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Nedney hamstrung again

Kicker will miss another full season

Tennessee kicker Joe Nedney will miss the season for the second year in a row after tearing his left hamstring, forcing the Titans to place him on injured reserve.

Coach Jeff Fisher said Nedney's injury is significant enough that it likely will have to be surgically repaired, and the Titans were busy trying to bring in kickers for tryouts.

"We're looking around right now. There are some guys out there that are available," Fisher said.

Candidates could include veteran Gary Anderson, who filled in for Nedney last season, and other available veterans such as Brett Conway, Bill Gramatica, Matt Bryant, or rookie Todd France.

Fisher said the Titans aren't too concerned if they don't sign a replacement before Sunday's opener at Miami because they have Pro Bowl punter Craig Hentrich, who is 7 of 12 on field goals in his career.

"We know what Craig can do. Craig can handle all the duties if we need to do so," Fisher said.

Nedney was hurt Tuesday while kicking a ball as it fell off a tee during a special teams session. He was face down on the ground before being helped by trainers. He walked off the field on his own, and had an MRI exam Tuesday night.

The Titans first listed Nedney as out for Sunday's game, but soon placed him on injured reserve in time for Doug Johnson, newly signed as their No. 3 quarterback, to practice yesterday afternoon. The latest injury comes a year to the day after Nedney tore his ACL in his right, non-kicking leg. He injured that leg in the first half of the Titans' 2003 season opener.

Miami adds Gordon The Dolphins may have found a replacement for retired running back Ricky Williams after acquiring Lamar Gordon from the Rams in exchange for a third-round draft pick in 2005. Gordon passed his physical and was expected to practice with the team today.

Gordon was the third-string back in St. Louis, but he certainly will move up the depth chart in Miami, where the Dolphins have struggled to replace Williams since he abruptly retired a week before training camp. Miami coach Dave Wannstedt said he didn't expect Gordon to do much in the opener, letting Travis Minor, Sammy Morris, and Leonard Henry share snaps Sunday against Tennessee.

Gordon ran 136 times for 526 yards and two touchdowns the past two seasons, getting most of his playing time when Marshall Faulk was injured.

Reid extended Eagles coach Andy Reid received a four-year contract extension that will take him through the 2010 season.

Reid, entering his sixth season in Philadelphia, has led the Eagles to three consecutive NFC Championship games, but no Super Bowls. He is in the third year of a $15 million, six-year contract signed in June 2001.

Reid's extension reportedly is worth more than $4.2 million per season. His .638 winning percentage in the regular season (51-29) and his five playoff victories are the best in team history.

Numerical order Kellen Winslow Jr. already had his Hall of Fame father's soft hands. Now he's got his number, too. Winslow, the Browns' talented rookie tight end, was able to buy No. 80 -- the number his dad made famous with the Chargers -- from teammate Aaron Shea for his first season in the NFL. Winslow wore No. 11 during the exhibition season and had been after Shea for weeks about changing numbers. Finally, Winslow met Shea's undisclosed asking price. Winslow held out of training camp for 12 days before signing a six-year, $40 million contract with Cleveland . . . Defensive end Aaron Schobel signed a five-year contract extension, allowing the Bills to secure their star pass rusher. The contract, believed to be worth about $23 million -- including a $6.75 million signing bonus -- locks him up through the 2009 season. Schobel was entering the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, which paid him an average of $711,000 per season . . . With cornerback Ray Mickens out for the season with a knee injury, the Jets turned to veteran Terrell Buckley, who was cut by the Patriots earlier this week. Buckley, 33, hopes to play in the opener Sunday against Cincinnati, but coach Herman Edwards is undecided . . . Another recently released Patriot, second-year quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, was added to the Saints' practice squad . . . Browns running back Lee Suggs did not practice again and is doubtful for Sunday's opener against the Ravens. Suggs sustained a neck stinger during practice last week. "We have to prepare as if he's not going to play," Cleveland coach Butch Davis said . . . Dolphins defensive tackle Tim Bowens will miss the opener against Tennessee because of a back injury. Bowens, who played just one preseason game, will be replaced by Jeff Zgonina. Bowen's absence also means newly signed tackle Bryan Robinson will see significant playing time . . . Veteran safety Jason Sehorn failed his physical with the Rams, nullifying the free agent contract he signed Tuesday. Sehorn, 33, missed the first six games of last season after breaking his left foot early in training camp.

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