Outspoken Saints receiver Joe Horn criticized Paul Tagliabue yesterday, saying some of his teammates were "salty" because the NFL commissioner had yet to visit or address the team in person.
Horn made his comments on a conference call with New York media leading up to Sunday's game against the Jets.
"We haven't even seen the commissioner yet," Horn said. "Guys right now are salty that he has sent his executive here to talk to us. I don't really personally care whether he came or not. But the other guys are [ticked] off that Mr. Tagliabue hasn't said, 'I'm going to New Orleans and I'm going to hear their frustrations, hear their pain, so at least when I leave and get back on that plane and go back to New York they will say I was man enough to come there and confront them.'
"That's what the players want."
NFL spokesman Joe Browne said Tagliabue offered to speak to Saints players in Charlotte the night before their season opening game, but Coach Jim Haslett vetoed the idea.
* STEELERS: Ben Roethlisberger ran the offense in practice for the first time in nearly a month after missing three consecutive games and four of six with knee injuries. He still has pain after needing right knee surgery Nov. 3.
* JETS: After a week of bungled attempts to clear up Herman Edwards's future with the New York Jets, team owner Woody Johnson finally made an emphatic statement. "Herm's not leaving," Johnson said.
Johnson addressed the situation following an embarrassing week of rampant speculation that had Edwards leaving for Kansas City should Dick Vermeil retire when the season ends.
* RAIDERS: Warren Sapp is listed as doubtful to play Sunday against Miami because of a shoulder injury.
* CHIEFS: Kendall Gammon, whose excellent long-snapping had made him known within the NFL but virtually anonymous to most fans, is out for the rest of the season after he was placed on injured reserve.
The Chiefs signed Ed Perry (James Madison), the former long snapper for Dolphins.