Tampa Bay had no problem reaching the NFL limit of 60 players as Coach John McKay placed five players, including starting tackle Randy Crowder and starting safeties Mark Cotney and Curtis Jordan, on injured lists. On the positive side, Kansas City announced it has signed veteran holdout center Jack Rudnay to two one-year contracts yesterday.
Rudnay, an 11-year veteran in his option year, had missed 25 days of training camp and two exhibition games. He had played in 144 consecutive games before pulling a hamstring in training camp last year. The Chiefs lost their first four games while Rudnay was out. They won eight of their last 12 after he returned.
Crowder was placed on the physically unable to perform list because he has not recovered from offseason knee surgery. Cotney, a seven-year veteran at strong safety, injured his knee in the Bucs' first preseason game, against Cincinnati. Jordan, making the switch from left cornerback to free safety, broke his collarbone in the same game.
Veteran running back Don Woods, wide receiver Artie Owens and safety Herb Williams were among nine players waived by San Francisco. Green Bay listed six-year veteran linebacker Jim Gueno and five-year defensive back Scott Perry among their nine players waived.
The New York Jets dropped 12 players, including veteran defensive tackle Bob Winkel and running back Bobby Batton.