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Volume 6, Issue 72 (Wednesday, June 29th)

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Hi Folks,

Outside of a scare to Vick owners, it's a slow news day today. But thanks to our Will Grant for rounding up what's out there. Let's get at it.

J


INSIDE THIS ISSUE

1. ATL: QB Vick Has MRI On Throwing Shoulder
2. NYJ: QB Pennington Recovering Well From Surgery
3. CIN: WR Washington Fighting For His Job?
4. CHI: WR Bradley Not Impressing Coaches
5. TB: RB Williams Impressing With Conditioning And Toughness
6. HOU: RB Davis In Talks for Extension
7. DAL: OL Larry Allen May See Time At Right Tackle
8. BAL: IDP LB Suggs Acquitted of Assault Charges
9. WAS: IDP CB Rogers Stress Fracture in Foot

1. ATL: QB Vick Has MRI On Throwing Shoulder.

Clipped from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution article by Steve Wyche 6/29/05

Falcons quarterback Michael Vick had an MRI on his throwing shoulder on Wednesday so the team's new medical staff could get an update on the recovery of an injury suffered in a game last season against Carolina, coach Jim Mora said.

No damage was found, and Vick, less than a month from the start of training camp, was pronounced to be in good health. Vick is featured in a cover story in Sports Illustrated this week, and in the article it is reported the MRI exam was administered because of soreness in his shoulder but that the results showed no problems.

Mora said Vick had not expressed to him any discomfort during minicamp or recently completed offseason workouts, known as organized team activities. Vick threw the ball at full strength at the workouts. Vick told reporters his health is fine at his youth football camp last week.

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Sounds like this is just a precautionary measure although you have to wonder about the extent of the soreness that prompted this. Mora wants to make sure that his starting QB is ready to go when camp starts next month. Vick is said to be throwing at full strength, and everything appears to be OK. Healthy or not, Vick was voted one of the most overvalued players in your fantasy draft by 24 different footballguys.com writers (Based on an ADP of 44). Vick is one of the players that people will draft long before he should be taken. Bottom line is this is just one more reason to let other guys in your league reach for Vick in the early rounds and draft a value QB in the later rounds.

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2. NYJ: QB Pennington Recovering Well From Surgery

Clipped from: ESPN.com article by Len Pasquarelli 6/29/05

Still recovering from February surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff, New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington termed the rehabilitation the "biggest challenge I've ever faced as a football player," but reiterated he will be ready for the start of training camp.

"It was such an invasive surgery," said Pennington of the procedure performed by noted Birmingham, Ala.-based orthopedic surgeon Dr. William Andrews in early February. "I had to start all over. I couldn't brush my teeth with my right arm for two months. It really breaks you down."

About three weeks ago, Pennington began throwing at distances of 15-35 yards. He has since increased the length and velocity of his throwing and the duration of his sessions.

"In the long run," Pennington said, "it's going to be a blessing. My arm hasn't felt this good in a long time."

Edwards gauged Pennington at "around 89 percent" rehabilitated from a surgery that was more extensive and invasive than doctors originally felt it would be. Edwards allowed that, "without Chad, it would be very difficult to make the playoffs." Pennington has posted a 23-11 record as a starter.

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If Pennington is really 89 percent at this point in the off-season, he should be in good shape by the time training camp opens. The Jets hope to open up the offense this season, and the often-injured Pennington figures to be a big part of the expansion. Although he has started a majority of the games for the Jets over the last three seasons, he has never made it a full 16 games. The Jets are hoping that Pennington can break that cycle and take them deep into the playoffs.

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3. CIN: WR Washington Fighting For His Job?

Clipped from: Profootballweekly.com Team report 6/29/05

The battle for the final spots on Cincinnati's WR depth chart promises to be fierce, and the way we hear it, 2003 third-round pick Kelley Washington could be in danger of losing his spot on the team. Rookie Tab Perry, veteran Kevin Walter and Washington all appear to be jockeying for the Nos. 5 and 6 WR positions. Washington is not as valuable on special teams as Perry and Walter, and this factor could hurt him on cutdown day. Perry, a sixth-round pick, can return kicks, while Walter is one of the team's better players on kick coverage. The 6-3, 218-pound Washington has caught 53 passes for 677 yards and seven scores in two seasons in Cincinnati, but the team's selection of West Virginia WR Chris Henry in Round Three of April's draft is a clear indicator he's under pressure to improve his play - or lose his job.

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Washington finished third in receptions and receiving yards for the Bengals last season, and appeared to be headed into a nice breakout for his third year. This news is not good, and Washington should be approached with caution at this point until he can secure his spot on the team. We'll keep an eye on the training camp developments and keep you posted on Washington's progress.

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4. CHI: WR Bradley Not Impressing Coaches

Clipped from: Pro Football Weekly article 6/29/05

Team observers and even a few Bears players have not been impressed with second-round pick Mark Bradley. The wide receiver wasn't catching the ball cleanly in practices, and some believe Bradley to be more of a project than even management might have anticipated. On the other hand, Bernard Berrian appears to be super quick and Justin Gage is well ahead of where he was last year

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Bradley's role in the Bear offense is even more clouded now. With the big off season WR signings, and the number of special teams players already on the team, Bradley may be the odd man out in all of this. We're always a little leery of rookie WRs even when they're getting good reviews, so this is a worry here. Bradley should be avoided until it is clear what role he is going to play. Note: This article has plenty of other tidbits from teams around the NFL, and is a good read for some insider rumors.

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5. TB: RB Williams Impressing With Conditioning And Toughness

Clipped from: Clipped from: Nfl.com article by Adam Schefter

The Class of 2005 was noted for its running backs, and some already are staking their claim for starting jobs. Cadillac Williams already is running with the first team in Tampa Bay and he's expecting to start on opening day. Williams has impressed the Buccaneers with his conditioning and toughness, and it will be easy for him to become a huge part of Tampa Bay's ground attack. The Buccaneers haven't had a 1,000-yard rusher since Warrick Dunn in 2000. And last season the team ranked 29th in the league in rushing. Williams is going to do what any fifth overall pick should do -- dramatically improve his team.

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The Bucs has a putrid rushing attack last season, averaging only 3.79 yards per carry and only nine rushing TDS for 2004. Williams was brought on to improve that, and it appears that he's ready to roll. Look for Williams to make a strong push to become the every down back during the training camps and pre-season. If he can keep Michael Pittman on the bench during the games, Williams is going to be a great fantasy RB.

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6. HOU: RB Davis In Talks for Extension

Clipped from: houstonprofootball.com article 6/28/05

With extra cap dollars to spare this season, the Texans seem to have at least one idea for a way to make good use some of it.

According to a report aired on 790-AM in Houston on Tuesday afternoon, sources have told the radio station that the Texans and running back Domanick Davis are negotiating a long-term contract extension. No deal is signed as of yet. While possible financial terms were not part of the report, the station did say that the extension is said to be for four or five more years.

Davis, 24, is in the final year of a rookie contract that is scheduled to pay him $380,000. He will become a restricted free agent after the season, and the Texans are almost certain to tender him an offer if an extension is not signed before next March.

Despite the third round pick the Texans spent on running back Vernand Morency in this year's draft, Davis will be shooting for his third consecutive season with more than 1,000 rushing yards. After a sluggish start to the 2004 season, one marred by four fumbles and a minor ankle injury, Davis finished the season with 1,776 yards of total offense and 14 touchdowns.

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It's nice to see Davis getting the appreciation that he deserves. Here's how we see the RBs stacking up right now click here With two solid seasons under his belt, Davis is in good shape heading into his third season. If he cracks the 1000-yard mark as expected this season, he would be a hot commodity during the 2006 off-season. The Texans would be smart to secure him now for the next four or five years.

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7. DAL: OL Larry Allen May See Time At Right Tackle

Clipped from: profootballweekly.com Team report 6/29/05

Expect the Cowboys to at least experiment with Pro Bowl OG Larry Allen at right tackle in an attempt to field the best five linemen this season. The talk of moving Allen over, at least as a provisional measure, arose after the draft, and Bill Parcells' comments appeared to lend credence to the possibility as more than just an emergency option. The team added only one potential ORT candidate in the offseason - sixth-round pick Rob Petitti, who is considered a project - and is much deeper at guard with the signing of Marco Rivera. If Allen is viewed as the better option over last year's ORT starters, Torrin Tucker and Kurt Vollers, there are four guards capable of taking Allen's old spot: former starter Andre Gurode, utility guy Tyson Walter, second-year player Ben Noll and Stephen Peterman, a 2004 third-rounder who is returning from a knee injury that wiped out his rookie season.

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The Cowboys only ranked 17th in total offensive yards last season, and finished 20th in rushing yards and yards per attempt. If Allen can make the jump to right tackle, the Cowboys can really work to improve on those numbers. This would give Julius Jones a bump up in his stats and probably give QB Drew Bledsoe a little bump as well. Stay tuned.

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8. BAL: IDP LB Suggs Acquitted of Assault Charges

Clipped from: SI.com AP article posted 6/29/05

A jury acquitted Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs of assault on Wednesday, more than two years after the playground altercation that resulted in his trial.

"I wasn't shocked when I heard the verdict, because you all have watched me grow up here," said Suggs, 22, who left Arizona State early and was the No. 10 pick in the 2003 NFL draft. "I've never once been in trouble."

Suggs said accuser Jeryme Cook was trying to lay the groundwork to sue for damages.

"That used to be my best friend, so why -- unless he did something to me -- would I try to harm him?" Suggs said. "We played on the Arizona Swat team, basketball team, we spent the night at each other's houses. He went one way. He walked one path, and I walked another."

The Maricopa County Superior Court jury acquitted Suggs of one count of aggravated assault. Another felony assault count was filed after the March 29, 2003, incident, but Judge Michael Wilkinson dismissed it last week.

The jury also exonerated Suggs' younger brother, Donald, of two counts of aggravated assault for allegedly using a baseball bat in the brawl.

After the verdict, Suggs' mother, LaVerne, wept, and the NFL star began telling her gently that things were all right. Then he went to the side of 18-year-old Donald, who collapsed to his knees in the hallway outside the courtroom, forehead pressed to the tile floor, and got Donald back on his feet. The verdicts came after 1 1/2 days of deliberations in the two-week trial.

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Good news for IDP owners with Suggs on their team. A full acquittal probably means that Suggs won't be suspended by the league or the Ravens. Suggs had 45 solo tackles last season and 15 assists to complement his 10.5 Sacks. Suggs has recorded double digit sacks in his first two seasons, and is on the verge of turning into a standout fantasy DL/LB. We currently have Suggs ranked as the 13th DL on our expert cheatsheets.

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9. WAS: IDP CB Rogers Stress Fracture in Foot

Clipped from: ESPN News Services 6/29/05

Carlos Rogers, the Auburn cornerback who was the No. 9 pick overall in this year's NFL draft, reportedly has a stress fracture in his right foot, and may miss the start of the Washington Redskins' training camp, which begins July 31.

According to the Washington Post, the Redskins apparently believed Rogers was sidelined by a minor ankle sprain when he missed the team's two mini-camps. However, Rogers has been walking in a protective boot over the past two weeks.

The Post said the NFL Network was the first to reveal the severity of Rogers's injury during a broadcast Wednesday. According to the network, doctors discovered the stress fracture - which may have been a pre-existing injury - after examining Rogers's foot. The 5-foot-11, 199-pound cornerback is expected to have his foot re-examined this week, the Post said.

The Redskins did not provide an update of Rogers's injury Wednesday, and his agent, Todd France, could not be reached to comment, the Post reported in Thursday's editions.

It is believed Rogers originally suffered the injury last month at Auburn University, where he was working out on his own. During mini-camp (June 17 to June 19), Rogers said the injury occurred when he stepped onto an uneven surface. Rogers participated in Washington's final organized team activity on June 16, and aggravated the injury the next day, the first of mini-camp. Rogers sat out the following practice, according to the Post.

Rogers is behind Walt Harris, a nickel back last season who is projected as the starting cornerback opposite Shawn Springs . But the Redskins see Rogers as a replacement for Fred Smoot, who departed via free agency to Minnesota. Last Thursday, the Redskins signed cornerback Artrell Hawkins, a former Panthers reserve, to provide depth, the Post said.

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And the hits keep on rolling for Washington...Rogers wasn't expected to start but the Redskins defensive backfield needs all the depth they can get right now with the legal troubles of Sean Taylor. We'll obviously watch this one for you but it's a red flag right now.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Have a great Thursday and we'll see you tomorrow with the update.

J

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