Dallas WR Terrell Owens has sat out the past two days of practice with muscle stiffness in his back, but the team doesn't consider the injury to be serious. He returned to practice on Tuesday.
Carolina FS Mike Minter has reportedly decided to retire rather than fight through chronic knee pain for another season. Minter had already said 2007 would be his last season, but admitted last week that he was contemplating retiring before the start of the season. Nate Salley and Deke Cooper are expected to compete for the starting job opposite newly-acquired SS Chris Harris.
Cleveland QB Brady Quinn ended his 11-day holdout by signing a five-year deal worth $20.2 million, including $7.75 million in guaranteed money. Quinn, who missed 16 practices during his holdout, arrived at team headquarters Tuesday. He is scheduled to practice Wednesday, but has certainly fallen far behind Derek Anderson and Charlie Frye in the battle for the starting job.
Giants WR Amani Toomer will not play in Saturday's preseason opener as the team brings him back slowly from knee surgery. "I think he's done well with what we've asked him to do," coach Tom Coughlin said. "I don't think we want to necessarily push him any further than that. He's done well with everything we've asked him to do. He's had some incidental contact and jumped right back up so I think he's done well."
Redskins RB Clinton Portis said his recovery from knee tendinitis is going well. "I'm feeling good. So hopefully (I'll return) sometime soon," Portis said Wednesday. "I don't know when. We did a lot today. We're going to see if it flares up tomorrow and see how it does. We really pushed it in the weight room and out here running around. I did more stuff today than I usually do. Riding the bike, exercising and everything else. We're going to see tomorrow if it flares up. Next week I have a couple days to relax and get treatment and hopefully next week I'll feel much better."
Dolphins OLB Joey Porter is expected to miss at least two weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery. Porter might not play in any preseason games because of the injury, which has been bothering him since the offseason.
Chiefs rookie WR Dwayne Bowe ended his 10-day holdout by agreeing to a five-year contract with the Chiefs. However, he will not immediately begin working in team drills as coach Herman Edwards wants the rookie to get in "good enough shape" first.
San Francisco NT Aubrayo Franklin will sit out the team's preseason schedule with a sprained left knee. "It's not as bad as it could have been," coach Mike Nolan said. "Missing training camp doesn't get me excited. ... That's a disappointment, but it's not that bad."
Packers WR Donald Driver signed a one-year extension that puts him under contract through the 2010 season. The reworded deal adds nearly $11 million to his previous contract, and Driver is due to make about $7 million in 2010.
Broncos rookie DE Jarvis Moss is day-to-day after being carted off the field with a knee injury Monday. Moss said he feared the worst, but the injury turned out to be only a twist after an MRI turned out negative.
Saints LT Jammal Brown left Tuesday's practice with a knee injury that was feared to be serious, but coach Sean Payton announced later in the day that it's only a bone bruise. Brown was carted from the field after injuring his right knee. He's not expected to miss much time, although he will likely sit out the team's preseason game Friday.
Chiefs LT Damion McIntosh, who left Monday's practice on a cart with a knee injury. He will miss 4-6 weeks with a sprained knee suffered earlier this week. While McIntosh could miss the team's first two regular-season games, the injury appeared as though it could have been much worse when he was carted off the practice field. Third-year pro Will Svitek, a converted defensive lineman, will start in McIntosh's place.
Giants DE Justin Tuck continues to run with the starting unit on the left side with Michael Strahan still contemplating retirement. He's also coming off a foot injury of his own from last season. "I said something to him the other day, and yesterday in that two-minute period, he was out there spinning," coach Tom Coughlin said. "And I said, 'You're a guy that's supposed to be working back slowly and you're out there doing 360s in your pass rush.' And I was kidding with him about that, but if he feels good enough to go ahead and do that then he definitely is coming along."
Bills rookie RB Dwayne Wright was back at practice Wednesday, a day after landing in the hospital with an allergic reaction to something he ate. He is competing with veterans Anthony Thomas and Shaud Williams for the top backup job behind starter Marshawn Lynch.
Browns LG Eric Steinbach left Wednesday's practice with an apparently sprained right knee, although the team will have him undergo an MRI.
Raiders DE Derrick Burgess will skip the team's preseason opener Saturday as he continues to rehab from hernia surgery. "I just don't want to put Derrick out there right now," Kiffin said. "He's only been back for a couple days and it's not worth it to put him out there full speed right now. We've got three more games after this."
Free agency, signings and releases
RB Dee Brown signed with Washington.
CB Dante Wesley was acquired by New England, which sent an undisclosed 2008 draft pick to Chicago. Wesley joins a secondary depleted by the holdout of CB Asante Samuel and season-ending injury to CB Chad Scott.
FB Quadtrine Hill was claimed by Chicago off waivers from the Patriots.
P Eric Wilbur was waived by the Jaguars after one practice.
C Donovan Raiola signed with Pittsburgh. Raiola (6-2, 293) was originally signed by the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent on May 10, 2006, out of Wisconsin. He was released by the Rams in their 2006 training camp but returned to their camp this year before being released last week.
WR Rasheed Marshall was released by Pittsburgh. Marshall (6-1, 188), who was signed this past January, was a two-year veteran who played in 12 career games with the San Francisco 49ers, all of which came in 2005. Marshall was originally drafted in the fifth round (124th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft.
RB Jamal Robertson was waived by Atlanta. Robertson, 5-10, 215 pounds, was signed by the Falcons as a free agent on December 12, 2006. In Week 15, he saw action on special teams against the Dallas Cowboys and was then listed as inactive for the final two contests. Robertson was originally signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the San Francisco 49ers on January 23, 2002.