Tests have confirmed that Patriots linebacker Ted Johnson suffered a ruptured left biceps tendon in Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage in Foxboro, Mass.

Coach Pete Carroll said Johnson underwent an MRI exam yesterday morning, and the test confirmed damage to the tendon connected to the biceps muscle near his left elbow. "It's very similar to what he did last year, and it will require surgery," Carroll said, referring to Johnson's right biceps injury at Pittsburgh on Dec. 6.

Carroll said that he expects Johnson to miss at least four months.

The fifth-year linebacker from Colorado was hurt as he tried to reach for rookie running back Kevin Faulk during the second quarter of the scrimmage.

BENGALS: Cincinnati and holdout quarterback Akili Smith have agreed on the structure of a contract that would get the No. 3 overall pick into training camp. On Friday, the Bengals agreed to void the last year of a seven-year contract if Smith played in 55 percent of the team's plays in three of the first six years. The Bengals thought that Smith's agent, Leigh Steinberg, then would agree to a financial package similar to the seven-year, $54 million deal that No. 2 pick Donovan McNabb agreed to with the Philadelphia Eagles, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. But the Bengals say Steinberg countered with a proposal that would pay Smith more than McNabb and nearly as much as No. 1 pick Tim Couch for his seven-year, $60 million deal with the Cleveland Browns.

BRONCOS 20, CHARGERS 17: Chris Miller, playing his first game since his football career was sent into a tailspin with a series of concussions in 1995, completed 11 of 13 passes for 136 yards and led Denver to Jason Elam's 35-yard game-winning field goal in the American Bowl exhibition game at Sydney's Olympic Stadium.