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Report: Brett Favre denies delaying interview with NFL, will meet Tuesday

10.18.10 at 1:52 pm ET
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Brett Favre said he did not delay a meeting with NFL security personnel over his actions toward former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. That contradicts an ESPN report by Chris Mortensen that stated Favre had been given the option to speak late last week or early this week.

“I don’t know what’s out there,” Favre said after Sunday’s game. “I haven’t declined to talk to anyone.”

Favre reportedly will meet with NFL vice president of security Milt Ahlerich on Tuesday in Minneapolis. If the NFL finds him in violation of league rules, he could face a fine and/or suspension.

Sterger and two other female employees who Favre allegedly harassed when he was with the Jets have refused to converse with the NFL, according to Pro Football Talk.

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DeSean Jackson reportedly has ‘severe concussion’

10.18.10 at 1:27 pm ET
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Electric Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson was on the way to a huge Sunday afternoon. In the first quarter alone, Jackson had outraced the Falcons defense on a 31-yard end-around score, which he quickly followed up with a 34-yard touchdown catch.

But, as was reported earlier Sunday, cornerback Dunta Robinson put a devastating halt to that. After a major collision, both players were slow to get up, with Jackson laying motionless for several minutes. Both eventually got to their feet and were able to walk to the sidelines with assistance.

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Jackson suffered a “severe concussion” as well as memory loss. His playing status for the near future remains cloudy at best, with Sports Illustated’s Peter King suggesting he’ll be out until at least Nov. 7. This makes sense given the Eagles’ bye in Week 8. Robinson also left the game with a head injury and did not return.

This collision was only one of many on a particularly violent Sunday. Patriots cornerback Brandon Meriweather knocked Ravens tight end Todd Heap in the head, while Steelers linebacker James Harrison did the same to Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. Heap returned to the field eventually, while Massaquoi did not.

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Chargers’ receiving corps hobbled with Antonio Gates, Malcom Floyd injured

10.18.10 at 9:16 am ET
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Game-planning for the Chargers’ league-leading passing attack may have become much less intimidating following Sunday, as San Diego may be without its top two aerial options when the Patriots pay a visit in six days.

Athletic tight end Antonio Gates didn’t play in the second half of yesterday’s contest with the Rams after suffering an ankle injury when linebacker Na’il Diggs rolled up on his leg. Though he tried to return, the pain was too great.

Following the loss, beat writer Kevin Acee reported Gates was wearing an ankle boot, adding, “It doesn’t look good.” Gates also commented after the game, “I couldn’€™t put any pressure on it.” His nine-game touchdown streak  (dating back to last season) was ended, as Gates finished with only two receptions for 12 yards, and his 85-consecutive-starts streak is in jeopardy. He will undergo more tests Monday morning  to reveal the severity.

Meanwhile, receiver Malcolm Floyd, who has filled in admirably in Vincent Jackson‘s absence as the fourth-leading receiver, exited the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. While the severity has yet to be determined, Floyd was unable to re-enter Sunday. Patrick Crayton stepped up with six catches for 117 yards to fill the void.

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Rutgers DT Eric LeGrand paralyzed after hit

10.18.10 at 7:59 am ET
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Rutgers defensive tackle Eric LeGrand is expected to remain hospitalized for the foreseeable future after being paralyzed from the neck down following a tackle during Saturday’s game against Army.

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said on Sunday that LeGrand had emergency surgery overnight to stabilize the spine, and the player was resting in the intensive care unit at Hackensack University Medical Center.

“Eric’s spirits were as good as you can expect,” said Schiano, who visited with LeGrand before and after the surgery.

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: Terrell Owens reportedly hires matchmaking service

10.18.10 at 7:40 am ET
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Welcome to Monday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our WEEI.com home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

WHAT’S HAPPENING LOCALLY MONDAY:
No games scheduled

AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ Bengals receiver Terrell Owens has hired a matchmaking service, according to the New York Post. The paper reports that the controversial Owens is paying Kelleher International to find him a woman who looks like Kim Kardashian, “who I happen to think is gorgeous,” he said. Kelleher International has 18 international offices and charges between $15,000 and $150,000 for its services, the Post reported.

‘™¦ With John Henry‘s New England Sports Ventures finally moving forward on its deal to own the Liverpool soccer team, Gabriele Marcotti in The Wall Street Journal looks at what Henry’s first moves are likely to be. He also touches on the topic of racism in European soccer.

‘™¦ In the Chicago Sun-Times, Rick Morrissey wonders why the Cubs could be waiting to name a manager unless they were waiting for the Yankees‘ season to end so they could go after Joe Girardi. And in The New York Times, Harvey Araton takes a look at the challenges that await the next manager of the Yankees, should there be a change.

‘™¦ Lakers center Pau Gasol, who many thought should have been the MVP of the finals against the Celtics, will have an opportunity to prove his worth at the start of the season, with Andrew Bynum injured and out of the lineup. Mike Bresnahan in The Los Angeles Times examines Gasol’s situation.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Oct. 18, 1994, who was named to succeed Butch Hobson as Red Sox manager?

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m used to being in the situation in this game with [Tom Brady]. I haven’t felt this way in four years.” ‘€” Deion Branch, after helping the Patriots beat the Ravens on Sunday, 23-20 in overtime, in his first game back with the team after being acquired from the Seahawks

STAT OF THE DAY: 6-0 ‘€” The Patriots’ all-time regular-season record vs. the Ravens

‘NET RESULTS: From Pennsylvania high school football, Girard High’s Joe Sobucki throws a pass, then runs over and takes a lateral from the receiver and races to an 82-yard touchdown. Then Sobucki, a receiver who was filling in for an injured quarterback, puts on a show with three other touchdowns.

Steve Nash tortures Landon Donovan in a Hummer limo hot tub in this funny commercial for the FIFA Soccer 11 video game.

From Major League Soccer on Saturday, the Crew put goaltender William Hesmer on offense in a desperate bid to score the tying goal, and it works.

TRIVIA ANSWER: Kevin Kennedy, who lasted two seasons

SOOTHING SOUNDS: Chuck Berry is 84 Monday.

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Eagles’ Kevin Kolb shines in victory; Michael Vick watches from sideline

10.17.10 at 7:23 pm ET
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Philadelphia quarterback Kevin Kolb had a huge game for the Eagles Sunday against a hot Atlanta team who entered the game with a four-game winning streak. Kolb started in place of Michael Vick who has been sidelined with damaged rib cartilage for two weeks. The Eagles dominated the Falcons on almost every side of the ball en route to a 31-17 win.

Kolb went 23-for-29 attempts with 326 yards passing and three touchdowns on the day; showing why he was named the Eagles’ starter entering the season. However, after Kolb received a concussion in a Week 1 loss to Green Bay, Vick shined as the lead quarterback and earned the starting job.

Kolb showed good chemistry with receivers Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson. Jackson was injured while trying to catch a pass in the first half and he was unable to return. Jackson had a 34-yard touchdown catch and a 31-yard touchdown run before he was injured. Maclin shined with seven receptions, 159 yards receiving, and two touchdowns.

An ESPN post suggested the game as a ‘€œshowcase’€ for the young quarterback to prove to the Eagles that he can be the team’€™s quarterback of the future. Bob Grotz of the Daily Times argued that the performance could make Kolb an attractive commodity approaching Tuesday’€™s trading deadline, especially given the stellar play of Vick in the early season. The Eagles traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Redskins in the offseason to make room for Kolb to hold the starting job, but coach Andy Reid will have to decide how to handle the two talented quarterbacks.

Vick is 59-for-96 attempts for 799 yards throwing and six touchdowns on the season for a 108.8 passer rating. He has also added 187 yards rushing with one touchdown in his four games played. Vick, 30, has especially impressed with his 61.5 percent ompletion percentage; his previous high percentage was 56.4 percent in 2004 when he played for Atlanta.

Kolb, 26, has thrown for 804 yards and five touchdowns and two interceptions. Sunday, Kolb’€™s quarterback rating was 133.6 and he has notched completion percentages of 62.9, 67.7, and 79.3 over the past three weeks. The solid performance against Atlanta will create a tough decision for Eagles’€™ coaches after it was widely assumed that Vick would regain the starting job once healthy.

The Eagles (4-2) will face the Tenesee Titans (3-2) next Sunday with plenty of headlines in the mix.

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Tim Tebow scores first NFL touchdown

10.17.10 at 7:21 pm ET
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Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow has won two collegiate national championships, the 2007 Heisman trophy, and had the NFL’s top selling jersey for the start of the 2010 season. Now, the 25th overall pick of the NFL draft has his first professional touchdown.

Tebow took a snap from the shotgun and ran to the right for a five-yard touchdown to bring the Broncos level with the New York Jets, 7-7, in the first quarter. Tebow has yet to throw a pass. The Jets would beat the Broncos, 24-20.

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Lions’ Shaun Hill injured against Giants; Drew Stanton at quarterback

10.17.10 at 4:10 pm ET
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Detroit quarterback Shaun Hill suffered a broken left forearm Sunday, reports FanHouse. Hill started Sunday’€™s game against the Giants in place of injured No. 1 Matthew Stafford. Hill suffered the injury on a hit by defensive tackle Barry Cofield in the second quarter and did not return to the game.

Hill was 9-for-15 attempts with 91 yards passing and one touchdown before leaving the game. Drew Stanton replaced Hill at quarterback and threw an 87-yard touchdown pass to Calvin Johnson. Stafford dressed for the game as the No. 3 quarterback, but he will not enter the game unless Stanton suffers an injury as well.

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Chargers’ Antonio Gates leaves game with ankle injury

10.17.10 at 3:05 pm ET
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San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates left the field for the locker room after injuring his ankle during the first half against the Rams, reports ESPN. Gates missed two plays earlier in the game after blocking for running back Ryan Mathews. The all-pro tight end returned but left the field late in the second quarter with the injury.

Gates has scored in nine consecutive games, an NFL record for tight ends, but he failed to reach the endzone Sunday before leaving the field. He had two receptions for 12 yards before he returned to the locker room.

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DeSean Jackson and Dunta Robinson injured in Eagles-Falcons

10.17.10 at 2:59 pm ET
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Philadelphia Eagles star receiver DeSean Jackson and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson were helped off the field Sunday in the matchup between the NFC teams. Robinson delivered a hard hit to Jackson while the receiver tried to catch a pass from quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Robinson was flagged for a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on the hit as he hit a helpless DeSean Jackson over the middle of the field. Both players received attention on the field for several minutes until Jackson and Robinson were able to stand and return to their team’€™s locker rooms.

The Eagles later announced that Jackson would not return to the game after suffering an apparent head injury, reports Fanhouse.

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