Texan groins and bears it

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:36 PM ET

Good news for the Houston Texans is decidedly bad news for the New York Giants.

When defensive end Mario Williams suffered a groin strain in practice, it was thought the Giants offensive line’s job had just got a whole lot easier.

Williams, though, played down the injury when speaking with the Houston Chronicle.

“If I can walk, there’s no way I’m going to miss the game,” Williams said. “I’ve got to play with it. I’m going to ride until the wheels fall off. I’ll give it everything I’ve got.”

Meanwhile, wide receiver Andre Johnson, who sat out last week’s game with an ankle injury, has, according to the ESPN, switched ankle braces and now feels he can play this weekend.

“I’ll be out there,” Johnson told the Chronicle. “I felt great running around today.”

FAVRE: A PRIVATE MATTER

It was a week that should have alleviated many of Brett Favre’s concerns.

Desperate to turn an ailing offence around, Favre got a long-time wish granted Wednesday when the New England Patriots officially delivered Randy Moss to his doorstep.

Even at the age of 33, Moss can still single-handedly improve an offence’s fortunes ... assuming he is willing.

It seemed to be the perfect fit for all concerned. A struggling Vikings offence welcomed an unappreciated Moss and the two get to work their magic on Monday night.

The euphoria for Favre lasted all of two days before Deadspin.com released what appears to be his lame attempt to attract the attention of former New York Jets hostess Jenn Sterger with pics of his privates and racy voice texts.

Favre has not yet responded to the Deadspin allegations saying only “I’m not getting into that. I’ve got my hands full with the Jets and am trying to get some timing down with our guys, so that’s all I’m going to discuss.”

On Friday night, Deadspin added to the list of alleged Favre improprieties, saying two team massage therapists have come forward with their own recordings of more juvenile attempts by Favre to “play the field”

The NFL is investigating the incidents which should have Favre and Vikings fans at least somewhat concerned.

The league’s personal conduct policy gives it the leeway to suspend or penalize players for conduct that may not be unlawful, but certainly is unflattering to the league image.

Ben Roethlisberger got a four-game suspension. Not even the appearance of a Randy Moss could take the sting out of that should it go that way for Favre.

PATS REACHING BACK?

The latest name to replace Moss in New England is Deion Branch, a former Super Bowl MVP with the Patriots, who is now 31 and apparently blocking the development of former Notre Dame standout Golden Tate in Seattle.

Right now, it’s all speculation but there’s no denying Brady and Branch once enjoyed a good on-field chemistry and it’s not like the cost would be that high to get him to come back.

Word from the Boston Herald is a fifth- or sixth-round pick might be enough and, with the Patriots already owning multiple picks in the first three rounds of the 2011 draft, it even makes more sense.

The Boston Globe meanwhile, is quoting a source saying Brady had already reached out to Branch this week.

REGRETS, HE HAS A FEW

Remember the off-season cross-country tour former Philadelphia Eagles back Brian Westbrook went on? From Washington to Denver and many points in between, Westbrook carefully assessed all his options and then settled on San Francisco.

Four games into the year, he’s sounding like all that work went for naught.

Westbrook, according to the Sacramento Bee, has been on the field for four only plays so far this season and the lack of work, even playing behind Frank Gore, is starting to take its toll.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” Westbrook said. “As a player, you always want to play. You always want to go out there and help the team. But, like you said, only having four snaps — it’s really hard to help your team.”

NO MINNY MAGIC

It appears the Bernard Berrian tenure in Minnesota may be coming to a close.

Berrian appears to be the biggest casualty in the Moss-to-Minnesota deal, but the writing was on the wall before Moss arrived on the scene.

With Sidney Rice out following hip surgery, Favre’s first option for a new favourite target was Berrian. For the first two games of the season, Favre fired a steady diet of balls Berrian’s way only to get little to no return. He pulled back a little in the third game, a win over Detroit. Then came the Moss trade following the bye week.

In total, Berrian has caught five passes for 38 yards on a team that was desperately looking to hand it’s No. 1 receiver job to someone.

Berrian was asked Friday following practice whether he was happy.

“Good question,” he said. “Anytime a player’s reps get cut or anything of that nature happens, a player’s never going to be happy. But it’s just the way ... my attitude has to change.”

Or possibly an address change would have the same effect.

THIS JUST IN

Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden will not play in Oakland’s game with San Diego Sunday. While the light appears to have come on for McFadden this season, a hamstring injury will sideline him and open the door for Michael Bush. Hammy injuries have also put running back Michael Bennett and guard Robert Gallery on the shelf for the weekend .... Despite monumental evidence that suggests indifference has set in, the Broncos will once again go with Laurence Maroney as the fill-in for injured back Knowshon Moreno. In Maroney’s first two tries filling in for Moreno, the former Pats back has accumulated 29 yards on 23 carries.

mike.ganter@sunmedia.ca


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