The New York Giants are interested in luring Michael Strahan out of retirement after losing Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora to a season-ending knee injury Saturday night.
The Super Bowl champions contacted the representative for the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end on Monday to gauge Strahan's interest in returning for a 16th season.
"They want to see if there is any interest there," agent Tony Agnone said. "I have to talk to Michael."
Strahan is on vacation in Greece. Agnone said he has not talked to him about the Giants' inquiry.
Agnone described the Giants' call as a courtesy for now and noted the two sides did no negotiating.
"Part of the talk was about Osi," said Agnone, who also represents Umenyiora.
Strahan turned down a $6 million contract offer in the offseason. He then signed with Fox Sports to work on its NFL pregame show.
With Strahan's status uncertain, the Giants shuffled their defense Monday and moved Mathias Kiwanuka back to end from his strongside linebacker spot.
PENNINGTON TO START: Miami Dolphins coach Tony Sparano couldn't help but have a little fun Monday when he finally announced the winner of the team's drawn-out quarterback competition.
"It's Chad," he said, chuckling.
Chad Pennington or Chad Henne?
"Pennington," he added. "I think the guy will do a great job of managing our team. And the team has responded really well to him, and that's where we are going."
The announcement officially sets up an intriguing Week 1 matchup in Miami against the New York Jets, the team that cut Pennington to clear salary cap space for Brett Favre.
Pennington was the face of the Jets the past eight seasons and arrived in camp this year competing with Kellen Clemens for the starting job. The Jets released Pennington more than two weeks ago when they acquired Favre from Green Bay.
Pennington, who learned of the decision after practice Monday afternoon, was only made available to speak to the media before the announcement. But he released a statement through the team.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to lead this team," Pennington said. "We've worked extremely hard over the last two weeks, and I'm proud to be a Miami Dolphin."
The decision was hardly surprising.
Pennington was recognized as the starter when he signed with Miami. The 32-year-old separated himself from Miami's other quarterbacks Henne, Josh McCown and John Beck and has led the Dolphins to consecutive preseason wins in convincing fashion. He is 16-for-21 for 149 yards and one touchdown.
CHIEFS SIGN FEELY: Apparently unsatisfied with both candidates in a summer-long kicking competition, the Kansas City Chiefs signed free agent Jay Feely to a one-year contract Monday.
Feely will join Connor Barth and Nick Novak on Tuesday in what coach Herm Edwards called a "kick-off," and one of the three will be released before Thursday night's preseason finale against St. Louis.
Feely kicked well for Miami last season, converting 21 of 23 field goals and all 26 extra points. He kicked for the New York Giants in 2005-2006 and Atlanta from 2001-2004. While kicking for the Giants, Feely worked with current Chiefs special teams coach Mike Priefer.
BROWNS QB NOT CLEARED: Browns quarterback Derek Anderson wasn't cleared to return to practice Monday, so Brady Quinn likely will start his second straight game Thursday night in the preseason finale against the Chicago Bears.
Anderson suffered a concussion Aug. 18 when he was sacked by New York Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora and his helmet banged off the Giants Stadium turf. He hasn't practiced or talked to the media since.
Coach Romeo Crennel said Monday that Anderson hasn't passed tests designed to determine whether he's returned to normal brain function.
"He's in the building and walking around," Crennel said. "Those concussions, you've got to go slow with those. They say rest is the best thing."
CARTER OUT FOR PANTHERS: With Steve Smith suspended for the first two games, D.J. Hackett still out with a sore toe and Ryne Robinson recovering from a knee injury, the Carolina Panthers couldn't afford to lose another receiver.
They did anyway Monday, learning that Jason Carter will miss the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He was injured in Saturday's 47-3 preseason victory against Washington.
"The whole Steve being out the first couple of games and with our numbers being depleted, it's a good thing that our running backs are running as well as they are right now," joked Muhsin Muhammad, something of a last man standing since he's a veteran receiver healthy enough for the opener.
DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart combining for 201 yards and two long touchdowns against the Redskins doesn't mask the growing concern at receiver.
STEELERS CUT BLOOM: Receiver-kick returner Jeremy Bloom, the former World Cup skiing star and two-time Olympian, was among three players in the Pittsburgh Steelers' first preseason roster cut Monday.
Also released were former William and Mary quarterback Mike Potts and defensive lineman Martavius Prince. The Steelers, who play the Carolina Panthers on Thursday in their final exhibition game, must make one more roster cut by Tuesday.
WILLIAMS' CAREER LIKELY OVER: Texans receiver Harry Williams probably won't play football again after injuring his neck and spine in a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys, a team physician said Monday.
Dr. Walter Lowe said Williams is expected to walk again after surgery Sunday in Dallas to fuse and stabilize the cervical spine levels C-2 through C-4, but the severity of the injury makes it "highly unlikely that Harry will return to football."
The 26-year-old Williams was hurt in a collision with a teammate while trying to make a tackle on a kick return in the first quarter of Friday's game.
"The bottom line from my perspective is the surgery went well," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday. "Right now it's a rough day for him but everything went well."
A third-year pro who spent last season on the Texans practice squad, Williams had fought his way into the receiver picture this season. Kubiak said last week that Williams was the team's best special teams player.
BRADY SAYS HE'LL BE READY: Tom Brady says he'll be ready for the New England Patriots opener even if a foot injury keeps him from taking a single snap in exhibition games.
Last season's NFL MVP sat out the first three games and plans to tell coach Bill Belichick he's "feeling great" in hopes of playing in Thursday night's final exhibition game at the New York Giants, the team that ruined the Patriots' unbeaten season by beating them in the Super Bowl.
COLTS STAR MAY BE ACTIVATED: Peyton Manning might be activated by the Indianapolis Colts on Tuesday, although the two-time NFL Most Valuable Player is not expected to play in the team's final preseason game Thursday night.
Manning underwent surgery July 14 to have an infected bursa sac removed from his left knee and has been on the physically unable to perform list the entire preseason. He has never missed a regular-season start in his 10-year career.
"We have a chance to get Peyton activated and out to practice. So we'll see how that goes," Colts coach Tony Dungy said Monday.
FORMER COWBOY DIES: Frank Cornish IV, an offensive lineman on two of the Dallas Cowboys' Super Bowl champion teams in the 1990s, died at age 40. Cornish was pronounced dead Saturday at a Grapevine hospital, where he was taken from his home in nearby Southlake. His death was caused by heart disease.