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Posted: Friday September 8, 2006 10:00AM; Updated: Friday September 8, 2006 11:50AM
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No matter how far the Colts advance this season, Dwight Freeney likely will chalk up a big win at the bank account after the year.
No matter how far the Colts advance this season, Dwight Freeney likely will chalk up a big win at the bank account after the year.
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Clinton Portis expresses doubt that he will play in the season opener Monday night against the Vikings.
 -- Washington Post

The San Diego Chargers were reportedly interested in QB Billy Volek before final cuts, but no deal materialized, and Volek said Thursday, "None have been presented to me" in terms of trade offers.
 -- Nashville City Paper

It's Jerry Porter who demanded a trade from the Raiders. That doesn't mean one won't be consummated between now and the league trading deadline Oct. 17. If not, there's a distinct possibility that Porter might wind up like Marcus Allen and have to resurrect his career elsewhere.
 -- Contra Costa Times

Cowboys kicker Mike Vanderjagt, who struggled in the preseason with consistency and a strained groin, has practiced all week. Bill Parcells said it will be a gameday decision between Vanderjagt and backup kicker Shaun Suisham. The Cowboys will not dress two kickers. Parcells said he needs the roster spot for another position. So if Vanderjagt plays, he will also have to kick off, which is not his strength.
 -- Fort Worth Star-Telegram

A massive payday awaits Colts DE Dwight Freeney at the end of the season. Unrestricted free agency and its lucrative possibilities -- maybe a long-term contract making Freeney the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history, or maybe being designated a "franchise" player -- will have to wait.
 -- Indianapolis Star

If the Cardinals' plan comes to fruition, Kurt Warner will stay healthy, the team will win, and Matt Leinart, the 10th overall pick in the NFL draft, will stand on the sideline and watch. Two things could change that: Warner suffering an injury or the Cardinals losing. That would mark the beginning of the Leinart era.
 -- Arizona Republic

Former Seahawks WR Peter Warrick had a tryout with the Lions on Wednesday.
 -- Seattle Times

If T.J. Houshmandzadeh can't play or is limited, Chris Henry is likely to get the start or additional playing time. Houshmandzadeh's absence would be a blow to the Bengals, because he is especially adept at making defenses pay for double-teaming Chad Johnson.
 -- Cincinnati Enquirer

A burger joint drive-thru worker called police after Lions assistant coach Joe Cullen allegedly pulled his SUV up to the window and placed an order in the nude. On Thursday, the Lions suspended Cullen for Sunday's season opener against the Seahawks, the Free Press has learned. Cullen, however, is expected to continue to coach the defensive line during practices.
 -- Detroit Free Press

Tedy Bruschi took a step toward suiting up Sunday by participating in the team's full-pads workout. The number of drills in which Bruschi participated is unknown, and at what intensity he worked. On their injury report released yesterday afternoon, the Patriots noted Bruschi missed at least a portion of team-specific drills.
 -- Boston Globe

Coach Jon Gruden declared top draft choice Davin Joseph sidelined for Sunday's season opener against Baltimore with a "sprained knee" suffered during Wednesday's practice.

Gruden said Joseph's availability would be evaluated on a weekly basis, but he did not rule out surgery for the former Oklahoma standout.
 -- Tampa Tribune

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