11/15 News And Notes

Gates Could Set Milestone Week 11

Tod Leonard, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers TE Antonio Gates could shatter the record for being the fastest tight end to 50 touchdowns in Week 11. Gates has 49 touchdowns through 86 career games, and the fastest to 50 is former Washington Redskins TE Jerry Smith, who reached the milestone in 100 games.

Goff To Set Milestone Week 11

Tod Leonard, of the San Diego Union-Tribune, reports San Diego Chargers OG Mike Goff will start his 100th consecutive game in Week 11.

Weaver Game-Time Decision Week 11

The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks FB Leonard Weaver (ribs) will be a game-time decision for Week 11 with bruised ribs. If Weaver can’t play, FB Owen Schmitt would start.

K. Robinson To Be No. 3 Receiver Week 11

The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks WR Koren Robinson (knee) will be the No. 3 wide receiver when the team goes to three-receiver sets during Week 11.

Branch To Start Week 11

The Associated Press reports Seattle Seahawks WR Deion Branch (heel) worked with the first-team offense for the entire practice Friday, Nov. 14, and will start Week 11.

Jackson Injury Update

The Associated Press reports the St. Louis Rams have not changed their diagnosis of a strained thigh injury suffered by RB Steven Jackson (thigh). Although Jackson will miss his third game in the last four in Week 11, he said doctors have told him two MRI exams have revealed mostly swelling and inflammation. Jackson, however, has expressed concern over the nature of his injury. “I really didn’t think I would miss a game, let alone two or three,” Jackson said. “For it to linger like this, it really begins to make you wonder what’s really going on.”

W. Sapp Critical Of Harris

Tim Graham, of ESPN.com, reports retired DL Warren Sapp was critical of Oakland Raiders OT Kwame Harris during a Miami radio interview this week. Sapp said Harris is likely to struggle against Miami Dolphins LB Joey Porter in Week 11. “You can’t give a team that is not on your level any life to play with you,” Sapp said. “If the Dolphins come out, get Porter talking and going crazy … Get on the quarterback because that left tackle couldn’t block my little girl. I watched the tape. The guy couldn’t block Mercedes Sapp. I promise you he couldn’t. She takes him to the house.”

Hall Costly Against 2009 Cap

Jerry McDonald, of ANG Newspapers, reports with the release of former Oakland Raiders CB DeAngelo Hall, the team will have $5.833.334 in “dead money” under the 2009 salary cap, according to league figures.

Peterson Demoted To Backup Status

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reports Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio said Friday, Nov. 14, that LB Mike Peterson has been permanently demoted to backup status. LB Daryl Smith will start at middle linebacker.

Hilliard Denies He Might Miss Rest Of Season

Roy Cummings, of the Tampa Tribune, reports Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Ike Hilliard (head) denied a report that suggested he was still suffering from the effects of a hit he took to the head in a game last month. Hilliard said, “The quotes are correct, but there was nothing in my quotes that said anything about a concussion. I said I was dealing with some other stuff, wear and tear of the season. I did not say the word concussion.” A report in the St. Petersburg Times’ website Monday, Nov. 10, said “the hit that knocked Hilliard unconscious Oct. 19 could force him to miss some games and threatens to end his season.”

Texans’ Slaton To Get More Chances This Week

According to the Houston Chronicle, Steve Slaton “figures to contribute significantly more” against the Colts Sunday than he did in Week 10. Slaton only got seven carries and two catches against Baltimore, sharing the backfield about evenly with both Ryan Moats and Ahman Green.

Jones Behind Nelson On Green Bay Depth Chart

The Green Bay Press-Gazette confirms that James Jones has fallen behind rookie Jordy Nelson as the Packers’ third receiver. Receivers coach Jimmy Robinson expects Jones to play more after getting only 12 snaps in Week 10 and being a healthy scratch in Week 9, but Nelson will play first in three-receiver sets.

Colts Confirm Wayne, Gonzo Will Likely Play

Colts coach Tony Dungy confirmed Friday that Reggie Wayne (knee) and Anthony Gonzalez (hamstring) will both likely play in Week 11 despite being listed as questionable on the injury report. “Fortunately we have a lot of guys (who can play on limited practice),” Dungy said. “Getting them back will help us.” Wayne and Gonzalez both took all the reps in practice on Friday.

Broncos List Selvin As Doubtful To Face ATL

Denver Broncos running back Selvin Young (groin) is listed as doubtful for Week 11 against Atlanta. He did not practice at all this week. The Broncos have yet to determine a starting tailback, but Peyton Hillis is supposed to get the nod with Tatum Bell and/or P.J. Pope perhaps working as “change of pace” backs.