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Roethlisberger Could Play in Opener

I didn't comment on Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle mishap yesterday because I had to schedule an emergency session with my therapist on how to cope with the idea of Charlie Batch as the Steelers starting quarterback. Well, according to Ed Bouchette, I have one less thing to worry about because Roethlisberger will likely play in the season opener. How this is possible after seeing the crash scene photos is beyond me. If Daunte Culpepper and Roethlisberger both play in the Thursday night opener, the game should be renamed the Hospital Bowl.

56 comments, Last at 16 Jun 2006, 9:50pm by Luz

Andrews, Eagles Make 7-Year Deal

The Eagles have extended the contrat of their 2004 first-round pick G Shawn Andrews. The details of the seven-year deal weren't released, but the article reports that, "Andrews' agent, Rich Moran, said his client was 'set for life' ... smiled when asked if a report that Andrews would make between $11 million and $12 million in 2006 were accurate." Not bad for a guy who weighed close to 400 lbs. when he was drafted. (free registration/bugmenot required)

19 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 11:57am by Pat

Roethlisberger in Motorcycle Accident: Breaks Jaw, Injures Knees

"A witness told [Pittsburgh TV station WTAE] that Roethlisberger went over the handlebars, hit the windshield of another vehicle, then hit the ground. Roethlisberger was reportedly not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident." Roethlisberger broke his jaw, a sinus, and most of his teeth, and there are conflicting reports about whether he injured his knees or just had road burn take off the skin.

309 comments, Last at 17 Jun 2006, 10:33am by Melish

MMQB: Training Camp Trips

Peter King writes that the perfect summer road trip might be watching NFL team training camps.

22 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 11:04am by Dan Riley

Whiz Kid Among Cuts

If you ever wanted to know how not to make a football team, Onterrio Smith provides the blueprint: "Smith came to camp roughly 20 pounds overweight, sat out the pre-season opener with a foot injury and then managed just seven yards on two carries and fumbled in his lone game action... 'We just couldn't find a way to get him on the roster,' said Blue Bombers general manager Brendan Taman."

13 comments, Last at 12 Jun 2006, 6:04pm by Bobman

Bentley's Plan to Wear '00' gets 86'd by Raiders' Otto

Memo to Jim Otto: Dude, relax. (free registration/bugmenot required)

41 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 2:01pm by dryheat

Team Salary Cap Pages

Hey, folks, a new little feature here at Football Outsiders. Reader Joseph Cortazzo compiled a list of all the websites devoted to tracking the salary cap status of specific teams. We've put them all on the links page, so you can check them out. If we missed one, please let us know. Also, if anyone is a fan of a team that's not on the list, and wants to do all the work required to keep one of these pages updated, we would be happy to host it here at FO.

12 comments, Last at 11 Jun 2006, 2:59pm by Ben

Volek Named Starter, Young Likely to Play

The Titans named Billy Volek the starter, which isn't at all surprising. But Jeff Fisher also says that Vince Young will get his chance to play this season too: "Let's face it. You're going to see [No.] 10 on the field this year... Where and when and how, I can't be specific, but you're going to see him on the field at some time." Fisher took the 'learn while holding the clipboard' approach with McNair, so the rush to get Young on the field seems curious. I wonder if this has anything to do with job security? Hmmm.

44 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 11:04pm by Justin Zeth

First Time Was the Charm for Rookie LBs

Good story in the USA Today about Lofa Tatupu and Shawne Merriman, two rookie linebackers who played like grizzled All Pros last season. When the Seahawks drafted Tatupu in the second round, some people thought it was a reach. In the 2004 Eli Manning trade, the Giants sent the Chargers their 2005 first-round pick, and San Diego drafted Merriman. I think the Seahawks and Chargers are both pretty happy about how things worked out.

37 comments, Last at 10 Jun 2006, 5:55pm by paytonrules

Titans Trade McNair to Ravens

And everybody wins: the Ravens get McNair, the Titans get a fourth-round pick and FO gets it right in PFP06. In lieu of flowers, Kyle Boller will be accepting donations to his retirement fund, which he may have to dip into much sooner than he thought a few months ago.

63 comments, Last at 14 Jun 2006, 12:51am by Chris