NFL ROUNDUP News and notes
Ravens 24, Falcons 0: Reserve tight end Daniel Wilcox caught two touchdown passes, and Baltimore spoiled Jim Mora's head coaching debut. Just like last year, the Falcons couldn't generate much offense without Michael Vick at quarterback. Vick left after the first series, and backup Matt Schaub went 12-for-24 for 108 yards and two interceptions. Vick did, however, avoid injury, which made this outing a success compared to the last time he faced the Ravens. Kyle Boller went 5-for-9 for 56 yards and a touchdown before giving way to backup Kordell Stewart in the second quarter.
Bears 13, Rams 10, OT
ST. LOUIS -- Lovie Smith's head coaching debut, and his homecoming, was a bit on the sloppy side. Ahmad Merritt returned the overtime kickoff 87 yards to the 7 to set up Paul Edinger's 25-yard winning field goal on the next play. The Bears overcame 19 penalties for 160 yards.
Chargers: LaDainian Tomlinson said he has agreed in principle to a deal that will eclipse the eight-year, $50.5 million contract signed by the Redskins' Clinton Portis. In his three years in the NFL, he's rushed for 4,564 yards and 37 touchdowns. Tomlinson, the fifth player in NFL history to rush for more than 200 yards in four games, last year became the first to rush for 1,000 yards and catch 100 passes.
Giants: Jeremy Shockey is back on the field, although he's not doing nearly as much as he'd like. The Pro Bowl tight end felt soreness Thursday, one day after he practiced with the New York Giants for the first time since having foot surgery in June. He's not thrilled about being kept under wraps. Shockey will sit out the Giants' preseason opener tonight against Kansas City.
Vikings: After a drunken driving conviction earlier this year, the NFL handed down a two-game suspension to veteran Kenny Mixon, who led Minnesota's defensive linemen in tackles last season. Even though he's preparing to start Saturday's preseason game against Arizona, Mixon -- barring a successful appeal -- won't play in the regular season until Sept. 26 against Chicago.
Titans: Cornerback Samari Rolle sat out practice with a sore right ankle and could miss the Titans' exhibition opener Saturday night against Cleveland.
Broncos: One day after making a cameo appearance, rookie running back Tatum Bell had a greater role in workouts. Denver's second-round draft choice out of Oklahoma State, sidelined by a broken middle finger on his right hand, ran pass patterns and carried the ball in his left hand. A day before, he was running on the sidelines.