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Moss not mad at Childress, Vikings

Insists he’s just looking to fit in

Associated Press / November 11, 2010

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Randy Moss said he’s sorry things didn’t work out in Minnesota and isn’t upset with the Vikings or coach Brad Childress for waiving him.

“I made Minnesota my home. I loved being there, and it just didn’t work out,’’ Moss said yesterday in Nashville after his second practice with the Titans, the only team to claim him. “Just I had my own beliefs in what I believe, and coach had his. Am I bitter or mad that he let me go or the organization? No. You never know what the future holds. Right now I’m a Tennessee Titan. I’m here to do whatever coach [Jeff] Fisher wants me to do.’’

Moss began his media session with a statement, but did take four questions — the entire exchange lasted 3 minutes and 4 seconds. Two questions concerned what effort the Titans can expect from him play to play. Moss asked the reporter what he expected from him, and the reporter said he didn’t know what to expect.

“I don’t know what to expect neither,’’ Moss said.

It was a change for Moss, who blew off the media in Minnesota several times and drew a $25,000 fine from the NFL. He last spoke publicly Oct. 31 after his last game with the Vikings, a 28-18 loss to New England. He refused to take questions, instead going on a bizarre rant gushing about the Patriots and coach Bill Belichick and criticizing Vikings coaching.

Childress told his players the next day Moss was being waived, and the team actually put him on waivers a day later on Nov. 2. Tennessee claimed him 24 hours later.

“I’ve been through a lot in the last couple of weeks,’’ Moss said. “I’ve got these broad shoulders. I can carry a lot of weight. I feel good about the acquisition of coach Fisher getting me here. The process of getting here has been kind of crazy.’’

The 13-year veteran started the season with New England before being traded to Minnesota Oct. 6, only for Moss to be waived less than a month later.

“I said it before, I didn’t want to go to Minnesota and mess anything up,’’ Moss said. “I guess everybody blamed me for it. I’m going to say it again. I’m not coming here to start no trouble. I’m just coming here to work every day and hopefully win.’’

Pennington to start Dolphins coach Tony Sparano named 34-year-old Chad Pennington his starting quarterback for Sunday’s game against the Titans, replacing Chad Henne.

“They both have strengths, and certainly weaknesses,’’ Sparano said. “At this particular time, my decision is Chad Pennington’s strengths might be suited a little bit more for where we need to be.’’

It will be Pennington’s first start since his season-ending shoulder injury in Week 3 last year. He contemplated retirement but re-signed with Miami, where he has won praise as the 25-year-old Henne’s mentor.

“The good thing about this situation is he’s on the front end of his career, and I’m on the back end of mine,’’ said Pennington. “So we’re not two dogs fighting over the same piece of meat.’’

Merriman hurt Bills coach Chan Gailey said that linebacker Shawne Merriman strained his lower right leg in his first practice with the team and that it’s not “anything major,’’ but declined to offer any specifics. Gailey did say the injury makes it less likely Merriman will make his Bills debut Sunday against the Lions.

“Yeah, it hurts him. His chances [to play] go down tremendously,’’ Gailey said of the one-time fearsome pass rusher, whom Buffalo claimed off waivers from San Diego a week ago.

Merriman was hurt during an individual drill about 10 minutes into practice. He was dropping back and then pivoting to his left when he pulled up and began hopping on one leg. A trainer then spent a few minutes checking his ankle.

Hasselbeck cleared Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck was cleared to return to practice following his concussion two weeks ago against the Raiders, and is expected to start Sunday against the Cardinals . . . Shaun Hill, who broke his left arm against the Giants Oct. 17, is well enough to return as the Lions’ starting quarterback, replacing Matthew Stafford, who hurt his right shoulder last Sunday against the Jets and will miss at least Sunday’s game at Buffalo . . . Matt Moore’s season-ending shoulder injury means Jimmy Clausen will start ahead of fellow rookie Tony Pike Sunday against the Buccaneers . . . Colts receiver Austin Collie is recovering from a concussion, but won’t be ready in time for Sunday’s game against the Bengals. Coach Jim Caldwell said Collie’s symptoms are subsiding . . . The Cowboys placed defensive end Marcus Spears on injured reserve, after he injured his calf last Sunday against the Packers . . . Former Pro Bowl cornerback Al Harris was signed by the Dolphins. The 36-year-old Harris hasn’t played since suffering a major left knee injury last November. To make room, Miami waived former first-round pick Jason Allen, also a cornerback . . . The NFL decided against imposing any fines stemming from complaints by the Dolphins that Ravens fullback Le’Ron McClain spit in the face of linebacker Channing Crowder during last Sunday’s game . . . Former player David Meggett, 42, was sentenced to 30 years in prison after his conviction in a South Carolina court on charges of criminal sexual conduct and burglary in a case involving an encounter with a college student at her house in January 2009.

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