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NFL News and Notes - June 8, 2010

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NFL News and Notes - June 8, 2010

New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker still isn't ready to put a timetable on when he'll return from a torn ACL.

Former Buffalo Bills nose tackle Fred Smerlas isn't ready to start a political career.

The New York Jets first practice at the new Meadowlands Stadium this month will be open to the public, Jenny Vrentas of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Miami Dolphins nose tackle Jason Ferguson contemplated retirement during the off-season, but didn't want an injury to end his career, reports Omar Kelly of the Sun-Sentinel.

After violating the CBA's rules on off-season workouts, the Baltimore Ravens lost the final week of Organized Team Activity sessions.

John Harris of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review doesn't think the Pittsburgh Steelers are completely sold on head coach Mike Tomlin, which explains why a new contract hasn't been reached.

Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs says he'll be lined up all over the field in 2010, Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is this year's recipient of the Halas Award, given annually by the Football Writers of America to the individual in the NFL who overcame the most adversity to succeed the previous year.

The Indianapolis Colts claimed quarterback Tom Brandstater off waivers from the Denver Broncos.

David Boclair of The Tennessean writes that the Tennessee Titans offensive line will lack a familiar component.

Jacksonville Jaguars fullback Greg Jones would like to have a healthy year, writes Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union.

Houston Texans defensive tackle Amobi Okoye had a day-long birthday bash. (His birthday is Thursday)

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Jerheme Urban is looking to take the next step, writes Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star.

Denver Broncos first-round quarterback Tim Tebow is at his best when there is no script, writes Mike Klis of the Denver Post.

San Diego Chargers restricted free agent wide receiver Malcolm Floyd signed his one-year tender on Monday.

There will be no joint practices between the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.

49ers Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis participated in the OTAs for the first time since having knee surgery in March, David White of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The 49ers traded wide receiver Isaac Bruce to the St. Louis Rams, where Bruce will announce his retirement on Wednesday.

Kent Somers of The Arizona Republic believes the Arizona Cardinals need to put all their chips on quarterback Matt Leinart.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton will report to the team's OTA sessions this week.

New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell will have flexible gameplans and will show many looks next season, reports Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Omar Gaither hopes his versatility earns him a roster spot, writes Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley is working to develop a rapport with quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz is getting a look at right guard, Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette reports.

Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey may use the no-huddle offense more in 2010, reports D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers ownership deny that they are in financial trouble.

Free agent guard Terrence Metcalf signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints on Monday.

Detroit Lions quarterback Drew Stanton will try to move up the quarterback depth chart this summer.

Chicago Bears sixth-round quarterback Dan LeFevour is trying to learn Mike Martz's offense without getting many reps in practice.

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is working with a 14-pound ball to help cure him of his fumbling habit.

Green Bay Packers guard Josh Sitton said the allegations against teammate Brandon Underwood are bogus.

Today's NFL birthdays: Falcons third-round defensive tackle Corey Peters (22), Colts center Jeff Saturday (35), Chiefs third-round tight end Tony Moeaki (23), Jets fifth-round fullback John Conner (23), Chargers undrafted rookie wide receiver Jordyn Jackson (24), and free agents quarterback Todd Boeckman (26) and cornerback T.J. Rushing (27).

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