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Dec 15, 2004
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Cowher thinks Burress may be back
From staff and wire reports

Although receiver Plaxico Burress declared after the AFC title game that he had played his last game in a Steelers uniform, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher isn't convinced. Burress can become an unrestricted free agent in March. "I talked to Plax (on Tuesday), and we had a good conversation," Cowher said.
The two met during a routine season-ending session, but Cowher said he declined to ask Burress about the statements he expressed to the media after the game.

"We'll have time," Cowher said.

Burress didn't participate in minicamps or other workouts at the Steelers headquarters for much of last offseason. It was speculated Burress was disappointed that, as he entered the final year of his contract, he was not offered a new deal. "Like I told him, I wish he would have at least called me last year in the offseason," Cowher said. "I said, 'I understand what you were doing; I didn't agree with it, but just call me.' We kind of laughed about it."

Randy watch:

The Baltimore Ravens deny there have been discussions with the Minnesota Vikings about trading for controversial receiver Randy Moss, but Deion Sanders is certainly intrigued by the Moss-to-Baltimore rumors.

Sanders, who came out of retirement to join the Ravens this season, said he would be more inclined to return to the team if Moss were added. "That would really encourage me to play," Sanders told James Brown while appearing on his Sporting News Radio show.

The extremely talented Moss drew intense criticism for leaving the sideline with two seconds remaining in the season finale against the Washington Redskins and for his "faux mooning" of Green Bay Packers fans during a playoff-opening victory at Lambeau Field.

Sanders thinks he and linebacker Ray Lewis would be good influences for Moss. "I think we can help him, not only on the field but off the field and let him see the big picture," Sanders said. "Because football is just a blink of an eye, then you've got to deal with your life in your mid-30s or the early 30s, and we want to prepare him for that."

Tollner rejoins Mariucci:

The Detroit Lions hired Ted Tollner as offensive coordinator Wednesday, reuniting him with head coach Steve Mariucci.

Tollner, 64, replaces Sherman Lewis, who retired after the season. He was the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator last year.

I wonder if TT could entertain Sherm Lewis into becoming a Consultant of sorts for the Packers - He was the OC that took us to TWO SUPERBOWLS.. I say WHY NOT?!!! - IPBprez

Owner dismisses rumors:

Red McCombs apparently is getting tired of reading about an imminent sale of his Vikings.

While McCombs has had the team on the block since May 2002, he issued a two-sentence statement Wednesday dismissing a wave of recent reports. McCombs, a San Antonio businessman who bought the 44-year-old franchise in 1998, was not specific.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported Tuesday that McCombs recently entered a short-term exclusive negotiating deal with Arizona entrepreneur Reggie Fowler.

"None of the media reports concerning the potential sale of the Vikings are correct," read McCombs' statement.

Fowler, who was in Minneapolis on Monday, told reporters at the Timberwolves game that he was house-hunting in the area and actively trying to complete a purchase of the team.

Fowler, who is black, would be the NFL's first minority owner.

Pro Bowl changes:

Atlanta Falcons return specialist Allen Rossum was selected to the NFC squad Wednesday as an injury replacement for Detroit's Eddie Drummond (shoulder).

Allen out there making Sherman look bad? Again? - IPBprez

Miami Dolphins cornerback Patrick Surtain was added to the AFC squad, replacing injured Baltimore cornerback Chris McAlister (foot).

Pittsburgh defensive end Aaron Smith and offensive tackle Marvel Smith were added to the AFC team to replace New York Jets defensive end John Abraham (knee) and Kansas City Chiefs offensive tackle Willie Roaf (ankle).

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