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Belichick to turn over notes, tapes

NFL soon may find out more about Pats’ video spying

September 18, 2007

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— The NFL soon may find out if the New England Patriots video spying went beyond one game, and the team itself may provide the evidence.

Coach Bill Belichick said Monday he will comply with the NFL's request to provide any notes or tapes made from video recordings similar to those that drew a stiff penalty against him and the team.

"Of course," he said.

Beyond that, Belichick declined comment when asked about commissioner Roger Goodell's request.

Asked if there are more videos, Belichick, in his eighth year as coach of the Patriots, shifted the discussion to next Sunday's home game against Buffalo.

"I think that right now we need to spend our time watching a lot of video on Buffalo," he said.

During the NBC television interview, Pats owner Robert Kraft was asked if anything else might have been done that would incur further penalties.

"I know of nothing else that could be in this category," he said.

Goodell fined Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000 last Thursday for violating a league rule that prohibits clubs from using a videocamera on the sidelines for any purpose, including recording signals relayed to opposing players on the field.

New England also must forfeit a first-round draft pick next year if it makes the playoffs or a second- and third-rounder if it doesn't.

Goodell acknowledged Sunday that the league had asked for the tapes and notes that go along with them and said he "absolutely" expects to receive them.

"I am very confident that the Patriots are going to abide by the rules," he said. "They understand the consequences and that I could increase the discipline if I don't get them."

Falcons sign Andersen

Flowery Branch, Ga. - The Atlanta Falcons again are turning to Morten Andersen to solve their kicking woes.

One day after Matt Prater missed two field goals in the Falcons' 13-7 loss to Jacksonville, the Falcons cut him and signed the 47-year-old Andersen. Andersen, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and the NFL's career scoring leader with 2,445 points, also is the Falcons' leader with 707.

Kitna cites 'miracle'

Allen Park, Mich. - Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna expected people to snicker and laugh when they heard his explanation for his comeback against Minnesota after getting knocked out of the game with a concussion.

"It was a miracle," Kitna said Monday.

Kitna left the game in the second quarter, returned in the fourth and led the Lions to a 20-17 victory over the Vikings in overtime Sunday.

It was the third concussion of his NFL career and the first since 2001.

"I've never felt anything like that, and for it to clear up and go right back to as normal as I can be, is nothing short of a miracle," Kitna said. "I just definitely feel the hand of God. That's all it was. You can't explain it.

"I have no headaches, no symptoms, no lingering effects. But that was the worst my head has ever felt, and the worse my memory was in the second quarter. Yet, after halftime there was nothing."

Kitna said the team's medical staff followed proper procedures, evaluating him with several questions and by shining a light toward his eyes. The team cleared him to play in the third quarter and he came back in the fourth.

"They did exactly what they're supposed to do," he said.

Vikings' quarterback ailing

Eden Prairie, Minn. - A subpar performance in the Minnesota Vikings' overtime loss at Detroit on Sunday isn't going to land Tarvaris Jackson on the bench, but a strained groin suffered in the defeat might.

Coach Brad Childress said Monday that Jackson remains his starting quarterback but admitted he was "beat up pretty good" in the Vikings' 20-17 setback at Ford Field a day earlier. This was evident when Jackson walked gingerly through the Winter Park locker room during the media access period on his way to receive treatment. He did not address reporters.

The injury means Kelly Holcomb could get his first start with the Vikings on Sunday at Kansas City. Jackson will continue to receive treatment today - an off day for players - and preparation for the Chiefs will begin on Wednesday.

Fisher nets new contract

Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee Titans coach Jeff Fisher has agreed to a contract extension, the coach reported on Monday. The deal through 2011 is thought to be worth $5.5 million to $6 million per year. Fisher is in his 13th season with the franchise that used to be the Houston Oilers.

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