Eric Dickerson was not among the veterans arriving at the Indianapolis Colts' training camp yesterday, and the team warns he's risking a season-long suspension for violating his contract.
"We will send the five-day letter," General Manager Jim Irsay said. " . . . There's not much to say at this point. It's either come in and play or don't. We're not engaging in any extension talks or any contract talks." Irsay said Dickerson would be fined $1,500 a day.
Dickerson told the Indianapolis News he's dissatisfied with the $1.45 million he will earn this year. "Even if I was there, my heart and soul wouldn't be in it," he said.
Browns: Coaches and front-office personnel, including President Art Modell, were among those tested for drugs by the NFL. "I think if we ask our players to do it, we should do it too," said Modell.
Giants: New York signed its first-round choice, Georgia running back Rodney Hampton, to a four-year contract worth a reported $2.6 million. It's the earliest the Giants have signed a first-rounder since 1985.
Chargers: Wayne Walker, a starting wide receiver last year, needs surgery and is gone for the season. He hurt his right knee while making an "awkward cut" in practice.
49ers: Top pick Dexter Carter (running back, Florida St.) signed a four-year deal worth a reported $2.4 million.
Lions: Detroit signed second-round pick Dan Owens (defensive end, USC) to a three-year contract, leaving Andre Ware as the only unsigned rookie.
Bears: Quarterback Mike Tomczak agreed to terms on the eve of camp. Defensive tackle Steve McMichael is holding out, seeking a raise from $500,000 to about $800,000.
Bills: Andre Reed, the club's all-time leading receiver, agreed to a six-year contract.
Vikings: Minnesota signed its top pick, third-round choice Mike Jones, a tight end from Texas A&M.
Broncos: Rookie defensive end Chris Allen was waived and Pro Bowl nose tackle Greg Kragen signed.
Bengals: Safety David Fulcher agreed to a contract.