- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub returned to practice Tuesday, though it’s not clear whether he will start against the Jets in this Sunday’s season opener.

Schaub took half the snaps in practice, his first significant work since the injury Aug. 31 against the Vikings. He is listed as day-to-day.

“He took a big step forward [Tuesday],” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “He’s progressing toward getting ready to go, so it’s a positive move forward for him.”

Kubiak stopped short of saying Schaub, who has missed five games in each of the last two seasons with injuries, would start against the Jets. He did announce that Rex Grossman would be Houston’s No. 2 quarterback this week.

RAIDERS: Richard Seymour failed to report to Oakland for a second straight day Tuesday after being traded from the New England Patriots.

Seymour, a five-time Pro Bowl defensive end, was acquired from the Patriots on Sunday in exchange for Oakland’s first-round draft pick in 2011.

VIKINGS: Minnesota defensive tackles Kevin and Pat Williams will be able to play in the season-opener at Cleveland this weekend, regardless of what happens with their court case against the NFL.

The case is still tied up in court, but NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the suspensions will not begin this weekend in any event.

STEELERS: The lawyer for a former Nevada casino worker who has accused Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her said his client will drop her civil lawsuit if he acknowledges the rape and apologizes.

Attorney Cal Dunlap said in a letter to Roethlisberger’s lawyers that his client would also like the quarterback to donate $100,000 to the Committee to Aid Abused Women, a Reno nonprofit organization.

The woman filed the suit in July accusing the Super Bowl-winning quarterback assaulted her in 2008 in a hotel across the street from a golf course where he was playing in a celebrity tournament.

PATRIOTS: Junior Seau would consider returning to play for New England if it again comes calling this season.

The 40-year-old linebacker told the Associated Press he would sign only with New England because of his familiarity with the team. He’s willing to play up to six games - any more would cut too much into his time with his children.

LIONS: Veteran quarterback Daunte Culpepper said he accepts coach Jim Schwartz’s decision to have him back up No. 1 draft pick Matthew Stafford.

Culpepper and Stafford competed through training camp before Schwartz announced Monday that Stafford would start Sunday’s season opener at New Orleans.

The 32-year-old Culpepper issued a statement Tuesday saying Schwartz gave him “a fair opportunity to compete for the starting job.” He says he will help Stafford in any way he can.

TV: Recently retired Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will join ESPN as an analyst.

Bruschi announced his retirement last week after 13 seasons in which he won three Super Bowls. ESPN said Tuesday that he will provide NFL analysis on its new local sports Web site, ESPNBoston.com, along with various programs on its TV and radio stations.

BILLS: Starting left tackle Langston Walker has been released by Buffalo in another effort to shake up a sputtering offense.

EAGLES: Philadelphia signed veteran tight end Alex Smith and released tight end Tony Curtis.

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