Updated: October 22, 2003, 12:36 PM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Apparently, the city of Tampa is preparing an all-out assault to make sure it hosts the 2008 Super Bowl. The tiny hamlet has recruited retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks to help ensure that sports biggest game will be held in Tampa for the fourth time since 1984. Mayor Pam Iorio told the Tampa Tribune Tuesday that she, Franks and Outback Steakhouse Chairman Chris Sullivan will be part of a city contingent traveling to Chicago next week to make a presentation at the NFL owners' meetings.
New York Jets: The team is already tied for the league lead in sacks, and the defensive line could be getting better soon. Suspended DT Josh Evans met with league doctors last week in the next step toward reinstatement. The Jets probably won't receive a decision this week on when he can return but the New York Times reports the club could hear next week if Evans is to be reinstated for the game against Oakland on Nov. 9. He was suspended indefinitely in May for a repeat violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Green Bay Packers: WR Javon Walker injured his right shoulder during Tuesday's practice, although the initial indication is that the damage isn't extensive. Walker damaged his right A-C Joint, the area where the scapula and the clavicle meet. Walker will undergo additional tests to verify the early diagnosis, but the team doesn't expect him to miss the Nov. 2 game against the Minnesota Vikings. "He had a collision with one of the defensive backs," wide receivers coach Ray Sherman told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "But he's going to be all right."