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Green Bay interested in adding Wilkinson

Dan Wilkinson




Aug. 14 - The season-ending injury to Gilbert Brown has prompted the Packers to pursue Wilkinson, released by the Redskins following his refusal to reduce his salary from a team-high $3.5 million to $2 million. The Green Bay News-Chronicle reports, the Packers have the inside track to sign the 30-year-old, who visited Green Bay on Tuesday. Detroit also expressed interested in Wilkinson but the former No. 1 overall pick in the 1994 draft, is apparently seeking more than the $1 million guaranteed for one year that Detroit has budgeted.

The Redskins have told Big Daddy they're willing to re-sign him if he doesn't get an offer he likes elsewhere, according to the Washington Post. However, the team did sign tackle James Cannida on Monday.


Larry Smith



Aug. 14 - If the Packers are unable to land Dan Wilkinson, they may turn their sights to Smith, the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports. The 28-year-old was cut Wednesday by the Jacksonville Jaguars, a day after he was 30 minutes late for a practice.

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By Darrell Trimble

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Updated: August 14

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New York Jets: Although QB Vinny Testaverde is sitting on 39,558 career passing yards, the chances of him reaching the 40,000-yard milestone are slim because he is a backup. But coach Herm Edwards has taken an interest in Testaverde's quest to throw for at least 442 more yards and said he'll do what he can to help. "I've already discussed it with Chad," Edwards told the New York Times. "He knows. I'd like to get it for Vinny. How many guys in history have done that?" Eight. In the history of pro football, only eight quarterbacks have thrown for at least 40,000 yards, led by Dan Marino with 61,361.

Detroit Lions: Fans will get a chance to see WR Charles Rogers play extensive action in Saturday night's exhibition game in Cincinnati. Rogers missed last Saturday's 26-13 victory over Pittsburgh because he hadn't had enough practice time in his recovery from a dislocated left ring finger. "It's going to be fun to let him play a little," coach Steve Mariucci told the Detroit News. "We've got to figure out when we put him in, with whom. I'd like him to play a little bit this week. He's getting ready to go. He's getting mentally ready to go. He's realizing he can play the game with that splint on his hand." Rogers has been favorably compared to WR Randy Moss, and is expected to give the Lions the legitimate deep threat they've lacked.

Green Bay Packers: S Marques Anderson started 12 games as a rookie last year, but he might not start any this season. It appears as though Antuan Edwards has beaten out Anderson and will open the regular season as the starting strong safety. Several people close to the situation made it clear this week that the job was Edwards' to lose over the last three exhibition games, but the Packers haven't confirmed anything. "I kind of have an idea but no decision," coach Mike Sherman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tuesday when asked if he was ready to name a starter. Anderson played well early last season but struggled as the season wore on, and his performance in camp has been considered a disappointment.

St. Louis Rams: This offseason the Rams have gone through fullbacks like policemen go through caution tape. J.R. Niklos was the starter entering camp, but he suffered a concussion Aug. 5 and hasn't suited up since. Next in line was Chad Kuhns, who has been slowed on and off by a stinger. Now, Brian Natkin is the man who will replace James Hodgins in the backfield. But if you listen to coach Mike Martz spin it, Natkin is hardly a consolation prize. "Brian's our starting fullback," Martz told the St. Louis Post Dispatch. "He's earned it. He's playing fast. He's blocking guys. He's physical. He's catching the ball. He's a terrific receiver. We're really fortunate to have him."

Washington Redskins: TE Zeron Flemister's days as a starter may be numbered. TE Robert Royal will move ahead of Flemister for Saturday night's preseason game against the New England Patriots, coach Steve Spurrier said. "I believe that Robert Royal could start," Spurrier told the Washington Post. "I haven't gone over exactly who our starters will be yet. But he's been running with the first group, so he most likely will be the starter. He's just caught the ball a little better, blocked consistently, just played a little bit better. It's pretty close, but he played a little bit better than Zeron." Royal sat out last year with an ankle injury but Redskins like his receiving skills.


Houston Texans: The team Wednesday sent the results of an MRI exam on S Matt Stevens' right knee to specialist Dr. James Andrews and could know today whether Stevens will need surgery. "There's a little something there that we wanted to get a second opinion on to see if something needs to be done," coach Dom Capers told the Houston Chronicle. "It's something that might have been there last year, and Matt played through it." Capers said the worst-case scenario would put his starting free safety out of action for two to three weeks. In the interim, CB Jason Simmons has moved to free safety to replace Stevens.

Miami Dolphins: WR Oronde Gadsden said Wednesday he should be ready to play by the season opener Sept. 7 against Houston, despite the fact that he suffered ligament damage to his left ankle on July 31. ''Right now, it looks like I'll start practicing the week of the New Orleans preseason game [Aug. 28],'' Gadsden told the Miami Herald. ``I probably won't play in that game because it's on artificial turf, and I'll still be getting comfortable, but I should be ready by the following week.''

Philadelphia Eagles: RB Duce Staley is likely to blow a gasket after hearing that the Eagles are trying to negotiate a contract extension with WR Todd Pinkston, who led the team with 60 catches, 798 receiving yards and seven receiving touchdowns last season. "We've had productive conversations in the last week regarding an extension for Todd," agent Joel Segal told the Philadelphia Inquirer. Staley is also seeking an extension but the team has been reticent to grant his wish. The Eagles may also attempt to negotiate an extension with DT Corey Simon this season, but at least Staley and CB Bobby Taylor, who are both in the last year of their contracts, can take solace in the fact that Simon is a marquee player. But Pinkston is anything but.


San Francisco 49ers: DT Bryant Young underwent an arthroscopic procedure Wednesday night to remove a bone spur in his left ankle. Young is slated to return in two weeks, meaning he could be healthy enough to play in the team's final exhibition game, Aug. 29 in San Diego.

Tennessee Titans: CB Andre Woolfolk won't need surgery to repair ligament damage in his left big toe, which was dislocated during Saturday's preseason game against the Cleveland Browns. Woolfolk visited Dr. Robert Anderson, a renowned foot and ankle specialist, in Charlotte Wednesday and received the good news. Woolfolk's left foot will be kept in a ''walking boot'' cast for about two weeks, coach Jeff Fisher told the Nashville Tennessean. The rookie may be able to play in the regular-season opener against the Oakland Raiders on Sept. 7.

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