Receiver hurt both knees in game Monday

Originally Published: August 31, 2004
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Tennessee Titans: Wide receiver Tyrone Calico will have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday and will be out 2-3 weeks, Titans coach Jeff Fisher said Tuesday.

Calico strained both his knees in the second quarter Monday when Cowboys safety Roy Williams chased him to the sideline and flung him out of bounds. Calico's legs folded under him as he hit the ground while turning.

"I came down awkwardly. He pulled me from the back, and I just landed awkwardly," Calico told The Tennessean. "Right now, I think it's just swollen. We're just going to get the MRI and see how it goes. I just wanted to get up because it was a Monday night, but they all were telling me to stay down."

X-rays Monday were negative; they were followed by more-detailed MRI exams Tuesday.

New York Jets: Ray Mickens' knee injury apparently is more serious than first revealed, according to a New York Daily News report. The Jets' nickel back, sidelined since Aug. 16, will have another MRI exam next week and probably won't play in the Sept. 12 season opener.

Coach Herman Edwards called it a knee sprain, saying that there's still swelling in the back of the leg and that doctors are trying to determine whether there's structural damage. Initially, Mickens was expected to miss just one preseason game, according to the newspaper. However, he has missed two already and won't play Friday night against the Eagles in the Jets' preseason finale.

If Mickens isn't ready for the Bengals in the opener, he would be replaced by rookie CB Derrick Strait, the Daily News reported.

Cleveland Browns: Running back James Jackson said Monday that he has been treated unfairly by the Browns, is unhappy and wants out, according to The Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

"It wouldn't be in my best interests or their best interests for me to be here," Jackson said. "It just ain't healthy for me to be here. I ain't happy."

Although several teams have shown interest in trading for Jackson, coach Butch Davis said last week that he wouldn't settle for anything less than a third-round pick.

"If offered a fourth-round pick [or lower], we're better off having him here helping us win games," Davis told USA Today. On Monday, Davis wouldn't comment when the newspaper asked whether he still feels that way.

Jackson, who has been making disgruntled rumblings, finally blew his stack Monday.

"I definitely don't think I've been treated fairly here. ... " he told the Plain-Dealer. "They're not going to play me, so why [not let me go]?"

San Diego Chargers: Coach Marty Schottenheimer told the San Diego Union-Tribune that quarterback Drew Brees will start Thursday's preseason finale at San Francisco, but he wouldn't go so far as to name a regular-season starter.

Schottenheimer added that the 49ers game "won't drive the decision at all" in terms of selecting a starter for the season opener Sept. 12 at Houston. If that's true, it could mean he already has decided between Brees and rookie Philip Rivers, the newspaper reasoned.

The coach said he expects to name the starter by early next week.

  • Linebacker Donnie Edwards probably will play into the second quarter after missing the first three exhibition games with a calf injury, Schottenheimer told the Union-Tribune.

  • Veteran punter Bill LaFleur was one of 13 players waived by the team for Tuesday's cut day. That leaves the job to second-year pro Mike Scifres, who never has punted in the regular season.

    Also cut was tight end Joshua Norman, who dropped a pass from rookie quarterback Rivers in the end zone in an exhibition loss to Seattle last week.

    Defensive tackle Ryon Bingham, a seventh-round draft pick, was put on injured reserve with a torn biceps tendon.

    New York Giants: Tight end Jeremy Shockey jogged as most of the team walked off the field at the conclusion of practice, the Newark Star Ledger reported.

    Shockey, who is rehabbing a strained hamstring, probably will not play Thursday night against Baltimore and when he does practice, it will be on a limited basis, coach Tom Coughlin told the newspaper.

  • The Giants apparently are going to open the season with relative unknown Todd France as their placekicker.

    The 24-year-old got the job for the season opener against Philadelphia on Sept. 12 when Coughlin waived veteran Bill Gramatica.

    There is still a chance that the Giants might sign a veteran kicker after teams make their final cuts on Sunday, but Coughlin didn't seem to think that was necessary.

  • Offensive guard Rich Seubert and defensive end Lorenzo Bromell were placed on the physically unable to perform/reserve list, meaning neither may join the active roster until after Week 6.

    Seubert, who fractured his left leg in October, was slated to be a starter at left guard. Bromell had arthroscopic surgery in June.

  • Defensive tackle Martin Chase, signed as a free agent, was placed on injured reserve after suffering a knee injury Friday against the Jets. He is out for the year.

    Chicago Bears: Brian Urlacher's pulled hamstring is healed and he's back on the practice field.

    Urlacher said that the injury made him realize how much he missed football and that he'll do whatever he needs to do to get ready for the season opener.

    Urlacher won't play in Friday's preseason finale at Cleveland, but he said he definitely plans to play in the Sept. 12 season opener against the Lions at Soldier Field.

    The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker said he's confident his injury is healed and promised he won't play tentatively or have concerns about getting injured again.

    Urlacher hasn't missed a game in his four-year NFL career.

    Cincinnati Bengals: Wide receiver Peter Warrick practiced Monday and said he would play Friday night in the preseason finale against the Colts, according to a Cincinnati Enquirer report.

    Warrick rested, underwent treatment and practiced sparingly at training camp after having surgery at the end of last season to repair cartilage damage in his right knee.

    "It's been a long time coming," Warrick told the newspaper. "I've been letting it heal, and today it felt good."

    Warrick said he caught a couple of passes in 11-on-11 team drills and stayed late to field punts. He hopes to regain his job as punt returner, according to the Enquirer.

    New England Patriots: Troy Brown appeared to hurt his knee on a punt return in the first quarter against the Panthers on Saturday. The Boston Globe reported that he walked gingerly off the field, twice pausing to bend and grab his knee, and didn't play another down.

    Patriots coach Bill Belichick told the newspaper Monday that he still didn't know the severity of the injury but didn't think Brown would miss a lot of time.

    The Pats don't have receivers to spare. In fact, with David Givens deactivated for Saturday's game, 23-year-old Chas Gessner played with the first team.

    Givens told the Globe that he could have played if necessary, though, and that he was fine. His leg tightened up against Cincinnati in the second preseason game, prompting Belichick to sit him Saturday as a precaution, according to the newspaper.

    Givens is practicing with the team, albeit lightly, and Belichick told the Globe he could play Thursday night against Jacksonville.

  • The Patriots placed three-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield on injured reserve, ending his season, and released quarterback Jim Miller.

    Stubblefield, 33, signed with the Pats on Aug. 5 but has been sidelined with an ankle injury. An 11-year veteran, Stubblefield started just six of eight games for the Oakland Raiders last season and was one of four players who tested positive for the designer steroid THG.

    Miller, 33, was a starter in 2001 and 2002 with the Bears. He signed with the Patriots in July to compete for a backup spot to two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Tom Brady. However, he has been bothered by shoulder problems and the Patriots decided to retain NFL Europe star Rohan Davey and Kliff Kingsbury as the backups.

    Seattle Seahawks: Reserve outside linebacker D.D. Lewis was place on injured reserve, ending his 2004 season.

    Lewis was expected to replace linebacker Chad Brown in the starting lineup. Brown is expected to miss the first four games of the regular season with a broken left leg.

    Lewis is scheduled to undergo additional surgery on his left shoulder on Thursday.

    The third-year pro from Texas played in 15 games last season, starting five, and recorded a career-high 56 tackles. In Seattle's playoff loss to Green Bay, Lewis had 10 tackles. He filled in for both Brown and Anthony Simmons last season when each sat out with injuries.

    But Lewis has not fully recovered from offseason surgery on his shoulder. He had been sidelined since Aug. 14 with soreness in the shoulder and tried to practice earlier this week. He would have played this season while wearing a harness, limiting his range of motion.

    Isaiah Kacyvenski and Tracy White are expected to assume Brown's position until he is able to return.

    The Seahawks also released cornerback Jernaro Gilford.

    Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins placed reserve safety Shawn Wooden on the physically-unable-to-perform list with a bulging disc in his back.

    Re-signed to a one-year contract in March, Wooden must sit out the first six games of the season.

    Wooden originally suffered the injury in offseason workouts and aggravated it the day before training camp started.

    Wooden, 30, has spent seven of his first eight seasons with the Dolphins. He played in 15 gams last year and tied for third on the team with 12 special teams tackles.

    As expected, the Dolphins placed wide receiver David Boston on injured reserve, which sidelines him for the entire season. Boston underwent left knee surgery Aug. 9.

    New Orleans Saints: Quarterback Aaron Brooks wants to play. But he wants to make sure it's in a regular-season game, not a preseason one.

    If he had his way, he'd rest his injured right leg until the regular-season opener against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 12. But Brooks got back on the practice field this week, putting in his first full workout since re-straining his quadriceps a week earlier.

    "He's smart," coach Jim Haslett said. "He didn't take off and run today, but he threw the ball well. His feet were excellent. The timing part comes in the red zone, where they're all timing routes. That's where he's going to need the work."

    The Saints would like to see Brooks play a series or two in the team's exhibition finale against the Miami Dolphins on Friday night at the Superdome. Haslett said he did not know yet whether Brooks would play Friday.

    The leg injury has forced Brooks to miss two of the first three exhibition games and almost three weeks of practice.

    Brooks said his thigh was feeling much better Monday than it did a week ago, when he missed four practices and sat out the Saints' 17-13 win at Chicago last Friday. Still, he had reservations about a recurrence of the injury.

  • The local television blackout for the Saints' last preseason game, Friday against the Dolphins, has been lifted, the team announced Tuesday.

    Washington Redskins: Tackle Chris Samuels, who sprained his right ankle in St. Louis on Friday, was still in a walking cast Monday but told The Washington Post he expected to get out of it Tuesday.

    Samuels told the newspaper that it is doubtful he will play against Atlanta on Friday and that he is shooting for a return before the opening game on Sept. 12.

    "It's coming along," he said. "Eventually, I'll go back out there."

  • Defensive end Phillip Daniels, who has been out most of training camp with an abdominal strain, returned to practice and hopes to play Friday, according to the Post.

  • The Redskins released veteran cornerback Ralph Brown.

    Denver Broncos: The Broncos waived 11 players and placed four on reserve lists to reduce their roster to the 65-man maximum.

    Cornerback Jimmy Spencer, who last year was the NFL's first player-coach since 1970-71, was placed on the retired reserve list. He will remain with the team as assistant defensive backs coach.

    Running back Mike Anderson, cornerback Jermaine Chatman and wide receiver B.J. Johnson were put on the injured reserve list.

    Anderson will miss the entire season after tearing both muscles in the left groin area late in Friday night's 31-17 exhibition victory over the Houston Texans.

    Chatman, in his first year out of Arizona, broke his left hand in the Houston game.

    Johnson, a rookie wide receiver out of Texas, has been out since injuring his left ankle on Aug. 5 in training camp.

    Spencer, a 12-year veteran, played four seasons in Denver. Before Spencer, the last player-coach in the NFL was Dan Reeves with the Dallas Cowboys.

    Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys terminated the contract of cornerback Donald Mitchell. Mitchell, who spent the past four seasons in Tennessee, was brought to camp by coach Bill Parcells specifically to be a nickel back.

    The Cowboys also released eight other players, including linebacker Markus Steele and running back Aveion Cason.

    With the nine cuts and placing center Gennaro DiNapoli on reserve/physically unable to perform, the Cowboys got their roster to 68 players. That is the NFL limit of 65 players, plus three NFL Europe exemptions.

    Steele played in 14 games last season, primarily on special teams.

    Cason was a third-down back who last year had career highs for carries (40), rushing yards (220) and touchdowns (two). He also caught 17 passes for 142 yards.

    DiNapoli missed all of training camp with an injured right ankle. He can start working out with the team Oct. 18, and then the Cowboys will have 21 days to put him on the active roster or return him to the physically unable to perform list for the rest of the season.

    The other released players were third-year receiver Cedric James, defensive end Johnathan Taylor, defensive tackles Shaun Smith and Dave Volk, and two rookies: punters Ryan Flinn and defensive end Darrell Lee.

    Indianapolis Colts: Punt and kickoff returner Brad Pyatt and cornerback Joseph Jefferson could miss four or more weeks with injuries, according to an Indianapolis Star report.

    Pyatt was released from a hospital Monday after spending two days for treatment of a deep bruise to his right thigh suffered Saturday during the Colts' game vs. Buffalo. Jefferson was scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday.

    Colts coach Tony Dungy told the newspaper Pyatt could miss two to six weeks and Jefferson will be out about four weeks.

    The Colts already are low on return men, according to the Star. Dominic Rhodes wore a protective boot on his sore right ankle Monday and did not participate in the Colts' light workout, and Brian Allen had arthroscopic knee surgery last week.

    Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers released six players today, including former first-round draft pick and former Lions starting cornerback Terry Fair, bringing the team to its roster limit.

    Fair signed a $535,000, one-year contract with the Steelers, who were looking to add depth at one of their weakest positions. The 27-year-old cornerback started 48 of 52 games with Detroit from 1998 to 2001, but was cut before the 2002 season and signed with Carolina.

    Fair, drafted one pick ahead of Vikings wide receiver Randy Moss in 1998, has been troubled by injuries most of his career which continued in Pittsburgh. Fair was hobbled by a hamstring injury during training camp and was cut after reaching a settlement with the Steelers.

    Also cut today were receivers Freddie Milons and Brian Robinson, defensive tackle David Upchurch, rookie free agent linebacker Allen Augustin and linebacker Nathaniel Adibi, the Steelers' fifth round pick last season.

    Buffalo Bills: Kick returner Antonio Brown was among 11 players cut by the Bills.

    Brown, who averaged 21.8 yards per kickoff return last year, was sparingly used this preseason, managing just one return for 18 yards. Receiver Josh Reed and cornerback Terrence McGee had more impressive preseason performances, and were considered to be the favorites for the job.

    Brown also failed to make an impact as a receiver.

    Other notable players released were offensive lineman Richard Seals and receiver Jerel Myers, who spent time last season on Buffalo's practice squad.

    Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings agreed to terms with veteran kicker Brett Conway, who replaces incumbent Aaron Elling.

    The moves, confirmed by coach Mike Tice, should be formalized Wednesday.

    Elling practiced with the team Tuesday afternoon, but Conway signed a two-year contract after working out later in the Vikings' indoor practice facility, according to a report in Wednesday's edition of the Star Tribune of Minneapolis.

    The team waived Elling after Conway's kicking session, the newspaper reported.

    Tice said former WWE wrestling star Brock Lesnar, released by the club Monday, probably will be re-signed to the practice squad later this season.

    The Vikings released defensive tackle Billy Lyon, tight ends Sean Berton and Ben Steele, punter Travis Dorsch, wide receiver Aaron Hosack, and linebacker Max Yates to reach the 65-man limit.

    Information from The Associated Press and SportsTicker was used in this report.

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