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Fri, 01 Sep 2006 13:47:39 -0700
HoustonTexans.com reports the Houston Texans have released LB Sam Cowart.
Sun, 02 Jul 2006 19:48:32 -0700
Megan Manfull, writing for the Sporting News, reports Houston Texans LB Sam Cowart missed all of the offseason workouts with minor injuries, but will likely push LB Wali Rainer early in camp for the middle linebacker starting job. It's the position most up in the air on the Texans. Rookie LB DeMeco Ryans could also possibly enter the fray in training camp. The coaches are high on Ryans, and still deciding between playing him at outside or inside.
Tue, 13 Jun 2006 19:27:20 -0700
Carmine Pirone, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans LB Sam Cowart (calf, Achilles') should be ready for the start of the team's training camp, according to head coach Gary Kubiak.
Wed, 24 May 2006 12:48:35 -0700
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans LB Sam Cowart (calf, Achilles' tendon) was injured the first day of practice last week and is still sidelined with a sore calf and sore Achilles. He could return as early as next week but is definitely targeting the start of minicamp June 7. Cowart is slated to be the Texans' starting middle linebacker since LB Kailee Wong (knee) remains sidelined because of knee surgery. LB Wali Rainer has been practicing with the first team in Cowart's place.
Wed, 17 May 2006 07:59:44 -0700
Nick Schenck, of HoustonTexans.com, reports Houston Texans LB Sam Cowart (unknown) "got nicked" in practice Tuesday, May 16, according to Texans head coach Gary Kubiak. The injury is not considered serious.
Sat, 08 Apr 2006 13:05:47 -0700
Megan Manfull, writing for the Sporting News, reports Houston Texans MLB Kailee Wong (knee) has been putting in long hours in rehabilitation and in the weight room, determined to be healthy by the start of the season, but by all accounts, that won't happen. Wong likely will miss 5-8 weeks of the season. If newly signed LB Sam Cowart plays well while Wong is sidelined, Wong may move to outside linebacker.
Fri, 31 Mar 2006 18:24:54 -0800
Houston Texans LB Sam Cowart signed a two-year contract with base salaries of $710,000 (2006) and $2 million (2007).
Fri, 24 Mar 2006 22:52:42 -0800
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports Houston Texans LB Sam Cowart signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, including a $710,000 signing bonus to join the Texans.
Fri, 24 Mar 2006 12:58:03 -0800
ESPNews reports the Houston Texans have signed free agent LB Sam Cowart (Vikings). Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Thu, 23 Mar 2006 06:09:35 -0800
Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports the Minnesota Vikings are still talking to free agent LB Sam Cowart (Vikings), but agent Paul Healy said Wednesday's conversation, March 22, didn't include a contract offer. Cowart is also weighing an offer from the Houston Texans.
Wed, 22 Mar 2006 05:48:13 -0800
Don Seeholzer, of the Pioneer Press, reports free agent LB Sam Cowart (Vikings) has a contract offer from the Houston Texans, but agent Paul Healy said Cowart is in no rush to make a decision. Healy said Cowart has had conversations with the Washington Redskins and has some possible visits coming up but would prefer to remain with the Minnesota Vikings.
Mon, 20 Mar 2006 20:57:15 -0800
Howard Bryant, of the Washington Post, reports the Washington Redskins have contacted free agent LB Sam Cowart (Vikings), but they have yet to plan a visit with him. According to his agent, Paul Healy, Cowart was in Houston visiting the Houston Texans.
Mon, 20 Mar 2006 06:07:28 -0800
John McClain, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans will visit with free agent LB Sam Cowart (Vikings) Monday, March 20. Because they have switched to a 4-3 defense, the Texans are looking for a middle linebacker.
Sat, 18 Mar 2006 23:29:59 -0800
Megan Manfull, of the Houston Chronicle, reports the Houston Texans will visit with free agent LB Sam Cowart (Vikings) sometime this week.
Tue, 14 Mar 2006 19:53:54 -0800
The Washington Post reports Washington Redskins vice president of football operations, Vinny Cerrato, has contacted the agent for free agent LB Sam Cowart (Vikings), according to a source with knowledge of the situation. Cowart wants to continue to play middle linebacker, according to agent Paul Healy. Healy said Cowart has a visit planned this week, but not with the Redskins.
Wed, 22 Feb 2006 19:28:01 -0800
The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings are still determining the fate of LB Sam Cowart. He will be an unrestricted free agent in March. Agent Paul Healy said he has spoken with Rob Brzezinski, vice president of football operations, but Healy said Brzezinski did not indicate whether the team wants to re-sign Cowart. "I have talked to Rob, but the ball is in their court," Healy said. "Sam had a great experience with the Vikings and would like to be back but obviously he is going to look elsewhere (if it comes to that). We'll just have to wait and see."
Sun, 02 Oct 2005 15:48:46 -0700
AtlantaFalcons.com reports Minnesota Vikings starting MLB Sam Cowart (undisclosed) was injured early in the third quarter of the team's Week 4 game. Cowart was able to return to the game late in the third quarter.
Fri, 30 Sep 2005 13:16:29 -0700
Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (knee) practiced Friday, Sept. 30, and is listed as probable for the Week 4 game against the Atlanta Falcons Sunday, Oct. 2.
Thu, 29 Sep 2005 18:26:51 -0700
Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (knee) practiced Thursday, Sept. 29. He is probable for Week 4.
Wed, 28 Sep 2005 20:13:24 -0700
Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Sept. 28, but is probable for Week 4. The team expects him to practice Thursday, Sept. 29.
Fri, 23 Sep 2005 15:14:06 -0700
Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (calf) practiced Friday, Sept. 23 and is listed as probable for Week 3. He made it through a full practice.
Thu, 22 Sep 2005 15:48:33 -0700
Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (calf) practiced Thursday, Sept. 22 and is listed as probable for Week 3.
Wed, 21 Sep 2005 15:59:13 -0700
Sean Jensen, of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (calf) was limited in practice Wednesday, Sept. 21, and is listed as probable for Week 3.
Mon, 19 Sep 2005 20:45:15 -0700
Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (calf) did some running Monday, Sept. 19, and is on track to practice Wednesday, Sept. 21.
Mon, 19 Sep 2005 14:33:23 -0700
Anthony Maggio, of KFAN.com, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (calf) is anxious to return to practice Wednesday, Sept. 21, after being deactivated during Week 2 with a calf injury. "Hopefully I'll be at full speed," Cowart said. "You just have to gauge it. The main thing is, there will be some pain, but after today and tomorrow I should be comfortable mentally."
Sun, 18 Sep 2005 09:23:38 -0700
Mark Curnutte, of the Cincinnati Enquirer, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (calf) is inactive for the game. LB Rod Davis will start in his place.
Sun, 18 Sep 2005 09:17:53 -0700
The Minnesota Vikings have declared DL C.J. Mosley, RB Ciatrick Fason, CB Dovonte Edwards, TE Jeff Dugan, WR Koren Robinson, CB Laroni Gallishaw, LB Sam Cowart, QB Shaun Hill inactive for Week 2.
Fri, 16 Sep 2005 17:06:17 -0700
Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (calf) did not practice again Friday, Sept. 16, and remains listed as questionable. While head coach Mike Tice did not rule him out, it appears quite likely that Cowart will not play during Week 2.
Thu, 15 Sep 2005 17:59:33 -0700
Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (calf) did not practice Thursday, Sept. 15, casting further doubt on his ability to play in the team's Week 2 game. LB Rod Davis would start in his place.
Wed, 14 Sep 2005 20:02:40 -0700
Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (calf) missed practice Wednesday, Sept. 14, and is listed as questionable for Week 2. The Vikings are going to be careful with him after LB Chris Claiborne, now with the St. Louis Rams, missed four weeks with a similar injury in the 2004 season
Tue, 13 Sep 2005 21:05:30 -0700
The Star Tribune reports the Minnesota Vikings are somewhat concerned LB Sam Cowart's (calf) strained left calf will keep him from playing Sunday, Sept. 18. He said Monday, Sept. 12, he hoped he could play if the injury got significantly better, but the Field Turf at Paul Brown Stadium might not be the best playing surface for him to play under duress.
Mon, 12 Sep 2005 19:31:27 -0700
Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (calf) is day-to-day and expected to start Week 2. LB Rod Davis would start if Cowart can't play.
Sun, 11 Sep 2005 21:28:25 -0700
The Star Tribune reports Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart (stinger, cramps) will be evaluated Monday, Sept. 12, after he suffered a stinger during the team's season opener Sunday, Sept. 11. After returning to the game, he had to leave again with a calf cramp.
Sat, 20 Aug 2005 19:32:09 -0700
The Associated Press reports Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart was excused from practice Saturday, Aug. 19. He stayed over in New York to visit with family after the team's preseason game there Friday, Aug. 19.
Fri, 19 Aug 2005 12:39:58 -0700
Dave Hutchinson, of the Star-Ledger, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart, who was with the New York Jets last year, told JetsConfidential.com that the Jets' organization became upset with him when he wanted a second opinion on his knee last season. Cowart said he felt he could have played last year and noted that before he missed six games with a sprained knee, the competition between him and rookie LB Jonathan Vilma "wasn't even close."
Thu, 18 Aug 2005 22:08:56 -0700
Kevin Seifert, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart has taken more reps at linebacker this offseason than any other player on the roster. The 30-year-old veteran has a history of leg injuries, and when told of his playing time thus far, Cowart said perhaps he should try to scale things back a little bit. "I didn't realize it until it was brought to my attention," Cowart said. "That's probably something we should look at. It's important to make sure I have my legs under me before the season starts."
Wed, 03 Aug 2005 14:57:29 -0700
Vikings.com reports Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice said LB Sam Cowart (leg) was rested Wednesday, August 3. Cowart felt a twinge in his leg and the team thought it would be best not to have him practice.
Fri, 08 Jul 2005 19:37:04 -0700
Adam Schefter, of NFL.com, reports the Minnesota Vikings may shuffle their linebacker alignment in training camp if either LB Dontarrious Thomas or LB Raonall Smith does not win the job at weakside linebacker. One of the backup plans is to slide MLB Sam Cowart to the weak side and LB E.J. Henderson to middle linebacker. Defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell also is contemplating another alignment that would feature Henderson on the weak side, LB Napoleon Harris in the middle and Cowart or LB Keith Newman at strongside linebacker.
Wed, 01 Jun 2005 20:56:44 -0700
Chris Hawkey, of KFAN.com, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart continues to practice with the first team defense at middle linebacker. Just as he had during the team's last minicamp, Cowart lined up with the starting unit at practice Wednesday, June 1.
Thu, 19 May 2005 21:19:13 -0700
Judd Zulgad, of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, reports after being singled out by defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell earlier this week for his performance on the field, Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart is now receiving praise from head coach Mike Tice. "Sam Cowart certainly has made a difference in there with his quarterbacking skills at middle linebacker," Tice said. "He's calling things out, leading the defense, making adjustments. He's been absolutely brilliant and excellent."
Tue, 17 May 2005 22:33:20 -0700
Vikings.com reports Minnesota Vikings defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell says he has been pleased with the leadership abilities displayed by LB Sam Cowart this offseason. "He's really taking over in that leadership role, something I knew he could do," Cottrell said.
Fri, 15 Apr 2005 06:19:14 -0700
Tom Pelissero, of KFAN.com, reports Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart's contract was downsized from three-years to one-year remaining after he was acquired from the New York Jets. While he had three years and $9 million in base salary remaining on his previous deal, Cowart agreed to a one-year deal with a $1 million base salary.
Sun, 03 Apr 2005 20:57:15 -0700
Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart is one of 30 NFL players who will be attending an executive education program at the Harvard Business School, from April 6-8. The program is part of an ongoing NFL-NFLPA initiative to assist players in preparing for their post-playing careers.
Mon, 21 Mar 2005 18:51:28 -0800
NewYorkJets.com reports Minnesota Vikings LB Sam Cowart has played in 85 regular season games throughout his seven-year career, making 73 starts, and has recorded 809 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 25 passes defensed, six forced fumbles, four interceptions, as well as four fumble recoveries. Since being acquired in a trade with the New York Jets, Cowart has been named the team's starting middle linebacker for 2005.
Sat, 19 Mar 2005 08:58:29 -0800
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports former New York Jets LB Sam Cowart - who was traded to the Minnesota Vikings - became expendable because of the emergence of MLB Jonathan Vilma. Vilma took over his starting job due to a knee injury and never looked back.
Sat, 19 Mar 2005 08:58:17 -0800
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports the New York Jets will carry $2.4 million in "dead money" against their 2005 salary cap as a result of trading MLB Sam Cowart.
Sat, 19 Mar 2005 08:57:57 -0800
Rich Cimini, of the New York Daily News, reports Minnesota Vikings MLB Sam Cowart is reunited with defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell in Minnesota. The two were together with the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills; Cottrell was instrumental in bringing Cowart to the Jets in 2002.
Sat, 19 Mar 2005 08:54:05 -0800
Jerry Zgoda, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings newly acquired MLB Sam Cowart immediately steps in as the team's starter at middle linebacker, which is his natural position.
Fri, 18 Mar 2005 14:32:45 -0800
Updating previous reports, the Minnesota Vikings sent a seventh-round draft selection in the 2005 NFL Draft to the New York Jets in exchange for MLB Sam Cowart.
Fri, 18 Mar 2005 13:20:01 -0800
The New York Jets have traded MLB Sam Cowart to the Minnesota Vikings for an undisclosed draft selection.