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Volume 6, Issue 45 (Thursday, June 2nd)

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Inside this Issue


 1. KC - WR Morton Released
 2. PHI - QB McNabb Predicts WR Owens Will End Holdout
 3. MIA - RB Williams' Return No Shock To Wannstedt
 4. SEA - Seahawks Release WR Robinson
 5. CIN - WR Warrick May Avoid Being Cut
 6. ARI - Healthy RB Shipp Returns To Field
 7. HOU - QB Carr, WR Johnson Connecting
 8. TB - RB Garner Expected To Compete For Job
 9. ARI - WR Boldin Attends Practice
10. MIN - Vikings Prepare To Pare Kicker
11. IDP: IND - S Doss Returns To Practice, Apologizes

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1. KC - WR Morton Released

Clipped from: KCChiefs.com article 6/2/05

Kansas City Chiefs President Carl Peterson announced on Thursday that
the club has terminated the contract of WR Johnnie Morton.

"We appreciate Johnnie Morton's effort during his tenure with the
Kansas City Chiefs," Peterson stated. "We wish him the best in the
future."

Morton (6-0, 185) played in 43 games (42 starts) in his three seasons
(2002-04) with Kansas City. He caught 134 passes for 1,932 yards (14.4
avg.) with eight touchdowns and added 25 carries for 261 yards (10.4
avg.). In 2004, he recorded 55 receptions for 795 yards (14.5 avg.)
with three TDs. He originally joined the club as a free agent on March
29, 2002.

Morton entered the NFL as a first-round draft pick (21st overall) of
Detroit in '94. He played in career 126 regular season games (104
starts) with the Lions, catching 469 passes for 6,499 yards (13.9
avg.) with 35 TDs with 21 rushes for 143 yards (6.8 avg.). The 11-year
veteran also returned 23 kickoffs for 559 yards (24.3 avg.) with a TD
and seven punts for 48 yards (6.9 avg.). He started three playoff
games, producing 10 catches for 105 yards (10.8 avg.) with a TD.

The Torrance, California native was an All-America selection as a
senior at Southern California. He recorded 185 receptions for 2,957
yards (16.0 avg.) with 21 TDs in regular season contests for the
Trojans.

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As of right now, second-year player Samie Parker is the starting WR on
the Chiefs opposite Eddie Kennison. Parker didn't play much last year
until the very end of the season, but he did play well when given the
chance. He caught nine passes and one touchdown in the final three
games of the season. He was also impressive in the team's mini-camp
practices last month. He has plenty of speed (he was an NCAA
All-American in track) and is a dangerous runner after the catch, but
lacks great size and could struggle occasionally to beat the jam at
the line of scrimmage. Parker is flying under everybody's RADAR right
now, but as the Chiefs' deep threat, he is an intriguing late-round
fantasy prospect.

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2. PHI - QB McNabb Predicts WR Owens Will End Holdout

Clipped from: Associated Press article by Rob Maaddi 6/2/05

Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens aren't feuding. Or so says the
Eagles' quarterback. McNabb said Thursday he has talked to Owens since
they exchanged verbal shots earlier this offseason. He insists his
relationship with the All-Pro wide receiver isn't strained.

"We talked. Things are great," McNabb said with a hint of sarcasm.

Though he was unwilling to reveal details of the discussion, McNabb
predicted Owens will report to training camp. Owens has been holding
out of offseason minicamps because he wants to renegotiate the
seven-year deal worth almost $49 million he signed in March 2004.

"He will be at camp. Now if he shows up to camp, he shows up. If he
doesn't, hey, I'm just telling you my opinion," McNabb said Thursday
after the second day of passing camp.

McNabb probably is basing that opinion on the recent conversation he
had with Owens. But he wouldn't say which player made the phone call.

"We are football players and whatever may have transpired all
throughout the offseason, when you step out on that field, you have
one job and that is to make plays," McNabb said.

McNabb said he expects to work out with Owens before training camp,
possibly in Arizona, where McNabb goes with several other players for
drills each summer.

McNabb scoffed at the notion Owens or other teammates consider him a
"company man."

"I definitely need to know the definition of a 'company man,'" McNabb
said. "I think a smart player, a smart athlete, a smart person,
knowing how to handle the situations, and knowing how to handle things
in the right manner, that may be something that defines me.

"How would you look at a company man? What is a company man? When
people say that, it brings a smile to my face because I have no idea
what they're talking about. It could be negative, it could be
positive, but personally I don't care."

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McNabb has said that the team can win without Owens. It probably can,
but having Owens would sure help. It makes no financial sense for
Owens to hold out. If he wants a new contract -- and he does -- he
will probably have to get himself traded first. But that's unlikely to
happen until the 2006 offseason. So Owens' best course of action would
be to come into training camp on time, have another great season, keep
from being (any more of) a distraction, and increase his market value
heading into 2006. It's impossible to know his current thought
process, however, so we'll just have to wait and see what happens when
training camp starts.

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3. MIA - RB Williams' Return No Shock To Wannstedt

Clipped from: Sun-Sentinel article by Alex Marvez, 6/2/05

Dave Wannstedt said tailback Ricky Williams' plans to emerge from
retirement and play again for the Dolphins should make for some "great
talk radio" in South Florida.

"Nothing surprises me anymore," the former Dolphins coach said
Wednesday in a telephone interview. "Just when you've think you've
seen and heard it all, something else surfaces. Hopefully, Ricky will
deal with things the right way and rebound and have a great career."

Courted by new Dolphins coach Nick Saban this offseason, Williams is
in the process of taking steps toward NFL reinstatement.

Agent Leigh Steinberg said Wednesday that Williams will return to
South Florida "soon" and is hoping for early re-entry into the NFL's
substance-abuse program even though he won't officially apply to come
out of retirement until late July. As a three-time offender following
positive tests for marijuana, Williams is subject to 10 random tests a
month for the rest of his NFL career. A failed or missed test would
result in a minimum one-year suspension.

"We're taking this step by step," Steinberg said. "Ricky is highly
motivated and looking forward to playing for the Dolphins."

Williams retired before the start of the 2004 preseason, which was the
major blow in a series of events that led to Wannstedt's midseason
resignation after having posted a 43-33 record in four-plus seasons
with the Dolphins. Although declining to say whether he would welcome
Williams back if still Dolphins coach, Wannstedt said he doesn't
believe he could have done anything last summer to make the tailback
change his mind.

"We were willing to do anything to try and help the situation," said
Wannstedt, now head coach at the University of Pittsburgh. "I think
everything was just beyond that."

Wannstedt said "drugs were never an issue" when it came to the
Dolphins' research of Williams before trading what became two
first-round draft picks to New Orleans for his services in 2002.

"We spent a lot of time and effort talking to a lot of different
people that we trusted," Wannstedt said. "Now, were those people
dishonest with me? I don't think so, but sometimes things change for
whatever reason."

Williams still could change his mind about returning, especially if
his 2005 salary becomes an issue.

Slated to earn $3.74 million this season, the Dolphins could try to
lower that figure to the NFL-minimum salary of $540,000 by claiming
Williams violated his contract by failing drug tests.

The Dolphins and Steinberg declined comment about Williams' possible
salary. The two sides are believed to have not yet spoken about the
situation.

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There is some question about whether Williams' salary will be $3.74
million or $540,000 -- but whichever it is will count against the
Dolphins' cap when Williams reports to the team at the end of July. We
would expect the league to use the higher figure unless and until the
issue is resolved at a different amount, which means the Dolphins
would have to clear several million dollars' worth of cap room to make
room for their prodigal RB. They would do so, presumably, by
restructuring several contracts, perhaps including Williams'.

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4. SEA - Seahawks Release WR Robinson

Clipped from: Seattle News Tribune article by Mike Sando, 6/2/05

Koren Robinson admitted in court papers to being legally drunk in the
early-morning hours of May 6, less than a week after he publicly swore
off alcohol.

But the Seattle Seahawks receiver disputed DUI and reckless-driving
charges by claiming he consumed alcohol after driving and before
submitting to a blood-alcohol test, court records show.

Robinson, charged May 12 in Kirkland Municipal Court, pleaded not
guilty during arraignment Tuesday. A pretrial hearing is set for July
18.

Robinson's prominent Bellevue-based attorney, Jon Scott Fox, helped
Seahawks tight end Jerramy Stevens avoid a DUI conviction two years
ago. The Web site for Washington Law & Politics magazine ranks Fox
among the top 5 percent of attorneys in the state.

And yet there might be nothing a lawyer can do to secure Robinson's
continued employment with the Seahawks.

According to sources, the team has cleaned out Robinson's locker and
removed its nameplate.

This followed an offseason in which new team president Tim Ruskell
prepared for life after Robinson by stocking up on experienced
receivers.

"We are extremely disappointed and concerned with Koren's situation,"
the team said in a statement. "We have established several programs,
both league- and team-sponsored, to support and help him.

"We will continue to encourage him to use this support network and
believe he should be held accountable for his actions."

The team had grown weary of Robinson's off-field troubles well before
this latest incident.

Robinson served a four-game NFL suspension for substance abuse last
season, and he later skipped practice one day before the
regular-season finale.

After benching Robinson for that game, coach Mike Holmgren allowed his
former No. 1 draft choice to return for the playoffs ? but only after
Robinson promised to seek professional help immediately following the
season.

Robinson emerged from alcohol-related treatment in time to attend the
team's post draft minicamp, at which time he said alcohol was no
longer part of his life.

But in court papers, Fox said Robinson's blood-alcohol content reached
or exceeded .10 percent within two hours of driving on May 6. While
the state's legal limit for driving is .08 percent, Robinson's defense
implies that Medina Police cited him after the four-year NFL veteran
stopped driving.

Officer David Obermiller's more detailed account of the evening
remains sealed by law until entered into evidence, and Fox said in a
statement that the defense has no public comment.

The police report shows a slash through the box reserved for
blood-alcohol content, while noting that Robinson was driving a 2003
BMW 760 with four doors and blue paint.

Medina deputy prosecutor Russell Joe is seeking punishment associated
with posting a blood-alcohol content of at least .15 percent, or of
refusing a blood-alcohol test while carrying no prior DUI convictions.

If the charge is true, Robinson's blood-alcohol content was either
close to double the legal limit for driving, or he refused to take a
test. Fox's statement that Robinson's blood-alcohol level reached or
exceeded .10 percent seems to imply that his client submitted to
testing at some point.

At the very least, Robinson was drunk on the night Obermiller cited
him for the latest in a long line of alleged criminal driving
offenses.

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Since the above article was published, the Seahawks did officially
release Robinson. http://www.seahawks.com/ardisplay.aspx?ID=5513
Robinson was the ninth pick overall in the 2001 draft, when he and WR
David Terrell were considered the most physically talented receivers
to enter the league since Randy Moss. Physical talent isn't
everything. With Robinson out of the picture, Bobby Engram, Joe
Jurevicius, and Jerome Pathon will compete for playing time opposite
Darrell Jackson. Engram has worked out of the slot for the Seahawks
over the past four seasons, while Jurevicius and Pathon are new
additions to the team. Their respective roles in the offense should
clear up once the preseason starts.

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4. CHI - RB T. Jones Hoping He's 'The Man'

Clipped from: Chicago Sun-Times article by Brad Biggs, 6/2/05

When Thomas Jones signed with the Bears a little more than a year ago,
the veteran running back embraced it as his first true opportunity to
be ''the man'' in an offense.

Never given that chance by the Arizona Cardinals, the team that
drafted him, and forced to split time for one season with the Tampa
Bay Buccaneers, Jones thought he finally would get the respect
befitting his position as the seventh selection in the 2000 draft.

After rushing for a career-high 948 yards last season, he's not back
to playing second fiddle with Cedric Benson on board, but the fact is
he could be a backup before the season begins.

''That was the administrative department's decision and the
coaches','' Jones said Wednesday, speaking for the first time since
the Bears used the fourth pick this year on Benson, the star from
Texas. ''He's a guy who's here just like everyone else to help us be a
better team. That's how I see it.''

Jones reiterated what the coaches have been saying, that he remains
the starter. But with Benson set to collect about $15 million in total
bonus money from his contract, economics dictate he will be the man
soon enough. Jones signed a $10.5 million, four-year contract with a
$3.5 million signing bonus to supplant Anthony Thomas.

Former offensive coordinator Terry Shea raved that Jones was the
perfect fit for the old system. For every reason he was that player,
he's not the guy for Ron Turner's version of the West Coast offense.
The Bears want a powerful, move-the-chains back and believe they have
that in Benson, whom they consider to be a souped up-version of Thomas
-- faster, more explosive and with better moves.

''Actually, I think I fit this offense a little better,'' Jones said.
''Last year, I'm not sure if the offense was executed the way we
wanted. There's no disappointment. I'm in a great position. I'm with a
great team with young players.''

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The Bears used the fourth overall pick in the draft to select Texas
running back Cedric Benson, so there is little chance that Thomas
Jones will still be 'The Man.' Benson will play. The question fantasy
owners face is whether Benson will be the featured back, or whether
the Bears will use a running-back-by-committee approach at the
position. If the two RBs do split time as part of a committee -- and
that possibility is not so far-fetched -- then Benson (average draft
position = RB25) may be slightly overvalued right now.

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5. CIN - WR Warrick May Avoid Being Cut

Clipped from: Cincinnati Inquirer article by Mark Curnutte, 6/2/05

NFL teams once cut a significant number of players after June 1.

Waiting until June 1 allowed teams to absorb remaining signing bonus
values - though the money had been paid years earlier - on their
salary caps in the current calendar year and the next.

The Bengals released quarterback Akili Smith on June 2, 2003, in order
to absorb what remained of his $10.8 million signing bonus in 2004, as
well.

These days, though, teams are more likely to release a player even
before June 1 and take the salary-cap hit in full now instead of
later. That group doesn't include the Washington Redskins, who were
expected to cut three pricey, underachieving veterans to save some $4
million to help sign rookie draft picks.

The Bengals already have done some cutting, primarily letting go of
veteran linebacker Kevin Hardy on April 3. That move saved the team
the $2.6 million base salary he was due this coming season but left it
to absorb $1.75 million of the $3.5 million signing bonus he received
in April 2003.

The lack of activity in the Bengals' front office Wednesday means wide
receiver Peter Warrick is expected to get the chance to play if he
recovers from knee and shin injuries suffered in 2004, and linebacker
Nate Webster probably will get the opportunity to show if he can come
back from two operations to repair patellar tendon damage.

"It's all a matter of being healthy," Warrick said Wednesday.

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The Bengals are under the salary cap right now, so they do not need to
release Warrick for cap reasons. It appears that the Bengals will
observe Warrick in training camp to see whether he is fully recovered
from last year's knee and shin injuries by then. If he is, he makes a
very nice slot receiver as the #3 guy behind Chad Johnson and T.J.
Houshmandzadeh. The Bengals like what they've seen from rookie Chris
Henry so far as well, so if Warrick is not fully recovered, they are
not without a backup plan.

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6. ARI - Healthy RB Shipp Returns To Field

Clipped from: Arizona Republic article by Odeen Domingo, 6/2/05

Marcel Shipp's wait is over. He says he is 100 percent healthy, and he
is practicing at full speed with his Cardinals teammates, a new season
in front of him.

Wednesday, the first day of Cardinals voluntary team workouts, was the
first time Shipp has practiced with his teammates since suffering a
leg injury 10 months ago.

Players stretched, ran through position drills, scrimmaged
seven-on-seven, practiced special teams and wrapped up approximately
two hours of practice with conditioning.

"I've been waiting since the night I got hurt, man, August 6th," Shipp
said. "I've been waiting to get out here, run around and do the types
of things I did today. I feel like I had a pretty good day today. . .
.

"I've been going since I've been hurt. Nonstop. Just knowing where I
got to get to just kept me going during the season and after the
season."

Shipp missed the entire 2004 season after dislocating his left ankle
and fracturing his left fibula during a scrimmage on the artificial
turf of Northern Arizona's Walkup Skydome in training camp.

Nothing in the NFL has come easily for Shipp, a fifth-year player. He
was undrafted and made the Cardinals roster as a free agent in 2001.
He led the team in rushing in 2002 and 2003 but had lost the starting
role to Emmitt Smith, now retired, even before his injury.

This season, Shipp will battle rookie J.J. Arrington to start.

"Marcel hasn't played in a long time and he's worked extremely hard,"
Cardinals coach Dennis Green said. "Everybody knows his character and
his determination to be a player."

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Good news for Shipp, but he has an uphill battle in front of him
trying to hold off J.J. Arrington for the starting job. Shipp has good
vision and balance as a runner, but Arrington has a huge advantage in
speed and elusiveness. We expect Arrington to win the featured role in
the Cardinals backfield while Shipp competes with Troy Hambrick for
backup duty.

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7. HOU - QB Carr, WR Johnson Connecting

Clipped from: HoustonTexans.com article by Carter Toole, 6/2/05

Something's different at these coaching sessions. You can't really
describe it but you can certainly sense it when David Carr drops back
into the pocket and looks towards Andre Johnson.

"There's a body language," offensive coordinator Chris Palmer said
Wednesday. "It's like going into a bar and the girl across the bar
looks at you and it's just unspoken."

For those of us unfamiliar with that scenario resulting in a positive
look -- admit it, you're probably one of them -- Palmer is detailing
an encouraging situation between his two star pupils. And that
situation was never more evident Wednesday inside the bubble.

As Carr led the team towards the south end zone in the two-minute
drill, there were two situations where he looked to Johnson in a spot
where he might not have done so the previous two seasons.

On one play, Carr was pressured and at the last second flung a hard
liner to Johnson, who was running to his right across the field. The
ball was too far right but Johnson plucked it out of the air and fell
out of bounds to stop the clock.

"It just comes with experience," Johnson said. "When you first get
here, sometimes you try to make a play on a bad ball, but you're just
not used to it. Now I'm going into my third year and I'm used to stuff
like that. When the ball is thrown, no matter what kind of ball it is,
you just try and make the play."

Then later in the drive, Carr was again dodging pressure as Johnson
looked from the right corner of the end zone. Carr rolled left and
Johnson followed suit before the former lofted the ball towards the
left corner of the end zone. Johnson ran under it and cradled a
touchdown toss to end the drill ? just like they drew it up, right?

"David got pressured and I was just running to the open spot," Johnson
said. "I was on the right side of the field and went all the way to
the left side. I was just running with my hand up and he was able to
see me."

That's what Palmer was referencing earlier ? trust. Carr has been
throwing to Johnson for two seasons but now it's evident the pair is
starting to connect at a higher level.

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Carr is heading into his fourth year while Johnson is heading into his
third. Each has shown promise, and this could be a breakout year for
both of them. The Texans are determined to improve their pass
protection this year, and plan to use shorter routes are more timing
patterns that will allow Carr to release the ball sooner. These
changes are very similar to the ones the Chargers made for Drew Brees
last year. Similar results are, of course, not guaranteed -- but the
Carr-Johnson connection will be one to watch this year during the
preseason. Both players have immense potential, but whether they will
live up to it is an open question.

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8. TB - RB Garner Expected To Compete For Job

Clipped from: St. Petersburg Times article by Greg Auman, 6/2/05.

The agent for running back Charlie Garner said he expects the veteran
to stick around to compete for a job next month.

The Bucs made no salary-cap roster cuts on Wednesday, the first date a
team can release a player and have the cap impact spread over two
seasons.

"I've talked with (general manager) Bruce Allen and we've discussed
Charlie's situation," agent Brian Levy said Wednesday. "He's not
making a lot of money this season ($800,000), and he's healthy now, so
I expect him to be there in camp, showing the team what he can do."

Garner, 33, played only three games last year before suffering a
ruptured tendon in his right knee, which ended his season. The Bucs
used the fifth overall pick in the April draft to select running back
Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, but Levy said that if Garner can prove
himself in the preseason, he could prove himself to be a cheaper
option as a veteran backup to Williams.

Michael Pittman, who led the team with 926 rushing yards and seven
touchdowns last season, has a base salary of $1,342,000 this year.

Garner, who signed a six-year contract in March 2004 that included a
reported $4-million signing bonus, restructured his contract this
spring to give the Bucs $600,000 in salary-cap relief.

Ultimately, Bucs need to clear room to cover more than $6-million
allotted for the team's rookie. That will require cuts and contract
restructuring in the six weeks before training camp.

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Thirty-three is old for a running back, and last year's injury is
still a concern. Expect Garner to be the number three RB on the Bucs'
roster behind Carnell Williams and Michael Pittman. Given their
salary-cap woes and Pittman's relatively expensive salary, the Bucs
may use Garner's presence as leverage to ask Pittman to renegotiate
his contract -- but there is very little chance that Garner could
actually displace Pittman as the primary backup.

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9. ARI - WR Boldin Attends Practice

Clipped from: Arizona Republic article by Odeen Domingo, 6/2/05

True to his word, wide receiver Anquan Boldin practiced Wednesday, the
first day of voluntary team workouts with veterans and rookies.

Boldin and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, are seeking a contract
extension, but Boldin has said he will not hold out from team workouts
as a negotiating ploy.

The contract situation is not a distraction, Boldin said. The
Cardinals have expressed their interest in extending his deal, which
has two years remaining, since he won NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year
honors in 2003.

"I think he just wants to have a good year," coach Dennis Green said.
"He feels that practicing is the best way. He's also confident that
the contract will get done. I think that's what everybody involved has
said."

Rosenhaus clients Terrell Owens of Philadelphia and Javon Walker of
Green Bay are also seeking contract extensions. Both receivers are
sitting out of workouts with their respective teams.

Voluntary workouts are scheduled for the next three weeks. The team
reports to training camp in Flagstaff on July 31.

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Good move by Boldin. The more work he can get with new Cardinal QB
Kurt Warner this offseason, the better -- especially after missing
much of last year's training camp with a torn meniscus. The Cardinals
have a very talented trio of wide receivers in Boldin, Larry
Fitzgerald, and Bryant Johnson. With those targets, Kurt Warner's
fantasy value is higher heading into the 2005 season than it was a
year ago.

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10. MIN - Vikings Prepare To Pare Kicker

Clipped from: St. Paul Pioneer Press article by Don Seeholzer, 6/2/05

Two men enter; one man leaves.

That's the bottom line in the battle for the Vikings' starting
kicker's job, but it isn't shaping up as a cutthroat competition.

That was evident on the opening of a three-day developmental camp
Wednesday, as incumbent Aaron Elling and challenger Paul Edinger spent
their first day together on the practice field engaged in congenial
conversation.

"We sat down at breakfast," Elling said. "It's competition on the
field and let the better man win, but when we're just hanging out,
we're going to spend a lot of time together. He's a good guy, and
we're going to have fun."

Edinger, who was signed last week after being released by Chicago,
said he is looking forward to some good, healthy competition.

"I think every year in Chicago I had competition," he said. "There was
one year I felt safe after I signed a new contract, but every other
year there was, and I think I did better because of it. Who doesn't?
Coming in here, I know I have to take the job from Aaron. It's going
to be tough, but I'm up for the challenge."

After signing Edinger, the Vikings made it a point to say the job is
Elling's to lose. If Elling is starting off ahead, though, the
position is still very much up for grabs.

"Probably the better field-goal kicker is going to have the better
chance," special-teams coordinator Rusty Tillman said. "On the other
hand, field position is such an important thing, the kickoff is a big
factor, too. But I think probably the first thing you look for in a
kicker is the consistency making field goals."

That would seem to favor Edinger, 27, who made 75.3 percent of his
field-goal attempts during his five seasons in Chicago and has 463
career points to only 107 for Elling.

Edinger has struggled, however, since the Vikings made him a
five-year, $7 million offer as a restricted free agent - matched by
the Bears - in 2003. Last season, he connected on a career-low 62.5
percent of his field-goal attempts (15 of 24), and his nine misses
were an NFL high.

Add Elling's stronger leg on kickoffs, and the playing field is
leveled considerably.

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The Vikings' offense has the potential to score a lot of points, so
for fantasy owners, this is an important kicker battle. (Yes, there is
such a thing as an important kicker battle.) There's no way to pick a
winner yet: whoever performs better in training camp will be the guy.
Elling's leg strength gives him an advantage, but his accuracy has
been inconsistent in the past.

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11. IDP: IND - S Doss Returns To Practice, Apologizes

Clipped from: Associated Press article, 6/2/05

Indianapolis Colts safety Mike Doss is apologizing for his arrest in
Ohio last weekend.

He faces charges of carrying a concealed weapon, inducing panic,
obstructing official business and discharging a weapon within the city
limits.

Doss missed the team's workouts the past two day but returned to the
Colts headquarters today and apologized to the organization and to his
teammates.

Colts coach Tony Dungy says that regardless of what happens in court,
Doss violated team rules and will be punished by the team. If Doss is
convicted, he could also be disciplined by the NFL.

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The Colts have not yet announced what punishment Doss will receive,
but a suspension is possible. Doss is one of the young stars of the
Colts' defense. If he misses any time due to this incident, however,
it will severely limit his chance to collect over 100 total tackles
again, as he did his rookie year in 2003.

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That'll do it for today, Folks. Thanks for reading and have a great
Friday. We'll see you tomorrow with the update.

J
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