POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Sep 4, 2010
LAST UPDATED: 2:58 a.m. HST, Sep 4, 2010
Arizona Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said yesterday he has told rookie quarterbacks Max Hall and John Skelton they have made Arizona's 53-man roster. The fate of Matt Leinart remained uncertain. Whisenhunt says he met with the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner and told him the team was not yet prepared to take any action regarding him.
"I just asked Matt to come up and talked to him and just said, 'We're not prepared to do anything in this process right now," Whisenhunt said. "'I don't want you waiting around all day for some type of resolution."
Whisenhunt has not selected a starting quarterback, but all signs point to Derek Anderson, with Arizona reportedly trying to trade Leinart. If no deal is made, the Cardinals could release the former Southern California star, the 10th overall draft pick in 2006.
The Cardinals also traded guard Reggie Wells to Philadelphia for a late-round draft pick. Wells, entering his eighth NFL season, has started 90 games, including 64 in a row since late in the 2005 season. The Cardinals moved Wells to right guard this preseason after they signed veteran left guard Alan Faneca.
"We're adding a player that has started several seasons in the National Football League and has played at a very high level during the course of his career," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "You can never have enough depth at that position as you go through an NFL season."
WEEK 1 SCHEDULEThursday
Minnesota at New Orleans, 2:30 p.m.
Philly also released veteran running back J.J. Arrington. By releasing Arrington, the Eagles will receive a sixth-round pick from Denver in the 2012 draft, according to terms of the July trade that sent linebacker Joe Mays to the Broncos.
Minnesota sent third-string QB Sage Rosenfels, a 10-year veteran, and RB Darius Reynaud to the Giants for undisclosed draft picks in 2011 and 2012. Rosenfels will back up Eli Manning; previously, New York's only other quarterback was the untested Rhett Bomar after Jim Sorgi injured his shoulder and was placed on IR.
The Houston Texans cut kicker Kris Brown, the last player left from the team's inaugural season.
Brown was beaten out by Neil Rackers, a free agent signed by Houston in the offseason.
WEEK 2 SCHEDULESept. 19
Arizona at Atlanta, 7 a.m.
Tampa Bay at Carolina, 7 a.m.
Baltimore at Cincinnati, 7 a.m.
Kansas City at Cleveland, 7 a.m.
Chicago at Dallas, 7 a.m.
Philadelphia at Detroit, 7 a.m.
Buffalo at Green Bay, 7 a.m.
Miami at Minnesota, 7 a.m.
Pittsburgh at Tennessee, 7 a.m.
Seattle at Denver, 10:05 a.m.
St. Louis at Oakland, 10:05 a.m.
New England at N.Y. Jets, 10:15 a.m.
Jacksonville at San Diego, 10:15 a.m.
Houston at Washington, 10:15 a.m.
N.Y. Giants at Indianapolis, 2:20 p.m.
"It was miserable, I don't know how to put it any differently," said coach Gary Kubiak, entering his fifth season as Houston's coach.
Over in north Texas, the Cowboys made a move by sending receiver Patrick Crayton to San Diego for a late-round draft choice next April. Crayton was expendable after Dallas drafted Dez Bryant in the first round this year and had asked to be traded.
Crayton skipped offseason workouts, but once he showed up, there were never any problems. He just couldn't move ahead of Miles Austin, Roy Williams and Bryant on the depth chart.
Dallas also sent offensive lineman Pat McQuistan to the Miami Dolphins for undisclosed considerations.
Denver put running back LenDale White on injured reserve with a torn right Achilles' tendon. The veteran was to miss the first four games this season with a suspension and will serve the suspension while he is injured.
New England released former first-round draft pick Damione Lewis and also cut offensive lineman Eric Ghiaciuc.
Lewis, a first-round selection by St. Louis in 2001, was signed as a free agent in April after spending the past four seasons with Carolina. Ghiaciuc signed with the Patriots on Aug. 4 after four seasons with Cincinnati and one with San Diego.
The 49ers released 22 players, but all their 2010 draft picks made the cut. Gone are veteran RB Michael Robinson, who also was the special teams captain; TE Tony Curtis; and LB Matt Wilhelm.
Ladell Betts' comeback from a serious knee injury is on hold after the Saints released the veteran running back. Betts has been trying to come back from an injury last November in which he tore ligaments in his left knee while with Washington.
Also gone from New Orleans are backup quarterback Patrick Ramsey, defensive end Bobby McCray and defensive tackle Kendrick Clancy.