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Second scrimmage today

Per Sargeant, Kevin Haslam has a chance to play vs. Fresno State, but will miss today's scrimmage. Howard Barbieri will start at LG in the mean time.

A few leftover bits from Monday.

Rutgers' practices are for the most part closed, although parents (of players and coaches), recruits and university faculty are common sights. On Monday, former running backs coach Robert Jackson, now the director of player development, came out.

Justin Francis, the defensive tackle on a year's suspension, also patrolled the sidelines. Then there was the unnamed donor, who tossed a football around and then and with former holder Anthony Cali's assist, twice attempted to kick a field goal.

Brian Bennett, the new BE writer for, wrote the obligatory Teel-by-numbers column. It does have one bit of previously-unknown information though.

Teel injured his thumb in the third game against Norfolk State. Then, at the end of the first half of the Scarlet Knights' upset of then No. 2 South Florida on Oct. 18, he broke the trapezoid bone on the top of his hand. He played that way the rest of the regular season.

A new and improved attitude could mean a breakout year in 2008 for George Johnson.

CFN named Courtney Greene a second team All-American.

Courtney Greene, Sr. Rutgers
Four-year starting safety Ron Girault is gone, but Rutgers got a big break when Greene opted to return for his senior season, when he could've gone pro. The team leader with 101 tackles a year ago, he has started every game of his three-year career and should be a lock for all-star honors once again. The 6-2, 210-pounder hits like a ton of bricks and will be the tone-setter in the secondary.

Luicci on Courtney Greene. Sargeant on Kevin Brock.

Jeremy Zuttah may end up starting as a rookie for the Bucs.

Starting right guard Davin Joseph has undergone surgery for a broken foot and could miss the season opener -- and beyond -- for the second time in three years.

Don Banks of Sports Illustrated is high on Ray Rice.

The more I see of Baltimore rookie running back Ray Rice, and the more Willis McGahee continues to have health-related question marks surrounding his surgically repaired left knee, the more I'd be inclined to snap up Rice if I were one of those Fantasy Football playing types (which I'm not).

Ravens rookie head coach John Harbaugh loves the kid, but for now has to stick with the company line that McGahee is his starter. But no matter what the semantics, Baltimore is going to use the rookie from Rutgers early and often. And the onus is on McGahee to re-prove that he can be counted on to get on the field and produce.

Rice touched the ball 11 times at home against the Vikings on Saturday and produced 94 yards, including a 42-yard burst the first time his number was called before the hometown fans. But that was only the start of the love affair. It's going to get better, Baltimore.

In a couple mostly talking about the battle at SS and other minutae, Antonio Lowery managed to get in a nuclear-grade burn.

Linebacker and Miami native Antonio Lowery on being a Marlins fan in Central Jersey: "Jimmy Dumont and Charlie Noonan are always trying to talk to me about the Phillies. Somebody likes the Mets, but I forgot who. None of us are worried about the Mets."

Clark Harris is back with the Detroit Lions.

Fullback Jon Bradley (shoulder) was placed on the injured reserve list today and will be lost for the season. Also, receiver Taye Biddle (abdominal strain) was waived/injured.

Replacing the two players on the roster are veteran free agent tight end Clark Harris and free agent receiver Eric Fowler. Fowler, the former Grand Valley State star, was with the Lions for a short stint earlier in camp.

The addition of a tight end and not a fullback to replace Bradley could be further evidence that the Lions are leaning toward keeping just one fullback (rookie Jerome Felton) and four tight ends. In Detroit's sytem, tight ends can shift into a fullback role.

Fresno State: not scared of anyone.

The NJSIAA is currently floating proposals to stave off Armageddon in Bergen County High School football.

Rutgers has received a $3.2 million grant from the national science foundation to study stem cell research.