Wide receiver Robert Brooks was missing from practice again yesterday at the Green Bay Packers' training camp amid speculation that he could be considering retirement.
After participating in the Packers' first full-squad workouts Friday, Brooks was given Saturday off by Coach Ray Rhodes.
"My understanding is he's got a couple days to sit back and think about it and let Ray or [General Manager Ron Wolf] know what he's going to do," offensive coordinator Sherm Lewis said.
Rhodes said after yesterday's morning practice that he planned on speaking with Brooks later in the day. But Rhodes said later that did not happen and he now expected to talk to the player today.
Brooks, 29, has said in the past he would retire if he was not completely healthy.
Brooks underwent surgery during training camp last year to repair a herniated disk in his back. The injury bothered him throughout the season and he finished with 31 catches for 420 yards and three touchdowns, having been inactive for four games late in the season.
Brooks had the same surgery in January amid talk that he might retire. He agreed to a $1.1 million pay cut in June, which the Packers said eased their salary cap restrictions.
EAGLES: Eagles fans booed quarterback Donovan McNabb on the day he was drafted. Yesterday, McNabb heard his first cheers from Philadelphia fans on his first day of training camp.
"It was rewarding to hear the fans cheer and clap for every completion that I had," McNabb said. "That helps out all the players."
McNabb, taken with the second overall pick in the April 17 draft, agreed to terms Friday on a seven-year contract worth $54 million, including an $11.3 million signing bonus. But it wasn't until late Saturday that the 32-page contract was approved by the league offices and signed by McNabb.
McNabb knows he has a lot of work to do. "I don't feel like it's going to take me long to catch up," he said.
BRONCOS: The Super Bowl champions will give former Australian Football League player Jon Ballantyne a one-game tryout during their exhibition game next week at Sydney's Olympic Stadium.
Ballantyne, who played for the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe last season, is the second foreign kicker to get a shot at making the Broncos' roster during the offseason. Spanish kicker Jesus Angoy joined the Broncos on a free agent contract less than two weeks ago, but walked out last Thursday after just seven days with the team.
BEARS: The Bears and holdout rookie quarterback Cade McNown resumed contract talks, with the two sides exchanging proposals. McNown and his agent, Tom Condon, will fly to Chicago today to meet with Bears negotiator Jim Miller. McNown, the 12th pick overall, was practically given the No. 1 quarterback job when the team released Erik Kramer.