Jaguars, Leftwich Parting Ways
JACKSONVILLE - One of Coach Jack Del Rio's first decisions with the Jacksonville Jaguars was drafting Byron Leftwich. One of his toughest was letting him go. Del Rio and the Jaguars said Friday they are parting ways with Leftwich after four frustrating, injury-filled seasons. They hope to trade him, but are resigned to releasing the former first-round draft pick. 'To make a decision this bold requires some strong conviction, and I have that,' Del Rio said.Del Rio also chose mobile backup David Garrard as his starter heading into next week's season opener against Tennessee, saying Garrard gives the team a better chance to win. 'I believe David is our guy,' Del Rio said. 'He's proven to be a playmaker for us. He can be a threat both throwing and running it. We believe he's really improved during this offseason, and I feel he's earned this opportunity. 'He has a quick release, good feet and really has done a nice job of taking his game to another level.' Agent: Strahan Ending Holdout With Giants EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan has decided to end his holdout and return for a 15th NFL season with the New York Giants. 'He went with his heart instead of his head,' Tony Agnone, his agent, said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press on Friday evening. 'He felt at this point he was part of the team, and he was going to go to battle with them.' Strahan left the West Coast on Friday and planned to be at Giants Stadium on Monday when the team begins preparing for their opener on Sept. 9. The 35-year-old Strahan missed 36 days of training camp and amassed a $514,368 fine. BRONCOS Denver, beset by injuries all preseason, lost two more key contributors in Thursday's 21-3 preseason win over Arizona. Defensive back Karl Paymah sustained a concussion in the second quarter and was taken off on a stretcher, and tight end Stephen Alexander left with a bruised left leg. EAGLES: Backup quarterback A.J. Feeley had surgery to repair a broken hand sustained in Thursday's game. Feeley had surgery on his left, non-throwing hand. His status for the team's regular-season opener against Green Bay on Sept. 9 has yet to be determined. TEXANS: Houston released 20 players, including former Bucs receiver Keenan McCardell and Chad Stanley, the only punter in franchise history. REID'S SON: A son of Eagles coach Andy Reid failed a drug test while awaiting sentencing on drug charges. Garrett Reid, 24, tested positive for a small amount of morphine and will be allowed only limited leave from his family's home in Villanova, Pa., until his sentencing, a Montgomery County judge ruled. He is not permitted to drive, a prosecutor said. HEARING: A Congressional committee will hold a hearing Sept. 18 about compensation for retired NFL players.
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