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Browns still undecided on quarterback vs. Patriots

11.01.10 at 1:45 pm ET
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As of Monday midday, the Browns had yet to make a decision on who will start at quarterback Sunday when they host the Patriots. Cleveland is coming off its bye week with both starting quarterback Jake Delhomme and backup Seneca Wallace recovering from ankle injuries that kept them out of at least the team’s previous two games.

Neither quarterback practiced Monday morning, and coach Eric Mangini told The Associated Press he hoped the two would be back by Wednesday. Mangini did indicate that Wallace is closer to 100 percent in his recovery than Delhomme is.

The alternative to the veterans is third-string rookie Colt McCoy out of Texas. McCoy has thrown for 355 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a road loss to the Steelers and upset win over the Saints.

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Eagles WR DeSean Jackson returns to practice, Michael Vick ‘100 percent’

11.01.10 at 1:14 pm ET
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According to Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, one of his favorite targets, DeSean Jackson, returned to practice Monday morning. No official report had been released as of Monday midday, so whether Jackson was limited or a full participant had yet to be determined. Jackson is recovering from a severe concussion after a horrid collision with Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson.

Meanwhile, Vick, who had been recovering from a rib injury, declared himself as “100 percent” following the Eagles’ Week 8 bye. Vick was named the Week 9 starter immediately following Kevin Kolb‘s shaky performance against the Titans last week.

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Titans’ Kenny Britt out an ‘extended period of time’

11.01.10 at 1:04 pm ET
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The roller coaster that has been Kenny Britt‘s 2010 season continues to plow forward at full steam, this time dipping again to a low. A week after after getting in trouble with the law, and then exploding for seven catches, 225 yards, and three touchdowns despite being benched until the second quarter, the Titans receiver’s torrid scoring pace was halted with a hamstring injury. Coach Jeff Fisher believes his emerging wideout will be out for “an extended period of time.”

Britt suffered the injury while trying to run down a deep pass from quarterback Vince Young. He stayed down on the field for a few minutes before limping to the sideline, and spent the second half on the sideline in street clothes.

‘€œI felt it pop when I was just running out there on that last couple of steps,’€ Britt said. ‘€œI had my hands out and it popped, and I knew I was down for the count right then and there.’

Though the extent of the injury has yet to be determined, Britt’s comments suggest something serious. He was scheduled to undergo an MRI Monday morning, and had reportedly been feeling tightness in his hamstring during the practice week leading up to the game. The team has a bye this week before returning to action Nov. 14 against Miami.

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Jets LB Jason Taylor denies report that he will retire

11.01.10 at 11:51 am ET
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Veteran Jets linebacker Jason Taylor responded to a weekend report that he will retire after this season with an emotional denial. Pro Football Talk‘s Mike Florio had the original report on Saturday, citing a source with knowledge of the situation.

Following the Jets’ 9-0 loss to the Packers on Sunday, Taylor told Roderick Boone of New York’s Newsday: “It’s amazing the crap Mike Florio puts out there. I don’t know where it comes from.”

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Report: Jerry Jones contemplates firing Cowboys coach Wade Phillips

11.01.10 at 10:32 am ET
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The Cowboys are crumbling. Following a devastating 35-17 loss to the Jaguars on Sunday, owner Jerry Jones is shaken up enough to consider something he’s never done: fire a coach in the middle of the season.

An ESPN report suggests there’s little chance Wade Phillips will get the boot before the season ends. “I am not in any way for making changes,” Jones said. “I have always thought our best chance to win, when you’ve got three-day weeks and you’ve got to get ready to go to play a team, the best chance to win was to continue to be coached and continue to do some of the same things. There’s not enough time to change.”

The Dallas Morning News feels differently, and Jones’ additional comments support them. “I don’t think there is anybody in the world who would doubt that I’m willing to do something hard,” Jones said. “I’m willing to do something that doesn’t feel good to me.”

Meanwhile, Phillips sounded like a coach about to be canned. “Everyone knows we have a lot of talented players, and that’s the problem,” he said. I have talented players, and I’m not getting them to play well enough. To me, that’s the root of the problem.

“I’m at a loss right now,” Phillips said. “If I knew what to do, I would’ve already done it.”

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Kobe Bryant says knee is ‘100 percent’

11.01.10 at 10:12 am ET
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Lakers star Kobe Bryant is sick of hearing about his right knee, which he claims is now at 100 percent following offseason surgery.

“Yes, so leave me the hell alone about my [expletive] knee,” Bryant told reporters when asked to confirm his postgame comments to a Fox Sports West reporter after Sunday’s 107-83 win over the Warriors. Bryant scored 20 points on 8-of-16 shooting in the game.

Bryant had deemed his knee at only 60 percent healed following the Lakers’ first preseason game, and coach Phil Jackson believes he still has some progress to be made.

“I’m pleased with the progress of Kobe, it looks like his offense is coming along,” Jackson said. “Defensively he is still working on some things that he has to get done with his strength and base.

“He’s not 100 percent, but that’s nice of him to say it.”

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‘Shaquita’ makes an appearance thanks to Shaquille O’Neal

11.01.10 at 9:11 am ET
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Shaq promised Shaquita, so here she is …

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Monday’s Morning Mashup: LeBron James shows regret about ‘Decision’

11.01.10 at 7:54 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:
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AROUND THE WEB:

‘™¦ LeBron James told reporters on Sunday that, in retrospect, he would handle the announcement of his free agent decision differently if he had to do it again. However, he didn’t get into specifics about what he would do differently, and he made it clear that he is pleased with his move to Miami. The interview occurred while James and the Heat were in New Jersey to play the Nets, and James recalled how he enjoyed meeting with Nets management.

‘™¦ Former Duke standout Bobby Hurley, whose NBA career was hindered by a car accident durinng his rookie season, is back in basketball as an assistant to his brother Dan at Wagner College. Tim Bontemps in the New York Post writes about Hurley’s long road back to basketball.

‘™¦ MLB commissioner Bud Selig said he’s serious about considering an expansion of the playoffs to include more teams. Tim Joyce at Real Clear Sports blasts Selig and writes that it would be “a near fatal blow to the sports’s competitive integrity.”

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 1, 2005, which Red Sox player ended a team drought of 14 seasons by winning a Gold Glove? (answer below)

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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologizes to fans

11.01.10 at 6:39 am ET
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Cowboys owner Jerry Jones apologized to Cowboys fans after Sunday’s game, when his team lost to the Jaguars, 35-17, to fall to 1-6.

“I’m embarrassed. Of course I am,” Jones said. “And, to every fan, I should have and do take the ultimate, ultimate responsibility. I do. That’s the way we’re structured. That’s the way I run it. There’s no question that I have the plan and executing it to have the best players and the best coaching that we can have. I’m dumbfounded that we are 1-7 [actually 1-6].”

Added Jones: “You couldn’t get me to say it, but you know that I thought we had a team here that could be one of the top competitive teams in the NFL,” Jones continued. “I’m very, very, very sorry to our fans. You should have better than this.

“You can tell by the way some of the things that we’ve done to certainly make the Cowboys everything you want them to be, you should be able to tell that I won’t rest until we’ve figured some things out to get us in a different spot. … What it is, I don’t have that.”

Jones said he has no plans to fire coach Wade Phillips, who also expressed his disappointment after the game.

“I’m distraught to say the least,” Phillips said. “It was embarrassing, I thought, the way we played, the way we coached. We didn’t give ourselves a chance to win the game. It’s very painful at this point in the season to be where we are. I thought we’d come out and really play with a lot of passion and so forth, and we didn’t. … It fooled me that we didn’t. I thought we were going to be ready and we weren’t.”

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Former NBA star Maurice Lucas dead at 58

11.01.10 at 6:28 am ET
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Maurice Lucas, who helped the Trail Blazers win the 1977 NBA championship, died Sunday after a long battle with bladder cancer, the team announced. He was 58.

Playing alongside Bill Walton, Lucas averaged a team-high 20.2 points and grabbed 11.2 rebounds per game in 1976-77. Walton named his son Luke after Lucas.

A five-time NBA All-Star, Lucas was an assistant coach with the Blazers for six seasons before leaving last year to undergo surgery. He did not return this season.

Lucas’ No. 20 was retired by the Blazers in 1988. He also had his number retired by Marquette, the school he led to the 1974 NCAA championship game.

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