The Oakland Raiders backed off a demand made to CBS that quarterback-turned-announcer Rich Gannon be banned from the team's facility for production meetings before tomorrow's broadcast.
The Raiders initially told the network that Gannon was not welcome at production meetings for the game against Denver because of constant criticism of the organization in recent years.
Gannon, a product of St. Joseph's Prep, was the NFL's MVP in 2002 for the Raiders, leading them to the Super Bowl. He threw five interceptions in a 48-21 loss to Tampa Bay. This is Gannon's fifth season as an announcer with CBS.
"He's repeatedly said that they should just blow up the building and start all over again," senior executive John Herrera said yesterday. "He hasn't done that once or twice, but has done that repeatedly. He continually attacks the owner, he continually attacks the organization in every way that he can. After listening to all of that for the last several years why would you want him in your building when all he does is attack the organization that made his career."
Herrera said later yesterday that he stands by his criticisms of Gannon but that "because of league rules, we have relented."
Herrera said, "Rich Gannon had been a journeyman quarterback in the NFL for years, and we gave him the opportunity of a lifetime to be our starting quarterback. We're the only team that ever afforded him that opportunity.
"He was one of the least popular players with his teammates that we ever had here and he still can't seem to get over the fact that he played the worst game in Super Bowl history," Herrera said.
* Pro Bowl defensive end Justin Tuck (shoulder) is questionable for the New York Giants' game against Tampa Bay.
Coach Tom Coughlin said defensive tackle Chris Canty (calf), receiver Hakeem Nicks (foot), linebacker Clint Sintim (groin), cornerback Aaron Ross (hamstring) and running back Danny Ware (elbow) would not play.
* Dallas running back Marion Barber again was limited in practice because of a left thigh injury. His status for Monday night's game against Carolina is uncertain.
* Washington running back Clinton Portis (sore ankles) is listed as questionable for the Redskins' game against Detroit.
* Running back LaDainian Tomlinson has been ruled out of San Diego's game against Miami, the second straight game he'll miss due to a sprained right ankle.
* Seattle expects backup Seneca Wallace to start at quarterback for Matt Hasselbeck (broken rib) against Chicago.
* New Orleans will not have running back Mike Bell (knee) or wide receiver Lance Moore (hamstring) for its game against Buffalo.
* Houston receivers Andre Johnson and Jacoby Jones have been fined by the NFL for their roles in a fight during Sunday's 34-31 win over Tennessee.