FATALITY: Chicago rookie DT Fred Washington, 23, was killed along with a companion in a one-car crash early yesterday morning, police and a Bears spokesman said.

Washington was northbound on Illinois Route 43 in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest, where the Bears have their training camp, when the car bounced off the right curb, crossed the road and struck a tree, said Deputy Police Chief Gary Wieczorek.

Lake County Coroner Barbara Richardson pronounced Washington and his female passenger, Petra Stoll, 22, of Palatine, dead at the scene, about two miles from Washington's residence, said the coroner and Wieczorek.

Passersby reported the accident at about 2:30 a.m., half an hour after police cruised the area and saw nothing amiss, Wieczorek said.

Weather conditions were favorable at the time and no evidence of alcohol or drugs was found in the car, a burgundy Cadillac sports model registered to Ms. Stoll, said the coroner and Wieczorek.

MOVES: The Eagles activated DT Mike Pitts, who has been rehabilitating a surgically repaired left knee since September.

The Eagles waived first-year DE David Bailey. . . . The Falcons claimed rookie LB Bobby Houston off waivers from the Packers, and released DB Rickey Royal. . . . The Patriots claimed S Tim Gordon off waivers.

UN-TOONED: Jets WR Al Toon is questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots with a pulled groin muscle suffered in practice Thursday, the club said. The team also placed LB Joe Kelly on IR.