Patriots deny tampering claim

Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Wednesday denied the claim by Raiders owner Al Davis that New England had a workout with Randy Moss before obtaining him in a trade with Oakland.


Davis said Tuesday that the Patriots had tampered with Moss before the deal in April 2007 that brought the wide receiver to the Patriots for a fourth-round choice that year on the weekend of the NFL Draft.

"The first time I ever talked to Randy was the Sunday morning of the second day of the draft last year," Belichick said in a conference call.

"So that's the first time I met him. That's the first time I talked to him. There was no workout. There was no other contact with him."

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said, "No tampering charges have ever been filed with our office with respect to Randy Moss."

REDSKINS: Defensive end Jason Taylor appears likely to miss a second consecutive game as he recovers from calf surgery.

Taylor did not practice Wednesday and was limited to some jogging along the side of the field. Asked whether he has ruled Taylor out for Sunday's game against Philadelphia, coach Jim Zorn said: "I think that, but I wouldn't say that because we just don't know."

PACKERS: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers , nursing a sprained right shoulder, performed only a few handoffs before leaving practice.

Rookie backups Matt Flynn and Brian Brohm got most of the work.

CARDINALS: Anquan Boldin has a fractured sinus as a result of what he acknowledges was the worst hit he's received in a football game.

The standout wide receiver doesn't know how long he will be sidelined, but when he returns, he said there will be no change in his signature tough, aggressive style.

STEELERS: Down to one healthy running back, Pittsburgh brought back two players from last season by re-signing Najeh Davenport and promoting Gary Russell from the practice squad.

The team lost Pro Bowl running back Willie Parker to a sprained knee last week and first-round draft pick Rashard Mendenhall to a season-ending fractured shoulder Monday night against Baltimore. The earliest that Parker will play again is Oct. 19 at Cincinnati.

Mewelde Moore , usually a third-down back, is expected to start Sunday in Jacksonville.

TITANS: Vince Young practiced for the first time since spraining his left knee Sept. 7 and being replaced as the starting quarterback by Kerry Collins .

Young took a few snaps with both the scout team and the first-team offense.

GIANTS: Place-kicker Lawrence Tynes has had swelling in his injured left knee after almost every workout and does not appear close to returning to action.

Tynes injured his knee in training camp and had arthroscopic surgery before the season.

ARRESTED: Former Denver Broncos running back Travis Henry has been arrested following an alleged cocaine deal, the Drug Enforcement Administration said.

Henry and James Mack were arrested a day earlier after the two met to buy cocaine from a person who was cooperating with authorities, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

NFLPA: The NFL Players Association has chosen Reilly Partners, a Chicago-based firm, to assist in the search for a new executive director to replace Gene Upshaw , who died in August.

OBITUARY: Milt Davis , an All-Pro defensive back who helped the Baltimore Colts win two NFL championships in the 1950s, has died of cancer. He was 79.



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