Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Dumped by Cowboys, Carter lands with Jets

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The Associated Press

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Herman Edwards believes not giving Quincy Carter a second chance would be a crime.

That's how the New York Jets coach explained the team's signing Tuesday of the former Dallas starting quarterback who was surprisingly released by the Cowboys three weeks ago.

"The worst thing you can do to any individual is not give them hope," Edwards said after Carter signed a one-year deal.

That the Jets were desperate for a backup to Chad Pennington had a little to do with the move, too.

Edwards hopes Carter provides a solid option should Pennington get hurt the way he did last summer. Coincidentally, Vinny Testaverde, Pennington's backup last season, now is the starter in Dallas.

"You know, in this game, we learn that surprises, there are a lot of them," Carter said Tuesday.

Carter was cut Aug. 4 amid reports 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, said the NFLPA will continue with the case.

"You'll have to ask Dallas why they released me," Carter said. "All I got was the papers."

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

BILLS: Rookie quarterback J.P. Losman, the second of Buffalo's two first-round draft picks this year, hurt his left ankle during practice and was carted off the field.

Losman was hurt while finishing a run during a two-minute drill when cornerback Troy Vincent laid a shoulder into his upper body, knocking him over.

"I didn't hit him to tackle him; he was cutting back and I just happened to catch the blade of his shoulder pad," Vincent said.

CHARGERS: Rookie quarterback Philip Rivers officially ended his holdout and took part in his first practice with San Diego.

Rivers, the fourth overall pick in April's NFL draft, signed a six-year contract worth a reported $40.5 million in base salary and $10 million more in incentives.

"(The holdout) was something that I'm not used to, and it's a tough, long process, but it's over and I'm excited to be back practicing today," Rivers said.

Rivers was the last of this year's first-round picks to sign.

PANTHERS: The team acquired offensive tackle Javiar Collins from Dallas for a conditional 2005 draft choice. In three seasons with the Cowboys, Collins played in 11 games, nine at right tackle in 2002.

JETS: Defensive end John Abraham, a two-time Pro Bowl pick, will meet with NFL officials today about a possible second violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

Abraham already is tested under the policy because of a drunk-driving incident last year, and a recent test result showed a high alcohol content.

BROWNS: Running back Lee Suggs is making a strong case to become a starter for Cleveland. He has rushed for 167 yards on 15 carries in one scrimmage and two exhibition games, compared to William Green's 53 yards on 14 carries.

Coach Butch Davis said he would not name a starter until just before the season opener, but Suggs thinks he's closed the deal.

"To me, yeah, I think I've done enough to be the starter," he said.

PATRIOTS: New England released fullback Fred McCrary, a seven-year veteran used primarily as a blocker. In his career, the 31-year-old McCrary has 105 career receptions for 598 yards and six touchdowns, and 25 carries for 31 yards rushing and one touchdown.

VIKINGS: Cornerback Derek Ross, who tied for the NFL rookie lead in interceptions two years ago, was signed by Minnesota. He was waived by New Orleans last week before even practicing with the team after missing a plane and failing to report on time.

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