- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 25, 2009

From combined dispatches

The Indianapolis Colts have released Marvin Harrison, ending the star receiver’s 13-year stay with the team.

Colts owner Jim Irsay announced the move Tuesday after meeting with Harrison in a final effort to re-sign the franchise’s career receiving leader.

Agent Tom Condon said a day earlier that the Colts had agreed to release Harrison after he declined a pay cut. Harrison had the highest salary cap number of any NFL receiver at $13.4 million.

Harrison is second in NFL career receptions. He turns 37 in August and is coming off the least productive season of his career in which he was not injured. Cutting him could save the Colts about $6 million on next season’s salary cap.

NFLPA: The NFL Players Association has retained a lawyer to determine whether one of its leading candidates to become executive director - Troy Vincent - revealed confidential information about player agents.

“Counsel is also investigating what if anything was done with any personal information that may have been transmitted,” the union said.

The union has retained Joseph Yablonski, who has worked with the NFLPA as an outside counsel in the past.

SI.com first reported the allegations last week.

Vincent is one of three finalists to replace Gene Upshaw, who died in August.

CRABTREE: Michael Crabtree might not perform in front of NFL scouts after all.

The top-rated receiver in this year’s draft told NFL Network there was only a 50-50 chance he would run at his personal workout next month in Lubbock, Texas.

On Saturday, doctors at the league’s annual scouting combine diagnosed a stress fracture in his left foot and recommended surgery to insert a screw. Rehabilitation is expected to take 10 weeks or more, meaning Crabtree wouldn’t be able to work out for scouts before the draft if the procedure was done soon. The draft is April 25-26.

On Sunday, Crabtree changed his plans. He said he would delay surgery until after his personal workout. Now that could change.

“It’s 50-50,” Crabtree told the television network. “I’m going to take some time and evaluate it.”

TITANS: Coach Jeff Fisher completed his coaching staff by hiring Rayna Stewart as his defensive assistant for quality control.

Stewart takes the spot of Matt Burke, who joined Detroit coach Jim Schwartz as the Lions’ linebackers assistant.

Stewart was a fifth-round draft pick of the then-Houston Oilers in 1996 and spent two seasons with the franchise before playing 1998 in Miami and in Jacksonville in 1999 and 2000. He played in 71 games over five seasons with two interceptions.

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