has come as a relief.

"I'm 30 yrs old," Carr said. "It's not gonna change."

His receivers certainly don't care. "I mean, you're kind of told when you first become a receiver to like watch the ball leave the quarterback's hand," Josh Morgan said. "But in true game situations, you can't see the quarterback. You just got to see it when it gets there anyway."

While Alex Smith is the established starting QB for San Francisco, Carr will battle with second-year player Nate Davis for the backup role. Right now, it appears Carr has taken a lead against Davis for the right to be No. 2. Which means, if Smith can’t live up to his own top-pick status – a very real possibility – Carr could receive another chance to become the breakout star he still believes he can be.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 5:43 pm

The Onion has fun with Peterson

We enjoy covering the NFL. We enjoy reading the Onion. We enjoy laughing.

That’s why we’re linking to the satirical web site today. In an article entitled “Vikings not going to tinker with the way Adrian Peterson fumbles ball,” the Onion staff details how the Minnesota coaches will continue to encourage Peterson putting the ball on the ground.

Said Vikings coach Brad Childress in the mock news story: "When you have a great natural fumbler like Adrian Peterson, you don't want to mess with that. That's just raw talent right there. Nobody can expose the ball exactly the way he does. You can't teach that."

The Onion does have a point. In the past two seasons, Peterson has combined to fumble 16 times (twice in the NFC Championship game last year while flubbing another handoff en route to a benching in that important game). It’s the reason why Peterson has worked this offseason with a 14-pound football.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 5:23 pm

Who wants to be a millionaire (30 times over)?

Even without his star RB Chris Johnson around because of a contract dispute, Titans coach Jeff Fisher said today the offensive backfield is “in good shape." Still, he didn’t rule out the possibility of adding a veteran running back to round out the unit. 

Though he declined to discuss his recent relationship with Johnson – who told ESPN Monday that he’d like to make $30-40 million in guaranteed money, as opposed to the $550,000 he’ll be paid this season – Fisher said that Javon Ringer has had a “real good offseason” (we detailed Ringer here Monday) while also praising Alvin Pearman and free agent rookies LeGarrette Blount and Stafon Johnson.

When asked if Johnson has fallen behind, Fisher basically said that was true. He hasn’t been conditioning with his teammates, and he hasn’t worked with new RB coach Kennedy Pola either. Not that it would take him much time to catch up and, theoretically, begin dominating the game again. But still, Fisher would like him around.

Told that Johnson wants to be paid at least $30 million, Fisher flashed a smile and said, “So would I.”

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 4:28 pm

Maurice Jones-Drew does Peter King's Job

Last week Nnamdi Asomugha filled in for Peter King on’s Monday Morning Quarterback. This week, Maurice Jones-Drew, an aspiring sports broadcaster, took a turn.

MJD wrote about hard work in the NFL. His best line involved a reference to offseason workouts: “And this is in addition to us attending our team's mandatory voluntary offseason workout programs.” (The Jaguars, by the way, recently had to cancel OTAs after a complaint by the NFLPA about the tempo and intensity of certain drills.)

MJD also said he’d agree to an 18-game season….”if the owners and GM’s agreed to suit up and play too.”

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: June 22, 2010 3:45 pm

EA Sports Madden '11 QB, Team Ratings Revealed

Gamers, this one’s for you. has published the QB and Team rankings from the EA Sports Madden 11 video game.

Top Ten Quarterbacks in Madden NFL 11 by Overall Rating (as published by
1. Peyton Manning
2. Drew Brees
3. Tom Brady
4. Aaron Rodgers
5. Philip Rivers
6. Brett Favre
7. Ben Roethlisberger
8. Donovan McNabb
9. Tony Romo
10. Matt Schaub

The team ratings (from
Dallas 87
New York Giants 81
Philadelphia 80
Washington 76
Minnesota 88
Green Bay 87
Chicago 77
Detroit 68
New Orleans 92
Atlanta 83
Carolina 75
Tampa Bay 69
Arizona 79
San Francisco 79
Seattle 75
St. Louis 66
New York Jets 89
New England 86
Miami 78
Buffalo 67
Baltimore 90
Cincinnati 86
Pittsburgh 84
Cleveland 70
Indianapolis 91
Houston 78
Tennessee 77
Jacksonville 74
San Diego 85
Denver 78
Kansas City 71
Oakland 71

--Andy Benoit

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