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Originally published October 25, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified October 25, 2007 at 2:03 AM


NFL Wire Notes | Hall rips Falcons officials

DeAngelo Hall plans to give it his all the rest of the season. He wonders if the Atlanta Falcons are making the same commitment. The Pro Bowl cornerback...

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — DeAngelo Hall plans to give it his all the rest of the season. He wonders if the Atlanta Falcons are making the same commitment.

The Pro Bowl cornerback went off on his team Wednesday — specifically coach Bobby Petrino and the front office — after the Falcons (1-6) released defensive tackle Grady Jackson during the bye week.

"I don't know what kind of message is being sent to let Grady go," Hall said. "I'm trying to go [all] out on every single snap. But a lot of guys feel like everyone from the top down is kind of turning it in."

Hall already was fined $100,000 and had to sit out the first half of a game for getting into a sideline confrontation with the rookie coach.

Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 350-pound run-stopper, topped the league with 13 tackles for losses last season. This year, he was the leader among Falcons defensive linemen with 21 tackles, including 5 ½ for losses and one sack.

Petrino brushed aside any speculation that the Falcons were going with youth and giving up on this season by releasing Jackson, 35. Rookie Trey Lewis, a sixth-round pick, takes over as the starter.

"It had nothing to do with anything but football," the coach said. "It was just the way we wanted to go."

Hall wasn't buying that logic.

"If that's the case ... they can probably cut me too," Hall said. "They need to cut all 53 of us. Nobody is playing the way they should be playing right now, obviously. I mean, we're 1-6. To sit there and single out Grady is just asinine. It's ridiculous."

Meanwhile, Falcons quarterback Byron Leftwich underwent surgery on his right ankle and will be out three to four weeks, giving Joey Harrington another chance as the starter.


• The San Diego Chargers, some of them forced from their homes by the threat of wildfires, worked out at the Arizona Cardinals' training facility in Tempe and awaited word on where and when their next game will be played. San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders planned to decide today whether the Chargers will be able to play Houston as scheduled Sunday at Qualcomm Stadium.


• Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub practiced but is still listed as day to day with a bruised hip for Sunday's game against San Diego.

• Miami linebacker Zach Thomas might not make the Dolphins' trip to London because he was in a minor car accident. Thomas missed practice and was in Pittsburgh seeing a specialist for an evaluation. The Dolphins signed safety Lance Schulters and placed running back Ronnie Brown (knee) on injured reserve.

• Starter Tarvaris Jackson's fractured right index finger limited him to all but a handful of practice plays, leaving backup Kelly Holcomb as the Minnesota Vikings' likely QB starter.

• New York Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma missed practice with a knee injury and underwent tests to determine how long it might keep him sidelined.

• The Tampa Bay Buccaneers released running back Zack Crockett and placed punt and kick returner Mark Jones (knee) on injured reserve. The Bucs promoted receiver Chad Lucas from the practice squad and signed fullback Byron Storer.

Chad Pennington will remain the starting quarterback for the New York Jets, coach Eric Mangini said.

• Indianapolis practiced without eight-time Pro Bowl receiver Marvin Harrison (knee) and three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Dwight Freeney, though both are expected to play Sunday at Carolina.

• The Buffalo Bills named rookie Trent Edwards their starting quarterback, relegating J.P. Losman to the bench despite fully recovering from a sprained knee.

• The struggling St. Louis Rams got a boost from the return to practice of running back Steven Jackson. Coach Scott Linehan said that unless Jackson suffers a setback during the week, he will be on the field when the winless Rams host Cleveland on Sunday.

• Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback David Garrard could be sidelined up to a month with a badly sprained left ankle, leaving inexperienced backup Quinn Gray under center. Running back Maurice Jones-Drew missed practice because of a sprained left knee but said he expected to play Sunday at Tampa Bay.

• Five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour practiced with the New England Patriots for the first time this season.

• Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry returned to practice with the NFL's permission, allowing him to work back into shape while serving the last two games of his eight-game suspension for off-field problems.

• With cornerback Gary Baxter (knee) out for the season, the Cleveland Browns signed defensive back Nick Sorensen, a six-year veteran most recently with Jacksonville.

• The Carolina Panthers put running back and kick returner Nick Goings (concussion) on injured reserve and signed linebacker Donte Curry to replace him on the 53-man roster.

• The NFL gave approval to allow the Oakland Raiders to sell a 20 percent minority interest in the team to a small group of investors.

• The NFL added $10 million to its medical fund for retired players, designating the money for joint-replacement surgery, cardiovascular screening and assisted living.

Oscar Allen, who sold a champion pit bull to suspended NFL quarterback Michael Vick's dogfighting operation, pleaded guilty in Richmond, Va., to a federal dogfighting charge.

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