Seattle Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will miss his fourth consecutive week because his hyperextended right knee is still weak, but coach Mike Holmgren said he sees "light at the end of the tunnel."
This week, Dr. Robert Watkins, a noted back surgeon in Los Angeles, said a bulging disc in Hasselbeck's back is still weakening his knee. The three-time Pro Bowl player has said he will have to make at least a third trip to Watkins for more tests before he can return.
Raiders: : Former coach Lane Kiffin filed a grievance with the NFL to claim the lost salary he maintains he is still owed by the team. Kiffin was fired last month for cause because of what owner Al Davis described as acts of insubordination and lying by his second-year coach. Kiffin was still owed about $2.6 million from the three-year contract that he signed in 2007. But Davis has refused to pay. Commissioner Roger Goodell will ultimately rule on the grievance. In a statement, a team executive said that Kiffin "was terminated for cause. The grievance is without merit."
More Raiders: : Running back Darren McFadden, who had been slowed by a turf toe injury on his right foot, is dealing with a turf toe injury on his other foot. McFadden was inactive Sunday against the Ravens, and he missed practice yesterday.
Lions: : Detroit worked out quarterback Daunte Culpepper on Tuesday and liked the way he looked, but the team has not committed to him. Culpepper was a three-time Pro Bowl player for the Vikings, but a knee injury curtailed his career. He struggled with the Dolphins and Raiders before he announced his retirement in September. But he said last week that he was considering a comeback.
Cowboys: : Brad Johnson will make his third straight start at quarterback when Dallas plays the division-leading Giants on Sunday. But the team gave third-stringer Brooks Bollinger some work with the first team yesterday. Before practice, star wide receiver Terrell Owens said the only passes he had caught from Bollinger were warm-up tosses.
Vikings:: Linebacker E.J. Henderson (Maryland), who is on injured reserve and out for the season because of a injured big left toe, is facing about three more months of rehabilitation before he's back to full strength.
Broncos:: Quarterback Jay Cutler declared that the dinged-up index finger on his throwing hand is feeling fine. His finger swelled up after Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork hit Oct. 20 in a loss to New England. Wilfork will be fined but not suspended by the NFL after meeting yesterday with Goodell about that hit, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.
Packers: : Coming off a bye week, quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a few deep balls in the portion of practice that was open to the media, something he hasn't done very much since spraining his shoulder a month ago. Afterward, Rodgers said the injury felt "a little better" - but didn't proclaim it fully healed.