DeAngelo Hall plans to give it his all the rest of the season. He wonders if the Atlanta Falcons are making the same commitment.
The Pro Bowl cornerback went off on his team Wednesday specifically coach Bobby Petrino and the front office after the Falcons (1-6) released defensive tackle Grady Jackson during the bye week.
"I don't know what kind of message is being sent to let Grady go," Hall said. "I'm trying to go (all) out on every single snap. But a lot of guys feel like everyone from the top down is kind of turning it in."
Hall already was fined $100,000 and had to sit out the first half of a game for getting into a sideline confrontation with the rookie coach during Week 3. Even so, the cornerback didn't mince words when asked for his reaction to Jackson being cut on Tuesday.
Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 350-pound run-stopper, topped the league with 13 tackles for losses last season. This year, the 11-year veteran was the leader among Falcons defensive linemen with 21 tackles, including 5 1/2 for losses and one sack.
Petrino brushed aside any speculation that the Falcons were going with youth and giving up on this season by releasing the 35-year-old Jackson. Rookie Trey Lewis, a sixth-round pick, takes over as the starter.
"It had nothing to do with anything but football," the coach said. "It was just the way we wanted to go. We felt like for our best opportunity to win games, the next nine games that we play, this was the right move to make, and that's really all there is to it."
Hall wasn't buying that logic.
"If that's the case ... they can probably cut me too," Hall said. "They need to cut all 53 of us. Nobody is playing the way they should be playing right now, obviously. I mean, we're 1-6. To sit there and single out Grady is just asinine. It's ridiculous."
Hall wasn't the only one caught off guard by the move. Running back Warrick Dunn was more diplomatic but just as stunned.
"It's a shock," Dunn said. "We're all asking the question 'Why?' Did he do something wrong? I don't know."
Petrino has come under increasing criticism in the locker room with each loss. A couple of weeks ago, Pro Bowl tight end Alge Crumpler, one of the team's most respected leaders, blasted the coach's play-calling and said it appeared the team was focusing on younger players at the expense of veterans.
HENRY BACK AT PRACTICE: Bengals receiver Chris Henry returned to practice Wednesday with the NFL's permission, allowing him to work back into shape while serving the last two games of his suspension.
Henry played receiver on the scout team, simulating Pittsburgh's offense against Cincinnati's starting defense. The Bengals (2-4) play the Steelers (4-2) on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium.
JAGS' QB OUT 4 GAMES: When the Jacksonville Jaguars decided to release quarterback Byron Leftwich a week before the season, they were counting on David Garrard to stay healthy.
It was a calculated risk then. It may spoil the season now.
Garrard could be sidelined up to a month with a badly sprained left ankle, leaving inexperienced backup Quinn Gray under center as the Jaguars (4-2) try to rebound from an embarrassing loss to Indianapolis while facing the daunting task of playing the NFL's only three-game road trip.
SURGERY FOR LEFTWICH: Atlanta Falcons quarterback Byron Leftwich underwent surgery on his right ankle Wednesday and will be out three to four weeks.
SCHAUB PRACTICES: Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub practiced Wednesday, but is still listed as day to day with a bruised hip for Sunday's game against San Diego.
SEYMOUR BACK FOR PATS: Five-time Pro Bowl defensive end Richard Seymour practiced with the New England Patriots on Wednesday for the first time this season.
Seymour is on the physically unable to perform list with a knee injury.
CARR MAY PLAY: Carolina Panthers coach John Fox says David Carr will play if he's healthy, but may not start. Carr says he's getting healthy and expects to start.
And 43-year-old Vinny Testaverde insists he's OK as the starter or backup.
The Panthers' much-dissected quarterback situation took another twist Wednesday when Carr practiced without limitations. He said his sore back is getting better, and he expects to be on the field for the first series Sunday against Indianapolis.
NO LONDON FOR THOMAS?: Middle linebacker Zach Thomas might not make the Dolphins' trip to London because he was in a minor car accident.
Thomas and his wife were leaving the Dolphins' 49-28 loss to the New England Patriots last weekend when their vehicle was rear-ended on the turnpike. They were unhurt at the time, although Thomas, who missed two consecutive games this season because of a concussion, was tested for the injury Wednesday in Pittsburgh.