Walt Disney Co.'s ABC, trying to avoid anything like Janet Jackson's exposed breast during last season's Super Bowl halftime show, will use a 10-second delay in the music show before the NFL season opener.
The delay will permit producers to edit portions of the broadcast Thursday night. During an unscripted portion of the Super Bowl halftime show earlier this year, Jackson's breast was revealed on Viacom Inc.'s CBS's broadcast after she sang a duet with Justin Timberlake.
"ABC has a policy where all of its live programming is delayed by five seconds," ABC spokesman Mark Mandel said in a telephone interview. "The NFL is adding another five seconds."
NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy confirmed the delay would be 10 seconds.
On Thursday, Elton John, Toby Keith, Mary J. Blige and Lenny Kravitz are scheduled to perform before the champion New England Patriots start the NFL season by hosting the Indianapolis Colts in Foxboro, Mass.
The Super Bowl incident remains under investigation by the Federal Communications Commission.
CBS faces a $550,000 indecency fine, which is based on a $27,500 fine for the 20 stations owned by CBS.
* VIKINGS: Morten Andersen, the second-leading scorer in the history of the NFL, signed with Minnesota, two days after being cut by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Vikings released Brett Conway, a former Washington Redskins kicker who lasted just a week as the replacement for Aaron Elling. The Vikings cut Elling, a second-year player, after he struggled in the preseason.
* STEELERS: Duce Staley is in at running back and Jerome Bettis is out. The move has been considered a formality since Staley was given a $4 million signing bonus in March. Staley, 29, is three years younger than Bettis, has had less wear and tear than the NFL's No. 6 career rusher and, unlike Bettis, can be used as a receiver out of the backfield and on third downs.
* DOLPHINS: Jay Fiedler was named Miami's starter for the fifth consecutive year after a six-month competition with A.J. Feeley. But Coach Dave Wannstedt stressed that the decision was effective only for Sunday's season opener against Tennessee.
Meanwhile, fullback Rob Konrad had surgery to remove damaged tissue from his infected right thigh. Konrad likely won't play in Sunday's opener.
* GIANTS: New York signed veteran kicker Steve Christie, ending for the time being Todd France's dream of playing in the NFL.
France had beaten out veterans Matt Bryant and Bill Gramatica in training camp competition.
However, the 24-year-old hurt his chances by missing badly a 44-yard field goal in Thursday's preseason finale against the Baltimore Ravens. It was his only miss in five preseason attempts.