NFL spokesman Greg Aiello indicated the Seattle Seahawks might have violated terms of the collective bargaining agreement by letting Terrell Owens take part in extended portions of the team's practice before his fourth day with the team.
The Seahawks acknowledged on Thursday that Owens practiced in shoulder pads a day before he should have, based on CBA guidelines, the Seattle Times reported. The Seahawks called it an inadvertent violation.
In an email to the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram regarding practice participation "wait periods" observed by the Cowboys for recently signed veterans, Aiello said:
"Players have a 3-day acclimation period during the preseason. Day 1 is for the physical and meetings. Day 2 and 3 the player may participate, but only in helmet and shells or a padded shirt. Day 4 and for the rest of camp is in full pads. The Cowboys are doing it correctly. Don't know about Seattle."
Owens was signed Monday, and he participated in a walk-through Tuesday. CBA guidelines say Owens should not have been in full pads until Thursday at the earliest. Owens wore shoulder pads Tuesday.
It's unclear whether the team will be punished.
--Fans tuning in to see Peyton Manning's debut for the Denver Broncos on Thursday in Chicago better not turn away from the tube.
Vice president John Elway said the plan going into the preseason opener is for Manning to get one or two offensive series before giving way to rookie backup quarterback Brock Osweiler.
Manning hasn't played since January 2011. He missed all of training camp the regular season with the Colts last year while recovering from multiple neck procedures that put his career in doubt. Manning was released by the Colts in March and signed with the Broncos.
--Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt blasted the Tennessee Titans via Instagram, the social media picture sharing application, for fining him $9,915 for missing a "mandatory scheduled appointment" with a team trainer.
Britt took a snapshot of the 8 1/2-by-11 inch document entitled "Fine Sheet" and dated "8/8/12." The date of the violation was Aug. 7, and the fine amount of $9,915.00 is clearly displayed along with his violation number -- 1.
Britt wrote a message with the photo he published via Instagram that likely infuriated a Titans' front office that has been beyond patient with the talented receiver.
"Yu gotta be (expletive) kidding me. Walk back to dis. Don't dey know I have kids .. I'm tired of did (expletive)."
--Talks of a settlement between the NFL and New Orleans Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma are on life support a day before a federal judge in Louisiana is expected to rule on Vilma's request for a temporary restraining order while his lawsuit against Roger Goodell proceeds.
U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan is likely to render a decision no later than Monday and as soon as Friday, according to the two sides.
The judge was asked to consider overturning Vilma's season-long suspension for his role in the Saints' bounty program.
Berrigan questioned Goodell's authority to suspend players for violations that appeared to take place, based on evidence presented by the league, in meeting rooms and locker rooms. Berrigan said such punishment "borders on ridiculous."
--Loquacious Dolphins wide receiver Chad Johnson was at his best in Cincinnati when he was a boisterous, attention-grabbing Pro Bowl target known as much for his touchdown celebrations and media dealings as his talent on the field.
Miami head coach Joe Philbin issued a direct warning to Johnson on Tuesday, when Johnson told reporters after practice, "I don't do media anymore."
Johnson was active on Twitter, though not by his standards, posting "Stupid Focused" on Wednesday and then adding seven hours later "Finally a bad day at work ... dammit."
--Jaguars tight end Zach Miller is sidelined with a torn pectoral muscle, but coach Mike Mularkey said Miller could still be available for the 2012 regular-season opener against the Vikings.
Miller played in only four games in 2011. He was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury in October.
He's primarily the backup to starter Marcedes Lewis. Miller, 27, has 45 career receptions and four touchdowns.
---Carolina Panthers middle linebacker Jon Beason's is unlikely to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Houston Texans because of hamstring injury suffered on Wednesday.
Beason is a three-time Pro Bowl player, but he is coming off a torn Achilles injury that ended his 2011 season.
---Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was released from the hospital Thursday after being admitted for what was called a minor virus, and he may play in Saturday's preseason game against Carolina.
Cushing was in the hospital for two days and missed practice, but head coach Gary Kubiak was not ruling him out for the team's first preseason game. .
Linebacker Keyaron Fox was placed on the season-ending injured reserve list because of knee injury, and he was replaced by Omar Gaither, the Houston Chronicle reported.
---If you're wondering why so few team officials or coaches are talking about replacement game officials -- who so far have been absolutely dreadful -- there's a reason. The league has told teams to shut the hell up about them.
The league has instructed teams not to discuss the lockout or the officials and has even offered teams a list of talking points if somehow they are forced into a position to discuss the lockout or officials.
---While the Colts were keeping one eye on their former signal-caller's Denver debut, the primary focus remains on Sunday's preseason opener that officially ushers in a new era.
Peyton Manning suited up for the Broncos Thursday night, while first overall pick Andrew Luck will see his first game action for the Colts on Sunday against St. Louis. Wide receiver Austin Collie, one of Manning's trusted third-down and red-zone targets, has been impressed thus far with Luck.
"Taking ownership of the team and taking ownership of the offense. He's done a great job of that over the past few weeks, of making sure everyone knows that he's the quarterback and he's the chief and commander," Collie said.
---Cornerback Curtis Holcomb was waived by the 49ers.
A seventh-round pick in 2011 out of Florida A&M, Holcomb missed his rookie season after rupturing his Achilles tendon in training camp last year.
---The NFL Referees Association reportedly questioned whether Shannon Eastin should officiate an NFL game, but it was not related to her being a woman.
The union noted Eastin played in the World Series of Poker, profootballtalk.com reported on Thursday. The league nonetheless has accepted Eastin, who will become the first woman to officiate an NFL game Thursday night when the Chargers play the Packers in San Diego.