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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

The Baltimore Ravens signed fullback Lorenzo Neal yesterday. Neal is a four-time Pro Bowl selection who was the lead blocker for a 1,000-yard rusher for 11 consecutive seasons.

Neal, 37, rejoins Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who also coached Neal when he was the starting fullback in San Diego. Both were with the Chargers from 2003 to '06.

"He's one of the finest professionals that I've had the privilege to work with," Cameron told reporters yesterday.

Neal, two years ago the highest-paid fullback in the league, becomes the second fullback on the roster after Justin Green was released yesterday. Le'Ron McClain is the Ravens' other fullback.

McClain, however, could get some carries at tailback during the preseason because starter Willis McGahee is out until at least the regular season opener after recent arthroscopic knee surgery.

Neal, in his 16th season, is with his seventh team. He also has played for New Orleans, the New York Jets, Tampa Bay, Tennessee and Cincinnati.

· DOLPHINS: Miami cut place kicker Jay Feely, one season after he set the team's season record for field goal percentage.

Feely's release clears the way for undrafted rookie Dan Carpenter to take over as the starting kicker. Carpenter made field goals of 41 and 49 yards in Miami's 17-6 preseason loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday.

"The decision was based purely on numbers, on performance, and Carpenter has outperformed him right now. That's the bottom line," Dolphins Coach Tony Sparano said after the team's morning practice. "We chart a ton of categories with the kickers, and Carpenter has outperformed him."

Feely missed the preseason opener and practice last week because of a groin strain. He made 21 of 23 field goals last season, one of the few bright spots for the 1-15 Dolphins.

Feely, 32, was one of the only players who willingly talked to the media during Miami's most embarrassing season in franchise history. And his outspoken nature often clashed with the new Bill Parcells-led regime, which has overhauled the roster with younger players.

· COLTS: Defensive back Michael Coe will be placed on injured reserve and will miss the rest of the season after having surgery on his left knee last week.

Coach Tony Dungy had said Coe was likely to miss at least eight weeks and Indianapolis hoped to wait until the two roster cuts before making a decision. The plan changed when Dungy announced the team couldn't wait for Coe to return because it needed a roster spot after a recent rash of injuries.

The Colts also added a linebacker, claiming Marcus Richardson off waivers from Houston.

· GIANTS: Star wide receiver Plaxico Burress took the field in pads for the first time since New York opened training camp late last month.

Burress, who had been sitting out with a sore right ankle, jogged a few pass routes during individual drills and lined up with the starters as they walked through a couple of plays in the evening workout.

· CARDINALS: Rookie cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was taken off the practice field on a cart after injuring his right ankle.

Arizona Coach Ken Whisenhunt spoke briefly after practice but provided little detail on Rodgers-Cromartie's condition.

"We'll know more tomorrow," Whisenhunt said.


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