Mac's NFL Blog - 8/27/07

In today's NFL Blog: The cuts begin, the old guys come through in Seattle, several questions need to be answered in Philly, and a trial of some note begins in Atlanta.

Despite sloppy play from two of their offensive stars, the Steelers beat the Eagles, 27-13.

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has to make his first cuts as an NFL head coach by tomorrow.

The final dress rehearsal for the regular season wasn't an impressive showing by the Eagles.

Phil Sheridan of the Philadelphia Inquirer says that its a good thing MLB Omar Gaither's tenure doesn't officially begin for two weeks.

Within this notebook we learn that Australian punter Sav Rocca solidified his job last night, backup QB Kelly Holcomb will likely be traded, among other items.

You know who will face the music today in Virginia, while the team tries to focus on the games.

Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Bengals have been free of drama this summer.

Kansas City Chiefs RB Larry Johnson will play in the preseason finale. (Herm Edwards calls the shots in KC, with Carl Peterson's blessing, and HBO's "Hard Knocks" needs a good 4th act, so is this really a surprise?)

Denver Broncos RB Travis Henry spent nearly $250,000 on a Mercedes and jewelry, but reportedly needed a $9,800 loan from the Tennessee Titans to pay his child support.

Tennessee Titans CB Reynaldo Hill's two-year reign as a starter could be over.

Indianapolis Colts DE Dwight Freeney has a bruised thigh, but it's not serious.

No word yet on the severity of the high ankle sprain suffered by Chargers RB Michael Turner.

WR Bobby Engram and TE Marcus Pollard are providing a veteran presence in the Seattle Seahawks receiving corps.

Patriots fullback Heath Evans says his career was revived when he arrived in New England in 2005.

Two Rams defensive ends are vying for one spot on the 53-man roster.

Cut-down day has some Dolphins worried

Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News writes that CB Terence Newman is the 2nd most important player on defense, and his injury is a concern.

The Minnesota Vikings are still looking for a solid backup for QB Tarvaris Jackson.

Vikings LB Cameron Siskowic was expected to be released from a Seattle hospital and fly back to the Twin Cities on Sunday night.

Giants DE Justin Tuck was the center of attention after Saturday night's loss to the Jets.

Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum won his $1M faceoff against left guard Pete Kendall, but now the offensive line has a huge hole where Kendall once stood.

Coaches for the Arizona Cardinals have a "What? Me worry?" response to the questions about the defense.

The San Francisco 49ers released nine players on Sunday night.

The Houston Texans released eight players, including QB Bradlee Van Pelt.

The Oakland Raiders have released seven players.

The New Orleans Saints released four players, with three more to be done by the 4pm Tuesday deadline.

The Denver Post speculates on who the Broncos will release.

Chicago Bears DT Darwin Walker says the Bears have "it".

Baltimore Ravens WR/KR Yamon Figurs used to beat Chicago Bears WR/KR Devin Hester in the 100-and 200-meter dashes in regional and Florida track meets five years ago.

Carolina Panthers QB Brett Basanez has ligament damage in his right wrist and was placed on IR.

The Washington Redskins roster appears to be set.

Mike O'Hara of the Detroit News answers the burning questions facing the Lions.

The PewterReport suggests what the Buccaneers final roster will look like.

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