Terrell Owens is not the only standout NFL wide receiver at odds with his team these days. Buffalo Bills wideout Eric Moulds didn't practice yesterday and could be suspended for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.
Bills Coach Mike Mularkey deflected reporters' questions about the situation during an afternoon news conference, saying he had excused Moulds from practices yesterday and today and would address the matter Friday.
"It's in-house," Mularkey said yesterday. "It's something I am not going to discuss. . . . At the right time, it will be addressed. [Now] is not the right time."
Mularkey refused to address reports that Moulds already had been informed he would be suspended, and that Moulds refused to re-enter Sunday's loss to the Miami Dolphins and skipped a meeting Monday with Mularkey.
Moulds was benched for much of Sunday's game, in which the Bills squandered a 23-3 lead and lost, 24-23, to drop their record to 4-8. His string of 121 straight games with at least one catch ended, and he questioned the Bills' offensive play-calling during the game immediately afterward. Moulds has spent his entire 10-year NFL career with the Bills and is a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He is the second-leading receiver in franchise history behind Andre Reed and he has a team-leading 54 catches this season.
Reid Sticks With QB
Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid said he's sticking with Mike McMahon as the team's starting quarterback this week even after McMahon had two interceptions returned for touchdowns in Monday night's 42-0 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. . . .
Rookie quarterback Charlie Frye remains Cleveland's starter this week, Browns Coach Romeo Crennel announced. . . .
The New York Giants placed cornerback Will Peterson on the injured reserve list because of a back injury and signed veteran cornerback Terrell Buckley. . . .
Seahawks cornerback Andre Dyson has a high ankle sprain that likely will sideline him the rest of the season. . . .
Marques Tuiasosopo will start at quarterback for the Oakland Raiders, 4-8, who benched regular Kerry Collins, according to the Associated Press.
'Steel Curtain' Creator Dies
Bud Carson, the architect of Pittsburgh's "Steel Curtain" defense who later coached the Cleveland Browns, died yesterday in Sarasota, Fla., of complications from emphysema. He was 75.
Carson was the Steelers' defensive coordinator from 1972 to '77, and shaped a defense led by Joe Greene, Jack Ham and Jack Lambert into one of the best in NFL history. During that time, the Steelers won two Super Bowl titles and would go on to win another two after Carson left.
Indianapolis Colts Coach Tony Dungy, a Steelers rookie defensive back under Carson in 1977, recalls marveling at how Carson could make major adjustments in personnel and strategy in the middle of a game or a season.
"We're still doing stuff that he was doing 30 years later and everyone thinks it's innovative," Dungy told the AP.