Lane Kiffin went over the injury report and the aftermath of the Oakland Raiders latest loss before the questions predictably turned to his shaky job status amid more reports that his firing as coach would be imminent.
"This seems to be a common question here everyday," Kiffin said Monday. "I'm going to kind of put it this way: Until I am told by Al Davis that I'm not the head coach here anymore, we're going to keep plugging away the same way we have been. So I have not been told by Al Davis that I am not the head coach. Until he tells me directly, we'll keep plugging away."
With no word yet from the owner, Kiffin began preparations for Sunday's game between the Raiders (1-2) and San Diego.
Kiffin's weekly Monday news conferences have turned from the mundane to must-see events since reports about Kiffin's firing first surfaced on Sept. 13. This week's session included a Raiders official interrupting a question that he said was based on an incorrect premise and later calling the columnist a liar and saying he'd like to punch him.
Team officials have refused to deny the reports about Kiffin's firing and the coach has been in a sort of limbo ever since. But he once again trotted out for his weekly duties, staying on as coach for at least a little while longer.
He returned with the Raiders from a crushing 24-23 loss at Buffalo to reports that the decision was supposed to come Monday, but Davis has refused to act so far. Kiffin refused to discuss the latest rumors, saying he's waiting to hear directly from Davis. The two have not talked since before the season opener against Denver on Sept. 8.
JETS RE-SIGN CUT PUNTER: The New York Jets re-signed recently released punter Ben Graham in time for him to play in the team's Monday night game against the San Diego Chargers.
Graham was cut last Tuesday after getting off to a poor start in his fourth season with the Jets. New York signed journeyman Reggie Hodges to replace him, but Hodges injured his left thigh in practice late last week and was ruled out for the game at San Diego.
The Jets waived wide receiver Marcus Henry, the team's sixth-round draft pick out of Kansas, to make room for Graham. Henry was inactive for New York's first two games.
Graham, a former Australian Football League star, averaged just 27.3 net yards in the Jets' 19-10 loss to New England last week. The Patriots benefited from excellent field position throughout the game, starting five of their nine offensive series in Jets territory.
SHOCKEY OUT 3-6 WEEKS: Tight end Jeremy Shockey, the Saints' second-leading receiver through three games, is expected to be out for three to six weeks because of a sports hernia.
Shockey, who was acquired from the New York Giants in a trade shortly before training camp, had 16 receptions for 151 yards during the Saints' first three regular-season games. He played Sunday in New Orleans' 34-32 loss at Denver, catching five passes for 56 yards.
On Monday afternoon, Saints spokesman Greg Bensel confirmed a report on the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune's Web site that Shockey was scheduled to have surgery this week.
A sports hernia is the weakening of muscles or tendons in the lower abdominal wall. For Shockey, it's the second serious injury in as many seasons. He broke his left leg last December and missed all of the Giants' postseason run to a Super Bowl championship.
WESTBROOK DAY TO DAY: Brian Westbrook limped around without crutches Monday. He could be back to running and slashing this week.
The All-Pro running back is day to day with a strained ankle, encouraging news for a Philadelphia Eagles team that can't afford to lose its top offensive player.
"I'm sure it'll be a race to get him ready for Sunday," coach Andy Reid. "We'll see how he does. I think we can manage it."
Westbrook injured his right ankle while hurdling a teammate on a 2-yard run on the first play of the second quarter of Sunday's 15-6 win over Pittsburgh. He walked to the locker room without help, but didn't return and left the stadium on crutches.
An MRI revealed no torn ligaments, Reid said.
HARRIS TESTED AMID REPORT OF RUPTURED SPLEEN: Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris was undergoing medical tests Monday amid a report he might have ruptured his spleen in Sunday's loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
The National Football Post, a Web site that lists Harris' agent as a contributor, reported that the injury could end Harris' season. Agent Jack Bechta did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press.
Earlier in the day, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said the team's medical staff was "just doing scans" on Harris and were "checking for everything." A team spokesman said no additional information was available.
REDSKINS' TAYLOR OUT FOR DALLAS GAME: What seemed like an annoying kick in the calf turned into a significant medical issue for the Washington Redskins and defensive end Jason Taylor, who underwent a 20-minute emergency procedure Monday and will miss next week's game against the Dallas Cowboys.
"He's going to be fine," coach Jim Zorn said. "Our problem is that he's going to be out for this Dallas game for sure. I can't tell you beyond that."
The injury will end Taylor's consecutive games streak at 133, the seventh longest among active players. He hasn't missed a game since 1999, early in his career with the Miami Dolphins.
Taylor was kicked in his left leg in the second quarter of Sunday's 24-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. He finished the game and had three tipped passes including two during a crucial stand inside the Redskins' 10-yard line in the second half but the leg became painful and sore Sunday night, and he lost feeling in his ankle as blood began to pool.
Taylor checked into a hospital early Monday morning.
"They went in and cut open that portion where the blood was pooling and released that pressure," Zorn said.