It took less than 24 hours for Cortez to find work after he
was waived by the Cowboys on Monday. He missed a 29-yard
field goal in Sunday's 13-10 loss to Seattle, and is 12-of-16
on the season.
The release of France is surprising since he has kicked well in
three games since replacing Akers, who is sidelined with a
hamstring injury. France has made 6-of-7 field goals, with his
only miss being a block.
Eagles coach Andy Reid has indicated that Akers may return for
this weekend's game against Denver.
"If he's not back this week, he'll be back the next week," Reid
told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "We will see how he does by
Williams, who entered his plea Tuesday in Hennepin County District Court, acknowledged having a loud argument with his wife, Tasha, at their Minnetonka home in August.
Williams, a first-round pick from Oklahoma State and the ninth player taken overall in the 2003 NFL draft, was also ordered to undergo counseling.
• The team signed receiver Jason Anderson and defensive ends Elton Patterson and Eric Taylor to
their practice squad.
Anderson signed with the Tennessee Titans as an undrafted rookie
out of Wake Forest, but was released prior to training camp and
spent the preseason with New England.
Patterson previously spent time with Cincinnati and
Jacksonville, appearing in eight games.
Taylor was picked by Pittsburgh in the seventh round in 2004 and
spent that season with the Steelers' practice squad.
To make room, the Vikings released defensive ends Earl Cochran
and Eric Coleman from the practice squad. They had one spot open
after promoting linebacker Heath Farwell to the active roster last
Jones reportedly did not make consistent contact with his probation officer. Jones' probation was scheduled to end on Thursday.
Judge Robert Stone in Morgantown extended the probation by 90 days, though the state requested for it to be extended up to a year, the Tennessean reported.
"We felt it should not be extended at all,'' Jones' attorney, David Straface, told the paper. "We felt he did make sufficient contact. The court felt he should have had more contact."
In October 2003, Jones was sentenced to one year in jail following a bar fight while he was a student at West Virginia, but the sentence was suspended and he was placed on two years' probation, the Tennessean reported.
• The tean agreed to terms
with wide receiver Sloan Thomas, moving him from the
practice squad to the active roster to help relieve a shortage of
Coach Jeff Fisher said Monday the team was considering bumping
The 6-foot-2, 212-pound receiver joined the Titans' practice
squad after being waived by Houston in training camp. At the
University of Texas, he had 88 catches for 1,362 yards and 12
Green Bay Packers: The Packers opted against signing talkative, controversial wide receiver Freddie Mitchell, instead adding former Packers practice squad player Andrae Thurman, who was cut by the Titans this week, ESPN.com's John Clayton reports.
Mitchell was on the receiving end of the fourth-and-26 pass that helped the Eagles oust the Packers from the playoffs in 2003 when he was with Philadelphia. Mitchell has been out of action since being released by Kansas City on Sept. 3 after failing to stick with the Chiefs over the summer after talking his weay out of Philadelphia.
Strickland was a third-round pick out of Colorado in 2003, but
has been slowed by injuries throughout his career. Colts coaches
expected Strickland to compete for a starting job at training camp
this year, but he missed most of camp and all of the preseason with
a hamstring injury.
He started the season opener against Baltimore, but aggravated
the injury and was placed on injured reserve Sept. 14.
Adibi signed as a free agent during the offseason but was slowed
by a shoulder injury and was placed on injured reserve Aug. 12.
Baxter is out after tearing a pectoral muscle in Sunday's loss
to the Detroit Lions and undergoing surgery. Baxter was one of
Cleveland's biggest offseason acquisitions, signing a six-year, $30
million free agent contract in March. He finished the season with
20 tackles and two interceptions.
Rideau, an undrafted free agent from Kansas, was the biggest
surprise of Cleveland's training camp. He made the team at the
club's deepest position before being placed on the practice squad.
He finished the exhibition season with seven catches for 84 yards.
Middlebrooks hurt his groin, and San Francisco released him
again before last Sunday's game against Washington so Katnik, a
second-year pro from Southern California, could be elevated from
the practice squad to be a backup lineman.
The team also waived running back Larry Croom from their
practice squad and signed tight end Sean McHugh and defensive
tackle Kevin Carberry to the practice squad.
Littleton, who spent training camp with the Lions before being
waived in August, has played in 13 NFL games. He originally spent
time with the Lions in the 2003 preseason and then was signed in
The move came one day after the surprise release of wide
receiver Charles Lee, who was the team's No. 4 wide receiver with
11 catches for 152 yards.
The Cardinals had claimed Moses off waivers from the Chicago
Bears on Aug. 30, but released him six days later.
The 5-foot-6, 175-pound Moses appeared in 30 games over the last
two seasons as the punt returner and kick returner for the Houston
Owners' meetings called off
An NFL owners meeting scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday in Kansas City has been called off because of the death of New York Giants owner Wellington Mara.
The owners had been scheduled to discuss revenue sharing and
negotiations with the players' union. There also was likely to be
talk about the status of the New Orleans Saints, temporarily
relocated to San Antonio because of Hurricane Katrina.
No rescheduling date has been set.
Information from SportsTicker and The Associated Press was used in this report.