Lincoln Kennedy...

Angry Pope

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Feb 2, 2006
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Lincoln Kennedy might play again. I don't have the full story but there is interest from the Cowboys...take it for what it is worth...

Former Pro Bowl OL Contacting Dallas

Mike Fisher

Date: Jul 30, 2006

OXNARD, Calif. – This former Pro Bowl tackle negotiated his release from an AFC team this weekend and will contact the Dallas Cowboys about a tryout on Monday morning, has learned.

KENNEDY UPDATE: Jerry Jones Intrigued

Mike Fisher
Date: Jul 31, 2006

OXNARD, Calif. - Jerry Jones gave the idea of of exploring the viability of giving un-retiring tackle Lincoln Kennedy the thumbs-up when we brought the subject to him late Sunday night.
Making changes

The Cowboys are bringing in former Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Lincoln Kennedy for a tryout.

Kennedy, who played 12 years with the Raiders and Falcons, retired in 2004.

The club waived receiver Ahmad Merritt, linebacker J.J. Horne, cornerback Byron Parker and tight end Brett Pierce, who injured a knee in practice. After clearing waivers, Pierce will be placed on injured reserve.
Ex Pro Bowl Lineman to Try Out with Skins

Date: Jul 31, 2006

According to sources, this former Pro Bowl tackle has entered into the team's search for depth on the offensive line. He has some established Redskins conntections and he could get a tryout as early as Tuesday.

According to our sources, including the, former Oakland Pro Bowl tackle Lincoln Kennedy is scheduled to try out with the Washington Redskins as early as Tuesday.

“I want to play in a win a Super Bowl,’’ Kennedy said in a statement released by his agent. “I want to help a contender.’’

Kennedy reportedly has done the paperwork needed to free himself from any obligation to the Raiders.

There are a couple of well placed connections between Kennedy and the Redskins. Offensive line coach Joe Bugel was the Raiders’ head coach while Kennedy was a player there and Washington’s director of pro personnel Louis Riddick was a teammate of Kennedy’s in Oakland.

It appears that the Redskins are intrigued enough at the prospect of bringing him on despite his age and recent inactivity. Kennedy, 35, has been out of football for two years and has been serving as an NFL network commentator among other pursuits.

Kennedy’s agent claims that the player is in good condition, carrying 385 pounds on his 6-7 frame. That’s something that the team will want to verify on Tuesday.

Washington has a solid starting five on the line but an injury anywhere along the line would likely create major issues.
Cowboys pass on Kennedy

Former Oakland Raiders tackle Lincoln Kennedy arrived at Cowboys training camp Tuesday in hopes of receiving a tryout. Kennedy, who has been out of football since 2003, did not pass the physical and was sent home.

The Cowboys are hoping right tackle Rob Petitti will be better in his second year, and they are impressed by the progress shown by Marc Colombo.

Free-agent signee Jason Fabini is still struggling with a pectoral injury that sidelined him last season with the New York Jets.
Kennedy comeback with 'Boys' ends
Former Raiders Pro Bowl tackle fails physical with Dallas

Bill Soliday

NAPA — Two years out of the game that wreaked havoc on his body were apparently too much for Lincoln Kennedy.

The ex-Raiders Pro Bowl tackle failed a physical with the Dallas Cowboys in an attempt to make a comeback at age 35. Since his retirement in Oakland, Kennedy has been doing television work.

"It's tough getting the body prepared to play the game," Raiders coach Art Shell said. "If you haven't played in a couple of years, you knew it was going to be a heck of a transition for him to get his body ready to do that. Your body starts barking at you saying 'Wait a minute ... we haven't done this in a while. What are you trying to do to me?'"

Barry Sims, who played the left tackle position in Oakland while Kennedy played on the right, said he knew his old teammate was considering getting back into the game.

"It always surprises me when people retire, then try to come back," Sims said. "But I understand you never lose your love for the game, and Lincoln is no exception to that.

"You could tell he had love for it. He just got remarried and seems happy with the way things are going. You start to miss hanging out with the fellas and playing.

"If he feels he can do it, more power to him. I hope if he still wants to pursue that, he will have better luck in his next attempt."

There had been reports that Kennedy would also visit the Washington Redskins after visiting Dallas.

Sims said he did not ask Kennedy how much he weighed during their conversation regarding a comeback.

"That's kind of an unwritten rule," Sims said.

Kennedy played in the 340-pound range in Oakland, but early in his career when he was with Atlanta, which drafted him in the first round, his weight ballooned to over 400.

AILING RAIDERS: Three Raiders were missing from Wednesday's lone afternoon practice.

Linebacker Robert Thomas strained a calf, tight end John Madsen damaged his side in a fall, and cornerback Duane Starks was out with an injury about which Shell wasn't even sure.

"I can't remember what it was, but he aggravated something else," the coach said of Starks, explaining it was a new injury after a leg problem had sidelined him earlier.

Shell said Madsen's injury was rather mysterious and he couldn't pinpoint the nature of it other than it was difficult for him to raise his arm.

Long touchdown passes were snatched by rookies Will Buchanon and Burl Toler during Wednesday's practice, the first on a 45-yard pass from Marques Tuiasosopo. ... Shell said coaches had not yet come to a decision on the quarterback rotation for Sunday's game. "We'll try to give them all an opportunity," he said.

The Redskins brought former NFL offensive lineman Lincoln Kennedy in for a physical on Wednesday. Kennedy, a 6-6, 335-pound tackle, last played in the NFL in 2003 with the Oakland Raiders.

Joe Gibbs said he had not expected Kennedy at Redskins Park, however.

"We had initial conversations and I thought we had rejected him based on the physical," Gibbs said. "I think there were some medical issues there."

Kennedy played in the NFL for 12 years, playing in 169 games and starting 141. He played his first three years with the Atlanta Falcons before going to the Raiders in 1996.

The 35-year-old worked for the NFL Network as a studio analyst last year.
One of my favorite players. I love the way he carries himself and of course his play on the field. It kills me though that he would try a comeback as I knew the pain he had prior to retiring.
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