Friday, September 4, 2009
Training Camp Roundup: Sept. 4
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STINGER STOPS CHARGERS LB BURNETT (11:34 p.m. ET) San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Kevin Burnett left Friday night's exhibition game against San Francisco with a stinger.
Burnett, a free agent acquisition, was spun around by a blocker and hit from behind by running back Glen Coffee, which knocked him into tight end Vernon Davis and pushed his head back.
Burnett was down for several minutes before getting up and walking off the field. He then headed to the locker room with a trainer. The team said he wouldn't return.
FROM STARTER TO FA: CARDINALS CUT POPE (8:00 p.m. ET)
Former starting tight end Leonard Pope and four-year Cardinals veteran safety Aaron Francisco were among 21 players cut by the Cardinals to reach the NFL's 53-man limit.
Others cut by the team on Friday included offensive tackle Oliver Ross and cornerback Wilrey Fontenot.
Pope, a 6-foot-8 third-round draft pick out of Georgia in 2006, played in 42 games and started 25 in three seasons with the Cardinals, including eight last year. He has 48 career catches but only nine in 13 games last season. Francisco, a standout on special teams, played in 53 games over four seasons after making the club as an undrafted free agent out of BYU in 2005.
"Two in particular that have made significant contributions to our football squad," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "It's tough to part ways with that but, in any situation, you have to make those decisions. I thank both Leonard and Aaron for what they've done for me and for this program and I wish them the best, but that's unfortunately is what this business is about."
MILLER'S SEASON LIKELY OVER BEFORE IT STARTS (7:59 p.m. ET)
Saints tight end Billy Miller said Friday that he tore his right Achilles tendon during New Orleans' final preseason game Thursday night against Miami, likely ending his 10th season before it started.
Miller sustained the injury during the second quarter while running a pass route. He said it felt like someone kicked him in the back of his right foot. When he looked around, no one was there, and he knew it was serious.
Miller said he expects to have surgery as soon as Monday.
"I think it's an opportunity to get completely healthy," Miller said. "I was battling a knee and now I've got this. I'll take care of what needs to be taken care of and come back to help this team win back-to-back Super Bowls."
Miller, 32, said the thought of his career being over "does not creep in my mind at all."
QB MARTIN LEADS BRONCOS' 9 CUTS (6:18 p.m. ET)
The Denver Broncos got a head start on cuts, releasing nine players, including quarterback Ingle Martin.
The team also placed guard Matt McChesney on the reserve/injured list with a sprained ankle on Friday.
There are no surprises in the other players released: DLs Matthias Askew and Carlton Powell; OLs Kory Lichtensteiger and Clint Oldenberg; CB Rashod Moulton; RB Marcus Thomas; WR Nate Swift; and LB Lee Robinson.
EAGLES CUT ROSTER TO 72 PLAYERS (5:34 p.m. ET)
The Philadelphia Eagles have released tight end Eugene Bright, linebacker Curtis Gatewood and defensive tackle Willie Williams.
The Eagles now have 72 players on their roster. All teams must reduce their rosters to 53 players by 6 p.m. Saturday.
Philadelphia will face a few difficult decisions. Quarterback Michael Vick is not eligible to play in the first two regular-season games, but may remain on the active roster. Former second-round pick Reggie Brown could be the odd man out in the Eagles' crowded receiver corps.
-- The Associated PressLIONS TRADE FOR SAFETY SIMPSON (5:11 p.m. ET)
The Detroit Lions have acquired safety Ko Simpson from Buffalo for an undisclosed 2010 draft choice.
The move Friday came less than a day after the four-year veteran started the exhibition finale against the Lions that Detroit won 17-6.
Simpson played all 16 games last season and had 64 tackles. He missed most of 2007 with a leg injury he suffered in the season opener. Detroit is thin at his position after placing Daniel Bullocks on injured reserve and had just four safeties available Thursday night.
The Lions also released defensive end Orion Martin.
-- The Associated PressMCINTOSH AMONG EIGHT CHIEFS TO LOSE JOB (4:55 p.m. ET)
A poor preseason cost offensive tackle Damion McIntosh his job Friday when he was released along with seven other players by the Kansas City Chiefs.
McIntosh, drafted in the third round in 2000 by San Diego, was Kansas City's starter at right tackle last year but did not play well this preseason. He was beaten several times in Thursday night's preseason loss to St. Louis. He signed as an unrestricted free agent in 2007.
Also released were linebacker Corey Smith, fullback Jed Collins, center Eric Ghiaciuc, cornerbacks Travis Daniels and Londen Fryar, and offensive linemen Herb Taylor and Tavares Washington.
-- The Associated PressGIANTS' ALFORD TO HAVE SEASON-ENDING SURGERY (4:54 p.m. ET) New York Giants backup defensive tackle Jay Alford will miss the season with a knee injury.
Coach Tom Coughlin said Friday that Alford was examined by doctors and they decided he needed surgery to repair two ligaments he tore in a preseason game against the Chicago Bears about two weeks ago.
Alford was having an excellent camp and would have likely gotten plenty of playing time behind starters Barry Cofield and Fred Robbins.
The injury also caused one other change. Alford was the snapper on extra points and field goals. Long snapper Zak DeOssie has taken over both jobs.
-- The Associated Press