For eight years, the Steelers tolerated Jeff Reed’s off-field incidents and had no issues with his platinum-dyed hair and quirkiness. What they couldn’t forgive were his misses.
Reed, who began the season as one of the 10 most accurate kickers in NFL history but has been erratic all season, was cut yesterday and replaced by former Redskin and Cowboy Shaun Suisham.
Suisham was signed immediately after working out at Heinz Field, where Reed blamed the slippery, unstable turf for his 26-yard miss against the Patriots Sunday night.
Players counter A person familiar with the negotiations told the AP that the NFL Players Association has given specifics on its counterproposal to the owners’ desired 18-game regular season.
In order to have an 18-game season, the players want two bye weeks, increased rosters of up to five spots, and the practice squad could also be expanded.
They also are seeking a two-thirds reduction of offseason workouts.
McNabb pact detailed It turns out the $40 million Donovan McNabb is supposed to be guaranteed in his new contract could turn out to be a mere $3.5 million.
McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, said while the contract is worded so that it has “$40 million in guarantees,’’ the Redskins have an option to cut McNabb at the end of the season with no further money due.
McNabb receives a $3.5 million bonus this year as part of the new agreement, but not the rest of the five-year, $78 million package if the team decides to cut ties.
On Monday night, hours after signing the new deal, McNabb and the Redskins lost, 59-28, to McNabb’s old team, the Eagles.
The Redskins let Eagles QB Michael Vick become the first player in NFL history with at least 300 yards passing, 50 yards rushing, four passing TDs, and two rushing TDs in a game. And the NFL is looking into Eagles center Mike McGlynn’s accusation that Redskins safety LaRon Landry spit at him.
Henne sits out Quarterback Chad Henne (knee) missed the Dolphins’ only practice in preparation for Thursday night’s game against the Bears. Tyler Thigpen is expected to make his first NFL start since 2008, but coach Tony Sparano declined to rule Henne out . . . Starting Cardinals offensive right tackle Brandon Keith is out for the season because of hamstring and knee injuries . . . The Giants signed wide receiver Derek Hagan and placed Ramses Barden (broken ankle) on IR . . . Unsure of QB Jimmy Clausen’s status because of a concussion, the Panthers promoted Brian St. Pierre from the practice squad . . . The Browns released veteran backup QB Brett Ratliff and punter Dave Zastudil, who had been on IR with a knee injury. The team also signed kick returner Clifton Smith . . . The Chargers-Colts game Nov. 28 will remain on Sunday night. The NFL could have chosen another game under its flex scheduling . . . Broward State Attorney’s offfice prosecutors dropped a felony aggravated battery charge against Miami defensive end Phillip Merling for allegedly attacking his pregnant girlfriend.