- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 1, 2009

From combined dispatches

Baltimore Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle will spend at least the opening six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list with a neck injury that could end his career.

The 33-year-old Rolle missed six games in 2008 because of the injury. He underwent surgery last year and intends to have another operation.

“Samari is going to have some more work done on the neck, try to shore it up in there,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Monday. “He was really excited about it. I think he was feeling it was going to go the other way. … It’s good news.”

Harbaugh remains hopeful Rolle will be back but stressed the 11-year veteran would not be activated if there’s any risk involved.

CHIEFS: Rookie coach Todd Haley fired Chan Gailey as Kansas City’s offensive coordinator and assumed the role himself 13 days ahead of the season opener at Baltimore.

Haley refused to comment on the status of quarterback Matt Cassel, who suffered an apparent knee injury Saturday night and could be out for a period of time, raising even more concerns for the offense.

EAGLES: Kevin Kolb is getting a start at quarterback in Philadelphia’s final preseason game.

On his weekly radio show Monday evening, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Kolb will start Thursday’s game against the New York Jets at the Meadowlands and Michael Vick will play in the first half.

VIKINGS: Quarterback Brett Favre said he might have a cracked rib, although it didn’t prevent him from starting against the Texans.

Favre told ESPN before Monday night’s game at Houston that he hasn’t received an official diagnosis but that taking a deep breath caused him some discomfort. He also doesn’t plan to wear any kind of special padding, saying “the damage is done.”

PATRIOTS: Tedy Bruschi retired Monday after a 13-year NFL career in which he won three Super Bowls with New England and made a gallant return from a stroke.

The inside linebacker played for no other team and leaves football with only one unachieved goal - a fourth championship.

GIANTS: Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora missed practice without giving coach Tom Coughlin an explanation.

Umenyiora, who missed all of last season with a knee injury, attended meetings in the morning at the team’s headquarters. However, he left unexpectedly without talking to Coughlin and didn’t return for the workout.

TWITTER: The NFL will allow players to use social media networks this season before and after games but not during them.

Players, coaches and football operations personnel can use Twitter, Facebook and other social media up to 90 minutes before kickoff and after the game following traditional media interviews.

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