It's Warner's turn at QB for Giants

Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2004

Kurt Warner will start at quarterback for the New York Giants this week, although his competition with rookie Eli Manning for the regular-season job continues.

Coach Tom Coughlin announced Wednesday that the two-time MVP will start Friday against the New York Jets, but that Manning, the No. 1 pick in the draft, will get about the same amount of snaps with the first-team offense.

''It's Kurt's turn,'' Coughlin said of the starting nod, adding that it was his plan all along to have the two quarterbacks alternate starting assignments in the first three preseason games.

Warner started against Kansas City in the preseason opener and Manning got a start last week against Carolina.

Coughlin said he will name a starter for the season opener at Philadelphia on Sept. 12 ''at the right time.''


Michael Vick doesn't think his sore right hamstring will prevent him from playing Saturday night against Cincinnati.

Vick practiced Wednesday for the second straight day. He missed the workout Monday because tightness in his hamstring, which he strained Aug. 5 and irritated in last week's preseason win over Minnesota.

''I'm just trying to work the soreness out,'' the Falcons' quarterback said. ''It's nothing that'll set me back. I've just got to improve it to the 100 percent range to where I can be able to go out and play my game. I'm about 90 percent right now.''

Coach Jim Mora wants his starters to play for the first half. But he said a decision hasn't been reached on Vick, who took only three snaps in a shutout loss at Baltimore before completing just 5 of 9 passes for 35 yards against the Vikings.


Rookie quarterback J.P. Losman will have surgery Thursday to repair the left leg he broke in practice.

Coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday that he anticipates Losman will be back at some point this season, but won't know when until after the operation.


Offensive tackle Damion McIntosh worked out for a second consecutive day, giving the Miami Dolphins hope he will be able to contribute early this season.

McIntosh, who has missed all of training camp with an ankle injury, went through drills Tuesday and Wednesday. He is scheduled to be evaluated by a doctor this weekend, but there is no specific date for his return.

Cornerback Travis Fisher had surgery Wednesday on his broken right arm but coach Mike Martz would not speculate how long the third-year pro may be sidelined.

Fisher was hurt in the first half of the Rams' 24-7 loss Monday night at Kansas City, and initial reports had projected that Fisher will miss most of the season.


Cornerback Samari Rolle and defensive tackle James Atkins returned to practice after missing the past two weeks with injuries, while the Titans' injury list grew a little longer.

Receiver Jake Schifino, the leading candidate to return kickoffs this season, sat out the morning session. An MRI Wednesday afternoon showed nothing serious, and he likely will be able to play Monday against Dallas.

Rolle had not missed a practice until Aug. 11 when he was given the morning off. But he had swelling and soreness in his right ankle, and the Titans chose to let the cornerback heal in the preseason. Atkins had loose cartilage removed from his left knee Aug. 10.


Unable to develop a pass rusher opposite Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Green Bays signed former New York Giants defensive end Kenny Holmes on Wednesday. Holmes practiced after arriving about an hour into the workout.

Coach Mike Sherman said he hopes to have the 6-foot-4, 260-pound veteran play 10-12 snaps in third-down situations Friday night at Jacksonville:


All-Pro linebacker Julian Peterson ended his holdout Wednesday and signed a one-year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

''No more holding out,'' Peterson said. ''I didn't want to miss too much time away from the team. I'm glad all this is over with and I'm coming back to play football.''

Peterson, designated by the team in February as its franchise player, missed the first 28 days of training camp practices because of contract issues. Peterson and his agents had been looking for a deal that would make him one of the NFL's highest-paid defenders.

Peterson signed a $6.073 million offer tendered to him by the team to play this season. That figure represents the average of the NFL's five highest-paid players at his position.


Backup quarterback Trent Dilfer will make his preseason debut for the Seattle Seahawks Friday night against San Diego.

Dilfer sat out Seattle's first two preseason games with back spasms, but returned to practice earlier this week.

He will play most of the second half in San Diego. Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said he expects most of his starters, including quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, to play most of the first half.

In other news, outside linebacker Chad Brown underwent successful surgery on his broken left leg Wednesday.

Brown broke his leg in practice Monday when his feet got tangled with tight end Itula Mili during a passing drill. He is expected to miss the first four games of the regular season.


Oakland Raiders coach Norv Turner expects holdout cornerback Charles Woodson in camp next week, and it seems like a realistic possibility.

Turner said the four-time Pro Bowler needs to be in practice ''as soon as he can'' to be ready for the season, which opens Sept. 12 at Pittsburgh.

A call to Woodson's agent, Carl Poston, wasn't returned Wednesday.

But Poston, in a rare interview, told the Contra Costa Times on Tuesday that Woodson would report next week and is anxious to get started.

He has missed 28 days of training camp and both exhibition games, but has been working out twice a day in Houston.

The Raiders placed the franchise tag on Woodson in February, which would pay him close to $8.8 million this season, but Woodson hasn't signed the Raiders' tender. He reportedly wants to be the highest paid cornerback in the NFL.

The Raiders are also giving rookie Robert Gallery a look at left guard. Gallery, the No. 2 overall pick, is considered the team's left tackle of the future.

He has been getting reps at both positions this week and will get time at each spot Saturday when the Raiders play their third exhibition game at Arizona.

''It's going fine,'' Gallery said Wednesday. ''I'm making the transition and I'll be ready to go at both spots. ... I could care less as long as I'm on the field. I'm confident at both positions. I've got to learn a lot at both positions. I'm going to do what I can if I get in there.''

The experiment isn't sitting well with veteran Frank Middleton, who proclaimed himself the starter upon his arrival at camp.

''I don't think it has anything to do with me,'' Middleton said. ''Somebody wants (Gallery) on the field. But I don't think anyone should mess up my career and stab me in the back.''


The NFL on Wednesday rejected Minnesota defensive end Kenny Mixon's appeal of a two-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Mixon, who hasn't missed a start since signing with the Vikings two seasons ago, will be eligible to return to the active roster Sept. 21.

In November, Mixon was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. It was his third such arrest in 16 months. He was convicted of DUIs twice and last spring spent 30 days in the Hennepin County workhouse on work release.

Mixon had 62 tackles last season, including a career-high five sacks.

LaMont Jordan is getting tired of being told he's in the New York Jets' plans at running back. He's heard that before.

It's difficult enough not getting on the field, but it's even tougher when the coaching staff says it has plans for you, and those opportunities don't materialize.

Granted, Jordan is a backup to Curtis Martin, who has churned out nine straight 1,000-yard rushing seasons and is one of the most dependable running backs in the NFL. And Jordan has nothing against Martin, who has served as a mentor for the fourth-year tailback.

Still, Jordan wants the ball as many times as he can get it. Thus far, that's been very few times.

''Talking doesn't mean a lot,'' he said. ''To me, it's all about actions. I've been hearing it for three years: 'We're going to get you the ball this, we're going to get you the ball that.'''

Still, Jordan has been more involved lately than earlier in training camp. He's gotten more game carries than Martin, 11 to 10, and has gained 44 yards and scored once. Martin has 42 yards in the preseason.

''I think he's come a long way,'' coach Herman Edwards said of Jordan. ''He's getting back to that mode where we know that we're going to count on him during the season to have to play for us.''

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