Mac's NFL Blog: 9/13/07

In today's NFL Blog: More Patriots subterfuge stories than you can shake a HandyCam at, the Cowboys go Tank-shopping, the rash of injuries during the first week of games takes its toll, and the quest of every NFL fan never to have to suffer through Bill Maas' "commentary" again gets a big boost.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick issued a Jason Giambi-style apology on Wednesday.

Some Boston area high school football players are questioning the Patriots sportsmanship.

San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates missed practice on Wednesday due to a sore back.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Paul Spicer had this to say about the Patriots cheating scandal: "I've heard it in the past. They finally got caught. ... The Patriots got caught. They're busted."

The Atlanta Falcons offense went back to work to fix what wasn't working a week ago.

Safety Bryan Scott and defensive end Copeland Bryan were signed by the Buffalo Bills yesterday.

Bills QB JP Losman has stopped comparing himself to the other 1st round quarterbacks chosen in the 2004 NFL draft.

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend didn't practice on Wednesday.

By the time the New Orleans Saints take the field in Tampa, they'll have had 10 days to let the embarrassing opening night blowout loss stew inside them.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers severed ties on Wednesday with WR David Boston.

Buccaneers running back Cadillac Williams isn't ruling out playing on Sunday vs. New Orleans.

Buccaneers Hall-of-Fame linebacker Derrick Brooks ignores his critics. (Which isn't exactly the same as silencing them.)

Green Bay Packers guard Junius Coston is expected to make his first NFL start at right guard this Sunday.

Within this notebook in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, we learn that Packers LB Nick Barnett will face two misdemeanor counts stemming from an incident outside a bar in June, safety Nick Collins and DE Aaron Kampman missed practice while CB Al Harris and WR Greg Jennings were limited in practice.

New York Giants QB Jared Lorenzen expects Eli Manning to start, but he's preparing just in case.

Carolina Panthers QB David Carr was happy to get out of Houston.

Houston Texans DE Mario Williams, the 1st overall pick of the 2006 NFL Draft, was named the AFC's Defensive Player of the Week.

In preparation of their game in a different time zone, San Francisco 49ers head coach Mike Nolan has the 49ers up and practicing earlier this week.

Injuries and suspensions have forced the Rams to shuffle their roster this week.

The Indianapolis Colts will face Tennessee Titans QB Vince Young for the third time on Sunday, and have yet to register a sack on him.

Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher, the co-chair on the NFL's competition committee, has some interesting things to say about the spying scandal.

Titans LT Michael Roos returned home to Estonia for the first time this summer.

Cincinnati Bengals left tackle Levi Jones could play this week against Cleveland.

Now Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel won't hesitate to put QB Brady Quinn into the game if the situation dictates it. (And the tarot card reading goes well)

New Seattle Seahawks QB Charlie Frye is getting a crash course on the Seahawks offense.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt and QB Matt Leinart blame themselves for the passing game's poor performance on Monday night.

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo has been named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week.

Jim Reeves of the Star-Telegram believes the Cowboys should "just say no" to free agent DT Tank Johnson, who the team is rumored to be interested in.

New Miami Dolphins safety Donovin Darius is working with the second team defense.

Some of the $13.2M in salary cap space that the contract extension for Minnesota Vikings DT Pat Williams gobbled up comes in the form of "likely to be earned incentives".

Vikings RB Adrian Peterson thinks Detroit Lions head coach Rod Marinelli is an "awesome dude", and the feeling is most definitely mutual.

Oakland Raiders QB Josh McCown's sprained finger could lead to Daunte Culpepper's first start as a Raider.

Denver Broncos assistant head coach/defense Jim Bates thinks "it's a tremendous disadvantage for the defense if they (the opponent) can steal your signals."

Kansas City Chiefs WR Bobby Sippio will make his NFL debut on Sunday, primarily on special teams.

Chiefs kicker Dave Rayner connected on 75% of his field goal attempts on Wednesday...and drew rave reviews.

Former Chief nose tackle Bill Maas won't face state charges after Kansas City International Airport security discovered a loaded 9mm Glock in his carry-on luggage.

The game may be over, but the war of words between the San Diego Chargers and Chicago Bears hasn't. More trash-talk can be found here and here.

Bears WR/KR Devin Hester wasn't happy with the role he played against the Chargers.

Kellen Clemens will be the New York Jets starting quarterback this week.

Baltimore Ravens QB Steve McNair and LB Ray Lewis hope to play against the Jets this Sunday, but LT Johnathan Ogden remains doubtful.

WR Reche Caldwell signed a one-year deal with the Washington Redskins on Wednesday and he'll practice with the Redskins for the first time today.

Philadelphia Eagles punt returner Reno Mahe offers up a description of what it's like to field a punt that make me feel better about sitting in an office all day.


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