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Friday, August 5, 2005
TE ruptured finger tendon last preseason

Associated Press

Jacksonville Jaguars: Kyle Brady acknowledged he has lost some strength in his grip because of his right hand's middle finger that has been swollen for nearly a year.

The Jaguars tight end sustained permanent joint damage when he ruptured a tendon in the finger last preseason. He missed the first five games of the regular season, played the rest of the year with a variety of cumbersome braces and finished with a career-low 14 catches for 103 yards.

Now, even though his finger will never return to normal, he's hoping his career will.

Arizona Cardinals: Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin is expected to miss two to three weeks of practice after breaking his nose.

"I would think he's going to be out at least two preseason games," coach Dennis Green said Friday. "We're just happy that it's not real serious -- there's a lot of pain, obviously. And he should be as good as new."

Boldin, who also burst a blood vessel in his nose, was at camp Friday in street clothes and had an adhesive bandage on his nose. He said doctors realigned his nose.

A doctor will re-evaluate Boldin next Wednesday.

Boldin might be fitted with a special facemask to protect his nose when he returns, but there's no official word from the Cardinals on what will be done.

Defensive tackle signed: Defensive tackle Keith Wright signed a one-year contract.

Wright divided last season between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts. He spent five weeks on the Colts' roster, but didn't play in any games and was released in October.

The Buccaneers made him part of their roster for last season's final three games, none of which Wright played in. He was released from Tampa Bay late last month.

Wright was picked by the Houston Texans in the 2003 draft. Houston released him in August 2003, and he sat out the entire 2003 season.

Tennessee Titans: Negotiations between the Titans and their top draft pick stalled Friday, and general manager Floyd Reese said he isn't sure when a deal for cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones will be reached.

Reese had been optimistic Thursday after receiving a counter proposal from agent Michael Huyghue and thought both sides were close enough that they could conclude a contract quickly.

But he said Friday night that the talks had stalled.

Reese and Huyghue talked for two hours, and Reese said the agent was going to send him another proposal that he hadn't received before leaving for a night practice at the team's stadium.

Huyghue has declined to discuss specific details of the negotiations.

The general manager said Jones' agent wants to address the language of the contract first. The Titans have said they want to include clauses to protect themselves. Jones, the sixth pick overall in the draft, has a court date on Aug. 11 on vandalism and two misdemeanor assault charges.

Such language usually is written after the length of the deal and the money involved is settled. Reese said he'll do anything to help negotiations, but the Titans must write those clauses first.

Jones now has missed the first eight days of camp, including 13 total practices. The Titans want to see him compete for their open cornerback slot opposite Andre Woolfolk. Reese said the cornerback has no idea of the challenges to catch up once he does report.

San Francisco 49ers: Receiver P.J. Fleck was taken to Stanford Hospital on Friday after a practice collision that sent a scare through the 49ers' training camp.

The second-year veteran was hit by linebacker Jamie Winborn during 7-on-7 passing drills and was on the ground about 15 minutes while trainers and paramedics attended to him.

Fleck was taped onto a backboard and placed on a gurney and wheeled to an ambulance. He was diagnosed with a back sprain and released after two hours of observation and tests. He was able to walk out of the hospital Friday afternoon.

"P.J.'s fine," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "Everything's working out for him. They just wanted to take precautions and make sure it was all OK."

Fleck was watching practice by the end of the day.

"It looked worse than it was, and thank God it wasn't as bad as everybody thought at first," he said. "I pretty much froze up. About 35 seconds later, I could breathe and I could move. It was scary -- and a little bit embarrassing."

Nolan said Fleck won't participate in the team's scrimmage Saturday, but he will return to practice Monday morning.

Oakland Raiders: Injured wide receiver Jerry Porter will not play in the team's preseason opener against San Francisco while he recovers from a pulled hamstring.

Porter was hurt during a team scrimmage Monday. The sixth-year receiver limped off the field and an exam revealed the damage.

Coach Norv Turner and Porter initially downplayed the severity of the injury, but the coach updated the prognosis Friday and said Porter might return to practice late next week but would not play Aug. 13.

"I certainly would not expect him to play in the 49er game," Turner said. "We're not going to take any chances rushing him into a preseason game. He was going awfully good the four or five days he practiced and had an outstanding offseason. We can get Jerry ready."

New York Jets: Jets quarterback Chad Pennington was held out of practice Friday, the second time in three days he rested his surgically repaired right shoulder.

Pennington, held out Wednesday by coach Herman Edwards after practicing for five straight days, threw some sharp passes in the team's session Thursday night.

He was 9-of-17 during the practice, including 6-of-11 in 11-on-11 drills. More important, Pennington showed some zip on a few passes -- something that had been generally lacking the first few days of camp.

Edwards said he planned to have Pennington participate in the Jets' workout with the Giants in Albany, N.Y., on Saturday.

Pennington acknowledged that his arm felt a lot better after resting, and Edwards said alternating days off might be best for the star quarterback as he continues to recover from a torn rotator cuff.

Pennington hurt the shoulder Nov. 7 against Buffalo, and played the final seven games of last season with the injury. He had surgery Feb. 8 and missed mini-camps and offseason training activities while rehabbing.

Carolina Panthers: Free safety Mike Minter has a sprain but no major structural or ligament damage, head coach John Fox said Friday.

"Usually when something bad happens, it requires surgery. With this it's just rehab and rest," Fox said.

The 31-year-old Minter was injured when 300-pound teammate Brentson Buckner landed on his leg Thursday during full-contact goal-line drills. Minter probably will undergo an MRI on Saturday as a precaution.

Minter said it's highly unlikely he'll play in Carolina's preseason opener Aug. 13 against Washington. But he should be ready when the Panthers open the regular season Sept. 11 against New Orleans.

Buffalo Bills -- Green Bay Packers: The sellout crowd at the scrimmage between the Packers and Bills had to wait until after the game to see any fireworks Friday night.

About halfway through the 2-hour, 20-minute scrimmage, Brett Favre finally got the crowd of 62,492 pumped up by throwing three short touchdown passes in the span of four plays inside the Bills' 5-yard line.

The only other score while the first-teamers were on the field came on a 12-yard jaunt by Bills running back Willis McGahee, who was stymied much of the night before bursting free into the end zone. He ran 12 times for 32 yards.

Favre hit tight end Ben Steele twice and wide receiver/kick returner Antonio Chatman for the TDs.

Before that, Chatman had been having a bad night, slipping on a ball thrown his way, never looking back on a quick slant that was intended for him and also dropping a 14-yard pass for a first down from rookie Aaron Rodgers, who was then pressured on three of his next four snaps. The Packers had trouble with their blitz pickups and were sacked eight times in all while only garnering one sack of Bills starter J.P. Losman, who looked poised in his debut in a competitive setting as an NFL starter.

Losman completed 6-of-11 passes for 69 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions. He completed two long third downs that impressed his coach, Mike Mularkey.

The Packers lost backup running back Najeh Davenport to a right ankle injury, the extent of which wasn't immediately known.

It was the biggest crowd ever for the Packers' annual Family Night scrimmage, and the first one in which they hosted another team. The Bills came to Green Bay for two joint practices and the scrimmage after their usual practice partner, the Cleveland Browns, backed out this year.