NFL Camps Roundup
Veterans Chris Mims and John Avery, both first-round draft picks, were waived Tuesday as teams moved to solidify opening-day rosters.
Mims, a Chicago Bears defensive lineman who was a first-round pick of the San Diego Chargers in 1992, was injured most of camp and missed an 11:30 a.m. practice Monday, reportedly because he overslept.
Mims, who also played for Washington, recorded 10 sacks as a rookie and 42 in his career.
Avery, a first-round pick by Miami in 1998, appears to have been a victim of a numbers game in Denver’s deep backfield.
Avery rushed for 61 yards on 12 preseason carries. He rushed for 503 yards on 143 carries as a rookie for the Dolphins in 1998, but had only 21 yards on five carries for the Broncos last season. He caught four passes for 24 yards and returned seven kickoffs for 137 yards.
Center Aaron Graham, tight end Kirk McMullen, a rookie from Pittsburgh, and wide receiver Wasswa Serwanga were among 12 players cut.
Wide receiver Joe Perez was placed on injured reserve after injuring his knee.
The Chiefs also cut receivers Scott Cloman, Brock McGrew and Germaine Stringer; linebacker Jonathan Jackson; guard Eric King; safety Percy King; fullback Charles Kirby; offensive tackle Josh Rawlings, and defensive tackle Kevin Sluder.
Sean Bennett, the second-year halfback who the Giants hoped would be a key part of their offense, will have season-ending surgery on his right knee within a week to 10 days.
Bennett, who injured the same knee last year, was hurt early in the exhibition opener against Chicago.
Starting right guard Joe Panos will miss at least the season-opener against Tennessee after injuring the arch of his foot in Buffalo’s 31-27 win at St. Louis on Saturday night.
Panos, who missed the entire 1999 season with a neck injury, worked himself back into the starting lineup until the most recent setback.
Also, running back Jonathan Linton sustained a rib injury against the Rams and won’t play in Thursday’s preseason finale against Philadelphia.
Defensive end Greg Jefferson underwent surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.
Jefferson, who hurt his knee during practice Monday, started 41 games the past three years. A third-round draft pick in 1995, he has 192 tackles, including 13 1/2 sacks, in 57 career games.
Wide receiver Lamar Thomas, scheduled to start the opener in place of O.J. McDuffie, will miss his second straight season with an injury.
Miami placed Thomas on injured reserve Tuesday, one day after he fractured and dislocated his right hip against Green Bay.
The Dolphins also made two trades, sending wide receiver Nate Jacquet to San Diego for an undisclosed 2001 draft pick, and acquiring wide receiver Jeff Ogden from Dallas for an undisclosed 2002 pick.
Miami also placed McDuffie on the physically-unable-to-perform list with a toe injury and waived eight others. McDuffie will miss at least six weeks.
Additionally, defensive end Adewale Ogunleye was placed on reserve with a non-football injury.
Indianapolis got down to the NFL roster limit by trading punter John Baker to Super Bowl champion St. Louis for an undisclosed draft pick.
Baker, an undrafted rookie from North Texas, had seven punts in four exhibition games for a 43.6-yard average. His longest was a 56-yarder and his net punting average was 34.1.
The Rams released punter Rick Tuten and linebacker Troy Pelshak to get below the NFL roster limit and be able to acquire Baker.
Cornerback Kevin Smith was placed on the reserved-retired list and could become an assistant coach this season.
Smith left training camp a few weeks ago to decide whether to call it a career after nine seasons. Being placed on this list doesn’t necessarily end his playing days, but becoming a coach would.
Also Tuesday, Dallas released running back Michael Black.
Detroit claimed running back Ken Oxendine off waivers from Atlanta on Tuesday and released 13 players to reach the 65-man roster limit.
The Lions also placed rookie running back Rueben Droughns and cornerback Kevin Abrams on injured reserve.
Oxendine, a 230-pounder from Virginia Tech, is a third-year pro who spent two seasons with the Falcons. He was a seventh-round draft pick in 1998. In 21 NFL games, he rushed for 502 yards with a touchdown.
The players released were: tight end Steve Brominski; cornerback Andre Dixon; wide receivers Damien Dodson and Henry Douglas; linebackers Scott Fields and Joe O’Neill; guards Paul Janus and Jeremy Mankins; defensive tackle Sean Powell; defensive ends Quinton Reese and Paul Spicer; running back Charlie Sanders, and safety Ryan Stewart.
One day after releasing longtime kicker Doug Pelfrey, Cincinnati cut punter Brad Costello on Tuesday.
Costello’s release leaves the job to Daniel Pope, who punted for Kansas City last year and was claimed off waivers in July. He averaged 41.8 yards for the Chiefs.
The Bengals also waived linebacker Ben Peterson and three college free agents: fullback Ricky Brown, linebacker Alan Buckwalter and defensive tackle Mike Willetts.
Cornerback Charles Fisher, recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list.
The Bengals claimed offensive tackle Kris Farris off waivers from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Farris missed last season with a broken foot.