Raiders cut ties with cornerback Hall

The Oakland Raiders' decision to waive DeAngelo Hall just eight games after signing him to a $70 million contract brought surprised reactions from his teammates who now wonder even more about the future of the franchise.

"I've never been in a situation where you cut one of the best players," said safety Gibril Wilson, another of the team's off-season acquisitions. "That's strange to me. It's almost like we're throwing in the towel."

The Raiders waived Hall on Wednesday, bringing a disappointing end to a short tenure in Oakland. The Raiders sent a second-round draft pick in 2008 and a fifth-rounder next season to Atlanta in March to acquire Hall, who immediately was given a seven-year contract.

Hall was supposed to form one of the top cornerback duos in the league with Nnamdi Asomugha but struggled from the start of the season as he adjusted to the Raiders' man-to-man defense.

Hasselbeck back Nov. 16?

The Seahawks expect quarterback Matt Hasselbeck to return against first-place Arizona on Nov. 16. He will miss his fifth consecutive game on Sunday at Miami while he slowly gets back into playing shape this week.

Coach Mike Holmgren said Wednesday his three-time Pro Bowl quarterback has finally passed the strength tests doctors prescribed for his hyperextended right knee. That will allow him back on the practice field as the scout-team quarterback this week. His knee was being weakened by a bulging disk in his back.

Culpepper might start

The Lions tried to be coy about how much Daunte Culpepper practiced Wednesday and whether their new quarterback will play just days after signing.

In the locker room, though, it seemed obvious Culpepper is expected to make his Lions debut against the Jaguars.

"We're throwing him in the fire right away," captain Cory Redding said. "I feel like it's something he can handle because he's been in this league long enough. It's like riding a bike."

Around the league

Redskins: Sean Taylor will be inducted into the team's Ring of Fame this month, following the first anniversary of his death. He died at age 24 on Nov. 27, 2007, a day after he was shot by an intruder at his home in Miami.

Bears: Relieved that his right ankle is just sprained and not broken, quarterback Kyle Orton hopes to play this week against unbeaten Tennessee.

Giants: Super Bowl star wide receiver David Tyree was placed on injured reserve Wednesday following off-season knee surgery and then a hamstring injury.

Texans: Linebacker Zac Diles, who leads Houston in tackles, broke his left leg and will miss the rest of the season.

Steelers: The team released punter Mitch Berger and signed punter Paul Ernster.