It was cutdown day yesterday in the NFL. It also was suspension day.

While veterans Hugh Douglas, Jon Ritchie and Sean Landeta were released by Philadelphia and former first-round pick David Terrell was let go by New England, three players were suspended for four games by the NFL -- Kansas City offensive lineman John Welbourn, Cincinnati defensive end Duane Clemons and Cleveland defensive back Michael Jameson.

Welbourn was suspended for four games for violation of the league's steroid policy. Jameson and Clemons were suspended for an unspecified violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

* EAGLES: Philadelphia signed former Washington Redskins wide receiver Darnerien McCants to a one-year contract.

McCants was cut by the Redskins last week after four seasons in Washington. He has 53 catches for 687 yards and eight touchdowns in 29 games.

The Eagles lost starting wide receiver Todd Pinkston to a season-ending injury the first week of training camp, and reserve Justin Jenkins also will miss the season.

* DOLPHINS: Running back Ricky Williams, who sat out all of last season, was officially put on the suspended list by Miami, which had known all along he would miss the first four games.

The Dolphins signed running back Jesse Chatman, who spent the past three years with the San Diego Chargers and was released July 26.

* LIONS: Detroit needs more time to know how long Jeff Garcia's broken leg and injured ankle will keep him out.

The Lions' backup quarterback was hurt in Detroit's preseason finale.

"He had an MRI, but it was not definitive," team president Matt Millen said. "We need more information, so we're going to have him take more tests."

* RAMS: St. Louis released starting fullback Joey Goodspeed and traded inside linebacker Robert Thomas, the team's No. 1 draft pick in 2002, to the Green Bay Packers for cornerback Chris Johnson.

* COWBOYS: Dallas signed wide receiver Peerless Price, cut last week by Atlanta.

* TITANS: Tennessee released running back Jarrett Payton, son of the late Hall of Famer Walter Payton.