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Jets sign Carter as backup QB

Posted: Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Quincy Carter ended up replacing the quarterback who took his spot in Dallas.

In an odd switch, the quarterback cut by the Cowboys signed with the New York Jets on Tuesday and will back up Chad Pennington. Pennington's backup last season was 40-year-old Vinny Testaverde, who was released by the Jets in June and became the Cowboys' starter when Carter was let go.

Carter, who started every game for the Cowboys last season, was released suddenly on Aug. 4. Reports said he failed a drug test, and the NFL Players Association has filed a request for arbitration in the case.

Gene Upshaw, the union's executive director, told The Associated Press that the NFLPA will continue to press the case. ''We have to,'' he said, adding that part of the grievance involves potential salary loss to Carter.

Carter gives the Jets the experienced backup they didn't have. Neither of the other two quarterbacks, second-year man Brooks Bollinger nor Ricky Ray, who played in the Canadian Football League, has ever taken an NFL snap.

Carter, a second-round draft choice by the Cowboys in 2001, started all 31 games in which he played for Dallas, including 17 last season 16 in the regular season and one in the playoffs. In his career, he has 507 completions in 902 attempts for 5,839 yards with 29 touchdowns and 36 interceptions.

Known for his mobility, he has run 140 times for 498 yards.

''To not give someone an opportunity because they made a mistake would not be fair,'' Jets coach Herman Edwards said. ''We got a guy who you think is a good quarterback and can upgrade your position. If I was concerned about (any off-field problems), he'd probably not be a Jet.

Falcons

Michael Vick returned to practice after missing a day with tightness in his right hamstring.

Atlanta's quarterback participated in the full workout, which lasted over two hours, and reported no problems. He first tweaked the hamstring in practice on Aug. 5 before irritating it in the second quarter of last week's preseason win over Minnesota.

Bills

Rookie quarterback J.P. Losman broke his left leg during practice and will be out indefinitely.

The Bills must now decide whether to place Losman on injured reserve, a move that would sideline him for the season.

Losman, the second of Buffalo's two first-round picks, was hurt an hour into practice as he finished a run. As Losman was pulling up, cornerback Troy Vincent laid a shoulder into his upper body, knocking the quarterback over.

Losman immediately started limping and fell to the ground. Trainers attended to him for about five minutes on the field, and Vincent came over and shook his hand.

Vikings

Cornerback Derek Ross, who tied for the NFL rookie lead in interceptions two years ago, was signed Tuesday by Minnesota.

''We have (Ross)' rights,'' Tice said after the morning practice, which Ross missed while taking a physical. ''(But) I don't know if he'll ever see the field.''

With starting cornerback Brian Williams out for at least another week and a young, inconsistent group of backups behind him, the Vikings needed a veteran corner to stabilize the unit.

Texans

Defensive end Gary Walker will rest for a week to 10 days to allow his strained groin to heal.

Walker, the Texans' two-time Pro Bowl lineman, tweaked the muscle during practice Monday and was helped off the field. The team was worried enough about the injury to call for an MRI, which revealed a mild strain.

Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens wrapped up training camp without even taking the field at McDaniel College. The reason: their loss at Philadelphia in the second preseason game and center Mike Flynn's broken collarbone.

A Sunday afternoon workout was scrapped, as was Tuesday morning's scheduled 90-minute finale.

''Everybody was kind of surprised,'' running back Jamal Lewis said. ''Nobody thought Brian Billick would give us a day off, but he did, and we're going to take advantage of it.''

This camp was perhaps the least physical in Billick's six years as coach. But the list of those missing or injured grew to 15 before the team closed camp two days early.

Packers

The Green Bay Packers just can't get their starting offensive line on the field.

Left guard Mike Wahle (bruised leg) made his training camp debut Tuesday, but his return was dampened when left tackle Chad Clifton sat out with a sore left knee.

''This whole camp we've had about three-fifths, which makes it tough,'' offensive line coach Larry Beightol said.

The offensive line, which helped quarterback Brett Favre lead the league in touchdown passes and assisted running back Ahman Green in his franchise-best 1,883 yards rushing last season, still is expected to be the team's strength.

But the five starters have yet to work a single practice together because center Mike Flanagan has sat out all of training camp with knee tendinitis and won't return until next week at the earliest.

It's not just the starters who have been hurt. Reserve tackle Brennan Curtin tore two ligaments in his right knee Saturday night, just days after returning from a staph infection, and is out for the year. Center Scott Wells (left elbow) and tackle Atlas Herrion (knee) also have been hurt.

Lions

The Detroit Lions signed undrafted rookie Stevie Baggs, out of Bethune-Cookman College, to help add depth to an injury-depleted linebacker corps.

Boss Bailey, a starter last season, will miss at least a month of the regular season after knee surgery. Alex Lewis and James Davis, who were battling to start on the weak side, also are nursing injuries.

Eagles

Defensive tackle Corey Simon will miss this week's preseason game because of a foot injury.

The Pro Bowler sustained the injury, known as plantar fasciitis, during the first week of training camp. Simon, who has also been bothered by a lower-back problem, was examined by a specialist on Monday and will miss Thursday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The team does not have a timetable for his return, but coaches are optimistic Simon will be ready for the regular-season opener on Sept. 12 against the Giants.

Seahawks

Linebacker Chad Brown will have surgery on his left leg Wednesday, and is expected to miss the first four games of the regular season.

Brown broke his left fibula when his feet got tangled with tight end Itula Mili during a passing drill Monday. The Seahawks hope he can return Oct. 17 when Seattle travels to Super Bowl champion New England.



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