Player Wire 5/19/2008
OL Ryan Tucker suffered a broken hip and will likely miss eight weeks, maybe more. The non-displaced fracture required surgery. He is expected to be ready for the Sept. 7 opener against the Cowboys.
SS Bob Sanders might be two months from his first practice in preparation for the 2008 season. Sanders had shoulder surgery and has battled chronic knee problems, both of which make putting Sanders on the field during minicamp and OTAs an unneessary risk. "When you're on the field, you can get better," Sanders said. "Right now, though, I'm trying to get healthy."
New Orleans Saints
WR Robert Meachem has impressed the organization with his work this offseason to return in top shape after the first-round pick's rookie season was shortened by a knee injury. The Saints have good depth at receiver, but Meachem has the size and ability to push for a starting spot.
RB Cedric Benson remains the Bears' No. 1 running back according to coach Lovie Smith. The starting spot is Benson's job to lose, Smith said. "Matt Forte has never played a down for us here," added Smith. "He's like all other rookies, starting from the bottom and working his way up."
LB Odell Thurman was released by the Bengals. After repeated violations of the NFL substance-abuse policy, Thurman was not on the roster after starting 15 games as a rookie in 2005 until the league reinstated him on April 21. But Thurman didn't make the most of his opportunity, according to coach Marvin Lewis. "The NFL provided Odell the opportunity to earn his way back onto our team, but we have not seen the right steps taken by him," Lewis said, adding that the team would go in a direction that "does not include Odell."
New York Giants
DE Michael Strahan delayed his decision on whether to continue playing, but there's a factor beyond the simple choice "to play or not to play." Frankly, Strahan is willing to play -- for a bit more pay. Because he's in the final year of his current contract, the Giants have said they are open to the idea of bumping Strahan's final-year salary. Strahan is due to earn a base salary of roughly $4 million as per his existing deal. Strahan would like to earn $8 million in 2008.
QB Michael Vick and an investment partner defaulted on a loan for a College Park, Ga., business -- Atlantic Wine & Spirits, which includes a restaurant and tasting room. Vick has been ordered to repay Wachovia Bank approximately $1.1 million. Vick was ordered to repay $2.5 million to Royal Bank of Canada for defaulting on a loan last week.
WR Marvin Harrison was at the first day of the Colts' three-day minicamp but did not participate because of his knee injury suffered last season. Harrison, who has been linked in media reports to a gun used in a shooting incident, did not speak to the media.
QB JaMarcus Russell earned playful nicknames -- coach Lane Kiffin called him Big Boy -- as rumor spread about his fluctuating weight reaching 300 pounds. Russell reported to the Raiders this week and weighed 269 pounds, less than his weight as a junior at LSU, he said.
OT David Stewart signed a one-year deal with the Titans. Both sides hinted that they were working toward a long-term pact.
New Orleans Saints
OT Carnell Stewart signed with the Saints two days after he was released by the Giants. Stewart played at LSU.