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Posted: Tuesday September 2, 2008 2:10PM; Updated: Friday September 5, 2008 3:10PM

Countdown to kickoff (cont.)

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Rudi Johnson received a rude welcome in Detroit from the man whose job he took.
Rudi Johnson received a rude welcome in Detroit from the man whose job he took.
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Wednesday, 5:36 p.m.

Can't get enough of the Rudi Johnson-Tatum Bell story? Good news: The Detroit Free Press is all over it, providing these nuggets in its latest update:

• Johnson on Bell: "He came here to get some stuff out of his locker. That's when he scooped the bags up. Some real shyster, conniving stuff, man."

• Bell: "I ain't no thief. I ain't never been one, and I ain't never going to be one. It was all a misunderstanding."

The Free Press goes into further detail, sharing both players' versions of what happened.

Wednesday, 5:27 p.m.

The latest news in the will-he-or-won't-he-play saga of Tom Brady: He practiced with the team today. Brady's also listed on the injury report as having shoulder and foot injuries.

Wednesday, 5:03 p.m.

Which game does Peter King call the "game of the weekend?" Packers-Vikings? Nope. Jets-Dolphins? Nah. Cowboys-Browns? No sir. Find out in his first Weekend Pickoff of the season.

Wednesday 3:51 p.m.

The Jets voted Brett Favre to be one ofsix team captains this season. The others: Alan Faneca, Shaun Ellis, Kerry Rhodes, David Bowens and Leon Washington. Conspicuous in his absence? Seven-year Jets veteran Laveranues Coles, who was originally miffed the team signed Favre and cut his friend, Chad Pennington. This latest development can't help the Favre-Coles relationship.

Wednesday, 2:58 p.m.

More on the phenomenal Rudi Johnson-Tatum Bell story, courtesy of the AP:

"The empty bags were returned Tuesday evening, but Johnson said he is still missing $200, his ID, credit cards and clothes. Johnson said he had spoken with Bell and did not plan to involve the police."

To recap: Rudi Johnson takes Tatum Bell's job and Tatum Bell retaliates by swiping Rudi Johnson's bags. Hard to imagine this story being topped all season.

Wednesday, 1:22 p.m.

Kyle Boller's season is done. The Ravens placed Boller on injured reserve today. Boller injured his shoulder in the second preseason game and hasn't played since.

Wednesday, 12:50 p.m.

Dr. Z has chimed in with the first Power Rankings of the season. Falcons fans might not want to click here.

Ross Tucker has even more evidence to prove why the Bengals are the most inept franchise in the NFL.

• Which coach does Peter King think won't be back in 2009? Peek into the crystal ball to find out.

Wednesday, 12:15 p.m.

We have an early favorite for NFL story of the year. Cue ProFootballTalk.com:

"[Newly signed Lions running back Rudi] Johnson left his bags outside CEO Matt Millen's office while he met with team officials and, ultimately, worked out a deal with the team. So when Johnson came back to get his bags, they were nowhere to be found. Johnson and Millen were stumped. Enter the eye in the sky. The team checked the videotapes generated by the team's in-house surveillance system, and they quickly identified the culprit. So who might it have been? None other than Tatum Bell, who lost his gig with the Lions after Rudi arrived."

Wednesday, 10:12 a.m.

What to look for on SI.com/NFL today:

Peter King's picks for Week 1. If you haven't already, sign up here to compare your picks to his.

• The return of Dr. Z's Power Rankings.

• Former player Ross Tucker musing on all things NFL.

• The NFL Crystal Ball: Nine SI.com writers share their predictions for division winners, playoffs, awards and more.

All that, plus all the news as we count down to tomorrow night's kickoff between the Redskins and the Giants.

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