Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Huizenga willing to sell 49 percent of Dolphins

Huizenga willing to sell 49 percent of Dolphins
Miami Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga remains in serious discussions with New York real estate developer Steve Ross, and Huizenga has told people he prefers to sell 49 percent of the team, three officials close to the situation said this week according to the Miami Herald.

Part of a possible deal would give Ross the right to purchase majority interest within several years.

Huizenga likes the idea of someone coming in as a minority owner first, with the understanding that person would eventually buy out Huizenga's interest. Dolphin Stadium also would be included in the deal.

Bills lose Pro Bowl LT Peters for finale
Bills left tackle Jason Peters will miss Buffalo's season finale at Philadelphia on Sunday because of a groin injury that could also keep him from playing in the Pro Bowl in February. Coach Dick Jauron said Monday that Peters will have tests this week to determine the severity of the injury suffered in the second quarter of a 38-21 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. "Hopefully, it'll be OK in time and hopefully he'll be able to participate in the Pro Bowl as a healthy tackle," Jauron said.

Smith could make first NFL start for Ravens

With Kyle Boller feeling lingering effects from a concussion, Troy Smith could make his first NFL start Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens play the Seahawks in Seattle according to the Baltimore Sun.

Boller did not practice Wednesday and was sent home after meetings because he is still experiencing headaches and sensitivity to light.

Smith, last season's Heisman Trophy winner, took all the snaps with the starting offense for the first time this season.

Crennel would be Tuna's first choice to coach Dolphins

Citing a league source, is reporting that Cleveland Browns head coach Romeo Crennel would be the No.1 choice of Bill Parcells to assume the coaching reins of the Miami Dolphins.

Crennel, who was on the hot seat when the season started, has two more years remaining on his current coach with the Browns. Crennel is a long-time Parcells assistant in New York and New England.

Defensive injuries mounting for Baltimore
The Baltimore Ravens placed Samari Rolle on injured reserve today, ending the cornerback's season with two games remaining according to the Baltimore Sun. Rolle had missed the previous two games because of a shoulder injury and played in just six of 12 games this season as he battled epilepsy.

Rolle joins cornerback Chris McAlister on injured reserve. McAlister's season ended last week because of a strained right knee.

In addition, it appears doubtful linebacker Ray Lewis and tight end Todd Heap will play against the Seattle Seahawks.


Brown could make final home appearance for Patriots
Bill Belichick has�come up with classic finales for a number of New England Patriots —�Doug Flutie (the drop kick through the goal posts?) and Vinny Testaverde (giving him the chance to throw a touchdown pass in his record-setting 20th straight season in last year's finale at Tennessee). So, one had to wonder if Patriots coach Bill Belichick has a gadget play installed for veteran receiver Troy Brown, who, if activated, might be making his final Gillette Stadium appearance tomorrow against the Dolphins.

If there was anything in the works, Brown remained mum yesterday when reporters surrounded him at his locker to talk to the veteran who has played all 15 of his NFL seasons with the Patriots according to the Boston Globe. Brown came off the reserve/physically-unable-to-perform list Nov. 27 and has been inactive since.

"As for him? Does he desire scoring a touchdown, perhaps? "A win would be great," he said. "That would make Christmas pretty good."

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