NFL ROUNDUP News and notes
Giants: Team co-owner Robert Tisch was diagnosed with cancer and has begun treatment, a family spokesman confirmed Monday. No other details would be released, Howard Rubenstein said. The New York Daily News, Newsday and New York Post reported that Tisch, the 78-year-old billionaire chairman of the Loews Corp., has brain cancer. The Daily News and Post, citing unidentified sources, said he has an inoperable tumor.
Falcons: Michael Vick will start in the exhibition opener at Baltimore Thursday and play one series. Coach Jim Mora said rookie Matt Schaub -- a third-round pick from Virginia -- will replace Vick and play into the fourth quarter.
Cowboys: Owner Jerry Jones said Quincy Carter was sent a letter about his contract, but wouldn't say if the team was seeking to recover part of the bonus the quarterback received as Dallas' first pick in 2001. The Cowboys have remained vague about why they cut the playoff quarterback who started all 16 games last season and had been the opening-game starter each of his three years.
Raiders: Linebacker Napoleon Harris will be sidelined for three to six weeks after tearing cartilage in his right knee during a drill. Harris, who started 29 games in his first two NFL seasons, tore the lateral meniscus and was expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery today.
Titans: A second opinion confirmed that linebacker Peter Sirmon will need season-ending surgery to repair his injured left knee. Sirmon has been the starter for the Titans at left outside linebacker the past two seasons, and had a career-high 141 tackles last year. He hurt his knee during a non-contact drill a week ago while chasing a running back.
Eagles: Defensive end Jevon Kearse sprained his left ankle Monday but didn't consider the injury to be serious. Kearse, who signed an eight-year, $66 million deal with the Eagles in March, was carted off the field after he hurt the same ankle he injured in Tennessee last season. X-rays were negative, and Kearse -- listed as day-to-day -- jogged to his car after speaking to reporters. Kearse said he expects to play in the exhibition opener against New England Friday night. Backup quarterback Koy Detmer will not be available because of an injury to his right knee that required surgery today. He is expected to miss about two weeks but should be ready for the start of the regular season.
Broncos: Running back Terrell Davis officially retired from the NFL on Monday. Degenerative conditions in both knees led Davis to cut his career short after helping the Broncos to two straight Super Bowl titles.
Chargers: The team broke off talks Monday with unsigned rookie quarterback Philip Rivers. General manager A.J. Smith said the Chargers' proposal wasn't a slot offer and exceeds the deals for Robert Gallery and Larry Fitzgerald, who were selected with the second and third overall picks, right before Rivers.
Panthers: Carolina's unsettled offensive line took another hit Monday when projected starting right tackle Adam Meadows abruptly announced his retirement. Meadows, 30, signed a five-year, $15 million contract with the Panthers as a free agent March 9, but had been kept out of most of training camp by persistent shoulder problems. The team encouraged Meadows to undergo treatment for arthritis in the shoulder, but Meadows decided to call it quits.
Bengals: Glen Steele, a free agent, signed a one-year contract Monday with Cincinnati. Terms weren't disclosed. Steele played his first six NFL seasons with the Bengals, through 2003. He signed with the New York Giants last May 20 as an unrestricted free agent but was released by the Giants on July 30.
Giants: Giving second-round draft pick Chris Snee a starting job on the offensive line has been a move expected from new coach Tom Coughlin. Having starters Tiki Barber and Amani Toomer as potential punt returners for the preseason opener against Kansas City was a switch almost no one anticipated. Coughlin made both moves on Monday, shifting David Diehl to right tackle and giving Snee, his son-in-law, the open spot at right guard. The change put Ian Allen, who started 11 games at right tackle last season, in a backup role and makes Snee a starter before Eli Manning, the first pick in last April's draft, who is trying to beat out veteran Kurt Warner at quarterback. The move that seemed to catch the players off guard was the decision to waive return man Delvin Joyce. It left Barber and Toomer as the leading candidates to return punts.
Dolphins: Linebacker Zach Thomas practiced for the first time since training camp opened. Thomas, who led the Dolphins in tackles seven of the past eight seasons, had surgery a month ago to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. Receiver Derrius Thompson, safety Chris Akins (leg) and cornerbacks Patrick Surtain (groin) and Sam Madison (hamstring) sat out practice Monday. Injured receiver David Boston had successful surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left knee, but he'll miss the entire season.
Jaguars: Wide receiver Jimmy Smith missed practice Monday with a minor back injury that coach Jack Del Rio said was a strain or an ache. Defensive end Tony Brackens will likely miss the rest of this week's practice due to a strained muscle behind his right knee.
Buccaneers: Tampa Bay has had conversations with former Oakland receiver Tim Brown and the agent for holdout receiver Keenan McCardell, but neither has signed.
Jets: Safeties Jon McGraw and Reggie Tongue, linebacker Eric Barton and wide receiver Santana Moss all sat out of practice Monday with varying injuries.