Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jerome McDougle was shot in the stomach by armed robbers, Miami police said yesterday.

The team said it was optimistic the injury is not career threatening.

"We're told it [the bullet] didn't hit any major organs, and that's a plus," Eagles Coach Andy Reid said.

McDougle, who played at the University of Miami, had been scheduled to be in the team's camp Monday.

Police said the confrontation started when three armed robbers approached McDougle, 27, in his Mercedes coupe late Thursday in southwest Miami.

With their faces covered, the suspects demanded that he hand over his property, then one of them shot McDougle in the stomach, police said. Police said the robbers didn't say what property they wanted.

McDougle opened the door and tried to get out of the car, but another robber fired two shots, which police said missed him and hit the inside of the door.

The robbers, who police said were likely teens, fled on foot and remain at large. McDougle was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Center, where he underwent surgery.

* PATRIOTS: Three-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour skipped the opening practice of training camp, starting what could be a lengthy holdout.

Seymour signed his six-year, $14.3 million deal in 2001, his rookie year.

* BUCCANEERS: Rookie running back Carnell Williams, the fifth player selected in the draft, signed a multiyear contract.

* CHARGERS: Quarterback Drew Brees disclosed that he separated his left shoulder in the fourth game last season and played the rest of the year with the injury. He said offseason surgery fixed the problem.

* SAINTS: Tackle Jammal Brown, the team's top draft pick, agreed to a five-year contract.

* SEAHAWKS: Shaun Alexander missed the first day of training camp after his wife had a daughter.

* JAGUARS: Safety Donovin Darius signed a three-year extension.

* BENGALS: Rookie center Ben Wilkerson failed his physical and was placed on the team's active/non-football injury list.

* CARDINALS: Signed their third- and fourth-round picks, former Virginia teammates linebacker Darryl Blackstock and guard Elton Brown.