Brian Sochia, the Miami Dolphins' starting nose tackle, was given a five-week suspension by the NFL for testing positive for steroids, in violation of the league's policy.

Sochia, an eighth-year player, will have to sit out the next two weeks and the first three weeks of the regular season. If he passes another test, he will be reinstated for the fourth game.

Sochia is the fourth player suspended for violating the league's policy on steroids.

The others: offensive linemen Carl Bax (Tampa Bay), John Brandom (Phoenix) and Louis Cheek (Dallas).

Chargers: LB Junior Seau, the team's first-round draft pick, agreed to a five-year contract with the club. He had been given until 5 p.m. (PST) yesterday to agree to a contract worth a reported $910,000 per season, or the Chargers were going to start reducing the offer, General Manager Bobby Beathard said.

Colts: Eric Dickerson was a no-show at the team's training camp in Anderson, Ind., once again refusing to report for an examination of his injured hamstring.

Dickerson has spent the last two weeks at a Houston clinic where he has been undergoing rehabilitation for the non-football injury -- he was hurt working out on his own in the offseason -- after failing a team physical Aug. 6. He was asked to return to Indianapolis so his progress could be evaluated.

Meanwhile, Meyer said he anticipates veteran defensive end Donnell Thompson (pulled groin muscle) and linebacker Kevin Dean (neck injury) will miss Monday's preseason game with Philadelphia.

Patriots: Ed Reynolds is an officer and a linebacker.

A captain in the U.S. Army Reserve, the 28-year-old Virginia graduate was informed Wednesday he could be called to action as part of President Bush's call-up of 40,000 reserves in response to the Persian Gulf crisis.

Said Reynolds from the Patriots' training camp in Smithfield, R.I. "This is just one of those facts of life that you didn't think would happen. . . . If I'm called, I have to serve."

Bengals: Assistant general manager Mike Brown says the team is still pursuing unsigned veteran cornerback Lewis Billups, despite this week's acquisition of Phoenix Cardinals cornerback Carl Carter.

"Mike raised his offer, but we're still very far apart," Billups's agent Ed Sewell said without giving details.

Cleveland Browns: Trimmed their roster to 71 by waiving OL Mike Graybill and Jeff Lucas, LBs Rod Manning and Loranzo Square, DBs Anthony Davis and Charlie Wright, WR Joey Clinkscales and QB Clemente Gordon.

Denver Broncos: Cut rookie QB Todd Ellis, P Ken Bell, LB Ron Sancho, three Plan B free-agent signees -- LB Rod Stephens, and DLs Mark Mraz and Robb White, and free agents Pierre Goode, Darryl Tillman, Tony Jones, Brian McPhatter, Ian Howfield, Paul Calhoun, Eric Coyle and Jon Embree.