All-Pro running back Jamal Anderson, who has been holding out of training camp in a bid for a new contract from the Atlanta Falcons, was expected to meet today or Wednesday at Furman University with Coach Dan Reeves.
While Reeves downplayed the meeting, it could signal a major break in the holdout that has kept Anderson off the practice field since training camp began July 29.
"I told Jamal, `If they want to see you, you should go,' " Anderson's agent, Jim Sims, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "He's not going to go to practice. If we don't get a deal done or don't see they're committed, we'll turn around and leave."
VIKINGS: Dimitrius Underwood said he will return to training camp after spending the last week trying to decide between his love for football and his obligation to the ministry, according to a report.
Underwood, the Vikings' first-round draft choice, said he decided to return yesterday after having a 75-minute phone conversation with former Packers star Reggie White, an ordained minister, the Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported in its online version.
Underwood said he would accept whatever consequences he might face from the Vikings, including suspension or termination of his contract.
PANTHERS: The promising season of rookie Tony Booth ended with a knee injury the team said will require surgery and at least six months of rehabilitation.
Booth, a seventh-round draft choice who was getting lots of playing time at cornerback and rave reviews from Coach George Seifert, injured his left knee during the team's morning practice at Wofford College. Reserve guard Michael Nies fell down and rolled into Booth's left leg, awkwardly twisting it.
Booth was examined initially at the Panthers' training room, then transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where tests showed a complete tear of both the anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments, Seifert said.
COLTS: Rookie running back Edgerrin James and agent Leigh Steinberg were in Indianapolis, hoping to break a stalemate in negotiations aimed at bringing in the fourth pick.
"Nothing is set up about a meeting, but I've come to Indianapolis, and Edgerrin has come from Florida to Indianapolis in the hope of getting a contract," said Steinberg, who said he was waiting to hear from team president Bill Polian.
GIANTS: Two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan signed a four-year, $32 million contract with the Giants, making him the NFL's second highest-paid defensive player.
Only Dallas cornerback Deion Sanders will make more than Strahan, averaging $10.3 million annually, provided he plays more than 70 percent of the Cowboys' defensive plays.
JAGUARS: Cornerback and first-round draft pick Fernando Bryant ended his 11-day holdout, signing a five-year, $5.3 million deal.