July 29, 2001 |
Chicago Bear receiver Marcus Robinson will be sidelined for four to eight weeks after undergoing back surgery. Team physicians give Robinson--one of the Bears' top receivers the last two seasons--a chance to return in time to practice for the regular-season opener Sept. 9 against the Baltimore Ravens. * More than a week into training camp, guard Steve Wisniewski reported to the Oakland Raiders Saturday.
October 28, 2002 |
As Coach Butch Davis left the field, he looked up to the sky. He sensed his Cleveland Browns did something very special Sunday. Four days after team owner Al Lerner died, the Browns rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the New York Jets 24-21. Quarterback Tim Couch, who threw two touchdown passes and a two-point conversion in the second half, said the team wanted to play well for Lerner and his family. "This was about courage and heart and it exemplified what Mr.
October 8, 2006 |
Charlie Frye Cleveland * While at Akron, he set 54 passing and total offense records. Bruce Gradkowski Tampa Bay * Had nation's second-best completion rate as a Toledo sophomore. Byron Leftwich Jacksonville * At Marshall, he led one of the most potent offenses in the country. Chad Pennington New York Jets * Marshall's QB rivaled another MAC star: Central Florida's Daunte Culpepper. Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh * When he was at Miami of Ohio, Big Ben also handled punting.
November 17, 2003 |
Edgerrin James softened up the New York Jets' defense and punter Hunter Smith blasted through it. While James carried for a season-high 127 yards and three touchdowns Sunday, it was Smith's 21-yard run on a fake field goal that gave the Indianapolis Colts a 38-31 victory. "It just opened wide up," Smith said after scoring his first touchdown in five NFL seasons. "I think anyone could have scored on that one." Perhaps anyone could have scored Sunday, period.
November 17, 2001 |
SAM FARMER'S NFL RANKINGS AND COMMENTS 1 St. Louis (7-1) No team is better on the road. 2 Miami (6-2) Dolphins finally in position to beat Jets. 3 Green Bay (6-2) Defense shut down Chicago. 4 Oakland (6-2) 300 yards to Seattle's ground game? 5 Chicago (6-2) Play calling was suspect vs. Packers. 6 Pittsburgh (6-2) Defense neither bends nor breaks. 7 Baltimore (6-3) Have an easy schedule down the stretch. 8 San Francisco (6-2) Hearst and Barlow form great 1-2 punch.
December 30, 1998 |
Miami's fall from the ranks of college football's elite appears to be short-lived. Edgerrin James and James Jackson ran for two touchdowns each as the 24th-ranked Hurricanes routed North Carolina State, 46-23, Tuesday night. Scott Covington threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns, including an 80-yarder to Santana Moss, as Miami (9-3) rolled up 594 yards of offense to complete its comeback season from three years of NCAA sanctions. "We did it.
November 6, 2005
5 MIDSEASON DISAPPOINTMENTS Jamal Lewis, Baltimore, RB * Once the NFL's best back, he's averaging 3.0 yards a carry. Julius Peppers, Carolina, DE * Panthers might be hot, but Peppers isn't: one sack so far. Quentin Jammer, San Diego, CB * Collects lots of yellow flags but nary an interception. Duane Starks, New England, CB * Looking for a soft spot in the Patriot defense? You've found him. Trent Dilfer, Cleveland, QB * 2-5 Browns' offense hasn't scored a TD in 18 of 20 quarters.
September 25, 2006 |
Mark Brunell spent all week trying to ignore the criticism. Then he spent all of Sunday quieting it. One connection after another, Brunell kept finding holes in the Houston Texans' shaky defense, breaking an NFL record for consecutive completed passes en route to Washington's first win. Brunell completed his first 22 throws, Clinton Portis scored two touchdowns in his first start this season and the Redskins beat the Texans, 31-15. Washington had scored only one touchdown in its 0-2 start.