Left tackle Michael Roos’ 119-game consecutive starts streak will come to an end as the Titans have ruled him out for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Roos, a former All-American at Eastern Washington, sat out for the third straight day of practice Friday after having his appendix removed on Monday. His streak had been second only to Detroit’s Jeff Backus among active offensive tackles.
Mike Otto, playing in his first game of the season after being sidelined with a knee problem, says he is ready to make his first start since last season.
In addition to Roos, the Tennessee Titans declared quarterback Jake Locker (left shoulder) out for Sunday.
NFL files motion on bounty appeals
NFL lawyers filed a motion in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, arguing that former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue should be allowed to hear appeals on the Saints’ bounties case next week.
In their motion, NFL lawyers quote defendant Jonathan Vilma’s statement to ESPN in which he supported Tagliabue being appointed to the role, saying “I think it’s a good first step for Paul to be the neutral arbitrator.”
NFL lawyers wrote that, “Mr. Vilma was right that Commissioner Tagliabue was a good appointment.”
The action comes after the players’ union and the four players suspended in the bounties’ case filed a motion asking that Tagliabue recuse himself from the case because of what they say is a conflict of interest. They want a neutral arbitrator to be appointed by the court. The hearings are scheduled for Tuesday, subject to any rulings.
Linebacker Scott Fujita, 33, one of the players suspended in the scandal, is contemplating retirement from the Cleveland Browns because of a neck injury.
Vikings cornerback Chris Cook will need surgery on his broken right arm and will be out seven or eight weeks. … Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter missed practice and was still waiting to hear if doctors would clear him to play Sunday. … Colts coach Chuck Pagano is ready for his second round of chemotherapy and probably will not return to the team until he completes it. … Arizona safety Rashad Johnson was fined $21,000 for an illegal blindside block last Sunday. … Detroit cornerback Alphonso Smith was fined $15,750 for his horse-collar tackle in the Lions’ loss Monday night.
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