Training Camp Roundup: Sept. 5

Updated: September 6, 2009, 6:08 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

BRONCOS RELEASE 12, SIGN VETERAN HOLLIDAY (10:25 p.m. ET)

The Denver Broncos have signed veteran defensive lineman Vonnie Holliday on the same day the team trimmmed its roster by releasing 12 players.

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Holliday had 3½ sacks last season for the Miami Dolphins.

Defensive lineman Tim Crowder was among the players cut Saturday by new Broncos coach Josh McDaniels. Crowder was taken by Denver in the second round in 2007.

The Broncos also let go tailback Darius Walker, who led the team in rushing during the preseason, and waived/injured cornerback Joshua Bell.

Holliday, 33, is a 12-year defensive lineman who could clog up the middle for Denver in its switch to a 3-4 defense. He had 55 career sacks with Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs and Miami.

-- The Associated Press

BUCS CUT BRYANT, TRADE MCCOWN TO JAGUARS (10:03 p.m. ET)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers cut kicker Matt Bryant Saturday.

Bryant was released even though his 83.1 field goal percentage in four seasons is the best in franchise history. He injured his right hamstring in practice last month and did not kick in the preseason.

Mike Nugent, signed as a free agent during the offseason, handled all of the kicking duties in preseason and made 6 of 9 field goals.

Coach Raheem Morris initially projected he'd only carry three quarterbacks into the Sept. 13 opener against Dallas, but second-year pro Josh Johnson earned a spot behind Byron Leftwich, Luke McCown and first-round draft pick Josh Freeman with a solid training camp and preseason.

That lasted just a couple hours, however, as McCown was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for an undisclosed pick in next year's NFL draft.

-- ESPN.com news services

FORNEY AMONG CUTS FOR CHARGERS (9:51 p.m. ET)

Right guard Kynan Forney, who was the frontrunner to start a few weeks ago, was one of 21 players released by the San Diego Chargers on Saturday to set their 53-man roster.

Forney signed to a two-year, $4.8 million contract extension in the offseason, but missed time due to a neck injury and eventually fell behind rookie Louis Vasquez.

Backup nose tackle Ian Scott also was released, leaving little experienced depth at that position. Veteran running back Michael Bennett earned a roster spot with an outstanding preseason, leaving the Chargers with four running backs and two fullbacks.

-- The Associated Press

JAGS DROP FORMER STARTERS PASHOS, WILLIAMS (9:47 p.m. ET)

The Jacksonville Jaguars have cut right tackle Tony Pashos and cornerback Brian Williams, both former starters.

Both players signed lucrative free-agent contracts in recent years, but were beaten out by rookies during the preseason.

Pashos started 31 games the last two years. He struggled last season, though, and the Jaguars drafted offensive tackles Eugene Monroe and Eben Britton with their top two picks. Pashos moved to guard in Thursday night's preseason finale and played well, but Jacksonville asked him to play for less money and he refused, his agent said Saturday.

Williams started 45 games the last three years, but was behind rookie Derek Cox this fall and too expensive to keep as a nickel back.

-- The Associated Press

COLTS WAIVE DT TAYLOR, RB HART (9:41 p.m. ET)

The Indianapolis Colts waived rookie defensive tackle Terrance Taylor and running back Mike Hart on Saturday.

Taylor was a fourth-round pick in April. Hart, Michigan's career rushing leader, was a sixth-round pick in 2008.

Of the 22 players released in the cutdown, seven were drafted since 2006. Offensive linemen Jaimie Thomas and Steve Justice, who started games last season as rookies, were both released. Other former draft picks released were defensive end Marcus Howard, cornerback Dante Hughes and offensive lineman Michael Toudouze.

The Colts did not place Bob Sanders, the 2007 NFL defensive player of the year, on the physically unable to perform list. That means Sanders is not expected to miss the first six games of the year.

-- The Associated Press

BOLLINGER AMONG CUTS FOR LIONS (8:50 p.m. ET)

The Detroit Lions have set their roster with 53 players they hope can help them win a game for the first time since 2007.

Detroit released the following offensive players Saturday night: quarterback Brooks Bollinger, guard Milford Brown, tackle Lydon Murtha, center Dan Gerberry, tight ends Carson Butler and Dan Gronkowski, running backs Aveion Cason and Tristan Davis, and receivers Keary Colbert, Dane Looker and John Standeford.

Defensive players that were cut included: linebackers Rufus Alexander, Spenser Smith and Zack Follett, tackles Shaun Smith and Chuck Darby, end Sean Conover, and defensive backs Calvin Lowry, Ramzee Robinson and Stuart Schweigert.

Kicker Billy Cundiff also was let go.

-- The Associated Press

BROHM, SUTTON AMONG CUTS FOR PACKERS (7:55 p.m. ET)

Quarterback Brian Brohm, wide receiver Ruvell Martin and running back Tyrell Sutton were among 18 players cut by the Green Bay Packers to meet the NFL-mandated 53-player roster limit Saturday.

Brohm, a second-round draft pick last year who once was considered a potential franchise quarterback during his college career at Louisville, could be a candidate for the Packers' practice squad if he is not picked up by another team.

Oft-injured defensive end Justin Harrell was among the four players placed on injured reserve.

Sutton, an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern who was impressive during training camp, also is expected to draw interest from other teams. Martin played 41 games over the previous three seasons, making nine starts and catching six touchdowns.

Also released Saturday were wide receiver Jake Allen, cornerback Trevor Ford, guard/tackle Andrew Hartline, wide receiver Kole Heckendorf, linebacker Danny Lansanah, running back Kregg Lumpkin, defensive end Alfred Malone, tackle Jamon Meredith, nose tackle Dean Muhtadi, linebacker Cyril Obiozor, cornerback Joe Porter, tackle Dane Randolph, safety Anthony Smith, defensive end Ronald Talley and nose tackle Anthony Toribio.

The other three players placed on injured reserve were cornerback Pat Lee, tight end Evan Moore and safety Charlie Peprah.

-- The Associated Press

CHIEFS CUT PRO BOWLER THOMAS (7:48 p.m. ET)

Seven-time Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas has been released by the Kansas City Chiefs after failing to appear in any preseason games.

The 36-year-old Thomas was released Saturday along with 12 other players. The fifth-round pick by Miami in 1996 signed with the Chiefs as an unrestricted free agent after playing last season with Dallas.

The Chiefs were counting on his veteran presence to help smooth the transition to a 3-4 defense under first-year head coach Todd Haley. But Thomas was injured early in training camp and never returned. The Chiefs never specified his injury.

Other players cut included Bernard Pollard, who started the past two years at safety, and veteran wide receiver Ashley Lelie.

Guard Colin Brown was placed on injured reserve.

-- The Associated Press

BEARS ACTIVATE TILLMAN FROM PUP LIST (7:45 p.m. ET)

The Chicago Bears have activated cornerback Charles Tillman from the physically unable to perform list, making him eligible to play in the season opener at Green Bay.

Among the players they waived were wide receiver Brandon Rideau, who failed to make Chicago's season-opening roster for the third straight year after losing a competition with Rashied Davis and Devin Aromashodu. Former Northwestern star Brett Basanez also got waived, leaving the Bears with two quarterbacks -- Jay Cutler and Caleb Hanie.

The Bears terminated the contract of cornerback Rod Hood after he signed a one-year deal earlier in the week while letting veteran guard Dan Buenning and linebacker Darrell McClover go.

While trimming their roster, the Bears placed running back Kevin Jones on injured reserve after he tore ligaments in his left ankle in the preseason finale against Cleveland on Thursday. Also going on IR were safety Dahna Deleston and defensive end Henry Melton.

-- The Associated Press

PATRIOTS PUT LB CRABLE ON IR (7:44 p.m. ET)

The New England Patriots reached the NFL's 53-man roster limit on Saturday by cutting 10 players and placing three on season-ending injured reserve, including linebacker Shawn Crable.

The moves on Saturday were first announced on the team's Twitter account.

The team was also made two trades involving tight ends, sending David Thomas to the New Orleans Saints for a seventh-round draft pick in 2011 and acquiring Michael Matthews from the New York Giants for a conditional pick.

The team released specialist Ray Ventrone, who has appeared in 17 games, 15 of them last year, with six special teams tackles. Also released were defensive linemen Titus Adams and Darryl Richard; offensive linemen Ryan O'Callaghan and Wesley Britt; defensive backs Herana-Daze Jones and Jamar Love; tight end Alex Smith, receiver Terrence Nunn and linebacker Paris Lenon.

The three placed on injured reserve were Crable (groin), running back Chris Taylor (shoulder) and offensive lineman George Bussey (knee).

-- The Associated Press

RAVENS HAND KICKING JOB TO HAUSCHKA (7:37 p.m. ET)

The Baltimore Ravens informed kicker Steve Hauschka that he's the new starting kicker as he replaces Matt Stover.

The Ravens also placed fifth-round pick Jason Phillips, a linebacker from Texas Christian, on injured reserve. Phillips underwent surgery on his lateral meniscus prior to the NFL draft.

The team brokered an injury settlement with undrafted rookie defensive lineman Will Johnson.

Meanwhile, the Ravens also cut: wide receivers Yamon Figurs, Jayson Foster, Ernie Wheelwright, Justin Harper and Eron Riley, fullback Jason Cook, sixth-round running back Cedric Peerman, cornerback Evan Oglesby, offensive tackles Joe Reitz and Stefan Rodgers, tight ends Davon Drew and Isaac Smolko, offensive guards Bryan Mattison and Tre Stallings, kicker Graham Gano, linebackers Tony Fein and William VanDeSteeg, safety K.J. Gerard, center Robbie Felix and defensive tackle Nader Abdallah.

-- The Associated Press

EAGLES PUT VICK ON EXEMPT LIST, KEEP FEELEY (7:23 p.m. ET)

The Philadelphia Eagles have placed quarterback Michael Vick on the exempt/commissioner's permission list and cut 17 players to get to the mandatory 53-man limit.

Philadelphia kept A.J. Feeley as their No. 3 quarterback on Saturday. He has been the subject of trade rumors.

Vick will not be reinstated until the third game of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs. He will not be able to practice with the team until he is placed on the roster.

"We can do that at any time," Eagles general manager Tom Heckert said. "We could put him on as soon as tomorrow, or up until the third week. And he can do anything with the team, attend meetings, everything, except practice."

Among the veterans cut were defensive tackle Dan Klecko, tight end Matt Schobel, fullback Kyle Eckel, linebackers Tank Daniels and Matt Wilhem, cornerback Trae Williams and running back Lorenzo Booker.

Tackle Fenuki Tupou was placed on injured reserve.

-- The Associated Press

BOOTY CUT BY VIKINGS (7:16 p.m. ET)

Quarterback John David Booty is among the final cuts for the Minnesota Vikings, leaving the team with Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels behind starter Brett Favre.

The Vikings announced their final roster Saturday. Booty was in his second season as a developmental quarterback out of USC. He does have practice squad eligibility, so the Vikings could bring him back if another team does not sign him.

Booty likely sealed his fate in the preseason finale on Friday night. He threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown, a poor throw that infuriated coach Brad Childress.

Cornerback Marcus McCauley, running back Ian Johnson and defensive end Otis Grigsby were also among the 22 players cut by the Vikings.

-- The Associated Press

FALCONS CUT WR FERGUSON, QB SHOCKLEY (7:08 p.m. ET)

Veteran receiver Robert Ferguson and quarterback D.J. Shockley, a local favorite, were among 13 players cut by the Atlanta Falcons.

The cuts leave rookie John Parker Wilson of Alabama as the No. 3 quarterback behind Matt Ryan and Chris Redman.

The Falcons also cut rookie defensive tackle Vance Walker, a seventh-round draft pick from Georgia Tech.

Shockley, from the University of Georgia, was the No. 3 quarterback last season. The Falcons also cut another former Georgia player, running back Thomas Brown.

Also cut were receivers Aaron Kelly and Troy Bergeron, offensive linemen Jose Valdez and Michael Butterworth, linebackers Jamie Winborn and Robert James, defensive end Maurice Lucas, cornerback William Middleton and tight end Jason Rader.

-- The Associated Press

PANTHERS PUT IRVIN ON IR, WAIVE FAVORITE (6:56 p.m. ET)

The Carolina Panthers have placed Corvey Irvin on injured reserve and waived fellow defensive tackle Marlon Favorite.

The Panthers released 20 other players Saturday to get to the 53-man regular-season limit. But the decisions at defensive tackle could indicate the Panthers will be making more moves soon.

Favorite, an undrafted rookie, had filled in some as a starter after Maake Kemoeatu's season-ending Achilles' tendon injury.

Irvin was Carolina's third-round pick. He hurt his knee in Thursday's final preseason game.

Linebacker Jeremy Leman, one of the surprising stars of the preseason, was also cut along with running back DeCori Birmingham and punt returner Larry Beavers.

-- The Associated Press

LEWIS MAKES BROWNS ROSTER; BELL, PATTEN DO NOT (6:54 p.m. ET)

Cleveland Browns running back Jamal Lewis survived and was not among the 23 cuts made by first-year Cleveland coach Eric Mangini.

Lewis, who has already eclipsed 10,000 career yards, was believed to be in danger of not making the Browns' opening-week roster. But the 30-year-old will open the season as Cleveland's starting running back after Mangini trimmed his roster before Saturday's deadline.

The Browns did cut linebacker Beau Bell, a fourth-round pick in 2008, and terminated the contract of wide receiver David Patten, who won three Super Bowl titles with New England.

Mangini is expected to make other moves in the next few days after checking transactions by other teams. Cleveland's roster is at 52, one under the NFL limit.

-- The Associated Press

PATRIOTS TRADE TE THOMAS TO SAINTS (6:51 p.m. ET)

The New Orleans Saints have acquired tight end David Thomas from the New England Patriots in exchange for a seventh-round draft choice in 2011.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis announced the trade Saturday night.

New England selected the 6-foot-3, 248-pound Thomas out of Texas Longhorns in the third round of the 2006 draft.

He has started 13 games, including 10 last season. He was generally used as a blocker, but also has 21 catches for 261 yards and a touchdown in his three-year career.

The Saints began looking for another experienced tight end after veteran Billy Miller tore his right Achilles' tendon in New Orleans' preseason finale against Miami on Thursday night.

-- The Associated Press

RAMS PLACE CARRIKER, MOORE ON INJURED LIST (6:49 p.m. ET)

The St. Louis Rams placed defensive tackle Adam Carriker and defensive end Eric Moore on injured reserve Saturday and cut running back Antonio Pittman along with 18 other players to get to the mandatory 53-man roster limit.

Carriker and Moore were injured in the preseason finale Thursday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Carriker hurt a shoulder and Moore a hand.

The Rams waived Pittman, the backup behind Steven Jackson last season, and running back Chris Ogbonnaya, a seventh-round draft pick this year, and guard Roy Schuening, a fifth-rounder last year.

Keith Null, a sixth-rounder, won the third-string quarterback job over Brock Berlin, who was waived.

St. Louis also waived linebackers K.C. Asiodu and Dominic Douglas, defensive tackle Antwon Burton, tight end Eric Butler, defensive end Ian Campbell, offensive tackles Renardo Foster and Phil Trautwein, fullback Jerome Johnson, center Tim Mattran, cornerback Cord Parks, safety Mark Rubin and wide receiver Sean Walker.

The Rams terminated the contracts of safety Todd Johnson and wide receivers Tim Carter and Ronald Curry.

-- The Associated Press

COWBOYS CUT REALITY TV INVITEE (6:35 p.m. ET)

Scoring the winning touchdown in the preseason finale wasn't enough for reality TV star Jesse Holley to make the Dallas Cowboys.

Holley, fellow dreadlocked receiver Isaiah Stanback and quarterback Rudy Carpenter were among the most notable of the 22 players cut by the Cowboys to reach the 53-man roster limit Saturday. Dallas also put rookie linebacker Stephen Hodge on injured reserve.

Undrafted rookie Kevin Ogletree snagged the fifth receiver spot, as expected, which made Stanback, a fourth-round pick in '07, and Holley expendable.

Safety Courtney Brown was another incumbent to lose his job.

-- The Associated Press

TITANS CUT FOWLER, LAST YEAR'S STARTING LB (6:25 p.m. ET)

The Tennessee Titans have released linebacker Ryan Fowler on Saturday along with 21 other players in trimming down their roster, cutting loose a player who lost his starting job to Stephen Tulloch during the 2008 season.

Fowler was signed before 2007 to a four-year deal worth $11.5 million as the Titans' starting middle linebacker. But the Titans had drafted Tulloch in 2006, and he took Fowler's starting job last year. Fowler had been due $2.25 million this season and would have counted $3 million against the cap.

The Titans started cutting players Friday when they informed at least 18 of their release, a group that included Mark Jones who had been signed to a two-year deal this offseason to handle punt and kickoff returns. Veteran cornerback Demarcus Faggins also was cut.

-- The Associated Press

REDMAN FAILS TO MAKE STEELERS ROSTER (6:03 p.m. ET)

Isaac Redman, a non-drafted rookie who was the surprise star of the Pittsburgh Steelers' training camp, was among 21 players cut Saturday.

Tight end Sean McHugh's season ended when he was placed on the injured reserve list because of a knee injury. He becomes the second player from last season's Super Bowl-winning team to go on injured reserve, joining right guard Darnell Stapleton, who had knee surgery early in training camp.

The Steelers, who open the season Thursday against Tennessee, made their cuts Friday but declined to reveal them until Saturday. Coach Mike Tomlin didn't want other NFL teams to learn of the moves a day before making their own cuts.

Also released were quarterback Mike Reilly, running backs Carey Davis and Justin Vincent, wide receivers Dallas Baker, Tyler Grisham and Brandon Williams, tight end Dezmond Sherrod, offensive linemen Jason Capizzi, Jeremy Parquet and A.Q. Shipley, defensive linemen Sonny Harris, Steve McLendon and Scott Paxson, linebackers Bruce Davis, Tom Korte, Andy Schantz and Donovan Woods, defensive backs Roy Lewis and Anthony Madison and kicker Piotr Czech.

-- The Associated Press

VETERAN CB GREEN AMONG CUTS FOR 49ERS (5:54 p.m. ET)

Veteran cornerback Eric Green is the odd-man out in a deep and experienced San Francisco secondary, and was among 20 players cut by the 49ers on Saturday to get their roster down to 53.

Receiver Jason Hill won a spot by beating out Dominique Zeigler, who didn't make the team a day after injuring his ankle in the 49ers' final preseason game at San Diego.

Running back Kory Sheets, who signed in April as a free agent and was expected to make the team as a third-stringer behind Frank Gore and Glen Coffee, also was waived.

Tight end Bear Pascoe, a sixth-round selection this year out of Fresno State, was the lone draft pick to be cut. San Francisco also cut tight end Joe Jon Finley and might go looking for a blocking tight end before the season starts.

-- The Associated Press

PACKERS SEND MOLL TO RAVENS FOR MARTIN (5:38 p.m. ET)

The Green Bay Packers have traded offensive lineman Tony Moll to the Baltimore Ravens for defensive back Derrick Martin.

The move comes as the Packers are in the process of cutting players in order to meet the NFL-mandated 53-man roster limit Saturday.

Martin, a sixth-round pick in the 2006 draft, played in 28 games and made three starts in his first three seasons in Baltimore. Moll appeared in 39 games for the Packers over three seasons, including 18 starts.

-- The Associated Press

GROSSMAN MAKES TEXANS ROSTER AS BACKUP (5:18 p.m. ET)

Rex Grossman's performance in Houston's final preseason game not only earned him a spot on the final roster, it gave him a chance to be the Houston Texans' backup quarterback.

Grossman missed most of the preseason with a hamstring injury. He returned Friday night to throw two touchdown passes in Houston's 27-20 win over Tampa Bay and survive the last round of cuts on Saturday.

The Texans released 22 players, including quarterback Alex Brink, to get down to the 53-player limit.

Grossman, who led the Bears to the Super Bowl in 2007, was so impressive coach Gary Kubiak says he and Dan Orlovsky are now even in the competition to be Matt Schaub's backup.

One of the players released on Saturday was veteran cornerback Deltha O'Neal. He was signed early in camp because of injuries, but didn't progress as Kubiak had hoped.

-- The Associated Press

BENGALS CUT BLACKSTOCK, WHITE TO REACH ROSTER LIMIT (5:08 p.m. ET)

Linebacker Darryl Blackstock and safety Marvin White have been cut by the Cincinnati Bengals as part of moves to reach the 53-man roster limit.

The Bengals also put receiver Antonio Chatman on injured reserve Saturday with an ankle injury, ending his season.

Blackstock started four games last season and played in eight others. He was suspended four games by the NFL for using a nutritional supplement that contained a banned substance.

White was fourth-round draft pick in 2007 who started 14 games the last two years. He started 10 games last season before tearing ligaments in his right knee Nov. 30.

-- The Associated Press

WOODHEAD MAKES JETS ROSTER FOLLOWING FINAL CUTS (4:26 p.m. ET)

Running back Danny Woodhead has made the New York Jets' 53-man roster after the team made its final cuts.

Fullback Jehuu Caulcrick and linebacker Kenwin Cummings are among the 19 players cut by coach Rex Ryan on Saturday. Wide receiver Aundrae Allison has been placed on injured reserve.

The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Woodhead made a strong case to make the team after running for 158 yards and two touchdowns in the preseason finale against Philadelphia on Thursday night. Already a fan favorite, the former NCAA career rushing leader spent last season on injured reserve because of a knee injury.

Other notable cuts were: tight ends Kevin Brock, Kareem Brown and Jack Simmons, wide receiver Marcus Henry and offensive lineman Stanley Daniels.

-- The Associated Press

DOLPHINS PUT ROTH ON NON-FOOTBALL INJURY LIST (12:00 p.m. ET)

The Miami Dolphins placed defensive end Matt Roth on the reserved/non-football injury list Saturday.

Roth has missed the entire preseason because of injury. By placing him on the non-football list, the Dolphins could use him after the sixth game of the season.

The Dolphins also waived six other players, trying to get to the NFL's 53-man roster deadline. They included safety Courtney Bryan, tackle Brandon Frye, linebacker William Kershaw, receiver Brandon London, cornerback Joey Thomas and defensive end Rodrique Wright.

Rookie CB Vontae Davis did not practice Saturday, two days after the first-round draft pick injured his left knee in the preseason finale at New Orleans. Sparano didn't offer specifics on the injury. "We'll see," he said when asked about Davis' availability for the opener.

-- The Associated Press