Ex-UK QB Woodson cut by Giants

Former University of Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodson was released Thursday from the New York Giants' practice squad.

Woodson, a rookie who holds several UK passing records, was chosen by New York in the sixth round of the NFL Draft in April but failed to make their active roster during the pre-season.

He was placed on the practice squad but was released Thursday to make room for cornerback Rashad Barksdale.

Brady has 'septic joint'

Tom Brady has been dealing with a "septic joint" since surgery earlier this month to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament in his left knee. In recent days, the infected knee was washed out multiple times, according to NFL sources, who cite such treatment as fairly common. When doctors wash out a septic joint, a similar action often must be done two or three times to help clear out the infection.

In the best-case scenario, the infection delays his rehab and recovery for a couple of months.

Regardless, the infection could create long-term knee problems, including reduced mobility, stiffness, weakness, and lingering pain. Patients who suffer an infection might never regain full motion.

But Brady's long-term prognosis also depends on what type of bacteria caused the infection. The most common cause of a post-operative septic joint is staph; if Brady has a staph infection responsive to antibiotics, he still has a chance at a good surgical result.

"The biggest concern is that the infection doesn't reoccur," said Dr. Lonnie Paulos, who operated on Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer's knee. "He's got ample time to get ready for next season. Overall, if it doesn't recur, he should still be on track to be back next year."

Culpepper comeback?

Former Pro Bowl quarterback Daunte Culpepper, who announced plans to quit football in early September after being frustrated over not finding work in the NFL, said Thursday he's considering a comeback. But he didn't reveal which teams may be interested in his services.

"A number of teams have contacted me since my retirement announcement and have provided some important information that has caused me to reconsider returning to the league," Culpepper, who serves as his own agent, wrote in an e-mail. "As much as I have enjoyed my brief break from playing, I know that I love the game and I have some unfinished business in the NFL."

One of those teams was the Chiefs, who contacted Culpepper but wound up signing former Jacksonville backup Quinn Gray.

Around the league

Bengals: Receiver Chad Ocho Cinco, formerly known as Chad Johnson, said Thursday he'll wear his old name on the back of his uniform for the rest of the season. Ocho Cinco said he can get his new name on the back of his jersey next season without having to compensate Reebok, which will be aware of the switch when it comes time to make more jerseys for sale to the public.

Cardinals: Anquan Boldin increased his workload in practice on Thursday, but Coach Ken Whisenhunt remained uncertain whether his standout wide receiver would play Sunday at Carolina. "I think really it's about where he is tomorrow after practice and when we travel to Carolina how he feels," the coach said.

Redskins: Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin's sprained right shoulder will keep him out of Sunday's game against the Lions. Cornerback Shawn Springs is expected to sit out for the second straight week with a strained left calf.

Rams: Running back Steven Jackson missed his second straight day of practice on Thursday because of a strained right thigh muscle, though the Rams remained hopeful their leading rusher and receiver would be ready for Sunday's game at New England. "We'll just take it day by day," Coach Jim Haslett said. "He looks better to me."

Titans: Running back Chris Johnson has been fined $10,000 for his celebration after a 66-yard touchdown run against the Chiefs. The NFL said Thursday Johnson was fined for unsportsmanlike conduct for banging on some drums in the Chiefs' pep band.