in position to start
The Green Bay Packers have started rookies at left tackle before, with mixed results. They're hoping former Buff David Bakhtiari will be more like Chad Clifton and less like John Michels.
General manager Ted Thompson saw Michels, the team's first-round pick in 1996, get pressed into action and bomb. He saw 1997 first-round pick Ross Verba beat out Michels in a head-to-head training-camp battle but fail to be the long-term answer, too. And while Thompson was working in Seattle in 2000, when rookie second-round pick Clifton took over six games into the season and manned the position for the next decade, Thompson was back in time for the final six years of Clifton's career.
Thompson admits he's not sure how Bakhtiari, the team's rookie fourth-round pick who's taking over at left tackle in the wake of Bryan Bulaga's knee injury, will fare. But he isn't panicking about the idea of a 21-year-old kid who could be entering his senior season at the University of Colorado taking over the job of protecting the blindside of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The Seahawks released receiver Early Doucet after just one practice with the team.
Injuries have cost the Saints receiver Joseph Morgan and defensive end Kenyon Coleman for the season, depriving New Orleans of a top deep threat and a veteran run-stopper.
Veteran Chicago cornerback Kelvin Hayden will miss the entire season after recently tearing his left hamstring in practice at Soldier Field.
Former Jets offensive lineman Brandon Moore backed out of a deal with the Cowboys and plans to retire.
The Bills signed free agent defensive back Mark LeGree to fill the roster spot left open following Mana Silva's unexcused departure.