Seattle waives wide receiver Braylon Edwards


RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks have cut wide receiver Braylon Edwards after a season during which he had little impact on the offense, and they also placed starting left guard James Carpenter on the season-ending reserve/non-football illness list.

Seattle made the moves Tuesday afternoon. Edwards was waived with an injury distinction, but no specific injury was cited. The Seahawks now have just five healthy wide receivers.

Edwards had just eight catches for 74 yards and one touchdown in 10 games.

Carpenter returned from a serious knee injury last season and started seven games for the Seahawks at left guard. But he left early in Sunday’s win over Chicago after experiencing what Pete Carroll called a sharp pain in his surgically repaired knee. Seattle signed offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson from the practice squad.

Bears’ Urlacher could miss

rest of regular season

CHICAGO — Brian Urlacher acknowledged he could miss the rest of the regular season because of a hamstring injury, meaning the linebacker might have played his last game with the Chicago Bears.

In an interview Tuesday with FOX Chicago, Urlacher said doctors told him he could be out “two to four weeks, three, could be four.” The Chicago Tribune, citing sources, reported earlier in the day that he was expected to miss three games and possibly the rest of the regular season because of a Grade 2 right hamstring strain.

Urlacher, who has an expiring contract, came up lame in coverage on the second-to-last snap of Sunday’s overtime loss to Seattle. The eight-time Pro Bowl player said “100 percent, yes,” he expects to be ready for the postseason, assuming they make it.

That’s not quite a given at the moment, even though they’re tied with Green Bay for the NFC North lead at 8-4. A win at Minnesota this week would go a long way toward securing a spot, but with four games left, they still have some work to do.

Patriots put WR Edelman

on IR, sign WR Stallworth

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The New England Patriots have placed wide receiver Julian Edelman on injured reserve with a foot injury and signed Donte’ Stallworth at that position.

Edelman was on crutches with a walking boot on his right foot after the Patriots’ 23-16 win at the Miami Dolphins last Sunday. The team’s announcement Tuesday did not specify the nature of the injury.

Edelman has five touchdowns this season — three on receptions, one on a punt return and one on a fumble recovery.

Stallworth was released during training camp after signing in the offseason as a free agent. He played with the Patriots in 2007, one of his six teams, and had 46 catches for 697 yards and three touchdowns that year.

The Patriots also released offensive lineman Mitch Petrus and signed offensive linemen Tommie Draheim and Colin Miller to the practice squad.

Steelers CB Ike Taylor

out with ankle injury

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh’s ironman is out on Sunday against the San Diego Chargers. The franchise quarterback might be too.

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday cornerback Ike Taylor’s 135-game streak will end after Taylor sustained a fractured right ankle in last weekend’s 23-20 win over Baltimore. Taylor will likely be out at least two weeks, handing the starting job to second-year defensive back Cortez Allen.

Tomlin is a little more optimistic Ben Roethlisberger’s sprained right shoulder will be good enough to play for the first time in nearly a month. Roethlisberger threw on Monday but Tomlin said it’s still too early to tell whether Roethlisberger will be available when the Steelers (7-5) host the Chargers (4-8).

Charlie Batch will take the majority of snaps with the first team Wednesday, a day Tomlin said will be critical in determining Roethlisberger’s status.

Redskins CB Cedric

Griffin suspended 4 games

ASHBURN, Va. — Washington Redskins cornerback Cedric Griffin has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL’s policy on performance enhancing substances.

Griffin’s suspension was announced Tuesday and begins immediately. He will miss the rest of the regular season and be eligible to return to the active roster on Dec. 31, following the team’s Dec. 30 game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Griffin signed a one-year deal with a $1.25 million salary with the Redskins in March after six seasons with the Minnesota Vikings. The 30-year-old defensive back has been a regular in nickel packages and has 33 tackles and a forced fumble. He also missed three games with a hamstring injury.

Hall of Fame quarterback

collapses during speech

MADISON, Wis. — Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr collapsed during a speech on Tuesday, but conference organizers said he appears to be OK.

The Green Bay Packers’ former quarterback and coach finished speaking at a Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority conference at Monona Terrace, then collapsed on stage.

Authority spokesman Kevin Fischer said Starr then sat up and said he was fine.