Archive for Tuesday, October 5, 2004

McKenzie traded to New Orleans

Green Bay deals disgruntled cornerback

October 5, 2004


— Mike McKenzie got his wish Monday, seven months after asking out of Green Bay.

The Packers sent the disruptive cornerback to the New Orleans Saints for a second-round draft pick in 2005 and a backup quarterback.

"It's time to move on," Packers coach-general manager Mike Sherman said.

Since ending his holdout without retracting his trade request three weeks ago, McKenzie had been paid more than $485,000, but played just nine snaps, all against Chicago, because of a puzzling hamstring injury that led fans and some teammates to wonder whether he was still holding out, but getting paid anyway.

Saints general manager Mickey Loomis said the hamstring wasn't a serious issue.

"Yeah, we're not going to trade for a guy who's going to be on the shelf," he said.


Orchard Park, N.Y. -- Cornerback Troy Vincent will miss at least two weeks because of a right knee injury, further depleting Buffalo's secondary. Vincent had arthroscopic surgery Monday.

Vincent was hurt during the opening drive in the 31-17 loss to New England on Sunday. While pushing Bethel Johnson out of bounds following a 17-yard reception, Vincent's right leg got twisted under him.


Indianapolis -- Mike Vanderjagt limped into the locker room Monday with a huge wrap around his strained right hamstring, an injury that could keep him out of Sunday's game against Oakland.

Coach Tony Dungy said after practice that an MRI showed the muscle was not torn.

"I've never had a hamstring problem before," Vanderjagt said.

He was injured after making a 46-yard field goal in the first half of a 24-17 victory at Jacksonville.


Charlotte, N.C. -- Carolina running back Stephen Davis hopes to play Sunday against Denver after missing the last two games because of a knee injury.

Davis, who had surgery Sept. 17 to repair torn cartilage, said Monday he hopes to return to practice this week. He said the swelling has subsided in his knee and he hasn't felt any pain.

Davis hasn't played since the season-opening loss to Green Bay, and has just nine carries for 26 yards this year.


Tampa, Fla. -- Kick returner Frank Murphy ruptured his left Achilles' tendon against the Broncos on Sunday and will have season-ending surgery. Murphy, who was injured on the opening kickoff Sunday, averaged 26 yards on eight returns in four games.


Eden Prairie, Minn. -- Nine Vikings have been fined for their roles in a scuffle with the Chicago Bears on Sept. 26.

In addition to a $5,000 fine levied against Randy Moss, the other fines totaled $23,500.

Wide receiver Nate Burleson, who absorbed the hit from Bears safety Todd Johnson that sparked the shoving matches, was fined $7,500 for removing a Chicago player's helmet.

Six other Vikings -- center Cory Withrow, tight end Sean Berton, quarterback Daunte Culpepper, wide receiver Keenan Howry, guard Chris Liwienski and tackle Bryant McKinnie -- were fined $2,500 each for "entering the area" of the altercation. Running back Onterrio Smith was fined $1,000.

Johnson was not among six Bears fined. Fined $2,500 each were: cornerbacks R.W. McQuarters and Todd McMillon; linebacker Lance Briggs; defensive tackles Tommie Harris and Ian Scott; and safety Cameron Worrell.


San Diego -- San Diego Chargers rookie center Nick Hardwick underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and is expected to be out two to four weeks.

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