The Philadelphia Eagles keep losing players. Backup running back Correll Buckhalter will miss the season after undergoing knee surgery for the third time in four years on Tuesday.

"He's a great kid," Eagles Coach Andy Reid said yesterday. "He worked so hard in the offseason."

The injury leaves the Eagles thin and small at running back. Starter Brian Westbrook and third-year pro Reno Mahe are both 5 feet 10; rookie Ryan Moats is 5-8.

* GIANTS: Defensive end Michael Strahan missed his second practice with strained rib cartilage, putting his status in doubt for tomorrow's preseason game against the Jets.

Strahan experienced tightness in his rib cage after doing drills Tuesday and sat out the evening practice. He said he hoped to play against the Jets.

"I plan to. But it's preseason," he said. "If I'm not right, I won't play. If I'm right, I'll play."

The six-time Pro Bowler was scheduled to get quite a bit of playing time tomorrow night.

* COWBOYS: Injuries were at least partly to blame for the release of Billy Cundiff, Dallas's place kicker the last three seasons; offensive lineman Jacob Rogers, a second-round pick last year; fullback Darian Barnes, who played every game last season and started 10 times; and free safety Izell Reese, signed in June to add experience at a position manned mostly by unproven players.

* PACKERS: Brett Favre has his tall touchdown target, big blocker and comfort zone back. Three-time Pro Bowl tight end Bubba Franks has agreed to a long-term contract with the Packers, his agent confirmed.

Franks signed a seven-year, $28 million deal, according to a person familiar with the contract who requested anonymity. Favre had stood solidly in Franks's corner, saying the Packers needed to reward their durable tight end.

"I look forward to Bubba coming back, no offense to Ben Steele or anyone else," Favre said earlier in camp. "But I've worked with Bubba."

* BROWNS: Lee Suggs again finished a training camp watching from the sideline after sustaining a high ankle sprain during practice last week.

* DOLPHINS: Marijuana's out, so is military service, although President Bush is nice. Football is hard work but could become fun and leads to freedom. Shaving is vain, money's not a problem and that Mighty Mouse tattoo on the left arm stirs memories of walking Venice Beach with a girl at age 16.

Running back Ricky Williams tackled all those topics in his weekly 15-minute interview.

"I was sitting at home last night and thinking if there was anywhere in the world I'd rather be or anything I'd rather be doing," he said. "And the answer was there was nothing."