Young headlines list of players waived
•?Vince Young is out of work, Terrell Suggs is unable to play, and several veteran NFL kickers are on the street after the first set of mandatory NFL cuts.
Teams needed to be down to 75 players Monday, and Young was the biggest name to lose his job. After Buffalo acquired Tarvaris Jackson from Seattle to back up quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, 2006 Offensive Rookie of the Year Young was released.
Detroit (No. 11 tie, AP Pro32) placed on the physically unable to perform list running back Jahvid Best, who hasn’t played since October because of concussion problems.
All 32 teams must be down to the regular-season roster limit of 53 on Friday.
Among the kickers given the boot were Olindo Mare by Carolina, Josh Brown by the Jets, and Neil Rackers by Washington.
•?A federal appeals court is upholding the dismissal of a lawsuit Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams had filed in an attempt to overturn a six-game drug suspension by the NFL. Monday’s ruling by a three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed District Judge Christine Arguello’s dismissal of the lawsuit for substantially the same reasons she cited. Arguello in June essentially backed an arbitrator who had upheld the suspension and rejected arguments that the arbitrator exceeded his power, engaged in misconduct, disregarded the law, or was biased.
•?Miami Dolphins tackle Jake Long, who battled injuries all last season, is hobbled again. Long left practice Monday after hurting his right knee when he went down in a pile on a pass play. An MRI exam showed the injury wasn’t serious, said a person familiar with the diagnosis.
•?The Jets and Rams swapped struggling right tackles Monday night as New York acquired Jason Smith from St. Louis for Wayne Hunter. Both the Jets and Kenny Zuckerman, Hunter’s agent, confirmed the deal, adding that it was pending physicals on Tuesday. Smith was the No. 2 overall pick by the Rams in the 2009 draft, but failed to live up to lofty expectations and lost his starting job.
•?The Denver Broncos released veteran long snapper Lonie Paxton on Monday in their first round of roster cuts. Former coach Josh McDaniels brought Paxton with him to Denver from New England in 2009, signing him to a five-year, $5.53 million deal that called for him to make $875,000 this season and $885,000 next year.
Tropical weather causes interruption
• With tropical weather approaching southeast Louisiana, the Tulane football team has headed to Birmingham, Ala., where it plans to practice at least through Wednesday. Meanwhile, Nicholls State has suspended operations through Wednesday, losing several days of practice before its season opener at Oregon State this Saturday. Nicholls coach Charlie Stubbs says he hopes damage from Isaac will be minimal enough to allow the Colonels to practice at their Thibodaux campus Thursday before their scheduled flight out of New Orleans on Friday. Tulane, which opens Saturday at home against Rutgers, hopes to return to New Orleans on Thursday as well.
• Da’Rick Rogers officially has left Tennessee’s football team, just not the state’s borders. The former all-Southeastern Conference wide receiver has transferred to Football Championship Subdivision program Tennessee Tech, the school confirmed Monday afternoon. The move was announced four days after Tennessee indefinitely suspended Rogers for a violation of team rules.
• Rio Johnson has won the lengthy four-man battle for East Carolina’s quarterback job. Coach Ruffin McNeill on Monday released his depth chart for the opener against Appalachian State on Saturday. Johnson was listed as the starter with Shane Carden as the backup and senior Brad Wornick behind them.
Players considering playing in Europe
• Marty St. Louis is not getting any younger, which is why the Lightning wing said he will play in Europe this season if the NHL locks out its players for an extended period. “With my age, you want to keep playing,” the 37-year-old said Monday. “I don’t want to take a year off. If the NHL wants to shut us down, we’ll go play somewhere else.” Teammate Steven Stamkos agreed with the sentiment. Talks resume today on a collective bargaining agreement. The current CBA expires Sept. 15, and commissioner Gary Bettman has said players will be locked out if there is no agreement by then. The Associated Press reported owners want the salary cap reduced to $50.8 million from $70.2 million. The Players’ Association proposal sets the cap at about $69 million.
• The Glendale City Council has directed staff to extend its arena management agreement with the NHL for another month. City Attorney Craig Tindall says it’ll allow potential Phoenix Coyotes owner Greg Jamison more time to try to buy the team. The Arizona Republic reports Glendale’s third 30-day arena management agreement with the NHL was set to expire later this week. Monday’s extension came nearly four months after the city council approved a 20-year, $324 million deal with Jamison, a former San Jose Sharks executive who is trying to buy the team.