The first day of what will be a very busy Labor Day weekend closed out on Friday in the NFL as the league’s 32 teams began their work of reaching the regular-season roster limit of 53 players.
It was also a busy day in the trade market, as the Chargers, Dolphins, Eagles and Giants all picked up players in deals. Friday night, Minnesota traded QB Sage Rosenfels to the Giants along with RB Darius Reynaud for a couple of draft choices.
San Diego gave up a seventh-round pick to Dallas for WR Patrick Crayton. The Cowboys picked up another late round choice when it traded OL Pat McQuistan to the Dolphins. The Eagles got G Reggie Wells from the Cardinals.
It was also a time when some players saw their seasons end as they went on the injured-reserve list: players like OLB Elvis Dumervil (above), last year’s NFL sack leader with the Broncos, RB LenDale White, and promising rookie RB Montario Hardesty. Several other familiar names will begin the season on the reserve/PUP list like S Ed Reed, S Darren Sharper and LB Gerald Hayes. Players on reserve/PUP can return to practice after six games and then have a three-week window of practice to possibly come back and play in the 2010 season.
NFL PERSONNEL FILE FOR FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
- BEARS β released LB Tim Shaw, LB Kelvin Smith, LB Kevin Malast, TE Richard Angulo, DB Al Afalava, WR Freddie Barnes, S Quentin Scott, CB Woody Turenne, C Tim Walter and CB Cornelius Brown.
- BRONCOS β placed OLB Elvis Dumervil on the injured-reserve list, ending his season; RB LenDale White suffered a torn Achilles tendon and was played on the injured-reserve list and is out for the season; released LB Jammie Kirlew, WR Alric Arnett, TE Nathan Overbay, LB Johnny Williams, OT Paul Duncan and TE Kory Sperry.
- BROWNS β RB Montario Hardesty suffered a torn ACL in Thursday night’s game and was placed on the injured-reserve list, ending his season; released WR Jake Allen, OL Casey Bender, DB Coye Francies, TE Joel Gamble, OL Joel Reinders, WR Syndric Steptoe.
- CARDINALS β released LB Monty Beisel, LB Cody Brown, OL Herman Johnson, G Tom Pestock, OLB Stevie Baggs, TE Anthony Becht, RB Charles Scott, DE Jeremy Clark, DE John Fletcher, G Jonathan Palmer, WR Ed Gant, CB Justin Miller, CB Trevor Ford, WR Mike J ones, WR Onrea Jones, WR Isaiah Williams; released injured LB Mark Washington; placed LB Gerald Hayes on the reserve/PUP list.
- CHARGERS β acquired WR Patrick Crayton from the Cowboys in exchange for a 7th-round choice in the 2011 NFL Draft.
- CHIEFS β restricted free agent FS Jarrad Page signed his 1-year, $1.7 million tender offer and the Chiefs were given a roster exemption by the league; released G/T Ikechuku Ndukwe, CB Mike Richardson, LB John Russell, G Dan Santucci, C/G Lemuel Jeanpierre, TE Leroy Banks and WR Rich Gunnell.
- COLTS β released CB Ray Fisher.
- COWBOYS β released DE Marcus Dixon.
- DOLPHINS β acquired OL Pat McQuistan from the Cowboys in exchange for an undisclosed choice in the 2011 NFL Draft.
- EAGLES β acquired G Reggie Wells in a trade with the Cardinals for a 6th-round selection in the 2011 NFL Draft; released RB J.J. Arrington, CB Geoff Pope, DE Pannell Egboh, DT Boo Robinson, CB David Pender, WR Dobson Collins, TE Nate Lawrie, OT Jeraill McCuller, S Anthony Scirrotto and RB Martell Mallett.
- FALCONS β released S Eric Brock and DT Dan Klecko.
- 49ERS β released CB Karl Paymah, RB Michael Robinson, WR Jason Hill, LB Matt Wilhelm, K Shane andrus, LB Mike Balogun, QB Jarrett Brown, FB Jehuu Caulcrick, TE Tony Curtis, LB Bruce Davis, G Brian de la Puenta, TE Joe Jon Finley, WR Bobby Guillory, WR Kevin Jurovich, OT Matt Kopa, LB Keaton Kristick, S Chris Maragos, FB Brit Miller, DT Khalif Mitchell, DT Will Takuafu, DT Erek Walker and C Cody Wallace.
- GIANTS β acquired QB Sage Rosenfels and RB Darius Reynaud in a trade with the Vikings in exchange for draft picks in 2011 and 2012.
- JETS β released DL Ty Steinkuhler, WR Larry Taylor, S Keith Fitzhugh, S Emanuel Cook, LB Brashton Satele, LB Ricky Foley, OL Chet Teofilo, C Robby Felix, DT Martin Tevasu, LB Boris Lee, LB Tim Knicky and FB Jason Davis.
- LIONS β DT Ndamukong Suh was fined $7,500 for his hit last weekend on Browns QB Jake Delhomme.
- PATRIOTS β released DT Damione Lewis, TE Carson Butler, TE Rob Myers and C/G Eric Ghiaciuc.
- RAMS β released WR Jordan Kent, C Mitt Mattran, S Brett Johnson and TE Darcy Johnson.
- RAVENS β placed S Ed Reed on the reserve/PUP list.
- SAINTS β released DE Bobby McCray, RB Ladell Betts, QB Patrick Ramsey, C Nick Leckey and DT Kendrick Clancy; place S Darren Sharper on the reserve/PUP list.
- SEAHAWKS β released WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh
- STEELERS β NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reduced the suspension of QB Ben Roethlisberger to four games. The discipline was originally a six-game suspended, but Goodell and Roethlisberger met Friday morning and the Commish sliced two games; QB Byron Leftwich suffered damage to the MCL in his left knee Thursday night and he will be out two to four weeks; released TE Eugene Bright, G Dorian Brooks, OT Kyle Jolly, WR Brandon London, TE Sean McHugh, DT Scott Paxson, LS Matt Stewart, S Justin Thornton, RB Justin Vincent and LB Renauld Williams.
- TEXANS β will release K Kris Brown, the last of the original members of the Texans from the 2002 season; will release QB John David Booty and CB Jacques Reeves and will play WR Andre Davis on the injured-reserve list; signed RB Derrick Ward, last with Buccaneers.
- TITANS β placed LB David Thornton on the reserve/PUP list.