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Bengals waive Warrick

Peter Warrick was released yesterday by the Cincinnati Bengals, who have plenty of receivers but little patience left with the former No. 1 draft pick.

The move came a day after Warrick asked to be released if the Bengals had written him out of their plans. He has played in only one exhibition game because of injuries, failing to catch a pass.

''He was a phenomenal player," quarterback Carson Palmer said. ''He just kind of had a bad streak of luck."

The fourth overall pick in the 2000 draft, Warrick arrived in Cincinnati looking to transfer his magic from national champion Florida State to the bumbling Bengals. They failed to make the playoffs or have a winning season during his five years, and Warrick had only one notable season.

He caught 79 passes for 819 yards in 2003, carried 18 times for 157 yards, scored eight touchdowns, and started looking like the shifty playmaker the Bengals thought they were drafting.

Warrick tore knee cartilage in mid-December 2003, had arthroscopic surgery and missed only one game. It was the start of leg problems that cost him his job and, eventually, his roster spot.

Meanwhile, the Falcons cut loose their high-priced wide receiver, Peerless Price. He was waived less than 2 1/2 years after the Falcons sent a first-round draft pick to Buffalo and rewarded the receiver with a $37 million contract.

Price and coach Jim Mora met before practice. According to Mora, Price wanted to know if he would be with the team when Atlanta opens the season against Philadelphia Sept. 12. Mora informed him he wouldn't be.

Fitzpatrick staying

Rams coach Mike Martz said that rookie quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had made the team. Fitzpatrick, a seventh-round pick from Harvard, impressed Martz in Monday night's game in Detroit with his clock awareness and savvy. ''He continues to just kind of stun me, really," Martz said. ''Without telling him, he stands in the huddle and lets that clock go down, scrambles when he's backed up on a pass instead of making a risky throw, hits a couple of big plays on third down. Has he made this roster? Yeah, he's made this roster. Absolutely. He made this thing about three weeks ago in my mind." . . . Rams cornerback Terry Fair, carted off the field with a neck sprain Monday night, could be ready to play in the season opener. Fair was at the team facility after spending the night in a Detroit hospital as a precaution. ''They really feel like next week, after a week off, that he should be all right," Martz said. ''We're all very pleased and happy with the way that situation worked out . . . Former Patriots punter Tom Tupa was placed on injured reserve with a back injury, leaving Chris Mohr and Andy Groom to compete for the Redskins punting job. Tupa strained his back while warming up before an exhibition game against Cincinnati two weeks ago and hasn't punted since. He flew to California this week to get a second opinion, but the prognosis wasn't good enough for the Redskins to count on him for the regular season. The 39-year-old 17-year veteran led the NFC with a 44.1-yard average last season and was the second alternate for the Pro Bowl . . . The Dolphins waived long-snapper Ed Perry, who had been with the team for eight years and had just signed a new contract. New coach Nick Saban chose to go with undrafted rookie free agent John Denney. The team also cut quarterback Brock Berlin, wide receivers Josh Davis and Danny Farmer, running back Kay-Jay Harris, linebacker Corey Jenkins, cornerback Billy Parker, defensive end Chris Solomona, and offensive tackle Orrin Thompson . . . The Titans agreed to terms with receiver Troy Edwards . . . The Colts claimed safety Dexter Reid off waivers from the Patriots. The Colts also placed linebacker Kendyll Pope on the reserve-suspended list for an NFL-imposed penalty. NFL spokesman Gregg Aiello said he could not comment on the matter.

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