June 27, 2010
--Here's a nice update on Giants rookie safety Chad Jones(notes), who was seriously injured in a Friday morning car crash. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune. Rocky Arceneaux, Jones' agent, said that the seven-hour surgery to restore blood flow to Jones' left leg went well. "I think it's too premature to even speculate on any of that at this point," Arceneaux said. "I know his family is absolutely ecstatic that the surgery was successful." Jones' NFL future is obviously in doubt, but Arcenaux is optimistic. "I don't see that based on the type of athlete that Chad is that anything would prevent Chad from walking. And from running." Jones' father told the New York Post that his son is already thinking about a return to the game. "As I've always said, the things that got Chad to this point -- his attitude, his discipline, his desire, the things that you can put together in one person's heart and his mind -- are all the same tools and abilities that will get him out of it,"
The NOLA.com story also reports that alcohol was not believed to be a factor in the accident.
--The same cannot be said for Detroit Lions team president Tom Lewand, who was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Friday night. "I am deeply sorry for my actions and take full responsibility for them," Lewand said in a team-released statement. "As a person in active recovery, I am committed to taking all necessary steps to insure nothing like this ever happens again." Of course, this wouldn't be the only recent vehicular issue with the Lions' front office - there was the matter of defensive line coach Joe Cullen, who went naked through a fast-food drive-thru in August of 2006, and was popped for drunk driving a week later. There's no word on any league punishment for Lewand, who replaced Matt Millen in 2008. As for Cullen, he's currently the D-line coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
--Tennessee Titans receiver Kenny Britt told Tennesseean.com that his rookie season was "horrible". "I am disappointed in myself,: he said. "I know I have to get better. They expect me to get better. And that's what I plan on doing.'' Britt's main problem was dropped passes, and that was one of many things leading to an over-reliance on running back Chris Johnson, who rushed for over 2,000 yards and led the team in receptions. Quarterback Vince Young(notes) could use the help, and he remains optimistic. "He might be kidding, but he said everyone has that above my head, that everyone wants to know what Kenny Britt(notes) is going to do next year," Britt said of Young. "But that's OK. My answer to him is, 'Stick with me, and you'll be going places.'"
--If you were anywhere near Atlanta on Saturday, it's quite possible that you were trying out for the UFL's Florida Tuskers. Head coach/brother of Jon/former Arena League quarterback Jay Gruden said that the turnout (over 500 athletes, including former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter) and performance level was good. "Obviously it makes our job difficult as coaches in trying to determine who we should try to sign heading into training camp." In their prior tryouts, the Tuskers signed eight players for their roster. There were no LenDale White(notes) sightings at any of these tryouts, though perhaps there should have been.
--If you're a fan of the TNT show ‘Leverage', check out Oakland Raiders cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha(notes) on the "Scheherazade Job" episode tonight at 10:00 EST/PST. You'll probably see a lot more of Asomugha on that show than you do on the field, since enemy quarterbacks have learned not to throw anywhere in his vicinity.
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