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Jackson will report and sign his tender

Associated Press / October 22, 2010

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Wide receiver Vincent Jackson will report to the Chargers next week and sign his contract tender, his agent said yesterday.

By reporting Oct. 29, Jackson will be able to serve a three-game, team-imposed suspension on the roster exempt list, then play in the final six games to accrue his sixth season toward unrestricted free agency.

“With the landscape of labor uncertainty, we wanted to create, at this point in time, certainty,’’ agent Neil Schwartz said.

Last week, the NFL Players Association recommended that Jackson and Patriots restricted free agent Logan Mankins report to their teams in time to gained an accrued season.

Jackson, who has had two straight 1,000-yard receiving seasons, won’t be paid when he misses games against Tennessee, Houston, and Denver while on the roster exempt list. He was placed on the list Aug. 20 in a hardball tactic by Chargers general manager A.J. Smith.

Jackson will be eligible to return for the game against the Colts Nov. 28.

Counting the six games he plays and the bye week, he’ll earn $240,058 rather than the $3,268,000 he would have made had he signed his tender as a restricted free agent before the season.

Unhappy over not receiving long-term deals in the offseason, Jackson and left tackle Marcus McNeill refused to sign their tenders as restricted free agents.

McNeill, who also had been placed on the roster exempt list by Smith, reported Sept. 25. He served his three-game suspension and then last week agreed to a five-year contract extension through 2015 worth $48.5 million, with $24.5 million guaranteed.

Harrison returns
Steelers Pro Bowl linebacker James Harrison returned to practice, one day after threatening to retire because of the NFL’s stricter enforcement of dangerous hits.

Harrison was fined $75,000 on Tuesday for a helmet hit on Browns wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, making him one of three players fined at least $50,000 for flagrant hits last weekend.

Harrison, arguing the restrictions won’t allow him to play football as he’s always played it, met with coach Mike Tomlin Wednesday to discuss the changes. Tomlin decided to give Harrison a cooling-off day and sent him home from practice.

Harrison’s teammates didn’t take his threat to retire seriously, saying he enjoys playing too much to quit during the second season of a $51.2 million contract. Harrison agreed with that in a statement.

“I have come to the decision that I cannot and will not let the league office stop me from playing the game that I love,’’ Harrison said.

Clark out indefinitely
Colts president Bill Polian said tight end Dallas Clark is out indefinitely with a hand/wrist injury. Polian told WISH-TV in Indianapolis that Clark planned to meet with doctors yesterday to determine the extent of the injury and how long he will be sidelined. The Colts also said wide receiver Austin Collie (thumb) and defensive tackle Antonio Johnson (knee) have undergone surgeries. According to the team, there is no timetable for their return . . . Titans quarterback Vince Young, who had his left leg twisted underneath him after recovering a fumbled snap in Monday’s win over the Jaguars, didn’t practice. He said his leg is feeling better every day thanks to constant treatment, but he doesn’t know yet if he will make his 17th straight start Sunday against the Eagles. Backup Kerry Collins will get the call if Young cannot play . . . Redskins tight end Chris Cooley appears set to play Sunday at Chicago after recovering from a mild concussion. Cooley was injured in last Sunday’s game against the Colts, but was able to practice yesterday after going two days without showing any symptoms . . . Jaguars quarterback David Garrard rested at home for the second consecutive day, increasing the chances that Trent Edwards or Todd Bouman will start Sunday against the Chiefs. Garrard sustained a concussion on Monday night . . . Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (hamstring) was added to the injury report even though he returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in last Sunday’s win over Dallas, and afterward said he was as healthy as he’s felt all season . . . Packers wide receiver Donald Driver missed practice for the second straight day with a quadriceps injury, but expects to play in Sunday night’s game against the Vikings . . . Deanna Favre says her religious faith is helping her overcome the allegations of improper behavior that have been leveled against her husband, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. Deanna Favre was interviewed yesterday on “Good Morning America’’ about a book she co-authored, and was asked how she’s handling the accusations against Brett Favre, who is being investigated by the NFL for allegedly sending suggestive messages and lewd photos to a woman who worked for the Jets. Deanna Favre said, “I’m handling this through faith.’’ She did not address whether the allegations against her husband are true or false.

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