Spygate may be over, but allegations of cheating by the New England Patriots continue to emerge.
Two Web sites are quoting Ross Tucker, a former offensive lineman who played for five teams in a seven-year NFL career, as saying the Patriots used players on the injured-reserve list in practices, which violates league rules.
Former Patriots video assistant Matt Walsh, in a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last week, said a Patriots player on injured reserve practiced when he wasn't allowed in 2001.
Tucker first made the claim last week on SI.com. Yesterday, he repeated the charge on ESPN's NFL Live.
Last Friday, in an article published on SI.com, Tucker wrote: "I had heard the Patriots did this before I signed with them in 2005, and I saw it firsthand during my time there. I asked veteran receiver Troy Brown about it one time and he responded, 'Every team in the league does that.' I quickly let him know none of the three teams I played for previously had done so."
Goodell said the NFL would investigate the injured-reserve allegations, the Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass., reported.
There was no comment from the Patriots on ESPN.com.
Giants. The Super Bowl champion New Jersey Giants?
That name can't be found in the NFL standings, and the Giants' helmets are emblazoned with a bold "NY" logo. But it nevertheless was proclaimed by New Jersey senators honoring last season's Super Bowl champions.
"Whether you are a football fan or not, I'm sure you found yourself caught up in the hype this past winter with the success of the New Jersey Giants," said Sen. Paul Sarlo (D., Bergen). "I emphasize the New Jersey Giants."
Sarlo's district includes Giants Stadium, where the Giants have played since 1976 while retaining their New York moniker.
Saints. New Orleans defensive end Charles Grant posted a $10,000 bond after his indictment on an involuntary-manslaughter charge stemming from a February nightclub fight in which a woman died.
Grant appeared before a judge in Blakely, Ga. His lawyer, Ed Tolley, said Grant entered a plea of not guilty and waived his right to an arraignment. The next step, a preliminary hearing, has not been scheduled.
Raiders. Quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo is returning to Oakland after spending a year with the New York Jets, giving the Raiders the veteran backup they were seeking to help JaMarcus Russell.