NFL notebook: Bengals LB Harrison's college jersey retired
Bengals linebacker James Harrison's jersey at Kent State is being retired.
Harrison, a longtime star with the Steelers, will be honored during the Golden Flashes' season opener Thursday night against Liberty. Harrison, who wore No. 16 in college, is the fifth Kent State player to have his jersey retired, joining Jim Corrigall, Hall of Famer Jack Lambert, Eric Wilkerson and Josh Cribbs.
Harrison will not be able to attend the game because the Bengals are hosting their final exhibition game. Harrison's parents will be presented with a framed No. 16 jersey on his behalf.
Flacco banner draws ire
Joe Flacco looms larger than life in Denver and not just because he engineered the stunning upset of the Broncos in the playoffs that propelled the Baltimore Ravens to the Super Bowl title.
The league's marketing campaign for next week's kickoff game features several large banners of Flacco fluttering from lamp posts on downtown streets — and a giant one several stories high that hangs at Sports Authority Field alongside a banner of Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning.
That has drawn an angry public reaction from Broncos fans who have taken to Twitter and to the streets to vent their frustration. One local sportscaster used a Sharpie to draw a mustache on a Flacco poster hanging along Denver's 16th Street Mall and covered another with tape.
Tynes' wife refutes claim
Lawrence Tynes' wife disputed the Buccaneers' claim that her husband is “responding well” to treatment for MRSA, a serious staph infection that sidelined the veteran kicker earlier this month, ESPN reported.
The Buccaneers said they treated their facility last week to prevent an MRSA outbreak after Tynes and Pro Bowl guard Carl Nicks were infected.
Amanda Tynes posted a response on her Twitter account and posted a photo of her husband: ‘I hear my husband is responding “well” to treatment. “LOL! He's NOT responding at all yet.”
Marshall's absence OK'd
Bears coach Marc Trestman said wide receiver Brandon Marshall's absence from Wednesday's practice started a four-day excused rest from team activities, NFL.com reported.
Marshall raised questions Tuesday about the status of his surgically repaired hip.
“This was a planned-out miss today for personal reasons,” Trestman told the Chicago Tribune. “I let him go for personal reasons. But something that has been part of the offseason plan since training camp started.”
Around the League
San Francisco offensive lineman Joe Looney's low block against Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams during Sunday night's game was ruled legal by the NFL, CBSSports.com reported. ... The Buccaneers signed wide receiver Jordan Norwood, who had 36 receptions for 405 yards and one touchdown over the past two seasons with the Browns. ... The Jaguars signed veteran cornerback Will Blackmon. ... The Patriots released cornerback Ras-I Dowling two years after drafting him in the second round. ... Seattle coach Pete Carroll said he expects wide receiver Sidney Rice (knee) to be ready for the season opener. ... Aaron Curry, the No. 4 overall pick in the 2009 draft, retired.