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

Countdown to kickoff

Running news and notes from around the NFL as Sunday approaches

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Friday, 3:10 p.m.

With all the excitement surround the first weekend of fantasy football, AP has this buzzkill report:

"CBS Interactive has filed a federal lawsuit in Minneapolis to clarify who can use the statistics that underlie fantasy football leagues. The lawsuit filed earlier this week claims the NFL Players Association has threatened to sue the company if it does not pay licensing fees for the statistics. CBS seeks a ruling saying that the players cannot control use of the publicly available numbers and cannot demand that CBS pay for their use."

Friday, 2:51 p.m.'s Adam Schefter reports that Bills left tackle Jason Peters will end his holdout tomorrow:

"Peters informed the Bills on Friday that he plans to end his summer-long holdout and report to the team Saturday, one day before Buffalo opens its season against Seattle. The team already has made the decision that Peters will not play Sunday against Seattle. ... Peters will not be arriving in Buffalo with the new contract he has been seeking."

Friday, 1:49 p.m.

Slow news day in the NFL so far. Here's what's recently been published on today:

• Monday's Vikings-Packers game is Adam Duerson's Game of the Week.

Dr. Z talks with Jim Zorn about the Redskins' play-calling in the fourth quarter against the Giants and tackles other topics in his weekly mailbag.

Michael Lombardi writes that succeeding in these three stats is the key to making it to the Super Bowl.

Friday, 11:18 a.m.

We've heard Rudi Johnson's side of the story. Now, it's Tatum Bell's turn. The alleged luggage thief went on The Dan Patrick Show today to set the record straight.

Friday, 1:48 a.m.

• Coming up on Friday, Dr. Z will dive into the mailbag to fight off readers furious with his Power Rankings.

Adam Duerson breaks down Week 1's Marquee Matchup -- Vikings at Packers.

• Personnel guru Michael Lombardi reveals three stats that are pretty good indicators as to which team will win the Super Bowl.

All that, plus all the news as we close in on the first Sunday of the 2008 season.

Friday, 12:38 a.m.

In his first Snap Judgments of the 2008 season, Don Banks takes off the gloves and bluntly wonders if Redskins QB Jason Campbell is a good fit for the West Coast offense ... and if Washington's Jim Zorn is sufficiently prepared to be an NFL head coach.

Thursday, 10:08 p.m.

Thanks to the bulldozing prowess of Brandon Jacobs (116 yards rushing), an unrelenting defense (217 total yards allowed) and, of course, the still-proficient leg of 44-year-old kicker John Carney (three field goals), the world champion Giants turned in a dominating 16-7 win over the Redskins on Opening Night. So much for that championship complacency, eh?

Thursday, 8:01 p.m.

While the Redskins figure out a way to move the ball against the Giants -- who lead 16-0 -- now seems like the perfect time to remind you to catch Tiffany Trott's expansive in-game blog on all the sights and sounds of the NFL season opener.

Thursday, 6:05 p.m.

Couple quick hitters from the AP:

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Richard Collier is gradually improving, but 'not out of the woods yet.'

Tom Brady has been taken off the Patriots injury report.

Colts center Jeff Saturday is passing on knee surgery.

Thursday, 5:14 p.m. has a scoop a few hours before the defending champs host the Redskins:

"Giants receiver Plaxico Burress wanted a new contract before the regular-season began. And he got one. Per a league source, Burress has signed a five-year, $35 million deal. He'll make $11 million in 2008."

AP has more details here.

Thursday, 4:21 p.m.

It's official. The Bengals player who wears No. 85 will have Ocho Cinco on the back of his jersey. Let's let the AP explain:

"The Bengals said Thursday that they will refer to the receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson by his new legal name, Chad Ocho Cinco, in all club business. That includes the back of his jersey for Sunday's season opener at Baltimore."

Thursday, 2:39 p.m.

Don Banks says the Chargers won't miss a beat when -- not if -- Shawne Merriman goes down this season.

Dr. Z picks five games, taking the betting lines into consideration.

Dominic Bonvissuto helps you figure out which games are worth watching this weekend.

• And notorious pot-stirrer Andrew Perloff is back at it, stating the Giants will have a Super hangover this season.

Thursday, 2:15 p.m.

Interesting story out of Nashville, courtesy of the Tennessean:

"Titans safety Michael Griffin was kicked out of practice Wednesday after an altercation with a teammate. Griffin and cornerback Cary Williams got tangled up during a drill and were separated before they came to blows, but Griffin continued to jaw at Williams well after the altercation and ignored Coach Jeff Fisher's order to calm down. Teammates were unsuccessful in soothing Griffin, so Fisher sent him to the locker room."

Thursday, 12:50 p.m.

From the AP: The Jacksonville Jaguars placed shooting-victim Richard Collier on the reserve/non-football injury list Thursday and signed offensive tackle Charles Spencer to take his spot on the active roster. Collier was shot several times while sitting in his sports utility vehicle early Tuesday and remained in critical condition a day later. He was the team's primary backup tackle.

Thursday, 11:54 a.m

Unemployed quarterback Daunte Culpepper has officially announced his retirement in an at-times tersely worded statement emailed to various media outlets. has the transcript here.

Thursday, 2:00 a.m.

What to look for on today:

Dr. Z shares his picks, taking the spread into consideration, for Week 1.

Don Banks peers into the future to let you in on a few things that will definitely happen this season.

• Not sure which games to tune into this weekend? Dominic Bonvissuto ranks the Week 1 contests based on watchability.

Andrew Perloff gets you ready for the opening game, Redskins at Giants.

All that, plus all the news as we close in on the official kickoff of the 2008 season

Wednesday, 10:12 p.m.

Seahawks wide receiver Deion Branch hopes to defy the odds and play in Seattle's season-opener just seven months after having reconstructive knee surgery. Branch practiced Wednesday, but coach Mike Holmgren says Branch has not passed a physical to be cleared to play.

Wednesday, 8:32 p.m.

And finally, Bill Belichick has spoken. In a conference call with Kansas City reporters, Mr. Secret said, "I expect he'll be ready to go," when asked about Tom Brady and his injured foot. Brady practiced Wednesday and appears to be on track to start the season against Kansas City on Sunday.

Wednesday, 7:28 p.m.

With a nagging hamstring injury to wide receiver Javon Walker, the Raiders may be forced to look to newcomer Ashley Lelie in their season-opener on Monday night against Denver. Lelie, who was recently released by San Francisco, went through is first practice with Oakland on Wednesday.

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