Mac's NFL Blog - 9/22/07

In today's NFL Blog: The Bengals are searching the cupboards for linebackers, Mark Tauscher hits the jackpot, Manny Lawson needs to read the CBA, and T.O. may have a point about the league's goofy anti-celebration policies.

Nicholas Cotsonikas of the Detroit Free Press breaks down tomorrow's Detroit Lions-Philadelphia Eagles game.

Detroit Lions running back Kevin Jones is desperate to get back on the field.

According to Philadelphia Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder, tight end LJ Smith had a procedure to "free up some of the space in his groin". (I'll pass on that procedure.)

Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt is happy to have an opportunity to play one of the best teams in the AFC.

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Steve McNair will play on Sunday.

Rookie wide receiver Jacoby Jones will start in place of Andre Johnson for the Houston Texans.

Keeping Peyton Manning upright is the key to the Indianapolis Colts remaining successful.

Colts linebacker Rob Morris likely won't play again this week.

Green Bay Packers tackle Mark Tauscher picked up an additional $2.8M in roster and workout bonuses before the season began.

A pair of Packers receivers returned to practice on Friday.

San Diego Chargers left tackle Marcus McNeill is going through a bit of a sophomore slump.

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels thinks the Patriots offense has room for improvement.

Both of the Buffalo Bills starting cornerbacks are questionable for Sunday.

St. Louis Rams guard Richie Incognito hopes to return next week.

The Rams have signed veteran safety Todd Johnson.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Ike Hilliard plans to play through his sprained left ankle.

Two Miami Dolphins legends think current Dolphins running back Ronnie Brown should demand more carries.

New York Jets left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson has struggled, but is improving.

The Jets hope to get their ground game going against the Dolphins.

San Francisco 49ers linebacker Manny Lawson is hoping for a January return, which will be hard to do as he was placed on injured reserve.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without rookie tight end Matt Spaeth on Sunday.

Who's the most productive player on the Minnesota Vikings roster? The answer will surprise you.

Kansas City Chiefs running back Larry Johnson is experiencing the downside of celebrity stardom.

Now that the Oakland Raiders have signed quarterback JaMarcus Russell, they now plan on locking up cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who can be a free agent after this season.

Cleveland Browns safety Brodney Pool has a $5K bill to go with the concussion that might keep him out of Sunday's game in Oakland.

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle John Henderson is doubtful, which means he could miss the first game of his NFL career.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Javon Walker is constantly trying to improve his game.

The Cincinnati Bengals will mostly likely have only four healthy linebackers for Sunday's game against Seattle.

Is Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander the greatest football player to ever come out of the Cincinnati area?

If conditions are just right, Alexander might break out the "Ickey Shuffle" against the Bengals on Sunday.

Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall is looking forward to his match-up with Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith.

The right side of the Washington Redskins offensive line looks a lot different than it did when the season began.

New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress concedes that his ankle injury will probably linger all season.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens thinks the NFL is out to ruin fun. (I know, I was shocked to discover that T.O. thinks, too.)

Cowboys cornerback Terence Newman could make his 2007 debut in nickel and dime situations on Sunday night.

David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune believes that the Chicago Bears will be the toughest defense Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo has faced in his short NFL career.

The future stars of the NFL will be on display on Monday night.

Charles Grant and Will Smith, the two highly touted defensive ends for the New Orleans, have yet to register a sack this year.


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