NFL Notebook: Titans to keep Martin on PUP list
BY Associated Press
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
11/07/12 at 4:18 AM
The Tennessee Titans have decided to keep safety Markelle Martin on the physically-unable-to-perform list for the rest of the season after the rookie practiced with the team the past three weeks.
The Titans also waived defensive end Pannel Egboh on Tuesday.
Martin was the Titans' sixth-round draft selection out of Oklahoma State. The 6-foot, 207-pound safety struggled with injuries during the offseason and started the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list. Coach Mike Munchak said Monday it's been hard to get a feel for Martin, who had been limited even the past couple of weeks.
Egboh had played in six games for Tennessee (3-6) this season with two tackles.
Loomis returns to Saints in unsettled times: Having served his eight-game suspension in connection with the NFL's bounty probe of the New Orleans Saints, general manager Mickey Loomis has returned to work at team headquarters in time to deal with a variety of unsettled personnel issues and off-the-field distractions.
His immediate tasks include clearing up the status of Sean Payton's five-year contract extension, which NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has so far refused to approve since the coach signed it in 2011.
Loomis also will have to oversee contingency plans in the event defensive end Will Smith and linebacker Jonathan Vilma have to serve their own bounty suspensions, which so far have been delayed.
Steelers WR Brown likely out against Chiefs: The Pittsburgh Steelers will likely be without leading receiver Antonio Brown next Monday night when they host the Kansas City Chiefs.
Brown sprained his right ankle in last Sunday's 24-20 victory over the New York Giants. Coach Mike Tomlin called Brown's status "very much in doubt." Brown leads the Steelers with 42 receptions and is second on the team with 499 receiving yards.
If Brown sits, it's likely Emmanuel Sanders will take Brown's spot in the starting lineup, with veteran Jerricho Cotchery moving up to starting slot receiver.
Redskins players come to Shanahan's defense: Mike Shanahan's players are supporting their coach after he seemingly wrote off the Washington Redskins' season and then said his comments had been misinterpreted.
Washington co-captain London Fletcher said Tuesday that Shanahan is "a proven winner, a two-time Super Bowl-winning head coach. He's not a person who gives up on a season."
Shanahan has been widely criticized for his comments. But no matter what he said or meant, Washington faces an uphill challenge to salvage its season.
After three straight defeats, the Redskins are 3-6 and back in last place in the NFC East for a fifth straight season heading into a five-day break during their bye week.