Edwards on PUP list to start training camp

Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2001

Robert Edwards still isn't ready to play.

The New England running back, who severely injured his knee in a beach football game at the 1999 Pro Bowl, flunked the Patriots' conditioning test Monday, falling a second short at the end of 20 straight 60-yard dashes.

Edwards said he failed because he was nervous, and he wants to try again. But he was placed on the team's physically unable to perform list, keeping him out at the start of training camp.

''This is another step for Robert, and when he's able to take it, we'll move on to the one after that,'' coach Bill Belichick said. ''He's come a long way, but there are still a number of steps for him to hit on the way back.''

The focus at other camps Monday also was on players returning from injury.

Bengals

Darnay Scott, who missed all of last season with a leg broken in training camp, worked out and said he's ready for a big season.

''I hope some people think I did lose a step,'' Scott said. ''They'll realize they're wrong when I run by them.''

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Scott is Cincinnati's fastest receiver. Without him last season, the offense evolved into a short-passing attack that finished last in the NFL.

Scott said his leg ''is a little shaky because of the physical contact, but other than that it's OK. I'm still thinking about it a little bit now, especially when I go up against a defender one-on-one,'' he said. ''But once I get back to 100 percent confidence in it in about a week or so, it'll be all good.''

Panthers

Carolina released veteran defensive end Chuck Smith, who played in only two games for them last season after signing a five-year, $21.5 million contract. Smith was kept out last season by arthritic knees,

Knee problems were the issue of the day for the Panthers.

Wide receiver Patrick Jeffers, co-holder of the team record for touchdown catches, says he's concerned about persistent swelling in his left knee. Jeffers missed all of last season after injuring the knee in training camp.

Dolphins

Miami re-signed All-Pro defensive end Jason Taylor to a six-year, $42 million contract, ensuring their defense will remain solid for years to come.

Bears

Wide receiver Bobby Engram, who tore up his right knee in the third game of last season, says he's finally ready to come back.

Engram, who led Chicago in receiving in 1998 and 1999, was working out again Monday.

Receiver Marcus Robinson, sat out Monday morning's practice and then was limited during afternoon drills, due to a combination of heat exhaustion and a tender back.

Robinson, who missed the final three weeks of last season with a lower back injury, had problems with the oppressive heat Saturday. He skipped Monday morning's first practice in pads, but returned Monday afternoon, only to stop before the end of practice so he could stretch.

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Bills

Buffalo released free agent rookie quarterback Tim Hasselbeck, brother of Seattle's starter, Matt Hasselbeck.

The Bills cut punter Pat Pidgeon, who had been competing with Virginia's Jay Taylor to take over for veteran Chris Mohr, a salary cap casualty.

Among five free agents signed by the Bills on Monday was another punter, Brian Moorman, who led NFL Europe in punting the past two seasons.



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