San Francisco 49ers nose tackle Aubrayo Franklin ended his lengthy holdout yesterday by signing a $7.003 million franchise tag tender.
Franklin passed a physical and signed the deal before the Niners’ 28-24 victory over the Oakland Raiders in an exhibition game last night. Franklin watched the game before rejoining teammates for practice next week.
He has a little more than two weeks to get ready for the season opener Sept. 12 against Seattle.
In last night’s game, Bruce Gradkowski threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns after Jason Campbell left with an injury for the Raiders, and David Carr led a late touchdown drive that gave the 49ers a victory in the annual Battle of the Bay. Campbell landed hard on his right shoulder after being sacked by Travis LaBoy; he was diagnosed with a stinger.
Ravens wide receiver Donte’ Stallworth
broke his foot in host Baltimore’s 24-10 preseason victory over the Giants. New York, meanwhile, managed only five first downs in the first half behind quarterback Eli Manning
, who returned after a one-week absence . . . Tony Romo
was sacked twice and fumbled as Dallas lost to the Texans in Houston, 23-7 . . . Tennessee’s Chris Johnson
, the NFL’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2009, managed just 10 yards on eight carries as the Titans lost to Carolina, 15-7 . . . Brett Favre
threw for 187 yards with two interceptions, one that rookie Earl Thomas
returned 86 yards for a touchdown, in Minnesota’s 24-13 victory over Seattle in Minneapolis. Favre completed 16 of 26 passes . . . The Bears’ depleted linebacking corps took another hit when Lance Briggs
sprained an ankle and left the game in Chicago’s 14-9 loss to visiting Arizona.
Lions’ Stafford sharp Matthew Stafford
threw a touchdown pass and rookie Jahvid Best
had a 51-yard run to lift the Lions to a 35-27 win over Cleveland in Detroit. Stafford was 13 of 17 for 141 yards and threw a touchdown pass to Bryant Johnson
on Detroit’s first drive. Jake Delhomme
was 20 of 25 for 152 yards and a TD for the Browns, whose quick-strike, no-huddle offense found a lot of holes in Detroit’s defense . . . Rookie running back C.J. Spiller
scored twice to lead Buffalo to a 35-20 win over Cincinnati in Orchard Park, N.Y. Terrell Owens
had three catches for 35 yards for Cincinnati. Bengals cornerback Brandon Ghee
was carted off the field after a helmet-to-helmet collision with Bills
running back Chad Simpson,
but coach Marvin Lewis
said Ghee got “dinged’’ . . . Eagles Pro Bowl defensive end Trent Cole
has a mild ankle sprain and is day to day. Cole injured his right ankle during the second quarter of a 20-17 win at Kansas City Friday . . . Kansas City rookie linebacker Cameron Sheffield
has been released from the hospital after hurting his neck while making a tackle Friday night against Philadelphia. The Chiefs said in a statement that Sheffield has movement in all his extremities.
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