Tag:Randy Moss
Posted on: November 16, 2010 9:58 am

Hot Routes 11.16.10: Who cares about concussions?

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

- Not only does Steelers WR Hines Ward think he should play next week vs. the Raiders following his concussion Sunday vs. the Patriots, he thinks he should have gone back in the game after his injury. Ward’s mistake, he said, was getting up too early from his collision and stumbling across the field. Instead, he thinks he should have stayed on the turf in an effort to clear his head. Instead, he proved, without a shadow of a doubt, he should not return to the game.

- His Jets teammates were awfully impressed by WR Jerricho Cotchery’s diving overtime catch Sunday, despite hopping around on a bad groin. Damien Woody said the Jets were in awe of Cotchery’s dedication.

- After a Titans debut in which he was targeted just four times (and caught one pass for 26 yards), coach Jeff Fisher said there would be more opportunities for WR Randy Moss in the future. Speaking of Tennessee, it’s Vince Young’s team to run again. Kerry Collins will be out several weeks with a calf injury.

- Chiefs coach Todd Haley to Broncos coach Josh McDaniels: Um, sorry about that.

- With Giants Tom Coughlin announcing Monday that WR Ramses Barden has a fractured left ankle and significant ligament damage, making him likely done for the season, New York only has three healthy receivers to play. That would be Hakeem Nicks, Mario Manningham and (let me know if you’ve ever heard of …) Duke Calhoun.

- Making matters worse for Seahawks DE Raheem Brock, who was arrested on a DUI charge last weekend, he didn’t tell his coaches about it before playing in Sunday’s game. That likely won’t sit well with the decision-makers in Seattle.

- Anybody wanting to take a bet on whether Dolphins LT Jake Long will play this Thursday, despite suffering a torn labrum in his shoulder, should consider this: In the first 42 games of his career, he’s played 99.4 percent of his team’s snaps (missing only 18 out of 2,838). That said, his injury does not sound so good.

- Former Buccaneers guard Arron Sears is battling mental issues. And it’s not like he’s far removed from his playing days.

- The Panthers did not appreciate Tampa Bay’s helmet-to-helmet hit on Carolina QB Jimmy Clausen that might have led to Clausen’s concussion. Especially WR Steve Smith.

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Posted on: November 16, 2010 1:20 am

F&R NFL Approval Matrix, Week 10

Posted by Will Brinson

Our affinity for graphs and charts and purty pictures knows no bounds, so (with a nod to the smartypants at NY Mag), we present the NFL Approval Matrix. Suggestions, complaints and intellecutual property lawsuits may be directed to us on Twitter (@CBSSportsNFL).

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 12:28 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2010 1:42 pm

Moss leaves behind trail of jerseys

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Not only does Randy Moss screw over his teammates and his coaches, but he’s also screwing over the entire industry of this country.

I kid, I kid. Well sort of.

Considering Moss has moved from New England to Minnesota to Tennessee within the past month or so, he’s left behind many unclaimed team jerseys with his name and number that were to be sold to his fans in those unfortunate cities where he no longer lives.

From ESPN’s Adam Schefter's rather interesting report:

Sporting-good retailers throughout Massachusetts and Minnesota are expected to lose hundreds of thousands of dollars on unsold Patriot and Viking Moss jerseys while Reebok already has been paid for the jerseys and Moss is assured of collecting about $500,000 worth of royalties, said an industry source well versed in the process.

Reebok now will make and ship new Moss No. 84 Titans jerseys for which the company and the wide receiver will make even more. Retailers in Massachusetts and Minneapolis can only count their losses.

Now that Moss has joined his third team of the season – and wear his third uniform of the year – he’ll make even more money from jersey sales. But if I lived in Nashville, I’d be cautious in buying the No. 84. There’s no telling how long he’ll be in town.

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Posted on: November 14, 2010 12:04 pm

Kerry Collins starting ahead of Vince Young

Posted by Will Brinson

Plenty of folks are salivating the prospect of a scrambling Vince Young uncorking deep balls to Randy Moss, but the hope of seeing the two might have to wait a week, as Kerry Collins will start for the Titans on Sunday.

Young's been dealing with an ankle injury ever since the Titans Monday night thumping of the Jaguars, and was limited in practice this week, leading to speculation that this could happen.

Interestingly, Jeff Fisher and Co. elected not to rest Young (who missed Tennessee's win against the Eagles when Collins had a coming out party for Kenny Britt) against San Diego before their bye ... when he re-injured his ankle.

Using the amazing superpower of 20/20 hindsight, it sure does seem like pushing Young to return against in San Diego -- a game that the Titans ultimately lose -- wasn't the smartest move.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 3:27 pm
Edited on: November 13, 2010 8:40 pm

Week 10 injury news and analysis, part II

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Patriots at Steelers

It was big news Friday when Tom Brady was listed as probable with a right shoulder on New England’s injury report (everybody in the Northeast let out a HUGE exhale). But he also was spotted limping Friday, and he declined to comment to the media about why. This obviously would be a problem if he’s called upon to move around in the pocket or to scramble.

In other New England injury news, RB Fred Taylor is listed as questionable with his turf toe injury. He was limited in practice all week, but the team also might want to hold off inserting him into a game before he’s completely healthy. He hasn’t played since Week 3.

UPDATE (8:38 p.m.): New England has downgraded three players to "out." That includes OG Stephen Neal, RB Fred Taylor and DE Myron Taylor. None of them will play Sunday.

Steelers DE Brett Keisel has missed three straight games because of a hamstring injury, and he’s doubtful again this week. He was supposed to start last Monday vs. the Bengals, but he re-aggravated the injury in warmups. OG Chris Kemoeatu also is doubtful after spraining his knee in Cincinnati. It sounds like Ramon Foster will take his place in the starting lineup.

LB James Harrison was a late addition to the injury report with back spasms. He’s listed as questionable.

Titans at Dolphins

The big question mark for Tennessee obviously is QB Vince Young. I wrote earlier today that it doesn’t sound like he will play , and that means Kerry Collins would get the starting nod.

WR Kenny Britt is out with a hamstring – potentially for the rest of the regular season – but that’s where Randy Moss is supposed to come in and perform.

For Miami, a couple backups (CB Tyrone Culver and WR Roberto Wallace) are questionable, and although some of the team’s most important players (T Jake Long, LB Karlos Dansby, S Chris Clemons and TE Anthony Fasano) are on the injury list, all of them are probable and should play.

Jets at Browns

One of the stranger stories of the week was Browns LB Marcus Benard who collapsed in the locker room Thursday and was sent to the hospital for tests. He didn’t practice Friday and is questionable to play. But Benard, who leads the team with 4 ½ sacks, wants to be out there, and it’s certainly possible Cleveland could allow him to do so.

Meanwhile, Cleveland QBs Jake Delhomme (ankle) and Seneca Wallace (ankle) are both questionable, but at this point, it’s hard to see how coach Eric Mangini could insert either given the way Colt McCoy has played the past three games.

The Jets are pretty healthy. CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring), LB Calvin Pace (foot) G Matt Slauson (knee) and T Damien Woody (knee) are on the injury list, but all are listed as probable.

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Posted on: November 13, 2010 9:58 am

Vince Young probably won't start

It's looking like K. Collins will get the chance to start for Tennessee this Sunday (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

If the amount of snaps one takes at a Friday practice indicates who will take the field on Sunday afternoons – and usually, it very much does – don’t be surprised if backup Kerry Collins starts in place of Titans starter Vince Young this Sunday vs. the Dolphins.

Young has been dealing with an ankle injury, and he didn’t practice Wednesday. He was limited Thursday, and though he took some snaps Friday, Collins had the majority of them with the first team. Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Young will be a gametime decision, but unless his ankle improves dramatically in pregame warmups, look for Collins to take over.

“We'll warm him up and see how he does,'' said Fisher, according to the Tennessean.

Young hurt himself two weeks ago, and though Tennessee had a bye last week – affording Young plenty of rehab and rest – he still can’t shake the injury.

Of course, the other big news is that Randy Moss will make his first appearance in a Titans uniform. Though you might think Moss would rather take throws from the actual starter, he and Collins have a history together. Both played for the Raiders in 2005, and after practice Friday, they spent extra time together working on their on-field chemistry.

Apparently, that was Moss’ idea.

"We just needed some extra time just to work on a couple of things that we really didn't get to as much as we would've liked during the week,'' Collins said. "But he kind of showed what he's about, that he is

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Posted on: November 11, 2010 5:47 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 6:09 pm

Police won't charge Britt in nightclub incident

Posted by Will Brinson

Kenny Britt's had a pretty up-and-down season in 2010 (he went from nightclub incident goat to monster performance to hamstring injury to lining up across from Randy Moss), and he got another "up" on Thursday, when Nashville police announced that they would not charge Britt in the nightclub incident from October.

The police turned the file over to the district attorney and stated, per Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean that "any further action is contingent upon decisions by the district attorney’s office."

Or, you know, anyone else who wanted to get involved ...

Posted on: November 11, 2010 5:01 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2010 6:00 pm

Jenn Sterger meets with NFL, brings 'materials'

Posted by Will Brinson

You might have forgotten about Jenn Sterger (thanks, Randy Moss!), but the NFL didn't -- and after CBS Sports' Charlie Casserly reported less than two weeks ago that she'd agree to meet with the NFL, she did, sitting down with NFL security maven Milt Ahlerich and another NFL investigator at an "undisclosed location" on Thursday.

Sterger's manager, Phil Reese, confirmed the meeting to the New York Post Thursday afternoon and indicated that Team Sterger (Reese, attorney Joseph Conway, and Sterger herself) brought along "substantial materials" with them."We can confirm that a meeting took place with the NFL today and we cooperated fully by providing them with substantial materials in our possession," Reese told The Post after the sitdown.

"We now await the NFL's decision."

It at least seems like Favre declined to settle with Sterger -- after all, Team Sterger made it clear that if some sort of financial settlement was reached, she wouldn't talk with the NFL -- and that her team full of advisors decided meeting with the NFL equated to the most logical decision for her to take.

Favre has admitted to leaving her the voicemails from Deadspin, but claimed that the did not send any lewd photos to Sterger via text message.

Considering that it would probably take a telephone bill in order to actually prove that Sterger did receive those -- after all, anyone can save a photo on their phone these days, and the alleged pictures are out there -- it'll be interesting to see what comprises "substantial materials" and what logic Team Sterger has for being completely open with the NFL at this point.

Update (5:57): Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network reports that a source informs him Sterger "did turn over cell phone records and other evidence related to her phone." LaCanfora also notes that the meeting "was very thorough and lasted roughly 3.5 hours."

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