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Deal on Revis not imminent

Associated Press / August 10, 2010

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Jets owner Woody Johnson is not optimistic that a deal for All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis will be done by the beginning of the regular season.

The Jets rejected an offer proposed by Revis’s agents Friday during a meeting at a diner in Roscoe, N.Y. Johnson offered a stern, “The answer’s no,’’ when asked yesterday if he felt a deal could be done by Week 1.

Agents Neil Schwartz and Jonathan Feinsod met with general manager Mike Tannenbaum and director of football administration Ari Nissim, offering a long-term contract to try to make some headway in the dispute.

Schwartz said they were waiting for a response, but Tannenbaum said both sides had a “pretty good sense’’ of where things stood after the meeting.

“Fundamentally, there really wasn’t any change,’’ Tannenbaum said, “and right now, we can’t find something that makes sense for both sides, so we really don’t have any progress.’’

Revis, who has missed nine days since the team reported for training camp at SUNY Cortland, is scheduled to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, but he wants to become the league’s highest-paid cornerback.

He is seeking a deal worth more than the three-year, $45.3 million extension Oakland’s Nnamdi Asomugha signed last offseason. The All-Pro cornerback has not commented publicly since minicamp in June.

“The problem in this situation is we have a very fundamental difference of opinion on what the compensation should be,’’ Tannenbaum said. “When we will talk next, that’s hard to say.’’

Break for Cushing?
The Texans asked the NFL to reduce or rescind the four-game suspension given to star linebacker Brian Cushing, saying he has a unique medical condition stemming from something called overtrained athlete syndrome.

Cushing described the condition after yesterday’s morning practice. He said the syndrome can trigger hormonal spikes after breaks in training, explaining why he would have tested positive for a fertility drug last September — a drug he said he never took.

“I think that’s the final diagnosis we came up with,’’ he said, “and a lot of doctors have supported why this has happened.’’

Texans owner Bob McNair met with commissioner Roger Goodell in New York to plead his case. The league denied Cushing’s appeal of the suspension in February.

Cushing was suspended for the first four games this season after testing positive last year for HCG, a drug on the league’s banned substance list. Cushing says he never took the drug and has no idea how it got into his body.

Weis hobbled
A not-so-funny thing happened to Charlie Weis on his way to training camp. A piece of his left knee broke off.

Cleared to speak with the media yesterday, the Kansas City offensive coordinator and former Notre Dame head coach explained why he’s been hobbling around the practice field for 10 days, walking on a cane when he climbs out, with difficulty, of his motorized cart.

“I already had some problems in my knee, and the Wednesday before training camp a piece of it broke off,’’ said Weis, the former Patriots offensive coordinator. “So that’s why I’m the injured reserve coach.’’

Weis said he plans to have surgery after the season.

Wells suffers rib injury
Cardinals running back Beanie Wells was carted off the field after suffering a rib injury on a hit by safety Hamza Abdullah. Wells stayed on the ground for several minutes before he was escorted off on a golf cart. A CT scan showed there was no fracture and he is listed as day-to-day . . . Brandyn Dombrowski, the Chargers’ presumptive starter at left tackle, missed his second straight practice, the same day it was announced that current backup Nick Richmond will have arthroscopic knee surgery and will be out two weeks. Veteran tackle Tra Thomas is out another week after having the same procedure last week and left tackle Marcus McNeill is holding out in a contract spat . . . Cowboys reserve tight end John Phillips will miss the season after tests confirmed that he tore the ACL in his right knee during Dallas’s exhibition opener Sunday night . . . Giants safety Kenny Phillips returned to practice for the first time in almost 11 months, taking part in 12 plays in his first action since undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee in September.

Haynesworth at work
Albert Haynesworth returned to work as $100 million backup, working at second-string nose tackle in his first full practice at Redskins training camp. Haynesworth usually lined up between defensive ends Phillip Daniels and Darrion Scott as he ramps up his education in the team’s new 3-4 defense. Haynesworth wasn’t allowed to practice until he passed the Redskins’ conditioning test, which was required by coach Mike Shanahan for skipping the team’s offseason workouts. Haynesworth passed the test Saturday morning, but his left knee was too sore afterward to make it through a complete practice that day and Sunday was a day off for players . . . Mike Singletary made it official, handing starting jobs to rookie offensive linemen Anthony Davis and Mike Iupati. Davis will start at right tackle and Iupati at left guard. Former starting left guard David Baas could be moving to center after regular center Eric Heitmann left practice with a left leg injury . . . Colts reserve defensive lineman John Gill isn’t expected to play this season after a public intoxication arrest over the weekend. Team president Bill Polian said he expects the NFL to place Gill in a roster category that would keep him inactive this season . . . Browns defensive back Gerard Lawson returned to practice, one day after he was arrested in Cleveland on charges that include driving under the influence.

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