Mac's NFL Blog - 9/1/07

In today's NFL Blog: Bobby Engram takes a walk for a good cause, some surprises surface among the final cuts, Rodney Harrison gets the pole position on a huge news day, and Marcus Tubbs' status will most likely be made official very soon.

The first draft pick Jack Del Rio made as an NFL head coach was Marshall QB Byron Leftwich, who Del Rio's Jacksonville Jaguars chose with the 7th overall pick in the 2003 NFL Draft. After less than 5 seasons, the relationship is over.

New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison took HGH, but denies ever taking steroids.

The amount of money it will cost New York Giants DE Michael Strahan to contemplate retirement is a figure that is still being negotiated.

The Seattle Seahawks are expected to announce today that DT Marcus Tubbs tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will miss the 2007 NFL season.

Free agent DE Simeon Rice is deciding between Denver and St. Louis, but hasn't ruled out a return to Tampa Bay.

Within this notebook in the Indianapolis Star, Colts rookie CB Dante Hughes (formerly Daymeion) finally gets a chance to play and the Colts may have Charlie Johnson, a backup offensive lineman, to a sprained knee last night.

Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Levi Jones, who signed a $40M extension last summer, thinks he might be traded.

Atlanta Falcons rookie DE Jamaal Anderson could easily play some power forward for the Hawks.

Reigning Heisman trophy winner Troy Smith displayed creativity and a strong arm, but that might not be enough to win a roster spot with the Baltimore Ravens.

The Buffalo Bills have made contact with free agent guard Keyrick Vincent.

The Providence Journal breaks down what the Patriots roster might look like after cut-down day.

Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald dusted off his aqua and coral pom-poms to write his opinion column this morning.

The Arizona Cardinals released 21 players on Friday, including LB Buster Davis, the 69th pick of the 2007 NFL Draft.

Rams second-year linebacker Tim McGarigle used some late-inning heroics to earn a roster spot. (Remember, St. Louis is, and always will be, a baseball town. This even applies to those who cover the Rams)

Reason #6,839 to like Seattle Seahawks WR Bobby Engram: Tomorrow is the second annual "Walk for Sickle Cell Disease", which Engram created.

A pair of 49ers rookie defenders may be lost for the entire 2007 season.

Derek Anderson may be the better quarterback, but Ken Dorsey's mentoring of Brady Quinn and familiarity with the offensive coordinator may keep him in Cleveland.

Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ricardo Colclough, a second round choice in 2004, is on the bubble.

It's not official yet, but a group of Vikings veterans have been told they'll be cut, including RB Ciatrick Fason and WR Billy McMullen.

The Packers are attempting to trade backup safety Marquand Manuel, who lost his starting job in training camp.

Chicago Bears rookie DE Dan Bauzin could land on IR.

Detroit Lions WR Brandon Middleton hopes nobody reaches out and touches him today.

The Texans have released 11, including Fiesta Bowl hero and NCAA '08 cover boy, QB Jared Zabranksy.

Titans rookie WR Chris Davis is the next Pacman Jones, minus the off-field incidents involving shootings, strip clubs and spitting in women's faces.

New Orleans trimmed 9 from their roster, including veteran LB Dhani Jones.

Buccaneers center Matt Lehr and cornerback Alan Zemaitis are among those on the Buccaneers bubble today.

In addition to having a nickname worthy of an interior defensive lineman, Chiefs rookie DT Tank Tyler had a solid camp.

Broncos CB Karl Paymah was released from the hospital on Friday, and his long-term prognosis is excellent. (Paymah had a concussion)

Raiders head coach Lane Kiffin has made his decision on which QB will start the season opener, but wants to keep it a secret from the Detroit Lions. (I guess Kiffin has never heard of Adam Schefter, Peter King, John Clayton, Jay Glazer, Adam Caplan, etc...because there's no chance it'll remain a secret for 8 days.)

Cowboys rookie LB Anthony Spencer could open the season in the starting lineup.

The Eagles haven't released their list of released players, but it's expected to include KR Jeremy Bloom and veteran punter Dirk Johnson.

Mike Wise of the Washington Post suggests that the Redskins should safeguard the future by not trading QB Mark Brunell. Top Stories