Seahawks guard, linebacker likely to play against Steelers
Guard Robert Gallery and linebacker David Hawthorne were full participants in practice for the Seattle Seahawks.
The return of Gallery and Hawthorne Wednesday raises the possibility they will play Sunday when Seattle takes on the Steelers at Heinz Field. Both were inactive for the season opener at San Francisco.
Gallery has a sprained knee suffered in the preseason finale against Oakland, while Hawthorne has also been slowed by a sore knee.
Cornerback Charles Woodson likely will be fined $10,000 for throwing a punch in Green Bay's season opener against the New Orleans Saints.
Woodson was called for a personal foul in the third quarter after throwing a punch at Saints tight end David Thomas. He was not ejected.
New York reportedly has agreed to terms with free agent receiver Brandon Stokley. The Giants lost veteran Steve Smith to free agency and their interest in getting another veteran increased this week after Hakeem Nicks bruised his left knee in the season-opening loss to the Washington Redskins but believes he will play this week.
Running back Arian Foster returned to practice after missing the season opener because of a left hamstring injury. Coach Gary Kubiak said Foster took the normal repetitions for a starter in the workout.
"I guess the key probably is how he comes out of practice [today]," Kubiak said. "But everything was positive at practice, so we'll see."
Linebacker Brian Urlacher has left the team because the death of his mother. Urlacher's mother, Lavoyda, died unexpectedly at her home in Texas. It wasn't clear whether Urlacher will be back for practice or in time for a game Sunday at New Orleans.
Receiver Braylon Edwards filed a $14 million slander lawsuit, claiming allegations that he was directly involved in a fight at a suburban Detroit restaurant cost him a big guaranteed contract from another NFL team. Edwards claims he had an offer from an NFL team with $15 million guaranteed, the suit says, but the offer was rescinded after his name was linked to the Aug. 1 fight.
Six consecutive losing seasons, a poor economy and the NFL lockout are being blamed for contributing to Buffalo's lowest season-ticket sales total in a decade. That was the sobering picture painted by CEO Russ Brandon in confirming the team has sold 37,555 season tickets prior to its home opener Sunday against Oakland. It's the lowest total since 2001.
Twenty-eight former NFL players filed a class-action federal lawsuit in Minneapolis against the NFL Players Association, seeking at least $5 million in damages. They're alleging current players interfered with negotiations on the new collective bargaining agreement and kept money from the retirees.
First published on September 15, 2011 at 12:00 am