Cardinals cut longest tenured veteran Player

Arizona Cardinals: Punter Scott Player, the Cardinals'
longest-tenured veteran in both seasons and games played, was
released by the team on Wednesday.

The 37-year-old Player appeared in 140 games in his nine seasons
with the Cardinals. He has punted 714 times for 30,752 yards and a
43.1-yard average. Player was selected to the Pro Bowl following
the 2000 season, his third with the team.

"It's never easy to part ways with a veteran who has
contributed to the team for as long as Scott has," coach Ken
Whisenhunt said. "At the same time, you have to make decisions
based on what's in the best interests of the football team and we
feel this move is."

Player will be replaced by Mike Barr, picked up on a waiver
claim Tuesday. Barr was released Monday by Pittsburgh. The
28-year-old Barr has never appeared in an NFL regular-season game.

He punted six times for 270 yards, a 45.0-yard average, during
the preseason for the Steelers. The Rutgers product spent the
2004-06 seasons in NFL Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy.

Elsewhere in NFL camps:

Indianapolis Colts: Super Bowl MVP Peyton Manning added a new
pitch to his plethora of endorsements Wednesday -- one that came
from the heart.

On the second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Manning gave an
impromptu boost to the tourism industry in his hometown of New
Orleans by calling on those who have not visited the city recently
to return.

"People around the country need to know they can still use
their help and support," Manning told reporters. "Prayers and
money are good, but there has been progress in certain areas and
people can visit those areas. They need the tourists to come

For Manning, New Orleans has always been a special place.

His father, Archie, was a longtime quarterback for the Saints
and then served as a color analyst for Saints games on the radio.
It was New Orleans where the league's two-time MVP honed his
football skills, first in his parents' backyard and later at
Isidore Newman High School.

Manning's parents and older brother, Cooper, still live in New
Orleans, and after the hurricane struck in August 2005, Manning was
one of the league's biggest names to lend support to the recovery
effort. Manning and his younger brother, Eli, even shipped a
planeload of supplies back home.

And next Thursday, Manning will open his 10th NFL season against
the Saints.

Minnesota Vikings: With the regular season opener just over a
week away, Vikings quarterback Tarvaris Jackson still
doesn't know who is going to be protecting him on the right side of
the offensive line.

Four players are vying for two openings at right guard and right
tackle, and Thursday night's preseason finale against the Dallas Cowboys could go a long way toward deciding the race.

"I am not ready to crown anybody king at that position and say
this is going to be the starter in our first game," coach Brad
Childress said earlier this week.

Anthony Herrera and Artis Hicks have been swapping out at right
guard, with Ryan Cook and Marcus Johnson competing for the right
tackle job.

Denver Broncos: Mike Shanahan isn't going to deviate from his plan to rest his starters in the final exhibition tuneup against

Despite a dismal defensive showing in the preseason and an
offense that never had all its parts working together, Shanahan
won't alter his strategy.

"No change in philosophy," said the Denver Broncos coach who
prefers to use the last preseason game as a job interview for the
final half-dozen or so roster spots.

Plus, some Denver players could use a rest.

The Broncos' top three wide receivers -- Javon Walker,
Brandon Marshall, Brandon Stokley -- have all missed time, along with tight
end Tony Scheffler. Rod Smith has yet to practice as he continues
his recovery from offseason hip surgery that will sideline him
through the first six weeks of the season at minimum.

Denver's top two running backs, Travis Henry (knee) and
Mike Bell (hip) were hurt at Dallas two weeks ago and won't return until
the opener Sept. 9 at Buffalo.

Left guard Ben Hamilton has been slow to recover from a
concussion early in camp. He was expected to practice this week,
but became nauseated doing some drills and his return was put off

"He's seeing specialists, seeing the best in the world, and
when he's ready to come back, he'll come back," Shanahan said.
"Hopefully, it's sooner rather than later."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.