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Tuesday's NFL notes: Stomping tackle apologizes

| Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - After dialing his number all day with no luck, Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth finally got the chance Tuesday to personally apologize to Andre Gurode for tearing open the Cowboys center's face with a cleat.

Haynesworth spent much of the day getting nothing but unanswered rings and a full voice mail box, then connected in the late afternoon with Gurode, who needed 30 stitches to repair the facial cuts.

"The purpose of the conversation was to apologize," said Haynesworth's agent, Chad Speck.

Haynesworth was suspended five games without pay by the NFL -- the longest-ever punishment in the NFL for on-field behavior -- for kicking Gurode's helmet off, then swiping his cleated foot on his face while he lay on the ground. Speck said Haynesworth wouldn't appeal, even though the NFL Players Association wanted him to try.

"He said Sunday night he would accept the league's decision of what to do from a discipline standpoint, and that's what he's going to do," Speck said.

Haynesworth's agent gave the tackle's phone number to Gurode's agent and the Cowboys, hoping to connect the players. That finally happened, but Speck wouldn't detail the conversation and said he is leaving that to either Gurode or Haynesworth -- if they choose.

Gurode's agent, Kennard McGuire, did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press yesterday.

The Dallas center plans to talk with his family about whether to press charges, his agent told Nashville police Monday.

Packers release CB Carroll

A day after two of his errors helped fuel a Philadelphia Eagles victory, former first-round draft pick Ahmad Carroll was released by the Green Bay Packers.

Packers general manager Ted Thompson said yesterday the team released the cornerback who was drafted in the first round in 2004.

Giants LB Emmons to miss game

New York Giants weakside linebacker Carlos Emmons will miss Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins with a chest injury.

Emmons, who was hurt in the loss to Seattle on Sept. 24, created a stir in the locker room yestersday, saying he might play this weekend. The original diagnosis called for him to be sidelined about three weeks with a slightly torn pectoral muscle.

Shockey won't be benched for recent blowup

Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey won't be benched for comments that the New York Giants were outcoached in a recent loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

After first refusing to answer the question, coach Tom Coughlin said yesterday that Shockey would start against the Washington Redskins this weekend if his sprained right ankle was OK.

"We'll see about his health and his condition," a miffed Coughlin said yesterday after practice. "If he can go, he'll start."

Chargers safety Kiel pleads not guilty to drug charges

Chargers safety Terrence Kiel pleaded not guilty yesterday to charges he shipped bottles of codeine-based cough syrup to Texas.

Kiel, 25, a starter with the Chargers, faces a maximum of seven years and four months in state prison if convicted of all five felony drug counts against him, according to Deputy District Attorney James Fontaine.

Roster moves

The Bengals signed offensive tackle Alan Reuber and released guard Kyle Takavitz yesterday, shuffling their backups on an injury-depleted line.

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