Beckham will miss 6-8 months

Originally Published: April 14, 2004 news services

Tennessee Titans: Titans backup cornerback Tony Beckham will miss six to eight months with a torn ligament in his right knee.

Coach Jeff Fisher said Beckham was hurt when he got tangled up with another player during Tuesday's organized team workouts.

"Tony Beckham was involved in what appeared to be just a minor collision," he said. "We did some tests and an MRI. He has torn his ACL and will be having surgery either Friday or Monday."

Beckham started two games last year for the injured Samari Rolle. Beckham played in every game last season, recording 17 tackles and one interception.

Arizona Cardinals: Former Cardinals star Luis Sharpe was arrested on drug charges after police allegedly caught him buying cocaine.

The former All-Pro tackle was booked Tuesday into Madison Street Jail on felony narcotics possession and transaction charges, said Phoenix police Lt. Kirk Fitch.

Officers were conducting surveillance in the area when Sharpe drove up and participated in a suspected drug deal, investigators said. When police swooped in to arrest Sharpe, 43, he tossed a large bag of cocaine out of his car, Fitch said.

Sharpe has had numerous run-ins with the law since 1995, when officers arrested him on suspicion of sexual assault and resisting arrest.

He has served time for probation violations and been ordered into long-term drug treatment.

Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys signed restricted free agents Aveion Cason, Matt Lehr and Markus Steele.

Cason, a running back, had surgery Dec. 9 to repair torn ligaments in his right knee. He is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.

Lehr started all 16 games last season at center after expected starter Al Johnson sustained a knee injury in training camp. He is also a backup guard.

Steele, a backup linebacker, had 16 special teams tackles last season.

Defensive tackle Willie Blade, who started 14 of 15 games he played last year, signed his one-year tender earlier this week.

Green Bay Packers: The Packers signed free-agent linebacker Armegis Spearman.

Spearman, who spent most of last season out of the league, is expected to compete for a roster spot behind starters Nick Barnett and Na'il Diggs.

Spearman was waived by the Bengals in August, and signed with Houston. He played in the Texans' first game last season before being waived Sept. 9.

As a rookie in 2000, he played in 15 games and had 70 tackles and a sack for Cincinnati. Spearman's next two seasons were cut short by injuries.

Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals re-signed wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh to a one-year contract.

The Bengals drafted Houshmandzadeh in the seventh round in 2001 out of Oregon State. He played in only two games last season while spending most of the year recovering from a severe hamstring pull.

In his first two seasons with the Bengals, Houshmandzadeh had 62 catches for 720 yards with one touchdown, 23 kickoff returns for a 20.6-yard average and 36 punt returns for a 7.8-yard average.