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Camp cuts

Jaguars send nine-year veteran WR Scott packing

Posted: Sunday September 01, 2002 2:33 PM
Updated: Tuesday September 03, 2002 2:43 AM

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The return of receiver Jimmy Smith made Darnay Scott expendable to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The nine-year veteran was the most notable name on the list of 19 cuts the Jaguars made Sunday.

They have 54 players on their roster, one more than the NFL maximum, because the league granted them a roster exemption for Smith, who will report with his new contract Monday.

Scott, formerly of the Cincinnati Bengals, signed a one-year deal and hoped to join Bobby Shaw and Patrick Johnson as part of Jacksonville's rebuilding receiving corps. But shoulder injuries plagued Scott throughout camp, and he barely practiced. He finished the preseason with three catches for 59 yards.

Raiders cut veteran linebacker, 16 others

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders officially parted ways with veteran linebacker Greg Biekert on Sunday.

In a move expected for days, the Raiders released Biekert and 16 others on cutdown deadline day. The Raiders had asked the 10-year pro to take a pay cut of $1.5 million from the $2.5 million he was scheduled to make this season, and Biekert wasn't willing.

Biekert was a seventh-round draft pick by the Raiders in 1993 out of Colorado and led Oakland with 108 tackles last season, starting in all 16 games.

In addition to Biekert, Oakland waived linebackers Bobby Brooks, Gerald Dixon, and Mike Jones; defensive backs Johnnie Harris, Brandon Jennings, Keyon Nash and Raymond Perryman; tight ends Brandon Christenson and Marcus Williams; quarterback Ronald Curry; running back Madre Hill; defensive tackle Josh Taves; wide receivers Elijah Thurmon and Reggie Barlow; offensive tackle Joe Wong; and center Tom Ackerman.

Jones is the linebacker who made the game-saving tackle in St. Louis' Super Bowl victory two years ago. He had re-signed with Oakland in June.

The Raiders also placed backup tight end Jeremy Brigham on injured reserve Sunday because of a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

Injured linebacker Bill Romanowski remains questionable for the Raiders' opener Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks in the Coliseum. He has been having lower back spasms and will miss practice Monday.

Hicks odd man out as Titans release five

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Running back Skip Hicks, claimed off waivers by the Titans nearly a year ago, was released by Tennessee on Sunday.

Hicks had been competing with Robert Holcombe to back up Eddie George. But Holcombe played well on special teams and led Tennessee in rushing this preseason, while Hicks averaged nearly a yard less per carry.

Holcombe carried 27 times for 100 yards with a long run of 23 yards. Hicks, who dropped a swing pass Friday night in a 21-20 loss to Green Bay, carried 32 times for 94 yards.

The Titans also waived safety Tony George, receiver Chris Coleman, guard Barry Hall and defensive tackle Joe Salave'a. The Titans reached the mandated 53-man roster by placing safety Bobby Myers on injured reserve as he recovers from a torn ACL suffered in last year's season opener.

Saints release veteran RB Allen

NEW ORLEANS -- Veteran running back Terry Allen, who has overcome numerous knee operations, was released Sunday by the New Orleans Saints as the team got down to their 53-man roster.

Allen signed July 23 as a possible backup for Deuce McAllister. However, he became expendable when the Saints acquired running back Curtis Keaton from Cincinnati.

Allen, 34, gained 8,614 yards and scored 79 touchdowns in a 12-year career with Minnesota, Baltimore, Washington, New England and New Orleans. Most of his career was spent with the Vikings and Redskins.

The Saints released 19 other players, including Texas Tech free-agent rookie running back Ricky Williams. However, New Orleans maintained the option to trade any player on that list as long as the deal was completed and reported to the league by 4 p.m. EDT Sunday.

To that end, the Saints traded Williams to the Indianapolis Colts for an undisclosed conditional 2003 draft pick.

Bucs cut Buckley, place Jones on injured reserve

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers waived cornerback Terrell Buckley and placed defensive end Marcus Jones on injured reserve Sunday when the team trimmed its roster to the opening day limit of 53 players.

Buckley, who has 41 interceptions in 10 seasons with Green Bay, Miami, Denver and New England, signed a one-year contract a week before training camp. His chances of making the team were weakened by the development of young cornerbacks like Tim Wansley and Corey Ivy.

The Bucs also waived 16 players, including receivers Frank Murphy and Aaron Lockett and offensive lineman Pete Pierson, who started 21 of 100 games he played in seven seasons with Tampa Bay.

The others were cornerbacks Corey Chamblin and Dwayne Stukes; running back Zain Gilmore; receiver Jermale Kelly; tight ends Tracey Wistrom and Kyle Kipps; linebackers Joe Todd and Tony Ortiz; defensive end Cedric Pittman; guards Zack Quaccia and Yusuf Scott; defensive tackle Tommie Townsend; and fullback Ken Walker.

Butkus' nephew among Bears' cuts

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- The nephew of Hall of Fame linebacker Dick Butkus, one of the best players in the history of the Chicago Bears, was cut by the team on Sunday.

Luke Butkus, a rookie free-agent center from Illinois, was among 18 players released. "You're always surprised when you're cut, right?" Butkus said. "My dream has always been to play anywhere, with the Bears or not."

He could end up on the practice squad if he's not claimed on waivers.

Kimrin among 18 players cut by Broncos

DENVER -- Kicker Ola Kimrin, who had a 65-yard field goal in preseason, was among the 18 players cut Sunday as the Denver Broncos trimmed its roster to the league maximum 53.

Kimrin's field goal in Thursday's game against Seattle was 2 yards longer than the league record of 63, which is shared by the Broncos' Jason Elam and former New Orleans Saint Tom Dempsey.

Exhibition games do not count in the league record book.

Morris placed on injured reserved as Chiefs make cuts

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Wide receiver Sylvester Morris, Kansas City's first-round draft pick in 2000, was placed on injured reserve Sunday and will miss the entire season for the second year in a row.

Also, the Chiefs placed wide receiver Marvin "Snoop" Minnis, their top pick in 2001, on the physically unable to perform list.

Morris injured his right knee during an offseason workout in 2001 after catching a team rookie-record 48 passes in 2000. He missed all last season and worked hard to be ready this season.

Kansas City could get Minnis back by the seventh game. The slender 172-pounder, who led all Chiefs wide receivers with 33 catches for 511 yards last year, broke his right foot during minicamp on May 3.

The Chiefs will ask for two-week exemptions for tight end Tony Gonzalez and rookie defensive tackle Ryan Sims, who ended long contract holdouts last week. Both can practice with the team and could be activated.

Players who were waived or had their contracts terminated were defensive tackles Nate Hobgood-Chittick and Norris McCleary; wide receivers Reggie Jones and J.J. Moses; guard Darnell Alford; quarterback Joe Germaine; linebackers Richard Jordan, Tony Newson and Maurice Rodriguez; fullback Paul Shields; centers Jason Andersen and Shawn Lynch; defensive tackle Devin Wyman; tight ends Dwayne Blakley and Ryan Collins; defensive ends T.J. Bingham and R-Kal Truluck; defensive backs Clint Finley, Brandon Godsey and Ahmad Hawkins; tackle Ian Allen; and kicker Lawrence Tynes.

Lions finalize roster, cut 12 players

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions cut 12 players Sunday, with the biggest surprise being former first-round draft pick cornerback Terry Fair.

"We picked the best 53 men for this squad," coach Marty Mornhinweg said. "In some cases, it was not a matter of athletic ability, but a matter of getting men with the right character for this organization."

Fair, a pick out of Tennessee in 1998, moved right into the starting lineup, but struggled with injuries. He missed the final four games of last season with a foot injury and was slow to recover, sitting out the first two preseason games.

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