While Dave Campo would like to win his first game as head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, he knows the real importance of today's game against Pittsburgh.
"I want our guys to come out with the idea that we are going to win the football game, but I have also made it very clear to the young guys especially that you make the football team in games, so it's an evaluation period," Campo said.
Win or lose really doesn't matter for five more weeks. Finding the right mix of players for the final 53-man roster from the 88 in camp does.
In addition to the first evaluation of players against outside competition, the Cowboys will play with a revamped offense that includes receiver Joey Galloway instead of retired Michael Irvin and a defense without cornerback Deion Sanders.
Quarterback Troy Aikman isn't likely to play past the first quarter. Veteran running back Emmitt Smith may not play at all because of a strained left big toe that has kept him out of practice since Wednesday.
Syracuse and Notre Dame told Isaiah Kacyvenski he was too small to play linebacker for them. Now, he's in the NFL and he intends to make Seattle's roster as a rookie middle linebacker.
Rejected by high profile schools, Kacyvenski played college football in the Ivy League, the first player to start every game of his four-year career at Harvard. And that as a pre-med major.
He set a school record with 395 tackles, and had 11 interceptions, eight fumble recoveries and 41/2 sacks. He earned all-Ivy League first-team honors three times.
The Seahawks liked what they saw of his game. In April, they drafted Kacyvenski in the fourth round as the 119th overall selection.
He was ecstatic then and he's more ecstatic now with a week of coach Mike Holmgren's training camp under his belt.
"He's spinning a little bit," Holmgren said of the rookie. "But he's a smart kid."
Because of a season-ending knee injury to third-year veteran DeShone Myles, Kacyvenski is listed as understudy to starting middle linebacker George Koonce.
Doug Flutie is injured, Rob Johnson is still recovering from an illness and Alex Van Pelt is still in limbo. Buffalo's remaining quarterbacks, and its offense, struggled in an intrasquad scrimmage before 5,500 spectators at St. John Fisher College. Buffalo's offense didn't get into the end zone until the final play.
After nearly a year of playing with a pinched nerve in his neck, Denver backup fullback Anthony Lynn said Saturday that he is considering retirement.
Lynn, 32, said he spent a sleepless night and took a long walk about 3 a.m. around the Northern Colorado campus.
Lynn, a key special teams player, played with the injury much of last year. The injury returned in a July 22 practice which forced him to miss four days of practice, but he did come back Thursday and Friday for all the drills. He took a direct hit on Friday that forced him to have the neck re-examined.
"I had an MRI taken and it actually came back pretty positive," Lynn said. "I have a bulging disc which many people have in their necks right now, but unfortunately I play football. So I may be a little bit worse."