NFL ROUNDUP \ News and notes
Titans: Cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones hasn't escaped punishment for allegedly spitting on a woman in a nightclub. Coach Jeff Fisher said Monday he hopes to decide on the issue this week. The woman had Jones cited Saturday for misdemeanor assault for the incident early Thursday morning. Jones met with Fisher, but the coach said he wanted more information before punishing him. Fisher has said punishment could range from something private to benching Jones in a game. "I'm hoping I'll have some sort of decision made before practice on Wednesday," Fisher said. "If things are complicated for whatever reason, there will be a chance he will practice on Wednesday."
Jaguars: Coach Jack Del Rio wants to wait a few days before choosing a starting quarterback. David Garrard was efficient at Philadelphia on a windy Sunday and improved to 5-1 in place of Byron Leftwich over the last two seasons. Although Del Rio maintained that Leftwich -- if healthy -- is the team's starter, he declined to say whether Leftwich will return Sunday against Tennessee. Leftwich missed his first game of the season with a sore left ankle.
Packers: Just as Vernand Morency was beginning to show fans why the Packers were willing to trade popular running back Samkon Gado, he is likely headed to the sidelines with an injury. Morency, acquired from the Houston Texans for Gado in September, gained 101 yards on 11 carries in the Packers' 31-14 victory over the Cardinals Sunday. Ahman Green added 106 yards rushing, marking the first time since 1985 the Packers have had two running backs rush for 100 yards or more in a game. But Morency sustained a lower back injury in the fourth quarter, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Monday that Morency could be out a couple of weeks. The Packers also could be without starting fullback Brandon Miree (elbow) for their game in Buffalo, two critical injuries that could cost the Packers some momentum their running game gained in two straight victories.
Redskins: Mark Brunell, Clinton Portis and Santana Moss didn't practice Monday as the Redskins returned from a four-day, bye-week vacation. Of the three, Moss was the least optimistic about playing in Sunday's game against the Cowboys. Moss, the team's only consistent receiver this season, is recovering from a strained left hamstring. He said he was being cautious because of his experience with previous hamstring injuries. Top running back Portis has a severe ankle sprain, although he is no longer wearing the protective boot he sported last week. Quarterback Brunell has a pulled muscle in his ribcage. Middle linebacker Lemar Marshall, who missed the Indianapolis loss before the bye with a severe ankle sprain, was back on the practice field Monday, but was very limited. Receiver Antwaan Randle El also was limited because of a heel injury.
Falcons: Two weeks ago, P.J. Alexander was home in Denver, working out daily on his own, unsure if he'd ever have another chance in the NFL. The answer came Sunday. Alexander, signed by Atlanta on Oct. 18, made his first NFL start and played every snap at left guard in the Falcons' 29-27 win over Cincinnati. "That was the most football I've played in a long, long time," Alexander said Monday, still grinning as he reflected on his whirlwind two weeks. The Falcons gained 420 yards, an impressive statistic considering the team's right guard, Tyson Clabo, made his first NFL start the previous week against Pittsburgh. The two newcomers helped provide pass-blocking as Michael Vick threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns. Alexander, 27, was not drafted out of Syracuse, but spent the 2002 and 2003 seasons on the New Orleans and Denver practice squads. He appeared in five games for Denver in 2004 before missing the 2005 season with a knee injury.
Jets: The Jets will wait until next week to make a decision on activating running back Curtis Martin for practice or ending his season. Coach Eric Mangini said he spoke with Martin, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and the Jets' medical staff last week and they chose to hold off on making a decision this week. The NFL's No. 4 career rusher, sidelined with a right knee injury since the end of last season, was eligible to come off the physically-unable-to-perform list Oct. 16, but the team announced he'd remain on it until after the Jets' game at Cleveland on Sunday. "We're going to go through Monday of next week at least," Mangini said Monday. "In light of the bye week and talking to Mike and Curtis and the medical staff, that'll give us the maximum amount of time in the 21-day window and the maximum amount of practice time should he return to practice." According to NFL rules, a player on the PUP list can't be cleared to practice until after Week 6. Then, a team has three weeks to decide whether to allow that player to start practicing. The deadline for the Jets is next Tuesday.
Dolphins: As an early birthday gift to coach Nick Saban, the Dolphins dumped a bucket of ice water on him at the end of practice Monday. The soaking could serve as a dry run for a sideline celebration Sunday if the Dolphins win at Chicago. The game matches teams headed in opposite directions, which is why the Bears are two-touchdown favorites. They're 7-0 and coming off a 41-10 win over San Francisco, while the Dolphins are 1-6 and lost four games in a row before last week's bye. During the bye week, Saban stressed the need for a positive attitude. And despite his team's disappointing start, the mood remains upbeat, as Monday's ice-water episode would suggest.
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