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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by PowderLove, Aug 8, 2007.

  1. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

    Jul 12, 2007

    Minter announces retirement

    / Associated Press
    Posted: 23 hours ago
    <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = FSTL /><FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="70951">Mike Minter</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, the Carolina <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="67063">Panthers</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>' career leader in games started and tackles, blamed achy knees in announcing his retirement Tuesday after 10 seasons with the team.
    The 33-year-old safety, wearing dark sunglasses, cited injuries for quitting a year earlier than he originally planned.
    "I thought about it long and hard," Minter said at a news conference at training camp. "I don't want to be at 80 or 85 percent, but want to be remembered as a player who always played at 100 percent."
    Owner Jerry Richardson, fighting back tears, said Minter was the face of the franchise.
    "When we think about having the privilege to have a person who starts and ends his career the way Mike has, it's extraordinary," Richardson said.
    Minter was the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="67063">Panthers</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>' second-round pick in 1997, and became a fan favorite because of his longevity, toughness, hard hits and work in the community.
    He has 467 more tackles than any other player in franchise history. His 141 starts and 94 consecutive starts are team records, as are his nine fumble recoveries and four interception returns for touchdowns.
    "I want to say this is probably the second hardest thing that I've ever had to do," said Minter, wiping away tears. "The first thing was losing my mom, and the second thing is losing football. This is a game I love, a game I have been playing for a long time and it was a hard decision to come to."
    Despite being just 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, Minter overcame three knee surgeries and a staph infection early in his career to become the key player in Carolina's secondary.
    Minter had not missed a game since early in the 2001 season, despite several injuries along the way. He played with a torn biceps muscle and even on a broken foot during Carolina's loss to New England in the Super Bowl at the end of the 2003 season, when he had a career-best 18 tackles.
    In thanking Minter, coach John Fox recalled a motivational speaker asking team members about their contribution to the team.
    "He asked us, 'Is it better now than before you came?"' Fox said. "I can say right now, Mike, this football team is a better team."
    But over the past few seasons, Minter had more trouble with his knees. He took a pay cut in March and announced that 2007 would be his final season, and he was penciled in to start at free safety.
    However, Minter was unable to practice twice a day at training camp and told reporters last week he was considering retirement because he wasn't sure if his body would hold up over a 16-game season. He told his teammates about his decision Sunday night during a team meeting.
    "Coming into the offseason, you figure you will get healthy, get your knees back and try to get some more magic out of them legs," Minter said, as his wife and four children sat nearby. "At the end of the day, there wasn't anything left."
    Minter, the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="67063">Panthers</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>' defensive captain the past five seasons, was well respected in the locker room and in the community, where he was involved in several business and charitable activities. "That's the one point that needs to be made: this was a man off the football field," said quarterback <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="70290">Jake Delhomme</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, one of several veterans at the news conference. "I'm not talking in a masculine type of way. I'm talking in a fatherly type of way and the civic person he was. This a true man and a true pro when he came to play."
  2. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

    Jul 12, 2007

    Steinbach the latest injured Brown

    / Associated Press
    Posted: 7 minutes ago

    <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = FSTL /><FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="67042">Browns</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> offensive guard <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="140467">Eric Steinbach</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> sprained his right knee when he fell on it at practice, an injury the club will surely treat cautiously for the remainder of training camp.

    Steinbach, Cleveland's biggest free-agent signing during the offseason, hurt his knee during the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="67042">Browns</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>' indoor workout Tuesday. He walked off the field without a limp, escorted by a team trainer, and did not return.
    Before an MRI and other tests were performed, coach Romeo Crennel guessed that Steinbach had only bruised his knee.
    Crennel was not available for comment on Wednesday because the team's practice was closed to fans and media. He is expected to give an update on Steinbach's condition on Thursday as well as one on linebacker <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="70222">Willie McGinest</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>. The 35-year-old McGinest missed two days of practice this week after complaining of tightness in his back. He asked to see his personal physician in Los Angeles, and the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="67042">Browns</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> granted him permission.

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  3. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

    Jul 12, 2007

    Quinn reports to Browns after 'frustrating' contract dispute

    BEREA, Ohio -- Brady Quinn didn't have to sweat out this wait wearing a three-piece suit.

    Even so, it was every bit as agonizing as draft day.

    Hours after the quarterback ended his 11-day training camp holdout by signing a five-year, $20.2 million contract with the Cleveland Browns, Quinn said he understands that nothing -- not a starting job or support from teammates or fans -- will be handed to him.

    "Believe me, I don't deserve anything," he said Wednesday. "I think I have to earn a lot with the coaching staff but also with the team. But that's just something that you have to understand coming into it, especially as a rookie.

    "You have to earn everything that you get."

    Quinn, though, is confident he'll be starting at some point during his first season as a pro.

    "Without a doubt," he said.

    Quinn, who squirmed in his backstage seat at New York's Radio City Music Hall for hours waiting to be drafted in April before finally being picked by the Browns at No. 22, expressed frustration at not being in camp while negotiations between the team and his agent, Tom Condon, crawled along.

    The sides first began talks in May, but didn't make any significant progress until last weekend.

    Quinn worked out in Arizona while the sides haggled over guaranteed money and salary escalators in the final years of the incentive-filled package. He can earn a maximum of $30 million if he becomes the franchise QB the Browns have longed for.

    Quinn's first foray into the NFL's business side wasn't a pleasant experience for the 22-year-old.

    "It's awful," he said. "You grow up loving the game that you've played and all of a sudden you're told you can't come in unless you sign a contract. To sit out from playing the game that you love for that long is horrible.

    "It's nice just to be an official member of the Browns."
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    Quinn missed the team's four-day rookie orientation program and then 16 practices before finally getting a call from Condon, who old him to pack his bags and get on the next flight to Cleveland.
    When Condon called, Quinn was talking with Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis, who offered his former star some advice.

    "I told him what he had to do with the coaching staff and management. I told him what he had to do with the players and I told him what he had to do with the fans,'' Weis said. "He's a very intelligent guy. I think in a very short amount of time no one will be talking about he's late to camp.''

    He arrived at the Browns' training facility Tuesday evening. After signing his contract, Quinn met with fellow QBs Charlie Frye and Derek Anderson, took a conditioning test, went over his playbook and then checked into a hotel for a few hours sleep.

    Quinn was back at Browns headquarters early Wednesday and was scheduled to practice for the first time with his teammates in the afternoon. It will be a private affair as the team's workout was closed to fans and media members.

    Quinn's first public appearance will be Thursday when every one of his passes will be compared to ones thrown by Frye and Anderson, neither of whom has separated from the other so far at camp.

    A two-quarterback competition to be Cleveland's starter could become the three-way fight everyone expected.

    Barring an injury to Frye or Anderson, it's unlikely the Browns will rush Quinn along. A more likely scenario would be for him to sit out the first few weeks of the season before starting or getting any significant snaps.

    Quinn will begin at the bottom of the depth chart and will probably only get in for a few plays in Saturday's exhibition opener against Kansas City.

    Arizona's Matt Leinart, also represented by Condon, missed most of the Cardinals' training camp last summer. However, he still took nearly 70 percent of the team's snaps and was starting by mid-season.

    Quinn said he got advice from Leinart about his upcoming transition. He hasn't had to win a starting job since his freshman year at Notre Dame, but Quinn's looking at his chance to compete for one the same way he did as a wide-eyed 18-year-old with the Fighting Irish.

    "I think a lot of times people get wrapped up in what other people are doing and not what they're doing -- what they can improve on," he said. "That's kind of the way that I handled myself back then and that's the way that I'll handle myself now."

    During his holdout, Quinn became an easy target for some Browns fans, who felt he should have reported for camp on time like rookie offensive tackle Joe Thomas, the No. 3 overall selection.

    Quinn, too, was criticized for charging $75 for his autograph during an appearance at a local memorabilia show.

    Quinn, though, feels fans will be forgiving of his holdout, and that the best way to win them over is by winning.

    "I think they understand we're professional athletes," he said. "We're very fortunate to have this opportunity. Don't get me wrong, I'm from the Columbus area, I know about Cleveland, I'm an Ohio kid, so I understand what this town's about.

    "I want the same thing."
    Weis has no doubt Browns fans will embrace Quinn.

    "I think it won't take long before they're in love with Brady Quinn," he said. "Because he's an easy guy to fall for."
  4. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

    Jul 12, 2007

    Porter to miss at least two weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery

    DAVIE, Fla. -- New Miami Dolphins linebacker Joey Porter was up walking soon after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery Tuesday for the third time in two years.

    Teammates expect him to rejoin the lineup soon.

    "He'll be back tomorrow," linebacker Channing Crowder joked after talking by phone with Porter. "He walked right after surgery. He'll be fine. He'll probably get a couple of snaps in the preseason."

    Porter is expected to be out at least two weeks. The first of Miami's four exhibition games is Saturday against Jacksonville.

    Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery in Birmingham, Ala. Porter has been out since Friday because of the injury to his right knee, which began bothering him during the offseason.

    "Joey has been fighting through this thing all of camp so far," defensive tackle Vonnie Holliday said. "I think they wanted to go ahead and clear this up and get it over with. I don't think this will be a problem long-term. I think it was just a cleanup job."

    Porter received a guaranteed $20 million in March to sign with Miami after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has missed only six games in his career.

    Tackle Anthony Alabi might also return soon. He limped off the field Monday with a left knee injury. Coach Cam Cameron said the injury was minor and there was little swelling.

    Porter, a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, missed most of training camp and all four exhibition games in 2005 after left knee surgery -- a problem aggravated when he jumped to celebrate winning a training camp blocking competition.

    He returned to play in all 16 regular-season games and four playoff games for the Super Bowl champion Steelers.

    Porter had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in May 2006. He went on to play in 14 games, missing two because of a hamstring injury.

    The Steelers released Porter in a salary cap move last spring, and he signed a five-year, $32 million deal with Miami. His replacement at outside linebacker will be Donnie Spragan, who started nine games each of the past two years.
  5. PowderLove

    PowderLove Former Mod, Current Slacker

    Jul 12, 2007

    McIntosh out indefinitely, Svitek in at LT

    Kansas City starting left tackle <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = FSTL /><FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="70646">Damion McIntosh</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> could miss an extended period with a knee injury — bad news for the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="67049">Chiefs</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>' already shaky line.

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    <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="67049">Chiefs</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> coach Herm Edwards said Tuesday that doctors are still evaluating McIntosh's injury, initially diagnosed as a sprain. McIntosh hurt his right knee late Monday afternoon during practice and was taken off the field on a motorized cart.
    "He's hurting," Edwards said. "Right now he's week-to-week. It'll be a while."
    The <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="67049">Chiefs</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> signed McIntosh, a seven-year veteran who played previously at San Diego and Miami, during the offseason hoping he could fill the void created by left tackle <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="70254">Willie Roaf</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>'s abrupt retirement before last season.
    Kansas City also is trying to replace another perennial Pro Bowler, guard <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="69829">Will Shields</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, who retired in the offseason.
    Edwards said third-year pro <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="300407">Will Svitek</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, a former sixth-round draft choice and converted defensive lineman, will take over as the starter at left tackle despite having only played in just three games during his NFL career. "I've got to work hard on my fundamentals, because I lack experience," he said. "There's always pressure," he said. "This is the NFL. It's a high-performance business. You've got to step up."

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