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Big news today as we've got the word on the Footballguys Strategy
Guide Magazine for you below. Plus, our popular News Blogger gets a
big update. And we've also got all the news from today. Thanks to our
Footballguy Will Grant for rounding these up. Let's get to it.



Site News:

A. 2005 Strategy Guide Magazine
I feel sort of like a proud new Dad in the Maternity Ward at the hospital
tonight. We put the final touches on our magazine today and sent it
off to the printers. It should be in stores across the country on June
28. David and I are stoked about it and we're exceptionally proud of
our guys. I wanted to give you a sneak peek of what we've done.
For all you that helped me with voting on a cover a few weeks back, you
can see that we scrapped the direction I was heading in with Manning and
went a different direction. I wanted a much bigger and bolder image and I
think this hits that a little better. If you've got some feedback on it, please
let me know what you think at We'll keep you
posted with details on the magazine's availability soon.

B. New News Blogger unleashed
This is another big thing for us as our insanely popular News
Blogger receives a huge update. As you can see, the look
is slightly different but the behind the scenes muscle is vastly
improved. Search capabilities are dramatically expanded as well the
speed for searching. If you want a one stop shop for all the NFL news
that happens, this is your stop. I only hit on the high points each
day with this update. Serious owners already rely on this page. You
should too.


1. ARZ - QB Warner Named the Starter.
2. TEN - TE Troupe's Injury Worse Than Expected.
3. SF - WR Hamilton Tears Knee Ligament
4. TEN - OL Protecting McNair a Priority
5. CHI - RB Jones and Benson: RBBC?
6. JAX - Jones Held Out of Drills because of Hamstring Injury.
7. NO - RB McAllister Happy with Changes.
8. IND - RB Rhodes in Domestic Dispute Again
9. DEN - WR Jerry Rice Officially a Bronco
10. DEN - OL PJ Alexander Tears ACL. Lost for 2005.
11. MIN - Vikings sold. Will stay in Minnesota 'Forever'
12. NO - Team Staying Put
13. TB - Super Bowl XLIII Host
14. NFL - Owners Ban Horse-Collar Tackle.


1. ARZ - QB Warner Named the Starter.

Clipped from: wire reports article 5/25/05

Kurt Warner is the Arizona Cardinals ' new starting quarterback.

Cardinals coach Dennis Green confirmed May 25 what had been believed
since Warner signed a one-year contract with the team in early March.
Warner, who will turn 34 next month, has said he expected to start,
but Green had stated the former Super Bowl MVP would have to compete
with Josh McCown for the job.

Warner, the NFL MVP in 1999 and 2001, led the St. Louis Rams to the
Super Bowl after each of those seasons. He was chosen the game's MVP
when St. Louis beat Tennessee in the first game.

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Of course this is just official confirmation of what everyone
expected. Warner left New York because he didn't want to carry Eli
Manning's clipboard. He didn't come to Arizona to do it for Josh
McCown either. When Arizona didn't select a QB in the 2005 draft, it
was all but certain that Warner would be named the starter. Green
lost confidence in McCown last year, and benched him for three games
later in the season. Signing Warner was just another nail in the
coffin. With Anquan Boldin, Larry Fitzgerald and Bryant Johnson all
catching the ball for him, Warner could post some solid numbers if he
can make it the entire season as the starter. However, it remains to
be seen if Warner can hold off McCown for the entire year, as McCown
is clearly a better long-term choice for the Cardinals. We'll keep you
posted. For now, Warner is the starter.


2. TEN - TE Troupe's Injury Worse Than Expected.

Clipped from: staff article on 5/25/05

Titans Coach Jeff Fisher yesterday confirmed that tight end Ben
Troupe's left foot injury is worse than initially feared, but said
"his season is not in jeopardy."

Getting Troupe back in time for the start of the season is in question, however.

Fisher wouldn't reveal the specifics of Troupe's injury, but the
second-year pro is believed to have broken a bone in his left foot
during a non-contact drill in Monday's practice.

Troupe is scheduled to travel to Charlotte, N.C., tomorrow to see

Dr. Robert Anderson, orthopedist for the Carolina Panthers. Anderson
has performed surgery on a number of Titans over the years, including
defensive end Bo Schobel, who had surgery last offseason to repair his
fractured fifth metatarsal.

If Troupe's injury requires surgery, he could miss anywhere from 8-14
weeks. The Titans open the regular season Sept. 11 at Pittsburgh.

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Yesterday, we reported that Troupe's season is not in jeopardy, but he
could miss most of the off-season. This article confirms that surgery
will probably be required and he may miss a game or two to start the
season. The fact that Fisher is being evasive about the injury is the
key here. We'll keep you posted on any further developments involving


3. SF - WR Hamilton Tears Knee Ligament

Clipped from: associated press article 5/25/05

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) _ San Francisco 49ers receiver Derrick
Hamilton tore a ligament in his left knee during a workout at the
club's training complex Wednesday, possibly sidelining him for the
upcoming season.

Hamilton, a third-round draft pick last year out of Clemson, was
injured while running a route. He will have surgery next week, coach
Mike Nolan said.

``Derrick has worked very hard in the offseason and minicamp to
improve, and we hope his recovery allows him to contribute at some
point in 2005,'' Nolan said.

Hamilton didn't catch a pass for the 49ers last season, spending 14
weeks on the club's inactive list before playing sparingly in the
final two games. But Nolan and his new coaching staff praised the
speedy receiver's offseason work, which put him in competition with
P.J. Fleck for a spot as San Francisco's No. 3 receiver.

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Hamilton had all but beaten out 2004 first rounder Rashaun Woods for
the #3 WR slot on the 49ers. Now that he's lost for the season, Woods
and Fleck should be the main competition. While most people didn't
have Hamilton on their fantasy radar, Woods was seeing a little
interest. Expect that interest to grow a bit as he becomes the
front-runner for the #3 slot and could push to make the starting
lineup this year.


4. TEN - OL Protecting McNair a Priority

Clipped from: News Sentinel article by Teresa M. Walker 5/24/05

Steve McNair loved the way Mike Heimerdinger let the Tennessee
quarterback throw the ball deep at every opportunity.

But the 10-year veteran and one-time NFL co-MVP is into
self-preservation these days, so McNair thinks new offensive
coordinator Norm Chow's plan to get rid of the ball quickly is the
perfect offense for someone who missed eight games in 2004 because of
a chest injury.

"This offense is going to help that," McNair said. "We're not going to
sit there and throw short passes all day. We're going to throw deep
balls too, but we're going to protect myself."

When Heimerdinger left for the same job with the New York Jets, Titans
coach Jeff Fisher used the opportunity to find a replacement who could
condense the offensive playbook. He chose Chow for his offensive and
teaching skills despite a lack of NFL experience.

But the man known as a quarterback guru for coaching three Heisman
Trophy winners has a primary mission - keep McNair as healthy as
possible by getting rid of the ball quicker.

"That doesn't mean to say we're not going to take our shots," Fisher
said. "We're going to take our shots. But you need to understand on
third-and-11 plus, we'll take a checkdown, an incomplete pass, punt
and come back and go at it again."

Chow certainly has the resume that seemingly would qualify him for
almost any job, but he spent all of his 32 years at the college level
without ever being a head coach. Forget his magic touch with
quarterbacks ranging from Jim McMahon and Steve Young at BYU to Carson
Palmer and Matt Leinart in his most recent gig at two-time national
champion Southern California.

His offenses ranked in the top 10 nationally in 15 of the last 21 years.

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With the emergence of Billy Volek last season, McNair is falling in a
lot of drafts (ADP 11.04 according to As a team,
Tennessee finished 9th in total passing yards and 8th in passing TDS.
If McNair is healthy, and the Titans are doing everything that they
can to protect him, McNair could be an excellent sleeper pick with a
double digit ADP. Handcuff the pick with Volek later in the draft and
you could lock up your QB requirements for the entire year long after
you've secured your Stud RBS and WRS.


5. CHI - RB Jones and Benson: RBBC?

Clipped from: Chicago article by Larry Mayer 5/25/05

With one football and two running backs, it doesn't take a math genius
to figure out that there may be some disharmony in the Bears backfield
this season.

But offensive coordinator Ron Turner insists that the team will be
able to keep both incumbent Thomas Jones and first-round draft pick
Cedric Benson happy and involved with the offense

"I don't think that's unrealistic at all," Turner said. "I think we'll
get that done.

"We've got two guys that can play and the challenge is to use them, to
find a way to maximize their talents, get them both on the field and
get them both to be impact players, which I think we can do."

If Jones feels threatened, it hasn't been evident in his dealings with
the rookie.

"He's helped me out a lot," Benson said. "There's no animosity there.
He's been real cool in helping me along and I greatly appreciate it.
If I don't understand a play or if I've got a quick question, he's
more than (happy) to answer it."

In his first season with the Bears last year, Jones set career highs
by rushing for 948 yards and 7 touchdowns and catching 56 passes for
427 yards. He broke Walter Payton's team record of 53 receptions by a
running back and became the first player to lead the Bears in rushing
and receptions since Neal Anderson in 1989.

Determined to establish more of a power running game, the Bears
selected Benson with the fourth pick in the April 23-24 NFL draft.

The punishing 5-10½, 222-pounder won the Doak Walker Award as the
nation's top running back last season at Texas after rushing for 1,746
yards and 19 TDs. Benson also became just the fifth back in NCAA
Division I-A history to exceed 1,000 yards in each of his four

"I think they can both do a lot of the same things," Turner said.
"Each one's going to have their own strengths that we'll try to draw
from. We're going to have them learn the base offense and do certain
things. There will be a package that we're going to want them both to
do and there will be some things that we do with Thomas that we won't
ask Cedric to learn right away."

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Be afraid fantasy owners. Be very afraid. This situation has RBBC
written all over it. The Bears ranked 25th in total rushing yards
last year with only 1600 and only had 10 rushing TDS. Unless that
number skyrockets during the 2005 season, a shared workload of any
sort is going to decimate the fantasy potential of both Jones and
Benson. Hopefully Benson will catch on quick and by the pre-season,
maybe he can secure the starting job. The Bears didn't spend the 4th
pick in the draft to get a player that they could platoon. They wanted
a full-time starter, and hopefully Benson can provide that for them.
Until he is named the #1 guy though, you should approach the Bears
backfield with caution.


6. JAX - Jones Held Out of Drills because of Hamstring Injury.

Clipped from: article by Vito Stellino 5/25/05

The Matt Jones Watch is going to last at least two more weeks.

The Jaguars' first-round draft pick was held out of 7-on-7 and
11-on-11 drills Tuesday and will be sidelined the rest of the week,
with a target date for his return of June 7. That's when the Jaguars
will resume their organized team activities after being off Memorial
Day week.

Jones, who was limited to one-on-one drills, strained his hamstring on
the first day of mandatory minicamp on April 29 and aggravated the
injury two weeks ago in Arkansas, but said it's coming along well.

"It feels fine," he said, but added that the Jaguars wanted to hold
him out this week as a precautionary measure.

"It's not frustrating," he said. "Of course, I want to be out there.
But you've got to make sure you're 100 percent. You don't want to get
hurt in May."

Assuming he can return June7, Jones will have missed nine practice
sessions since being injured on the first day of the mandatory
minicamp, but said he's learning in the classroom and by watching the
other players.

Jones said he's not feeling any pressure to get on the field because
of all the attention he's getting as the No.1 pick.

"You don't want to go out there and overdo something," he said. ''You
try to go out there and make plays and play within the system and when
the ball is thrown your way, make a catch.''

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Being held out of practices in May and June is not as important as
completely letting this injury heal. Hamstring injuries that linger are
not uncommon. Just ask any Donte' Stallworth or Brian Urlacher owner
how frustrating a lingering hamstring injury can be. Jones and the
Jaguars are taking it slow. That's the smart thing to do at this time
of year. We'll keep you posted on how well Jones has recovered when he
returns to practice.


7. NO - RB McAllister Happy with Changes.

Clipped from: New Orleans article by Chris Pika 5/24/05

For Saints RB Deuce McAllister, the offseason has been full of changes
from the coaches behind him to the linemen in front of him as he gets
back to work during the club's Coaching Sessions.

The fifth-year back went over the 1,000-yard mark for the third
straight season in 2004 and needs only 74 yards to become the club's
all-time leading rusher, surpassing RB George Rogers, who had 4,267
from 1981-84.

This season, he will have a new position coach in long-time NFL
assistant Johnny Roland and a new offensive coordinator in Mike
Sheppard. The men doing the blocking in front of him have changed as
the team acquired G Jermane Mayberry in free agency and drafted T
Jammal Brown in the first round to strengthen the offensive line.

"The workouts have been pretty good so far," McAllister said about the
Coaching Sessions. "Everybody's picking it up very well on the
offensive side with a new coordinator. Everything is coming along

With all of those changes, the goal of the 14 workouts is simple,
according to McAllister. "They (the new players) have to pick up the
offense and we have to get a feel for each other, especially up front
with the new linemen, like my thoughts on certain plays and their
style as far as run-blocking. It will take some time, but we are
working on it."

With the type of success that McAllister has had in running the ball,
he knows what a strong offensive line can do for him individually and
the offense as a whole.

"You're only as good as your offensive front," he said. "Regardless of
how good you think you are as a back, if your offensive line is not
sustaining blocks and getting up to that next level as far as the
linebackers are concerned, you are not going to be real successful as
a running back. Those guys are an extension of the running back."

One of the major storylines of the offseason was the promotion of
Sheppard from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator and the
simplification of the offensive playbook. McAllister said the work
done in this area will assist the offense in making adjustments as
defenses shift sets and coverages before the snap.

"The easiest thing it does now is gives you an opportunity to read the
defense more," he said. "We came out of the huddle with seven or eight
seconds on the play clock and the way defenses are today and how they
disguise themselves -- they're moving at the last second -- those guys
are smart as well. They know we have a short time and they hold what
defense they're in until the last second and change to another one.
Now, we have an opportunity to be aggressive and we'll be out of the
huddle with 14 or 15 seconds to go which gives you time to go over the
defense and process it better."

McAllister has a new position coach in Roland, one of the league's
most respected teachers at the running back position. The two are
getting to know one another and McAllister respects Roland's
experienced ways.

"He's an old school guy," McAllister said of Roland. "We had to feel
it out and I had to understand coming in that some of the drills --
you might not want to do them -- are only going to make you a better
football player."

Roland has worked with many of the game's greats, including the last
two all-time NFL rushing yards leaders in Walter Payton (Chicago
1983-87) and Emmitt Smith (Arizona 2003).

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Last season, McAllister had some of his worst statistics since he took
over as the full time starter for the Saints back in 2002. His 4.0 YPC
and 6.7 YP catch were both career lows. Some of that can be attributed
to the injuries that nagged him for most of the year, but a portion of
it can also be attributed to the ineffective blocking and schemes that
he received last year. With the new offensive changes that are in
place, we expect McAllister to rebound and have him ranked as a top
five fantasy back for 2005.


8. IND - RB Rhodes in Domestic Dispute Again

Clipped from: The Indy staff article 5/24/05

INDIANAPOLIS -- Another case of domestic violence has hit the home of
an Indianapolis Colts player.

Police arrested the wife of running back Dominic Rhodes after a very
public fight at an Indianapolis west side restaurant.

Monday night's altercation marks the second time in three years that
the couple's relationship has been marked by criminal charges.

Indianapolis police will go to the Marion County prosecutor's office
Wednesday to screen the case against Latrina Rhodes, 26.

Police arrested Latrina Rhodes after she allegedly struck a
22-year-old woman having dinner with her husband.

Police said the altercation resulted in the woman who was dining with
Rhodes suffering a cut under her eye.

The dust-up occurred at the Ginza Restaurant on West 38th Street.
Dominic Rhodes, a frequent customer, got a phone call from his
daughter and apparently forgot to hang up the call.

His wife picked up the phone and, according to police, heard
background noises that brought her to the restaurant, where witnesses
say she slapped a plate sending food off the table, onto the ceiling,
and other customers.

"When I got there, everybody was already calmed down. Everybody
cooperated with me," said Indianapolis police officer Ray Asher.

In 2002, Dominic Rhodes was charged with one count each of domestic
battery and battery. He was accused at that time of striking then
Latrina Moore in the face and shoving her to the floor.

The state withheld prosecution because, among other things, Rhodes
agreed to get mental health counseling and not commit any crimes for
two years.

At Rhodes' modest west side residence, the spray paint on the garage
door, "Bring it on (expletive)," suggested that all is not well at

A neighbor who wanted anonymity told RTV6 there had been several
late-night arguments at the Rhodes home.

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It's all fun and games until someone spray paints your garage door.
While Dominic Rhodes was not the person at fault in this particular
incident, there is some cause for concern. Clearly this situation is
volatile and Rhodes has already had one instance of this type of thing
in his past. If he were to be charged with another count of battery in
the future, things could get ugly for him. Expect the league and the
Colts to steer clear of this until the dust settles.


9. DEN - WR Jerry Rice Officially a Bronco

Clipped from: AP Article 5/25/05

The NFL's career leading receiver signed a one-year deal Wednesday
with the Broncos, where he'll compete for a spot as a reserve.

``To be a 42-year old and be able to do what I am doing is amazing,''
Rice said on the NFL Network. ``There's going to be some negativity.
That's OK. It's about the love of the game.''

If Rice makes it -- and Shanahan has not guaranteed him a spot --
he'll play his 21st season in orange and blue and will add to his
totals of 1,549 catches for 22,895 yards and 197 touchdowns, all
league records.

Earlier in the offseason, his agent, Jim Steiner, sent out a
league-wide e-mail notifying teams that the ``GOAT'' -- Greatest Of
All Time -- was available.

To some, the pitch may have seemed a bit beneath a player of Rice's
caliber. To the receiver, it made sense.

``What motivates him is, he loves the game, loves being around the
guys. He has a passion for playing football, it's what he does and
it's who he is,'' Steiner said. ``The more people say he shouldn't do
it, that becomes a personal challenge.''

Rice told Steiner this will be his last season and he wants to go out
in a place where he can win and feel comfortable. Shanahan was San
Francisco's offensive coordinator from 1992-94. ``Shanahan and I go
way back,'' Rice said.

``Mike is a coach who will manage him better than anyone else in the
league,'' Steiner added. ``Mike views him better than anyone else
would. It all just works.''

Rice almost certainly won't start for Denver. Those spots are expected
to go to Ashley Lelie and Rod Smith, who wears Rice's No. 80 and, Rice
said, won't be asked to give it up. Darius Watts has a good track on
the third position. Rice will compete for one of the two remaining
spots with unproven youngsters Triandos Luke, Nate Jackson and Charlie
Adams, among others.

``I told Jerry that I don't know if he's lost a step or two steps, but
you're going to come here for one reason and that's to compete with
the other guys,'' Shanahan said last week. ``And if you're one of our
top five guys at the end of camp, then you're going to be on our
football team. If you're not, I said I'd have one of the toughest jobs
in the world.''

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We've been reporting on this for the last week, so it should come as
no shock to anyone. This just makes it official. Again, expect minimal
fantasy numbers from Rice as he'll be the #4-5 WR on the Bronco depth
chart. In a dynasty league, guys like Lelie and Watts might bump up a
little long term as they'll probably pick up some new tricks from one
of the best WRs to play the game. Even that is a stretch at this
point. You have to love the guy's heart though.


10. DEN - OL PJ Alexander Tears ACL. Lost for 2005.

Clipped from: associated press article 5/25/05

DENVER (AP) _ Denver Broncos offensive lineman P.J. Alexander tore the
anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during practice last week
and is out for the 2005 season.

Alexander, 6-feet-4 and 297 pounds, played sparingly last season but
was expected to challenge Cooper Carlisle for the starting job at
right guard.

The Denver Post said the team confirmed the injury Tuesday.
Alexander's agent, Neil Schwartz, declined comment when reached by the

Carlisle replaced veteran Dan Neil last season when knee and abdominal
injuries sidelined him. Neil was released early this year.

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Denver has some solid depth on their OL, so losing Alexander does not
create a pressing need for the Broncos just yet. However, losing OL
depth in May could become a concern if any of the other potential
starters go down to injury. Expect minimal fantasy impact from this
loss, but be aware that additional injuries to the Denver OL will have
an increasingly bigger impact.


11. MIN - Vikings sold. Will stay in Minnesota 'Forever'

Clipped from: article by Vic Carucci 5/25/05

Shortly after being welcomed into the NFL as the new owner of the
Minnesota Vikings, New Jersey real-estate developer Zygmunt Wilf
pledged that the team would "be in the Minneapolis area forever."

"I'm not changing that at all," said Wilf, who leads a group that has
agreed to purchase the team for $600 million from Red McCombs.

By a vote of 32-0, NFL owners approved the transfer of the franchise
during their annual May meeting.

Wilf's next chore is to move forward the process of getting the
Vikings a new, state-of-the-art venue in which to play. He has been
checking out sites around Minnesota, and is emphatic in putting to
rest any talk of the team moving elsewhere.

"We look forward to continue building a world-class franchise in
Minnesota and working with the community there, with the fans there
not only to bring the best team that we can put on the field but also
help them create a world-class venue," Wilf said.

He had no specifics on the location of a new venue, other than to say
he and the rest of his ownership group are "exploring different
options in the Minneapolis area." There is a possibility that the
Vikings, who play in the Metrodome, would move to an open-air venue.

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Good news for Minnesota Fans. From the Fantasy side, the biggest
issue here would be if the Vikings moved to an open-air stadium. The
weather can be pretty brisk in December in Minnesota, and that would
definitely effect the way that the Vikings play. Until that decision
is made however, it is good to know that the Vikings will at least be
staying in Minnesota for many years to come.


12. NO - Team Staying Put

Clipped Associated Press article on 5/25/05

Speaking publicly for the first time since cutting off negotiations
with the state, New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson said he's tired of
the bad press he's received, but he still wants to keep the team in
New Orleans.

``My plan right now is to stay in New Orleans and let my
grand-daughter take the club over,'' Benson said Tuesday.

Benson added that he wasn't even willing to entertain more lucrative
offers to move the team to another market, perhaps Los Angeles.

At the NFL Owners' meeting in Washington, D.C., Benson said he has
kept to the deal made by the state in 2001 and he expects the state to
do the same.

``We've got a contract through 2010,'' he said. ``They're the ones
talking about breaking the contract. At no time did I say that we were
going to leave or break a contract and I'm not going to say that

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Good news for Saints fans here too. Another team that plans to stay
put for several more years. Saints fans now hope that Benson will
start focusing on ways to help their team win more than ten games in
one season (a feet that they have not done since 1992).


13. TB - Super Bowl XLIII Host

Clipped from: NFL.Com staff article 5/25/05

WASHINGTON (May 25, 2005) -- Tampa was awarded the 2009 Super Bowl in
a vote at the NFL owners meetings. It beat out three other finalists
for the game: Atlanta, Houston and South Florida.

Super Bowl XLIII will be the fourth Super Bowl in Tampa, and the first
one since 2001, when the Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Giants
34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV. The first Super Bowl in Tampa was held in
1984, when the Los Angeles Raiders beat the Washington Redskins 38-9
in Super Bowl XVIII.

The 2006 game -- Super Bowl XL -- will be held in Detroit, followed by
Miami in 2007 and Glendale, Ariz., in 2008.

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No Fantasy Impact here, but congratulations to the Glaziers and Tampa Bay.


14. NFL - Owners Ban Horse-Collar Tackle.

Clipped from: wire reports date 5/24/05

The owners' only definitive action was the 27-5 vote to ban the
horse-collar tackle, in which a defender grabs the back inside of an
opponent's shoulder pads and yanks the player down. Dallas safety Row
Williams does the tackle as well as anybody, but he seriously injured
All-Pro receiver Terrell Owens of Philadelphia with the maneuver last

Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones voted against the change, saying he
was concerned about ambiguities in the new rule. A 15-yard penalty
will be called only if the tackle immediately brings the ball carrier
down, and only if he's in open field.

"I'd rather it had been a fine and it not gotten to the penalty
phase," Jones said.

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Argue all that you want about if the tackle should be allowed or not,
but the minute that a superstar like Owens was injured by it, the NFL
was sure to step in and take action. In the end, player safety is the
key, and ultimately no one wants to see a player lost for the season
if it can be avoided.


That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and have a great
Thursday. Check out the magazine preview at and let me know what you


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