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Edge heads to Japan, Strickland stays behind, a former Colt signs on with an NFC team, and Keyshawn compares Bledsoe to Manning, all in today's newswire!

Reserve a dinner seat for Mr. Edgerrin James -- at the original Benihana in Tokyo, Japan.

The Colts running back reconsidered his previous statement that he would not be flying to Japan with his teammates on Tuesday to face the Falcons in the Tokyo Bowl. It sounded like sometime between his arrival in Terre Haute and the weekend, a meeting of the minds ensued and more reasonable heads prevailed.

"I didn't have many options," he said. "I'm going to go ahead and get it over with and minimize all the problems."

Add cornerback Donald Strickland to the list of players who won't make the trip. He'll stay behind and rehab his injured hamstring.

Rookie kicker Dave Rayner is now wearing his old jersey number from Michigan State. Instead of number 15, you'll see him in Tokyo wearing number 16.

A former Colt TE has signed with the Packers. Tory Humphrey, a 6'2, 257-pound rookie out of Central Michigan had signed with Indianapolis back in April following the draft, but was released by the Colts on June 14th.

Rookie Kelvin Hayden had a memorable moment against Brandon Stokley at a recent practice. "I kind of lost him," Hayden said. "He ran his route, stuck it in and then stuck it back out and I was just kind of looking for him. I lost him. As I turned around, he was catching the ball."

Just for laughs, take a look at the ridiculous statement made by Dallas wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson this week about his new quarterback, Drew Bledsoe. Johnson complimented Bledsoe's pocket-passing skills and compared him to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

"Even though Tom Brady has won a title, Bledsoe is still the quarterback in New England if he doesn't get hurt. Manning has had great protection. If we as receivers get open and if we protect him, what quarterback is better than Drew at throwing the ball in the pocket?"

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