IZZO TO TESTIFY IN BONDS CASE: Writing in Tuesday's editions, Boston Globe colleague Bob Hohler provides a detailed account of Patriots LB Larry Izzo and his upcoming testimony in Barry Bonds' criminal trial. Hohler cites some of the prosecution's court filings regarding Izzo: "Mr. Izzo will testify that he was a professional football player and that he first contacted Greg Anderson by phone in approximately January 2003. Mr. Izzo will also testify that he first met Anderson in person in approximately May 2003 at BALCO and submitted a urine sample at BALCO at Anderson's request. Mr. Izzo will also testify that [he] submitted additional urine samples to Anderson at later times as well. Mr. Izzo will also testify about receiving performance-enhancing substances from Anderson, about instructions from Anderson about how to administer the substances, about the schedule Anderson gave to him for administering the substances, and about what Mr. Anderson told him about the efficacy of those substances."
49ERS NOT IN POTENTIAL MARKET FOR CASSEL: When assessing the potential trade market for Patriots QB Matt Cassel, the 49ers can be crossed off the list. Speaking at a "state of the franchise" event Monday night, San Francisco general manager Scot McCloughan said acquiring a top quarterback like Cassel was "not feasible", according to the thorough Matt Maiocco of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The 49ers do hope to add a quarterback, though.
ANOTHER MATT CASSEL PERSPECTIVE: Vic Carucci of NFL.com details the Patriots' situation with Matt Cassel, noting that the team has executed a sound plan by assigning him the franchise tag.