Though he was not selected in the NFL draft, Herzlich embarked on a tough workout program and was signed as a free agent by the New York Giants.
Checking the fans
Security personnel for NFL games will begin using hand-held metal detectors as part of the screening process before fans enter stadiums.
Beginning Nov. 20, the detectors will be used at stadium gates because "we are always striving for ways to improve our security procedures at all of our stadiums," an NFL spokesman said.
A familiar refrain
Backup Giants running back Brandon Jacobs wants the ball more, according to a magazine report.
The big back told Men's Fitness Magazine that he was unhappy with his lack of carries and that he did not expect to be with the team next season.
Jacobs is due to receive a $500,000 roster bonus in March, an amount that might cause the Giants to dump him and the $4.4 million salary he is scheduled to earn next season, according to Newsday.
Harris no longer a Bear
The Chicago Bears released veteran safety Chris Harris after he asked for a trade, ending his second run with the team.
Coach Lovie Smith said the move had been building over several weeks of subpar play. The Bears filled Harris' spot by signing former St. Louis Rams linebacker Jabara Williams off waivers.
Dielman using his brain
San Diego Pro Bowl left guard Kris Dielman said he would sit out Monday night's game at Kansas City because of a concussion suffered Sunday.
Dielman said he was ruling himself out because of the way he feels. Coach Norv Turner said Dielman had yet to take the test he needs to pass before returning to practice.
A group of Minnesota legislators opposed to putting public money into a deal for a new Vikings stadium acknowledged that they would let the team flee the state rather than let themselves be strong-armed into cutting a deal at any price, according to an Associated Press report.
Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak laid out two funding options and three possible sites in a bid to keep the team from bolting to the suburbs - or beyond. His plan relies on new sales and lodging taxes or proceeds from a potential downtown casino.
- Inquirer wire services