NFL Player Wire: 8/15/2008

Player News and Notes from around the league. Here are some of the latest happenings: Patriots more transactions; What's up with Plaxico now?; More Injuries around the league.

New York Giants
WR Plaxico Burress (ankle) has gotten back on the field this week, although he's not running full-speed routes yet. "He has run some routes and done some individual," coach Tom Coughlin said. "That is pretty much what he has done. It is a step in the right direction."

OT Shane Olivea, who had been sidelined most of training camp with a back injury, was placed on injured reserve. "We had an extended amount of time here where we tried to improve his situation. It didn't seem like we were getting very far," coach Tom Coughlin said. "It was very unfortunate, because we thought when we first brought Shane in this would be something where both parties would benefit. We had a veteran football player, a guy who had gone through some things, and was anxious to really start his career over. We thought that this was the right situation. We worked him out; he was in outstanding shape and we didn't think there was going to be any down time whatsoever.

"The unfortunate thing is that on his best practice day, that very evening, he couldn't come back out and practice. We wished him well, and hopefully he will get himself back to where he feels good about having an opportunity."

DE Antonio Reynolds (hamstring) was waived/injured by the Giants.

New Orleans Saints
DT Hollis Thomas could miss two months with a right triceps injury suffered Wednesday. He had surgery Thursday. The injury should pave the way for increased playing time for rookie Sedrick Ellis.

DT Sedrick Ellis, the seventh pick of the draft who has been alternating between the first and second units, will be asked to step into a prominent role with Hollis Thomas sidelined the next two months.

Dallas Cowboys
CB Adam Jones sent his letter applying for reinstatement to Commissioner Roger Goodell. Jones is still under suspension by the league, although he has been allowed to participate in training camp and preseason games. Goodell has said previously that he would rule on Jones' status before the start of the season.

Jacksonville Jaguars
OT Pete McMahon re-signed with the Jaguars after being released by New England. McMahon, 6-8, 330 pounds, was originally a sixth-round draft pick by Oakland in 2005 out of Iowa and was released by Jacksonville in July.

OT Leander Jordan was released by Jacksonville. He spent the last three seasons with the San Diego Chargers and was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers in the third round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

DT Jonathan Lewis signed with the Jaguars. He finished last season on Oakland's practice squad.

Rookie RB Lavarus Giles was waived by Jacksonville.

Oakland Raiders
DB Nick Sanchez, an undrafted rookie from Stanford, signed with Oakland.

LB Malik Jackson was waived by Oakland.

Pittsburgh Steelers
DE Kyle Clement (injured/knee) was placed on injured reserve.

St. Louis Rams
DB Tanard Davis (released by Eagles 6/17) signed with St. Louis.

DT Vernon Bryant was waived by St. Louis.

Seattle Seahawks
LS Tim Lindsey (released by Seahawks 4/30) signed with Seattle.

LB Eric Wicks (injured/leg) was placed on waivers.

New England Patriots
WR Chris Dunlap, a 2007 undrafted rookie from Georgia Tech, was released by the Patriots. He was in the team's training camp last year before being released Sept. 1 and re-signed this past July.

OL Stephen Sene signed with New England. He was released by St. Louis July 28 after joining the team as an undrafted rookie out of Liberty.

S John Lynch has visited with the Patriots, who are thin in the defensive backfield due to injuries. Lynch took a physical, but had yet to sign with the team.

Tennessee Titans
RT David Stewart is expected to miss 2-3 weeks following arthroscopic knee surgery. He signed a six-year contract worth $38.9 million over the offseason. It includes $10 million in guaranteed money, with $6 million coming in a signing bonus.

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