UN-RETIRED: That's no mistake on the rooming list at the Cleveland Browns training camp. Tight end Ozzie Newsome and offensive tackle Cody Risien, both retired after last season, are back for another summer of two-a-day workouts.
Between them, Newsome and Risien have spent 22 years in the NFL, and they still haven't found a better way to cope with the heat of July and August.
"That's going to be good, having Cody as my roommate," Newsome said, "because there's going to be times over the next few weeks when we both wonder what we're doing here."
BAVARO'S BACK: Giants tight end Mark Bavaro, coming back from surgery to reconstruct a ligament in his knee, is on a one workout-a-day regimen instead of the regular two-a-days followed by his teammates.
The target for Bavaro is the Sept. 9 opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, and Coach Bill Parcells won't rush him.
"He had some anxiety," Parcells said after Bavaro's first drill. "It will get worse before it gets better. . . . he has to expect some pains and aches."
NICE TRY: The Dallas Cowboys thought of an innovative way to deal with offensive guard Nate Newton's perennial weight problems. Come in at a manageable size, say 315 pounds, and the payoff would be a reporting bonus of $35,000.
Newton considered the offer and reported at 346 pounds.
NEVER MIND: Pro Bowl safety Erik McMillan returned to the Jets' camp after missing three workouts in a contract dispute.
McMillan was seeking renegotiation of his contract, which has two years to run. He earned $140,000 last year and is scheduled to make $187,000 this season. He faced $1,500 per day fines for the holdout.
"He's back and we're glad to have him back," GM Dick Steinberg said. " . . . The fine will be paid and that's the end of that."