Punter vs. kicker: A feud with legs

Posted: November 22, 2002

The feud between Carolina punter Todd Sauerbrun and Tampa Bay kicker Martin Gramatica escalated yesterday when Sauerbrun said Gramatica's youngest brother taunted him outside of Carolina's locker room following Sunday's loss to the Bucs.

"I don't know who this kid thinks he's playing with, but I'm not the most mild-tempered guy," Sauerbrun said. "If he would have said the wrong thing to me there's no telling what I might have done . . . That kid is as big of an idiot as his brother, and I'm sure his other brother is, too. It goes right down the line."

Bill Gramatica, the middle of the three brothers, kicks for the Arizona Cardinals.

The feud started last week when Sauerbrun took exception to the way Martin Gramatica celebrated his four field goals in Tampa Bay's 12-9 victory over the Panthers last month. In the rematch, a 23-10 Tampa Bay victory Sunday, Gramatica had to be restrained from going after Sauerbrun following the game.

"One hundred percent of the people that know him don't like him," Gramatica said after the game.

Their next meeting could be in January at the Pro Bowl if both are selected. Gramatica told Tampa Bay reporters yesterday he wouldn't kick if Sauerbrun is his holder. But Sauerbrun said he would do his job.

Noteworthy

* Jimmy Johnson got back together with Jerry Jones to settle some old issues and to tape an interview for Sunday's NFL pregame show on Fox.

"He offered me a contract, and I turned it down," Johnson joked as he and Jones walked onto the Dallas Cowboys' practice field at Valley Ranch.

Johnson coached the Cowboys from 1989-93, helping the team go from a 1-15 record to two-time Super Bowl champions. But the coach and owner had a falling out, and Barry Switzer succeeded Johnson.

Johnson returned to the Dallas practice facility for the first time since 1994, but this time as a TV analyst for Fox. In addition to doing the interview, Johnson said he and Jones settled a lot of personal issues during what was a somewhat emotional meeting.

"We were able to say some things that have never been said," Johnson said. "We were able to answer some questions that have never been answered. I thought it was extremely productive for both of us and maybe we can eliminate a few of the myths that have been going on for years."

Johnson said he volunteered to do the Fox interview. He wouldn't go into detail about what the two discussed.

* New York Giants cornerback Jason Sehorn criticized the NFL for treating first-time ephedrine offenders more harshly than players caught using cocaine, the New York Daily News reported. Sehorn, who said he used ephedrine daily until last spring, is upset that players testing positive for the over-the-counter stimulant receive four-game suspensions, while a positive first test for cocaine or marijuana results only in placement in the NFL's drug-treatment program.

* Seattle claimed fourth-year offensive tackle Chris Terry, a day after he was waived by Carolina.

* Green Bay signed free-agent running back Jay Graham to fill the roster spot of injured rookie Najeh Davenport. Davenport's season ended Sunday when his left eye socket was fractured.

* St. Louis running back Marshall Faulk's status for Sunday's game at Washington won't be determined until game time, coach Mike Martz said. Faulk missed Monday's victory over the Bears with a high sprain in his right ankle and a strained foot tendon.

* Arizona will be without starting linebacker Rob Fredrickson (neck) for at least two games. *

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