Andre Rison, the Atlanta Falcons’ top receiver, and Jumbo Elliott, t
Undated (AP) _ Andre Rison, the Atlanta Falcons’ top receiver, and Jumbo Elliott, the New York Giants’ best blocker, ended holdouts Thursday.
Rison reported to training camp in Suwanee, Ga., after signing a two-year contract. Terms weren’t disclosed.
Elliott said late Thursday he had not been told the details of his new contract by attorney Marvin Demoff, but the Giants’ franchise player said he probably will sign the deal Friday.
The Washington Redskins acquired quarterback Rich Gannon from Minnesota for a conditional draft pick and coach Richie Petitbon said Gannon will be the third-stringer.
Rison, the only player in NFL history to catch more than 300 passes in his first four seasons, isn’t expected to make the trip to Philadelphia for Saturday’s exhibition game against the Eagles.
Obtained from Indianapolis in a trade that sent Jeff George to the Colts three years ago, Rison was second in the NFL last season with 93 catches for 1,121 yards and 11 touchdowns. With Mike Pritchard, Michael Haynes and Drew Hill, he gives the Falcons one of the NFL’s top receiving corps.
The Falcons also announced that cornerback Melvin Jenkins plans to see a specialist about his broken foot while the team is in Philadelphia.
Jenkins broke a metatarsal bone during workouts about six weeks ago. The bone is healing, but team officials said they want him to see the specialist for a better prognosis on when he can play. His X-rays have been sent to the doctor. Redskins
Redskins general manager Charlie Casserly said Gannon will arrive at the team’s training facility at Ashburn, Va., on Friday and hopefully dress for their last practice before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers in an exhibition game Sunday. As part of the deal, Gannon agreed to a one-year contract and also renegotiated downward his Vikings salary of $1.475 million, according to the NFL Players Association.
The Redskins closed camp at Carlisle, Pa., a day early and Petitbon said his team is in better shape than at this time last year.
Petitbon’s first five-week summer camp was a sharp contrast to the 12th and last that Joe Gibbs directed a year ago after coming off a Super Bowl championship. Only running back Ricky Ervins reported late this year. Last year, Mark Rypien, Jim Lachey, Darrell Green and Desmond Howard all missed more than half of camp.
″It was not a smooth operation,″ recalled Petitbon, who then was Gibbs’ top defensive assistant.
The only major setback has been the loss for the season of Lachey, a three- time All-Pro tackle and the team’s top pass protector. He severed a knee ligament in an exhibition with Cleveland.
The Redskins are relying on Mo Elewonibi, who started four games last season, and 13-year veteran Joe Jacoby, to keep defensive linemen off Rypien. But both also have been prone to injuries. Bengals
Running back Harold Green ended his holdout and signed a three-year, $4.1 million deal with Cincinnati, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
The deal gives Green a $1.1 million signing bonus and a first-year salary of $1.36 million, the newspaper said. Green, 25, made $305,000 in 1992, when he rushed for 1,170 yards, second only to James Brooks (1,239 in 1989) in team history. He was also Cincinnati’s top receiver with 41 catches.
He is ineligible to play until the team’s second game of the season under a new rule in which unsigned veterans failing to report by the day before the second preseason game - Cincinnati’s was last Saturday - can be suspended without pay for the next three games. Dolphins
The Dolphins say they’ll cut their contract offer to running back Bobby Humphrey by $200,000 unless he’s signed and in camp no later than Monday.
Humphrey’s agent, Hycall Brooks, received a fax from the Dolphins threatening to reduce their offer of $625,000. He declined to say how Humphrey reacted. ″The young man is constantly reviewing his options,″ Brooks said.
Humphrey had been seeking $1.2 million, but indicated Monday he would be willing to negotiate. Dolphins GM Eddie Jones, however, has said there will be no more talks.
The Dolphins must offer Humphrey at least $412,500 - a 10 percent raise from his 1992 salary - to retain their signing rights. Raiders
Things were back to normal with coach Art Shell returning to the practice field after two days in the hospital undergoing tests and treatment for diabetes.
″It’s something you can control by taking pills every day, getting your weight down and your eating habits under control,″ Shell said he was told by doctors who treated him.
Shell said he decided to give his young quarterbacks playing time Friday night against the Colts at Indianapolis.
After first-stringer Jeff Hostetler works the first half, Shell said Todd Marinovich and rookie Billy Joe Hobert would work the second half. Colts
Jeff George has been spotted throwing a football - in Indianapolis.
The Colts’ AWOL quarterback worked out Wednesday at Warren Central High School, his alma mater. George, who reportedly wants to be traded, has accumulated $144,000 in fines - at $4,000 for each day of camp missed - and faces the loss of one game’s salary, more than $100,000, if he hasn’t reported in time for Friday’s kickoff against the Los Angeles Raiders.
Warren Central coach Dave Shelbourne said he has only seen George at the field once, about 10 days ago.
″I was coaching,″ Shelbourne said Thursday. ″I waved to him. He talked to a couple of people, then he left. That’s it.″
But George drove up to the practice field Wednesday afternoon and threw a football with his father, David George, watching nearby. Packers
Linebacker Johnny Holland, recovering from cervical disc fusion, may play Friday night against New England Patriots. But coach Mike Holmgren said Holland also might wait until the exhibition finale on Aug. 27 against the Indianapolis Colts.
″Johnny’s played,″ Holmgren said. ″We moved him right in there and let him practice this week. He banged around a little bit. There’s a chance he could get in the game a little bit tomorrow night.″ Vikings
The Vikings left camp at Mankato, Minn., and headed home, 50 miles to the north.
″We’re where we want to be,″ coach Dennis Green said. ″We’re two weeks from the opening game. We don’t want to be early. We want to be just right.″
The Vikings, who play exhibitions at Kansas City on Saturday and against Pittsburgh at the Metrodome next week, will hold the rest of their practices at Eden Prairie.
Jim McMahon will play the first quarter against Kansas City on Saturday before being relieved at quarterback by Sean Salisbury. Most of the other starters will play about two quarters.
Fuad Reveiz, who hurt his ankle two weeks ago, kicked in practice Thursday but won’t play against the Chiefs. Patriots
Defensive end Marion Hobby, who had 90 tackles and five sacks in 42 games, was placed on waivers.
Hobby joined New England after being cut by Minnesota, which had taken him in the third round of the 1990 draft.