Mac's NFL Blog - 8/22/07

In today's NFL Blog: Larry Johnson gets the money, Antrel Rolle falls down the depth chart, Jeremian Trotter is a free agent, Tiki and Ronde extend their Eli feud, warren and Warren become friends in Oakland, and much more!

Just the links today:

Veteran LB Jeremiah Trotter
is taking his release from the Philadelphia Eagles in stride; Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes that the players can't defend against their own age.

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antrel Rolle has lost his starting job due to an inability to stop allowing deep receptions and racking up pass interference penalties. No word as to whether this will cause Rolle to horse-collar new head coach Ken Whisenhunt, but Rolle seems to enjoy questionable tackling tactics.

Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News doesn't think the Dallas Cowboys broke the preseason code, they merely did what they had to do to get ready for the regular season.

Giants WR Plaxico Burress
returned to practice on Tuesday, just in time to see the escalation of the verbal battle between former Giants RB Tiki Barber and current Giant QB Eli Manning.

The Washington Redskins released LB Lemar Marshall and signed veteran LB Randall Godfrey.

Broncos DE Jarvis Moss
is expected to replace Ebenezer Ekuban in the starting lineup.

Here's more on the end
of Kansas City Chiefs RB Larry Johnson's holdout.

San Diego Chargers QB Phillip Rivers
is super-competitive.

was a surprise destination for DT Gerard Warren.

A day after questioning why his team traded for another defensive linemen, DT Warren Sapp
was laughing it up with the new arrival. Within that same notebook, we learn that Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin will name a starting quarterback today.

Seahawks backup QB Seneca Wallace
signed a 3-year contract extension on Tuesday, and starting QB Matt Hasselbeck wishes the NFL did more to protect QBs from getting hit at the knees.

Arizona Cardinals center Al Johnson
tweaked a knee in practice on Tuesday, which was to be evaluated last night.

49ers Pro Bowl CB Walt Harris
returned to practice on Tuesday and could play Saturday night in Chicago.

Former Pittsburgh Steeler RB Jerome Bettis (who's from Detroit, in case you didn't know)
reveals some secrets in his new book.

The Steelers plan to open things up on offense
has some in the organization nervous.

Second-year CB David Pittman
is getting a surprise start this weekend.

The Browns
are having red zone issues.

Bengals right tackle Willie Anderson
hopes to keep his consecutive starts streak alive on September 10th.

As expected, the Vikings
have signed former Packers WR Robert Ferguson

Lions DT Shaun Rogers
returned to practice, but no decision has been made about when he'll play in a game.

Four Packers linebackers
are vying for two backup spots.

Roman Modrowski of the Chicago Sun-Times
thinks handling a snap is so easy a 5th grader to do it, so he asked a couple of youngsters for tips on Rex Grossman's behalf.

The flu, not injuries,
has affected the Colts lately.

Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow was working with QB Vince Young
on his mechanics.

Texans DE Mario Williams
is trying to live up to being the 1st overall choice in an NFL draft.

Panthers rookie center Ryan Kalil
is switching to guard.

Saints LB Scott Fujita and center Jeff Faine
hope to play against Kansas City on Thursday.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie guard Arron Sears
sprained his ankle on Tuesday, and the injury could be serious.

Guess who they're talking about in Atlanta

Jets center Nick Mangold
isn't letting up after a solid rookie season, and Tom Rock of Newsday says that Mangold was "born to block".

An injury to CB Andre Dyson
has elevated rookie CB Darrelle Revis to the starting lineup for the Jets.

The Buffalo Bills brought former Carolina Panther DE Al Wallace in for a look-see
and a contract offer will probably follow.

Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork
has been working on his pass-rush skills.

Now that he's in his second year,
the Patriots have removed the gag from RB Laurence Maroney's mouth.

Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga
wants to make the playoffs this year, and rejects the notion that they're rebuilding.

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