Thanks to another network rehashing old parenthetical evidence and passing it off as news, we now have to go through another round of Michael Vick questions.
I'll say it once more, slowly this time. The Carolina Panthers will not sign Michael Vick. Not today, not tomorrow, not now and not ever.
John Fox won't say it, of course. But John Fox doesn't say anything. His stubborn refusal to dismiss the Vick rumors has much more to do with his unwillingness to give a simple answer to a direct question than it does with any interest in adding the former Falcons quarterback.
He says he doesn't want to rule anything out. I suppose they might consider it, if every quarterback on the roster gets hit by a meteor this afternoon. But only then if they got on the phone and realized Vinny Testaverde, Rodney Peete, Chris Weinke, Randy Fasani and David Carr were unavailable.
Can't wait for him to sign somewhere, so this can all be over.
-- Interesting morning practice, conducted in a steady rain. Made for some interesting conditions. Some, such as WR Kenny Moore (who couldn't catch a wet punt) struggled with it. Others thrived.
There were still a few good scraps, as LB Jon Beason threw some punches at TE Andrew Davie. But for the most part, the work has stayed on the in-bounds side of aggressive.
-- For the last few days, they've been rotating their defensive ends from side to side, with Julius Peppers going to the left side to work against Jeff Otah, leaving Tyler Brayton on the right. It's more of a be-ready-for-anything than a shift in the lineup, but it's an interesting look.
I suspect it may also have something to do with the fact rookie Everette Brown's going to struggle against bigger tackles on the strong side, so they're going to let him go speed-on-speed against the guys on the left.
-- No new news on injuries, and they seem to have gotten out of the rain without getting hurt.