Sunday, July 28, 2002

Brooks a no-show at Saints training camp

NFL notebook

The Associated Press

        NEW ORLEANS - Saints starting quarterback Aaron Brooks did not report to New Orleans' training camp.

        “Yes, I am surprised,” general manager Mickey Loomis said Saturday. “We haven't heard from him, and we don't know why he isn't here. No one's talked to him.”

        Loomis said he assumes Brooks' failure to report Friday night was a contract holdout, but neither Brooks nor his agent has contacted the Saints or responded to calls from the team.

        Brooks is in the final year of his contract, making the league minimum of $400,000. The Saints have made an offer to Brooks and received a counteroffer from Brooks' agent, Andre Colona.

        Loomis refused to discuss what the Saints offered Brooks. Colona did not return phone calls.

        Loomis said he spoke to Colona Wednesday, and Colona told him Brooks had no problem waiting to negotiate a new deal.

        “We're disappointed, but I don't want to overreact,” Loomis said. “Obviously, he must feel strongly about something. I expect to hear from him.”

        Last season, Brooks tied a team record with 26 touchdown passes and set the season marks for rushing yards by a quarterback (358 yards) and total offense (4,190).

        SEAHAWKS: Coach Mike Holmgren spoke with Ryan Leaf after the quarterback's decision to retire but decided not to try to talk him into staying with Seattle.

        “I hadn't seen him since our minicamps,” Holmgren said. “We had a good conversation. It was pretty clear to me. I've talked to a lot players who decided not to play.”

        Trent Dilfer is the Seahawks' starter heading into the season and Matt Hasselback will be backup. Leaf was going to be competing with Jeff Kelly and Ryan Van Dyke for the No.3 job.

        PANTHERS: Offensive lineman Chris Terry apologized for his arrest on domestic violence charges. He was charged Thursday and released on $2,500 bond for an alleged assault on his wife.

        In filing for a temporary restraining order, NyQuell Jackson-Terry said her husband pushed her into a wall Wednesday night, head-butted her and pushed her face into a pillow while their children watched.

        Coach John Fox said he would not discipline Terry now.

        GIANTS: Cornerback Jason Sehorn does not expect to play in many of the team's preseason games because of weakness in his right knee. Sehorn had offseason knee surgery, his third since 1998.

        Sehorn is limited to working out once a day. He must build up the muscles in his right leg since he wasn't allowed to run until June.

        “There is no strength,” Sehorn said. “Just look at my chicken leg. There's just no muscle.”

        Sehorn does not know if he will be ready in time for the season opener Sept.5 against the 49ers.

        JAGUARS: Coach Tom Coughlin reported no progress on the Jimmy Smith holdout front. The Jaguars apparently have made an offer to the wide receiver and are waiting for Smith and his agent to respond.

        Also, defensive lineman Stalin Colinet twisted his knee in the morning practice Saturday. Results of an MRI exam weren't available.

        COLTS: The biggest concern as training camp opens today is the health of running back Edgerrin James, who is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He was cleared Monday to begin practicing.

        Coach Tony Dungy's plan is to have James work out once a day until he regains his edge.

        REDSKINS: Receiver Darnerian McCants hurt his wrist during morning practice. X-rays were negative, but he will have an MRI exam today.

        Guard David Loverne also will have an MRI exam on his sprained elbow.

        BROWNS: Running back William Green's agent turned down the team's latest contract offer, a five-year deal worth nearly $8 million to the first-round draft pick. He is the only Brown not at training camp.

        EAGLES: Running back Correll Buckhalter was placed on the physically unable to perform/active list. He was expected to play a major role in the offense this season but tore his anterior cruciate ligament at minicamp in April.

        The Eagles expect Buckhalter to miss the season.

        Also, defensive end Daryl Whittington signed a one-year contract with the Eagles. The 6-foot-5, 265-pound brother of Bengals defensive end Bernard Whittington played linebacker and defensive end at Missouri, totaling 45 tackles and two sacks in 34 games.

        LIONS: Detroit signed defensive tackle Bill Duff and running back Jonas Lewis. Contract terms were not released.

        Duff played five games with Cleveland in 1999 and was with NFL Europe's Berlin Thunder the next two seasons before going to the XFL's Orlando Rage of the XFL in 2001.

        Lewis played 10 games with San Francisco in 2000 and one game in 2001.


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