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NFL Refs to Sport New Uniforms

Rumor has it that Ed Hochuli will wear a sleeveless version of the new shirts on a trial basis during the preseason.

19 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2006, 7:45pm by Ben

LaMont's Lament

Good news Raiders fans: LaMont Jordan will actually study his playbook this season. A year ago he admitted to not knowing the team's blocking schemes, but still managed to rush for 1,025 yards. I guess this is what five-year, $27.5 million contracts get you these days.

20 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2006, 10:20am by Zac

Chiefs Trade for Michael Bennett

Despite Chief's president Carl Peterson's proclamations to the contrary, I have a hunch that Priest Holmes is done in Kansas City.

3 comments, Last at 03 Aug 2006, 6:48pm by andrew apold

Brian Finneran Probably Done for Year

I know there's this rumor that we hate everything Atlanta-related, but that's actually not true. One example: We've been singing the praises of Brian Finneran for a couple of years. Which is why I am really bummed about this news that Finneran suffered a knee injury yesterday. The Falcons haven't announced the official MRI results yet, but all indications are that this is a torn ligament or patella tendon that will cost Finneran the season. Pressure on Michael Jenkins and Roddy White just went up, and there's really no depth behind them.

9 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2006, 10:23am by Dean

Shockey Watches His Mouth, but a Pattern Remains

I guess Jeremy Shockey can be a bit much at times, but he's still one of the best tight ends in the league. And for all his off-the-field activities, he has yet to find himself in the back of a patrol car, which apparently is a near impossibility for a professional football player this off-season. (free registration/bugmenot required)

19 comments, Last at 03 Aug 2006, 11:23am by AA

Secrets of the 2006 NFL Season

Good stuff here. I wouldn't mind trying one of those Randy Moss "Ghetto Blaster" shots.

20 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2006, 12:33am by Vince

FO in the NY Times: N.F.L. Preseason Games Are Meaningful to Some

Another FO appearance in the NY Times, this time discussing some research done by other folks. The preseason, it turns out, might mean something -- if you know where to look. Patrick Allison, by the way, is an FO reader, and the research referenced here will run in an FO guest column later this week. I'll be doing the Times again in a couple weeks, with some penalty research that I didn't get done in time for the book. (Free registration or bugmenot required)

4 comments, Last at 31 Jul 2006, 10:35am by Ray

Sources: Bush Agrees to Deal with Saints

Jay Glazer reports: "Reggie Bush could join his first pro team as early as Sunday. Team sources told FOXSports.com that Bush and the New Orleans Saints agreed in principle on a 6-year deal that is sandwiched between Vince Young's contract at No. 3 and Mario Williams' at No. 1."

16 comments, Last at 31 Jul 2006, 12:43pm by AA

Panthers Steve Smith Injured, Carted Off Field

To borrow a phrase from Bill Simmons, fantasy owners everywhere just threw up in their mouths. Ken Lucas could not be reached for comment.

15 comments, Last at 04 Aug 2006, 12:29am by NF

Smith, Team "Shocked" if Lelie Appears

With the new CBA allowing teams to fine holdouts $14,000 a day, it's hard to imagine guys like Ashley Lelie and Deion Branch have a lot of leverage. The latest rumor has Lelie going to the Bears for Thomas Jones. But as Lelie's agent Peter Schaffer points out: "Thomas Jones is one of 500 scenarios that have been discussed ...

18 comments, Last at 01 Aug 2006, 11:38pm by PerlStalker