Strahan probable for Sunday

Originally Published: September 16, 2004
Associated Press

New York Giants: All-Pro defensive end Michael Strahan is expected to play against the Redskins despite missing practice with a pulled muscle in his buttocks.

The Giants listed Strahan, who only participated in the individual drills, as probable for Sunday's game.

Strongside linebacker Carlos Emmons missed his second straight practice with a groin injury. He remains questionable. Rookie Reggie Torbor, a fourth-round draft pick out of Auburn, is expected to start if Emmons is sidelined.

"Monday Night Football" on a delay
Broadcasts will be on a five-second delay for the rest of the season, a reaction to the furor caused by last season's Super Bowl halftime show.

The move is just a precaution, an ABC spokesman said.

At halftime of New England's win over Carolina in the Super Bowl on Feb. 3, Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Janet Jackson's brassiere, a wardrobe "malfunction" that exposed her right breast to a TV audience of some 90 million. The Super Bowl was broadcast on CBS.

A pregame concert before the season opener between New England and Indianapolis was broadcast with a 10-second delay on ABC to prevent a repeat of the Super Bowl embarrassment.

After the Super Bowl, the Federal Communications Commission received more than 500,000 complaints about the broadcast. The commission is reportedly considering a fine of $550,000 against CBS for violating broadcast decency standards.

San Francisco 49ers: Two-time Pro Bowl center Jeremy Newberry won't play this week and could be out longer with a new problem in his right knee.

Newberry missed practice Thursday for the second consecutive day with pain underneath his kneecap. He had arthroscopic surgery Aug. 10 to remove cartilage from the same area.

Niners coach Dennis Erickson said Newberry's latest injury is unrelated to his previous knee condition.

"This is a different problem," Erickson said. "This is his kneecap and the movement of his kneecap. People have that, it's just a matter of how severe it is. It's been very severe with him. He's one of the toughest guys I've ever seen play the game and it bothers him. He's in pain."

Newberry started all 16 games last season with a completely torn ligament in his left ankle. He had reconstructive surgery on the ankle in January and didn't practice with the team again until training camp began in July.

The seven-year veteran developed the cartilage problem in his knee a few days after camp began. He returned from his August surgery to start last week's season opener against Atlanta.

Eight-year veteran Brock Gutierrez will take Newberry's place in the starting lineup Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. Gutierrez started in place of Newberry during the preseason before knee ligament damage that sent him to the sidelines near the end of August.

Detroit Lions: Receiver Charles Rogers had surgery Thursday on his broken collarbone, an injury that ended his season early for the second straight year. "A plate with eight screws was placed on his clavicle over the old fracture and the new fracture," Lions coach Steve Mariucci said. "He'll play through the first season with the plate, then they'll evaluate." Rogers, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft, was injured going for a pass in the first quarter of Detroit's 20-16 win at Chicago on Sunday. In five games last season, he caught three touchdowns passes before breaking his collarbone in practice. Rogers is expected to begin lifting weights in about two months.

Houston Texans: Just because backups safety Glenn Earl and cornerback Demarcus Faggins got a little more work with the first team this week, the incumbent starters aren't in immediate trouble, coach Dom Capers said.

Nevertheless, the situation bears watching after veteran safety Eric Brown and rookie cornerback Dunta Robinson had forgettable performances in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

Capers said Earl needs more work because he is just now practicing at full speed a year after knee surgery at Notre Dame. He said Faggins will spell Robinson and is the first choice whenever the No. 10 overall pick struggles.

"Glenn Earl's a young guy and, because his knee is recovering, we haven't had much practice time with him, but we feel real good about his potential," Capers said. "We're going to start putting him in more and getting a good look at him and see where that takes us."

Arizona Cardinals: The club claimed linebacker Leon Joe off waivers and released linebacker Levar Fisher.

Joe recently was waived by Chicago. He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Bears this year out of Maryland.

Fisher, a third-year pro, started 15 games for the Cardinals last season. He had arthroscopic surgery on both knees last spring and missed both of the team's minicamps.

First general counsel dies at 92
Leonard Lindquist, who helped NFL players form their first union and served as the first general counsel of the NFL Players Association, died at 92.

He died Sept. 10, the union said Thursday.

Lindquist became involved with NFL players in 1969. He was the lead negotiator when the players signed their first collective bargaining agreement with the league a year later.

"The NFLPA truly would not be the organization it is today without his vision and leadership," said Gene Upshaw, the organization's executive director.


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