Shockey says he was not a whistle-blower in the Saints bounties case, and that Warren Sapp's accusation he was has made it difficult for him to go back to New Orleans.|||||||
Appearing on Showtime's "Inside The NFL," the former tight end says Wednesday about being "a snitch" that "I would never do anything like that." He adds he spoke with Saints coach Sean Payton about it and Payton said, "Jeremy, just let it go."
Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Jeremy Shockey has considered retiring and that is news to Carolina's general manager.|||||||
Marty Hurney says, "we've gotten no indication that Jeremy's considering retirement at this point," adding that, "it's ultimately a question for Jeremy but all indications we are getting is that he wants to play." That contradicts what Rivera said earlier Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Rivera created a stir when he said Shockey had talked about the possibility of retiring after the 2011 season. Shockey signed a one-year, $4 million in 2011.
Shockey is listed as probable for Sunday's game in Indianapolis.|||||||
The Panthers tight end missed last week's game with injured ribs but has been a full participant in practice all week and is expected to play Sunday.
Shockey isn't going to let a mild concussion keep him out of Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.|||||||
The four-time Pro Bowl tight end returned to practice Thursday for Carolina and says he expects to play against his former team. Panthers coach Ron Rivera says Shockey's status "looks very promising," but that Shockey needs to be cleared by an independent doctor.
The Saints released Shockey on Tuesday.|||||||
The Saints acquired Shockey in a trade with the New York Giants before the 2008 season. In his three seasons in New Orleans, he caught 139 passes for 1,460 yards with six touchdowns in 38 regular season games, 34 of them starts