NFL ROUNDUP | News and notes
Chiefs 24, Rams 7: Trent Green hit 10 of 12 passes for 94 yards, and Priest Holmes averaged 5.2 yards on six carries as Kansas City's first-team offense scored on two of its three possessions. Adding to a bad night for the Rams (0-2) was starting cornerback Travis Fisher's broken arm. Fisher tied for the team lead last year with four interceptions. Holmes had 31 yards on six carries and scored on a 2-yard run for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. Marc Bulger was 8-for-15 for 67 yards and got sacked three times behind the Rams' patchwork offensive line.
Chargers: Rookie quarterback Philip Rivers ended his lengthy holdout, agreeing to terms on a six-year contract. The contract will pay Rivers $40.5 million, including a $14.25 million signing bonus. He can earn $10 million more in incentives.
Seahawks: Three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Chad Brown broke his left leg during practice Monday. Coach Mike Holmgren said Brown will undergo surgery as soon as possible and is expected to miss at least four regular season games. He was hurt getting his feet tangled with tight end Itula Mili during a practice drill.
Ravens: Center Mike Flynn broke his right collarbone Monday and is expected to miss six to eight weeks. Flynn had missed just one start to injury since becoming a full-time starter in 2000. Flynn was one of only eight Ravens to start all 16 regular season games last year and he was part of the line that assisted running back Jamal Lewis' AFC-record 2,066-yard season.
Saints: Quarterback Aaron Brooks, who missed the first preseason game, will probably miss the third as well. He re-injured a ligament in the top of his thigh against the Packers.
Eagles: Thirty-four-year-old Dorsey Levens to help fill the spot vacated at running back when Correll Buckhalter was lost for the season with a knee injury against the Ravens. Levens played for the Eagles two years ago and was with the New York Giants last year. Levens was signed by the Eagles the first time after Buckhalter was hurt and ran for 475 yards and a 5.5 yard-per-carry average. Defensive end Jevon Kearse aggravated his sprained right ankle in Friday's game and did not practice Monday.
Giants: Linebacker Carlos Emmons returned to practice after spending more than two weeks on the sideline because of pain in the leg he broke last season.
Panthers: Guard Tutan Reyes has a sprained ankle rather than a broken one. Reyes had to be carted off the field at Sunday's practice.
Vikings: Pro Bowl center Matt Birk was over the ball Monday for the first time since the second day of training camp. Birk, who had surgery Aug. 4 to repair a hernia, was expected to need three to five weeks to recover. He started running last week, and said he hopes to be in the lineup for the Vikings' last preseason game Sept. 2 against Seattle. Receiver Marcus Robinson will miss Minnesota's two remaining preseason games to rest his problematic left hamstring.
Colts: Linebacker Gilbert Gardner was told his right ankle injury wasn't nearly as bad as first feared. Gardner likely will not play or practice this week but was hopeful to be on the field next week against Cincinnati in the Colts' preseason finale.
Packers: Disturbed by third-round draft pick B.J. Sander's struggles, Green Bay signed 40-year-old punter Bryan Barker. Barker, a 15-year NFL veteran who punted for Washington the last three seasons, won a three-way punt-off with 39-year-old free agents Mark Royals and Dan Stryzinski.
Titans: Pro Bowl punter Craig Hentrich will miss practice time this week after an MRI showed a muscle strain is causing back spasms. Hentrich originally hurt himself last week and sat out a few days before reaggravating his back during pregame warmups Saturday in Buffalo. Coach Jeff Fisher said Hentrich might be held out of the Titans' visit to Dallas on Aug. 30 to help the punter heal.