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NFL: December 21, 2005

Posted: Wednesday December 21, 2005 10:14AM; Updated: Wednesday December 21, 2005 6:54PM
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Although no official announcement has been made, Bill Belichick has likely signed another contract extension with the Patriots.
Although no official announcement has been made, Bill Belichick has likely signed another contract extension with the Patriots.
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Only two people know for certain what Bill Belichick's contract status is -- he and owner Robert Kraft. The ensuing silence started to generate some speculation. However, the clear impression of some insiders is that Belichick and Kraft hammered out another extension and just haven't announced it.
-- Boston Herald

Colts coach Tony Dungy said Monday that quarterback Jim Sorgi and other backups will play Saturday, as well as the regular-season finale at home vs. Arizona. How much won't be revealed to the players until the night before the games.
-- Indianapolis Star

Patriots vice president of player personnel Scott Pioli's name is popping up as a possible replacement for Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, who may retire in the next year, even though Pioli signed a long-term deal with the Patriots last season.
-- Boston Globe

Bengals receiver Chad Johnson, affected by criticism for his non-celebration after a touchdown against the Lions, said Tuesday he is planning his most elaborate celebration yet if he scores Saturday against Buffalo. He might use a prop.
-- Cincinnati Enquirer

A day after Kyle Boller produced the most efficient quarterback performance in Ravens' history, coach Brian Billick didn't offer his much-maligned starter any guarantees about the status of his job for next season.
-- Baltimore Sun

Packers GM Ted Thompson remained mum on coach Mike Sherman's status after the team's 48-3 loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Monday night, its worst defeat since a 61-7 throttling by the Chicago Bears in 1980.
-- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Preparing for Falcons quarterback Michael Vick is never an easy task, especially since it's so hard to simulate his speed. That's where Joey Galloway comes in. The fleet receiver wore a No. 7 jersey in practice Tuesday and imitated Vick at quarterback during the Bucs' defensive period in preparation for Saturday's game against Atlanta.
-- St. Petersburg Times

Falcons tight end Alge Crumpler did not single out coaching decisions, schemes, particular players or positions for the team's lack of success in recent losses to Carolina and Chicago. However, he said something has to change because opponents have figured out that they can stack the interior with eight or nine players, on run and pass situations, because the Falcons have not successfully countered.
-- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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