Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Raiders release safety Woodson


NFL notebook

The Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. - The Oakland Raiders released safety Rod Woodson on Tuesday after the 11-time Pro Bowler failed a physical.

The 39-year-old Woodson had a chronic left knee injury last season and had surgery in December.

A call to Woodson's agent, Eugene Parker, was not immediately returned Tuesday afternoon.

Woodson, a 17-year veteran who spent the last two seasons with Oakland, is third on the NFL's career list with 71 interceptions. He has a league-best 1,483 yards on interception returns.

BRONCOS: Former All-Pro linebacker John Mobley was cut due to a neck injury that will keep him from playing this season.

• Running back Brandon Miree, a Winton Woods graduate drafted in the seventh round out of Pittsburgh, signed a three-year contract with Denver.

REDSKINS: Sean Taylor, this year's No. 5 overall pick, agreed to a seven-year, $18 million contract. The former Miami Hurricane is expected to start at free safety.

JETS: Jonathan Vilma, a linebacker picked 12th from the University of Miami, signed a five-year deal worth about $10 million.

EAGLES: First-round pick Shawn Andrews, taken 16th overall out of Arkansas, agreed to a six-year contract and will compete for the starting spot at right guard.

COWBOYS: Dallas waived quarterback Chad Hutchinson, who left baseball's St. Louis Cardinals to resume a football career that showed promise during two seasons at Stanford.

• Surgery on safety Darren Woodson to remove a herniated disc went well, and he's expected to return in about eight weeks.

VIKINGS: Brock Lesnar, known to World Wrestling Entertainment fans as "The Next Big Thing," signed with Minnesota and hopes to win a spot on the defensive line. He has not played football since his senior year of high school.

PATRIOTS: Linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, who missed most of last year due to a broken left hip, has been placed on the team's physically unable to perform list.

PACKERS: Punter B.J. Sander, a Roger Bacon graduate drafted in the third round out of Ohio State, is expected to sign by Thursday, his agent, Richard Katz, said.

VIKINGS: The NFL has suspended defensive end Kenny Mixon for two games for violating the league's substance abuse policy, according to published reports.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis and the St. Paul Pioneer Press citing unnamed sources, reported Tuesday that Mixon is appealing the suspension.

TEXANS: A judge sentenced safety Marcus Coleman to three days in jail and a $2,000 fine for a misdemeanor drunken driving conviction in May.




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