Several of Lawrence Taylor's teammates said Thursday they were taking lightly the 10-time Pro Bowl linebacker's announcement that he was retiring at the end of the season.
"There comes a time when you have to say enough is enough," Taylor, 33, said Thursday after the New York Giants (1-3) finished practice for Sunday's game with the Phoenix Cardinals (1-3). "This is that time. I've had enough."
As Taylor addressed a swarm of reporters near his locker, teammate Carl Banks went into the trainer's room and got on the loudspeaker.
"Lawrence, this is your conscience talking," Banks said. "You're making a mistake. Don't let your mouth get you in trouble again. You've been so great for so long, don't leave.
"With free-agency you can get a two-year contract worth one-point-something million."
While the disclosure of his retirement plan was somewhat surprising, Taylor has talked about quitting for several years. Entering this season, the NFL's most dominant linebacker in history said he was 95 percent sure this would be his final year.
"I've known for a long time," Taylor said. "I just didn't want to make an announcement. I've known since the season began, training camp began."
Ottis Anderson, who at 35 is the oldest running back in the NFL, said he didn't want to eulogize Taylor too early.
"If that's what he chooses to do," Anderson said. "But who's to say that he's going to do it? How many times has George Foreman said he's going to give it up?"
Meanwhile, the condition of quarterback Phil Simms' sprained right elbow has not improved, and there is a chance he might have to undergo surgery and miss six weeks of action.
Handley said Simms was to be examined by team doctors late Thursday night and a further evaluation would be made. The doctors could prescribe more rest, additional tests or elect to perform surgery, which might happen as early as next week.
Around the league
Redskins: Center Jeff Bostic, a 13-year veteran and the core of Washington's celebrated offensive line, has been put on injured reserve and will miss between 10 and 12 weeks with a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder. He'll have surgery Saturday.
Raiders: Three-time Pro Bowl center Don Mosebar is bothered by a severely sprained left ankle and is listed as questionable for Sunday's home game against the Buffalo Bills.
Colts: Indianapolis waived defensive end Michael Brandon, a rookie from the University of Florida, from the practice squad and replaced him with Tony Walker.