Kendall Simmons preparing for a comeback

We’ve had a running discourse about the need for offensive linemen in this league, and with more preseason games on tap the next four days, it’s only natural that more injuries will occur. Free agent Kendall Simmons is working to overcome some health issues of his own, but is making good strides working with the Auburn football team and hopes to be back in the league soon.Simmons was a first-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2002 and he won two rings with the Steelers. He has been a starting guard his entire career when healthy (he missed all of 2004 due to injury) and is coming off Achilles surgery that ended his 2008 season just four games in (he was released by the Steelers in February). He’s played 80 regular-season games,Cheap Nike Miami Dolphins Jerseys, all starts. Yes, he’s 30, and yes his injury is essentially a 12-month deal, but several NFL teams are monitoring him, according to sources, and he is enthused about how well he is getting around and bullying a blocking sled down there at Auburn.If I need a guard during the regular season, Simmons and Pete Kendall are high on my list as older guys who can solidify a position and help stabilize my line for a season. Seems like there isn’t a former starting offensive lineman in America who is not generating at least a modicum of interest. Teams have been making calls on Fred Miller. There just aren’t too many 300-pound athletes who can get the job done (or at least make the case for getting the job done) as the ranks of current linemen dwindle due to natural attrition.Randoms: Am I the only person who goes through like three hose nozzles every summer? We don’t have that much grass, we don’t use the hose all that much, but man, whether I buy one for $20 or $5, it seems like the thing is cracked the next day. Could be this is all on me and my wife, a pox on our family, but after making another recent trek to the hardware store I’m starting to think this issue is bigger than us. These things, regardless of brand, must be made with a purposely-flawed plastic or something. Uggh … “Thomas The Train” (or “Tank Engine”, depending on the vintage of the DVD) has completely taken over our house. It’s sad. Our littlest one tends to develop fixations, and this Thomas stage is threatening to linger. There must be like 10 forms of this show – animation,Cheap Nike NFL Customized Jerseys, filming with small train sets, filming with large train sets, partial animation, computer generated animation. The guy who runs the dang train station alone has multiple names (Fat Controller or Topham Hat??). I can’t tell half of the trains from one another. And, I don’t know exactly what’s going on over there in in jolly old England with the pound sterling, but over here, Thomas,Cheap Nike NFL Women��s Jerseys, we’re in a recession, my man. Give a bloke a break. A small train for $17, and $100 for a small wooden play set? That ain’t right …Want to wish my mom all the best as she recovers from shoulder surgery after taking a nasty fall recently. I know she can’t wait until she can pick up the grandchildren again, but that’s probably not going to be for quite some time … For those who have emailed me this week, planning to spend a few hours catching up with them and getting back to people this afternoon. Going to get up to Philly pretty early for the game there tonight and look forward to seeing what you guys have thrown my way. Friday night I’ll check out the ‘Skins-Pats, the other game going on right down I-95 from my Thomas-infested home.

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Browns will host Berry, Haden

There’s a consensus on the newsdesk that the Browns hold one of the most interesting picks in the draft at No. 7. Clearly, there are options for the Browns, and speculation continues to follow several names: QB Jimmy Clausen, CB Joe Haden and SS Eric Berry.As Steve Wyche reported earlier Friday, Cleveland is one of the stops that Clausen will make on his five-team award tour the next several days. Funny, because Browns president Mike Holmgren at one point said of Clausen, ”I wished I liked him more.” He’ll have a chance with the visit. Not ruling anything out, Holmgren has said he’ll consider drafting a QB with the pick or trading up for one,Cheap Nike Kids Customized Jerseys, per Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Berry and Haden also will visit the Browns. Berry,Cheap Nike Jacksonville Jaguars Jerseys, widely considered the draft’s best safety, is scheduled to visit April 8,cheap jerseys wholesale, according to the Plain Dealer, although a private workout hasn’t been scheduled.Cabot also reported this week that the Browns have shown “strong interest” in Haden and already have conducted a private workout with the draft’s top cornerback prospect, noting he’ll be in Cleveland for a visit in early April.Each NFL team is allowed 30 official visits.There are differing opinions among our resident analysts as to which direction the Browns will go. Charles Davis isn’t buying Holmgren’s subterfuge and makes a case for Clausen. Pat Kirwan believes the pick could be Berry. Bucky Brooks also is leaning toward Berry, although he previously went with Haden.The Browns aren’t giving away anything regarding their true intentions, so this promises to be interesting, considering they could have their choice of three players - each of whom fills a need.

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Tomlin in touch with Roethlisberger but still waiting

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While the NFL waits on the results of evaluations of QB Ben Roethlisberger - as reported by Jason La Canfora last week - Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and the rest of the team wait as well.As expected,cheap nfl jerseys, Tomlin faced a series of questions on Roethlisberger when he met with reporters on the first day of organized team activities, which might be a daily exercise until some type of resolution is announced. Roethlisberger can’t participate in any official team activities - which include OTAs - until he is cleared by the league.”I’m just going to wait for word from New York just like everyone else, and I’m not going to speculate until I get that word,wholesale cheap jersey,” Tomlin said.According to an earlier report by La Canfora, the Steelers expect Roethlisberger to be unavailable for the duration of May and quietly hope he could return for the next session of OTAs, scheduled for June 1-3. Still, there have been no indications that a decision from NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will come that soon.Tomlin said he has been talking to Roethlisberger “quite frequently” about “a myriad” of things.

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Singletary likely to stay on with 49ers

Nothing’s official yet - it can’t be until after the season. But Mike Singletary is on his way to having the interim removed from his title and becoming the 49ers head coach for 2009.San Francisco could make the announcement as early as the days after the season, according to league sources.At this point, it will take something drastic for the 49ers not to name Singletary the head coach, and even then it is difficult to envision what that could be. Singletary already has survived some well-documented incidents that caused some to question whether he were the right man to lead the team in the future.But through his audition,cheap jerseys, he has proven he is the right choice. The 49ers have been won at Buffalo,Cheap Nike Baltimore Ravens Jerseys, beaten the New York Jets,Cheap nike nfl jerseys, and been more competitive than they were early in the season. Singletary has ignited a spark in the players that rarely was seen before.In fact, Singletary has been so convincing that it has gotten to the point where if he were not brought back, there would be disappointment among the masses.

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Boller to Fells … what in the world is going on-

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Who needs St. Louis QB Marc Bulger and WR Laurent Robinson when you have … Kyle Boller and Daniel Fells?Bulger and Robinson have left today’s contest against the Packers with injuries,Cheap nike nfl jerseys, leaving Boller to lead the offense. The veteran quarterback seems to have a found a favorite target, Fells - who is not owned in any fantasy league.The Rams duo has connected on two touchdowns on the afternoon. That’s two more than Tom Brady and Randy Moss have in their game.You have to be kidding me!In Houston,Cheap Nike Washington Redskins Jerseys, Matt Schaub has now thrown for three scores against the Jaguars. His third went to TE Owen Daniels on a 2-yard connection before the end of the first half.

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Rams rookie OT Smith doubtful vs. Packers

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Rams rookie RT Jason Smith is doubtful to play against the Packers on Sunday because of a knee injury. The No. 2 overall draft pick started in the Rams’ first two games.For the Packers,Cheap nike nfl jerseys, safety Atari Bigby (knee) is out for the second consecutive week,Cheap Nike Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys, along with RB Brandon Jackson (ankle) and OT Chad Clifton (ankle).Rookie DT B.J. Raji is questionable with an ankle injury. The first-round pick hasn’t yet played in a regular-season game.Injury reports for every team

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NFL will evaluate video-board height standards

The board struck by a ball kicked by Titans punter A.J. Trapasso,Cheap Nike NFL Customized Jerseys, causing all of the preseason controversy in the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium, was an advertisement that hung below 90 feet - the overall level of the video screens. But that board was still at about the 85-foot limit, leading the NFL to evaluate its video-board height standards.And what to do about balls striking the screens?”That was a mistake on our part,” NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson said regarding the lack of specific league rules applying to the scoreboard being struck.Anderson said a new minimum is “to be determined,” and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league will continue to evaluate the standard as it does all such competitive policies.Goodell said it was set at 85 feet after studying the issue,Cheap Nike New York Giants Jerseys, because, “that’s the point where the probability becomes quite minimal.”Goodell said all of the safety and sight-line issues were evaluated,Cheap Nike Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jerseys, and they worried about wind tunnels if they moved the board, which also played a role in the league not mandating it.

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Jets sign Feely to replace ailing Nugent

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Not that the Jets’ injury woes compare to those of the Patriots,Cheap Nike NFL Kids Jerseys, but New York had to come up with a reinforcement of its own.The Jets signed free-agent kicker Jay Feely on Monday,Cheap Nike Baltimore Ravens Jerseys, a former Giant. Feely has plenty of experience kicking in Giants Stadium.The Jets opted on Feely after spending Monday working out three kickers to help replace their injured regular, Mike Nugent. They also worked out former Packer Dave Rayner and former Viking Aaron Elling.

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First and 10- Debating Newton’s appearance

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson asked quarterback Cam Newton not to get any tattoos or piercings while he is a Carolina Panther. Should teams be able to restrict players from getting tattoos or piercings? We asked our experts in the latest Instant Debate,Cheap Nike NFL Women��s Jerseys, and their answers will appear on later today.Here’s what else is on tap for Thursday:Perhaps getting nervous about Peyton Manning‘s readiness to play in the regular-season opener, the Indianapolis Colts have signed veteran Kerry Collins, and star receiver Reggie Wayne sounds none too pleased.The Buffalo Bills are hoping for good news about No. 3 overall draft pick Marcell Dareus, who was seen walking on crutches Wednesday after hurting his ankle during practice.The Tim Tebow controversy just won’t go away. The latest figure to take a shot the Broncos’ backup is former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason, who tells that he’s OK with Tebow as a potential son-in-law, but not as an NFL senior analyst Pat Kirwan has concluded his tour of NFL training camps. Find out which teams look ready for a Super Bowl run,Cheap Nike Women��s Customized Jerseys, and which ones look like also-rans.Who’s No. 1? We asked some football players, a former Major League pitcher and an exiled NBA star who they’d pick first in their fantasy football draft.Seattle WR Mike Williams talks about his amazing comeback last season after being out of football for two years, and discusses the new-look Seahawks, in our “Cover Two Podcast.”Hear from Chicago Bears LB Brian Urlacher on the state of the defending NFC North champs, plus live press conferences Thursday from the Patriots’ Bill Belichick,Cheap Nike Chicago Bears Jerseys, the Cowboys’ Jason Garrett and the Steelers’ Mike Tomlin, on NFL Network.Get ready for Week 3 of the preseason with’s exclusive Game Center previews.Sign up now to play Fantasy Football for free and then use to get all the information you need before your draft.

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Was Anderson the problem in Cleveland-

The more time there is to sift through the numbers, the more confounding it is that the Browns benched quarterback Derek Anderson for Brady Quinn.In an earlier posting,Cheap Nike Philadelphia Eagles Jerseys, we compared Anderson of this year to Anderson of last year. Those numbers told one story. But the more revealing story comes from these numbers.During the Browns first four games this season,Cheap Nike Tennessee Titans Jerseys, Anderson posted a 54.1 passer rating.During the Browns past four games this season, Anderson posted an 88.8 passer rating.The Browns struggles have more to do with their defense than their offense. In Cleveland’s three wins,Cheap Nike Indianapolis Colts Jerseys, the defense has allowed an average of 14 points per game. In Cleveland’s five losses, the defense has allowed an average of 24 points per game.If the team were going to bench Anderson, the optimum time to do it would have been earlier in the season, when the quarterback’s performance warranted it.

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