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Giants: Kurt Warner will start at quarterback Friday against the Jets, but Eli Manning, the No. 1 pick in the draft, will get about the same amount of snaps with the first-team offense. Warner started against Kansas City in the preseason opener and Manning got a start last week against Carolina. Coach Tom Coughlin said he will name a starter for the season opener at Philadelphia on Sept. 12 "at the right time."
Falcons: Michael Vick doesn't think his sore right hamstring will prevent him from playing Saturday night against Cincinnati. Vick practiced Wednesday for the second straight day. He missed the workout Monday because tightness in his hamstring, which he strained Aug. 5 and irritated in last week's preseason win over Minnesota.
Bills: Rookie quarterback J.P. Losman was to have surgery today to repair the left leg he broke in practice. Coach Mike Mularkey said he anticipates Losman will be back at some point this season, but won't know when until after the operation.
Dolphins: Offensive tackle Damion McIntosh worked out for a second consecutive day. McIntosh, who has missed all of training camp with an ankle injury, went through drills Tuesday and Wednesday. He is scheduled to be evaluated by a doctor this weekend, but there is no specific date for his return.
Rams: Cornerback Travis Fisher had surgery on his broken right arm but coach Mike Martz would not speculate how long the third-year pro may be sidelined. Fisher was hurt in the first half of the Rams' 24-7 loss Monday night at Kansas City.
Titans: Cornerback Samari Rolle and defensive tackle James Atkins returned to practice after missing the past two weeks with injuries, but receiver Jake Schifino, the leading candidate to return kickoffs this season, sat out the morning session. An MRI Wednesday afternoon showed nothing serious, and he likely will be able to play Monday against Dallas.
Packers: Unable to develop a pass rusher opposite Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, ex-Giant defensive end Kenny Holmes was signed. Coach Mike Sherman said he hopes to have the 6-foot-4, 260-pound veteran play 10-12 snaps in third-down situations Friday night at Jacksonville.
49ers: All-Pro linebacker Julian Peterson ended his holdout and signed a one-year contract. Peterson, designated by the team in February as its franchise player, missed the first 28 days of training camp practices because of contract issues. Peterson and his agents had been looking for a deal that would make him one of the NFL's highest-paid defenders. Peterson signed a $6.073 million offer tendered to him by the team to play this season. That figure represents the average of the NFL's five highest-paid players at his position.
Seahawks: Backup quarterback Trent Dilfer will make his preseason debut Friday night against San Diego. Dilfer sat out the first two preseason games with back spasms, but returned to practice earlier this week. He will play most of the second half. In other news, outside linebacker Chad Brown underwent successful surgery on his broken left leg Wednesday.
Raiders: Coach Norv Turner expects holdout cornerback Charles Woodson in camp next week, and it seems like a realistic possibility. Turner said the four-time Pro Bowler needs to be in practice "as soon as he can" to be ready for the season, which opens Sept. 12 at Pittsburgh.
Vikings: The NFL rejected defensive end Kenny Mixon's appeal of a two-game suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Mixon, who hasn't missed a start since signing with the Vikings two seasons ago, will be eligible to return to the active roster Sept. 21.
Associated Press
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