Another former Patriot has moved out west.
Defensive back Ty Law agreed to terms on a deal with the Denver Broncos yesterday. Kevin Poston, Law’s agent, confirmed the news in an e-mail.
Law is expected to sign the deal today, pending the passing of his physical. He may even make it out to practice as the Broncos (6-1) prepare to host the Steelers Monday night.
Law becomes the latest former New England player to reunite with Broncos coach Josh McDaniels, who spent his previous eight seasons as an assistant with the Patriots.
A first-round pick by New England in 1995, Law helped the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles. He played for the Jets last season after sitting out the first 10 weeks.
The 35-year-old Law, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, will fit right in with veteran defensive backs Champ Bailey, Andre’ Goodman, Brian Dawkins, and Renaldo Hill, all in their 30s.
With Bailey and Goodman turning in solid seasons on the corners, Law might be utilized more in nickel packages. The Broncos are currently using Jack Williams and rookie Alphonso Smith in that role.
Colts place pair on IR
The Colts lost cornerback Marlin Jackson
and strong safety Bob Sanders
for the season, putting them on injured reserve. Jackson, who missed the second half of the 2008 season after injuring his right knee during practice, suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his left knee during a noncontact drill Wednesday. He had been rehabbing the knee after he was hurt against Seattle Oct. 4. Sanders, a two-time Pro Bowler, tore his left biceps against the 49ers last weekend and will need surgery.
Rodgers ‘not limited’
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers
and receiver Donald Driver
practiced and are probable for tomorrow’s game at Tampa Bay. Rodgers suffered a sprained toe in last Sunday’s 38-26 loss to the Vikings and has been coping with a sprain in his other foot the past few weeks. Coach Mike McCarthy
said Rodgers was able to do everything in practice and didn’t have limited mobility, adding that Driver had a good practice after treatment for a neck injury. The Packers also are expected to have veteran tackles Chad Clifton
and Mark Tauscher
Time to pay up
Browns linebacker Kamerion Wimbley
was slapped with the biggest fine of the week, $7,500 for roughing the passer when he struck Chicago’s Jay Cutler
in the face last Sunday. The Packers’ Johnny Jolly
, Al Harris
, and rookie B.J. Raji
were fined $5,000 each by the league for actions in last Sunday’s loss to Minnesota. Jolly, a defensive tackle, was cited for unnecessary roughness for head-butting running back Chester Taylor
. Cornerback Harris was fined for unnecessary roughness for grabbing a helmet-opening to make a tackle, and Raji, a defensive tackle out of Boston College, was fined for a major facemask violation. Arizona defensive tackle Darnell Dockett
was nailed for $5,000 for making helmet-to-helmet contact in a game with Carolina, and Panthers tight end Jeff King
was fined the same amount for striking an opponent late. Indianapolis linebacker Clint Session
was fined $5,000 for roughing the passer because he struck 49ers quarterback Alex Smith
in the knee area.
Giants making change
Riding a three-game losing streak, the Giants decided to insert Aaron Rouse
into the starting lineup at safety for tomorrow’s game against the Chargers. Rouse will replace beleaguered veteran C.C. Brown
, who has been beaten twice on deep passes for touchdowns during the losing streak. Brown missed a defensive audible in last Sunday’s 40-17 loss to the Eagles, allowing DeSean Jackson
to score on a 54-yard pass late in the first half . . . Lions coach Jim Schwartz
says he’s optimistic that wide receiver Calvin Johnson
and running back Kevin Smith
will play tomorrow at Seattle. Johnson has missed Detroit’s past two games with a sore right knee but practiced all week. Smith, who injured a shoulder in last weekend’s 17-10 loss to St. Louis, missed Wednesday’s practice but took part in workouts Thursday and yesterday . . . Steelers safety Ryan Clark
may be saying everything he needs to say with his growing silence. Usually one of the team’s most talkative players, he is saying little as it becomes increasingly likely he won’t play Monday in Denver due to a rare blood condition that nearly caused him to die after playing there two years ago. Nearly all of Clark’s teammates are urging him to skip the game.
He likes himself, a lot
Outspoken T.J. Houshmandzadeh
is “shocked’’ about the fuss being made in his first Seahawks season over his angry gestures and comments about not getting the ball enough. Declaring “I like myself, man, I really do,’’ Houshmandzadeh said he’s been hearing all week from those inside and outside Seahawks headquarters, from former teammates in Cincinnati, even from his two daughters at home. Last weekend in Dallas, he angrily gestured toward Matt Hasselbeck
to throw the ball with more loft immediately after he tried to zing a ball to the tightly guarded receiver near the Cowboys’ goal line in the first quarter. The discussion between the players continued at the bench. Both made gestures but did not appear to be arguing so much as explaining themselves. Then in the third quarter, Houshmandzadeh was seen angrily shouting on the sideline following the end of another possession.
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