Arizona Cardinals tackle Ernest Dye was fighting to save his right arm after a car accident involving two teammates on their way to a team meeting yesterday.

Dye, 28, was listed in fair condition at Flagstaff (Ariz.) Medical Center, where he was still undergoing extensive surgery last night. Doctors were attempting to repair a fractured humerus--the bone between the shoulder and the elbow--and at least one of the arteries that supplies blood to his right hand. "He suffered a near-amputation of the arm," said team physician Wayne Kuhl, who spoke with Dye's surgeon, Tim Bonatus. "It's a question of saving the arm."

Bonatus said Dye's arm was crushed rather than severely cut, "leaving the viability of the arm in question."

The next step following surgery comes occurs during the next 24 hours when doctors attempt to re-establish and maintain blood flow in the arm, Bonatus said.

Dye was injured during a single-car rollover accident about 25 miles south of Flagstaff, where the Cardinals are holding training camp. According to Department of Public Safety reports of the crash, Cardinals guard Lester Holmes was driving Dye's black 1995 Mercedes, traveling about 75 mph in heavy rain when it veered into the median and rolled. Defensive end Carl Simpson and Dye were ejected from the vehicle. Only Holmes was wearing a seat belt.

Holmes was listed in good condition with a cut on his forehead and was being kept overnight at the hospital. Simpson was released from the hospital after being checked for pain in his left hip.

PACKERS: Antonio Freeman became the NFL's highest-paid wide receiver, agreeing to a seven-year, $42 million contract. Freeman's agent, Joel Segal, told the Associated Press the deal also includes a $10 million signing bonus, the largest ever paid to a wide receiver.

DOLPHINS: Dimitrius Underwood, a first-round draft choice released last week by the Minnesota Vikings after he left training camp to pursue his faith, was claimed off waivers by Miami.

RAVENS: Defensive end Michael McCrary, who underwent knee surgery during the offseason, donned a full set of pads and went through an entire practice for the first time this summer. The team said McCrary probably won't suit up until the final preseason game on Sept. 3.

BROWNS: Rookie quarterback Tim Couch will start the inaugural game at Browns Stadium in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings. But Ty Detmer is still slated as Cleveland's opening day starter, Coach Chris Palmer said.

VIKINGS: The team released former Howard University defensive tackle Jose White.

COLTS: The team waived former Navy quarterback Jim Kubiak.