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Greg Little should take nothing for granted in NFL

On Labor Day, I was at a gym in Durham and saw "Fast" Willie Parker lifting weights. There was Parker, 30, in a weight room with me instead of at an NFL compound. What you have to appreciate is that a pro football career doesn't last all that long. Ideally, Greg Little’s big mistakes in college will keep him from royally messing up in the pros, where his career, not just a season, is on the line. (Durham Herald-Sun)

Jason Brown: Giving Pause

It was Sept. 20, 2003, and Jason Brown could tell immediately that his mom, Deborah, sounded off. But he wasn't sure if that meant she had good or bad news. Then he knew. "It's Deucey, isn't it?" "Yeah, baby," she said. "It's your brother." In the middle of the night in Iraq, a mortar shell had hit his battalion outside Abu Ghraib prison. Deucey, by chance, absorbed most of the shrapnel. (ESPN.com)

Jeff Saturday partners with Indiana company for charity

Tire Barn Warehouse has partnered with Indianapolis Colts center Jeff Saturday and Central Indiana Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. This marks the third NFL season the company has teamed up with a Colts player and charity to help raise awareness and monetary donations. (Modern Tire Dealer)

Julius Peppers continues to haunt opposing offenses

He is everywhere on the field, like a burned lawn in July. And when he's on the sideline, opponents' blood pressure drops considerably.He's Julius Peppers, worth every cent of the millions the Bears are paying the right defensive end. Sunday's 30-12 pasting of the Atlanta Falcons was so typical of this 6-foot-7, 290-pound "freak" of nature, as he is so often referred to. (NWI Times)

UNC files motion to dismiss in Michael McAdoo case

Lawyers representing UNC are seeking to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former football player Michael McAdoo. McAdoo sued the school and NCAA in July, alleging negligence and seeking unspecified damages as well as reinstatement after being ruled permanently ineligible during the NCAA's investigation of the football program. But in a motion, the school argued McAdoo has "no constitutionally protected right" to play college sports. (Fayetteville Observer)

Former Tar Heels coach Bunting hurts for alma mater

Former North Carolina coach John Bunting said he’s pained to see his alma mater’s image tarnished by the investigations of NCAA and academic wrongdoings that have tainted the football program for more than a year. “To be dragged through the muck has been tough for a lot of us to handle,” Bunting said last week prior to filling his role as a broadcast analyst for the Wake Forest / Syracuse football game. (Burlington Times News)

UNC wants to see Michael McAdoo's law suit tossed

UNC and Chancellor Holden Thorp have asked for the dismissal of former Tar Heels football player Michael McAdoo's lawsuit against the school. McAdoo sued on July 1, claiming gross negligence and breach of fiduciary duty, seeking unspecified damages after the NCAA ruled him permanently ineligible. In addition to the university and Thorp, the NCAA was named as a defendant in the lawsuit. (Charlotte Observer)

Falcons name Garrett Reynolds as right guard starter

Garrett Reynolds, a former fifth-round pick, was named the right guard starter by Falcons coach Mike Smith after Monday's practice. The opening on the offensive line arose after Harvey Dahl signed with the St. Louis Rams during free agency. Mike Johnson and Reynolds competed for the spot. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Florida DT Sharrif Floyd declared inelegible, possible connection to John Blake

Florida announced on Saturday that DT Sharrif Floyd was declared ineligible, a move that his high school coach said is possibly related to his recruitment by other schools. Ron Cohen, Floyd's coach at George Washington High in Philadelphia, suspects that Floyd's name came up in the NCAA investigation at North Carolina, where former assistant coach John Blake was alleged to have accepted money from an agent. (Orlando Sentinel)

Kendric Burney signed to Panthers' practice squad

It seems the Carolina Panthers weren’t quite willing to part ways with former UNC and Southwest High School star Kendric Burney just yet. The NFL team announced Monday that Burney was among six players with whom they had agreed to terms with for its practice squad. Burney, a former All-ACC cornerback with the Tar Heels, signed with the Panthers as an undrafted free agent. (Jacksonville Daily News)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign TE Zack Pianalto

In addition, the Bucs claimed tight end Zack Pianalto off waivers per his agent Brian Ayrault. The North Carolina product spent the preseason with the Buffalo Bills, but didn't stick. He caught six passes for 59 yards during the preseason. He is supposed to be an all-around but limited tight end. (Bucs Nation)

Quan Sturdivant waived by Cardinals

To make room for those two players, the team released tight end Stephen Spach and inside linebacker Quan Sturdivant, a sixth-round pick last spring. Sturdivant could join the practice squad if he clears waivers. (Arizona Republic)

Kendric Burney Cut From Panthers' Roster

Kendric Burney will officially not be playing for the Carolina Panthers ---at least, not for now. The former UNC star cornerback did not make the cut for the Panthers’ final 53-player roster, which was announced Saturday. (Chapelboro.com)

Bengals claim Brandon Tate off waivers

Tate, who is entering his third year, returned two kicks for touchdowns last year for New England including a 97-yarder in the opener against the Bengals last year. However the 2009 third-round pick did not develop as well as the Patriots had hoped. He was the team’s third receiver last year and had 24 catches for 432 yards and three touchdowns. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

Michael McAdoo makes Ravens roster

In what may qualify as the most surprising turn of events, rookie defensive end Michael McAdoo confirmed via text message that he has made the Ravens' 53-man roster. McAdoo joined the team one day after passing through the supplemental draft on Aug. 22. Because of his limited time with the organization, McAdoo was thought to be one of the 27 players that club would release on Saturday. (Baltimore Sun)

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