Countdown to kickoff (cont.)
Tuesday, 7:15 p.m.
Despite missing almost all of training camp, the Chiefs' first-round pick, Branden Albert may start at left tackle Sunday, according to AP. Kansas City opens its season as 16 1/2-point underdogs at New England.
Tuesday, 6:55 p.m.
The Steelers have traded offensive lineman Sean Mahan back to the Buccaneers a year after acquiring him. Mahan lost his starting job to Justin Hartwig, but should help Tampa Bay solidify its line. The Bucs alsot traded backup guard Dan Buenning to the Chicago Bears for an undisclosed draft pick.
Tuesday, 5:22 p.m.
From ProFootballTalk.com: Recently released quarterback Joey Harrington, late of the Falcons, is paying visit to the Saints. New Orleans is obviously set at starter with Drew Brees but may be looking to upgrade at backup, which is currently Mark Brunell's job.
Tuesday, 3:47 p.m.
Fresh off having his three-game suspension reduced to one, Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall told a Denver TV station he wants to catch 140 balls this season. The record, set by the Colts' Marvin Harrison in 2002, is 143.
Tuesday, 3:38 p.m.
The AP is the first to report the Saints will indeed open the season in New Orleans as scheduled. The Superdome did not sustain any significant damage during Hurricane Gustav. The Saints, who fled to Indianapolis to wait out the storm, will host the Bucs on Sunday at 1 p.m.
Tuesday, 3:26 p.m.
From the Associated Press: The NFL will honor the late Gene Upshaw with his initials and his uniform number stenciled on the field for all 16 games this opening weekend. The league had announced that all NFL players would wear a patch all season with the initials "GU" and the number 63, his former uniform number to honor the Hall of Fame guard and longtime union leader, who died two weeks ago. It originally announced they also would be stenciled on the field for the season opener at Giants Stadium between the Redskins and Giants and for the Denver-Oakland game at Oakland, but the NFL extended that Tuesday to all games. A video tribute to Upshaw will also be shown.
Tuesday, 2:55 p.m.
Jaguars tackle Richard Collier continues to be in critical condition in a Jacksonville hospital after being shot outside an apartment building early Tuesday morning. Collier, 26, and former Jaguars defensive end Kenneth Pettway were waiting in a Cadillac Escalade when a gunman fired into the vehicle, said Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Jefferson.
ProFootballTalk.com wonders aloud if the Jaguars, who have had 10 different players arrested since February 2007, have supplanted the Bengals as the NFL team with the most off-field problems.
Tuesday, 1:51 p.m.
The Ravens have agreed to terms with veteran QB Todd Bouman, ESPN.com's John Clayton is reporting. The Ravens are hurting at quarterback, with both Kyle Boller and Troy Smith ailing, leaving rookie Joe Flacco as the lone healthy QB.
Tuesday, 12:59 p.m.
Two more columns from SI.com writers ...
Don Banks is all over the NFL map with his Snap Judgments, musing on Tom Brady's injury and calling out Kurt Warner for being a fraud.
Bucky Brooks debuts his new weekly column, NFL Awards Watch, which will track the races for the six major individual awards. Today, Bucky makes his early predictions, including a suprisingly high finish for a certain Jets QB in the MVP race.
Tuesday, 12:46 p.m.
From the Associated Press: The Denver Broncos traded versatile defensive back Domonique Foxworth to the Atlanta Falcons on Tuesday for an undisclosed draft choice in 2009. Foxworth, a fourth-year pro, became expendable when the Broncos claimed cornerback Calvin Lowry off waivers from the Tennessee Titans this week. Foxworth averaged 55 tackles and 11 pass breakups in his three seasons in Denver, where he played cornerback, safety and nickel back. He totaled 166 tackles and three interceptions in 46 games, including 18 starts. Click here for more on the story.
Tuesday, 11:26 a.m.
Bland. Boring. Predictable. Call him what you please, but SI.com's Peter King foresees a Cowboys-Patriots Super Bowl as he makes his predictions for the 2008 season.
Tuesday, 10:55 a.m.
The Lions make it official, signing ex-Bengals running back Rudi Johnson to a new deal. They also released Tatum Bell. The Johnson signing is not good news for those fantasy owners who took rookie Kevin Smith high in their drafts. For more on the fantasy tidbits, check out SI.com's Fantasy Clicks.
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