Running back Rashard Mendenhall will not start for the Pittsburgh Steelers today against the Tennessee Titans because of a hamstring injury, but he will be available. Ben Roethlisberger, with his gimpy foot, will play.
Isaac Redman will get his first NFL start, according to Coach Mike Tomlin. Redman has 22 carries and a 4.9-yard average.
All NFL teams will honor Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis, who died Saturday at the age of 82, with a pregame moment of silence. Mark Davis, Al’s son, is with the team in Houston and a succession plan is in place for the team, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Quarterback Mike Kafka is inactive for the Philadelphia Eagles, who play the Bills today in Buffalo. Vince Young will be Mike Vick’s backup.
The New York Giants will play the Seattle Seahawks without defensive end Justin Tuck and running back Brandon Jacobs. Tuck is sitting out a second straight game because of neck and groin injuries; Jacobs has a sprained medial collateral ligament. Jason Pierre-Paul starts in Tuck’s place; D.J. Ware will back up Ahmad Bradshaw.
FYI, Giants QB Eli Manning has thrown 90 passes without an interception.
Preliminary report: For the San Diego Chargers, Vincent Jackson are expected to be active; Antonio Gates is not (via Adam Schefter).
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on that whole Brett Favre “hey, spotlight, I’m over here” controversy of last week:
“I think on some level, you need to embrace the fact that you’re mentioned with a future Hall of Famer,” Rodgers said in an NFL Network interview, expanding on his initial response to Favre’s radio interview. “... And I’m always going to be the guy that followed him, regardless of what happens. ...
“I’m hopeful that we can go down in a similar sense and the way that Joe Montana and Steve Young are talked about [in winning Super Bowls for the San Francisco 49ers]. You know, two guys who are very good quarterbacks. It’s rare that a guy follows a guy like I did and has been able to have some success. And we’ve had some for now. But I’m hopeful that I’m going to have a long career here and an opportunity to win a lot more championships.”
Best debate today on Fox: Which Harbaugh brother is doing a better job this season? Jim Harbaugh is 3-1 with the San Francisco 49ers, who host the Tampa Bay Bucs; John Harbaugh is 3-1 with the Baltimore Ravens (who have a bye this week). “Jim changed the attitude and that’s hard to do,” Jimmy Johnson said.
Best non-debate on Fox: Should Donovan McNabb be benched? Short, unanimous answer: Ohheckyes. Terry Bradshaw: “If Andy Reid gives up on you — and no one is more quarterback-friendly than Andy Reid, the head coach of the Eagles — if he gives up on McNabb, that tells me all I need to know. I’d play [Christian] Ponder.”