Panthers WR Rae Carruth turned himself in to police yesterday after being indicted on a new charge in the shooting of his pregnant girlfriend, then went free on bond again.

Carruth already was charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree murder, attempted murder and shooting into an occupied vehicle in the Nov. 16 shooting of Cherica Adams. On Monday, authorities added a count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Carruth posted $3 million bail Monday, but returned to court yesterday for a hearing on the new charge. Superior Court Judge John Gardner set an unsecured bond of $300,000, which meant Carruth signed a piece of paper promising to appear and did not have to provide more money.

49ERS WANT RICE FOR LESS: The 49ers said they want WR Jerry Rice back, but at the right price. Rice, signed through the 2004 season, has a $7.69 million salary-cap figure for next season, and with the 49ers $24 million above the projected cap, GM Bill Walsh said Rice can't return unless the club can make it work financially.

BANKS HONORED: Ravens QB Tony Banks was named NFL player of the week. . . . The Ravens placed S Anthony Poindexter (Virginia) on injured reserve.

QUARTERBACK MOVES: Steelers Coach Bill Cowher said he'll keep Kordell Stewart at wide receiver. The Bears said rookie QB Cade McNown will replace Shane Matthews.