Germaine hasn't played in NFL since '99

Updated: August 7, 2004, 9:09 PM ET
Associated Press

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers have signed journeyman quarterback Joe Germaine.

Germaine played in the Arena Football League last season and hasn't played in an NFL game since 1999.

Starter Drew Brees is healthy but backup Doug Flutie will be sidelined for two weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his knee.

Cleo Lemon, a member of the practice squad last year, is San Diego's other quarterback. Rookie Philip Rivers is still unsigned.

Germaine was drafted by St. Louis in 1999 and has bounced from the Kansas City to Cincinnati to, most recently, the Arizona Rattlers of the AFL. He arrived in Chargers camp on Thursday.

To make room for Germaine on the roster, the Chargers released running back Jeff Chaney.

Washington Redskins: Coach Joe Gibbs named Mark Brunell the starter for the Monday night's Hall of Fame game against Denver in Canton, Ohio. The 11-year veteran says no one should expect to see regular-season crispness in the first preseason game.

"It's important that you look sharp every day, particularly when you approach a game," Brunell said. "We've got to be patient, understand that during the course of this preseason that there may be some three-and-outs. There may be some moments where we struggle a little bit, but I think we're going to be all right."

Tennessee Titans-Atlanta Falcons: Tennessee and Atlanta scrimmaged before 31,408 fans, capping up three days of practices between the teams. Titans quarterback Steve McNair, the league's co-MVP, didn't practice in the two morning sessions, but took part during a first-team session and the two-minute drill.

Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick tossed a handful of passes early, then left the offense in the hands of rookie Matt Shaub. Vick watched the rest of the workout from the sidelines while he rested his right hamstring.

Rookie Quincy Wilson, son of former Chicago linebacker Otis Wilson, had eight carries for 47 yards for Atlanta. Titans rookie Jarrett Payton, son of the late Walter Payton, had five carries for 23 yards.

Indianapolis Colts: Five players did not take part in scrimmage due to injury: rookie linebacker Antonio Crow, rookie defensive tackle Nautyn McKay-Loescher, defensive tackle David Pugh, cornerback Corey Chamblin, and cornerback Willie Miles.

Offensive tackle Tarik Glenn missed his fifth straight day of practice as he tries to get under a team-mandated weight limit.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Wide receiver Joey Galloway left practice with a sore right knee, and first-round pick receiver Michael Clayton missed workouts because of a bruised sternum. Receiver Charles Lee skipped practice with a hamstring injury.

Also missing practice Saturday were: guard Matt Stinchcomb (calf), tackles Todd Steussie (knee) and Kenyatta Walker (knee), defensive tackles Ellis Wyms (ankle) and DeVone Claybrooks (ankle), and defensive end Reinard Wilson (knee). Quarterback Brad Johnson and cornerback Ronde Barber also missed practice because of general soreness.

Linebacker Shelton Quarles practiced with a cast on his left wrist after suffering a hairline fracture earlier in the week.

St. Louis Rams: Quarterback Marc Bulger and running back Marshall Faulk did not play in the Rams' scrimmage against the Bears in Macomb, Ill. Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher, nursing a hamstring injury, and wide receiver Marty Booker also sat out.

Cincinnati Bengals: Rookie linebacker Landon Johnson sat out a mock game due to a sore shoulder suffered during Friday's scrimmage.

Left tackle Levi Jones, injured in a car accident July 29, is expected back at practice on Monday. He has been limited to conditioning drills the entire training camp. Guard Eric Steinbach (sore elbow) is expected to return to practice sometime next week.

Dallas Cowboys: Darren Woodson, who still faces weeks of rehabilitation after having a herniated disc removed from his back, attended practice as a spectator.

The 35-year-old Woodson had surgery July 27, four days before training camp workouts began.

Woodson said he feels great and has no problems moving around. His goal is to return "for the early part of the season," but he knows it's too early to determine exactly when he will play, or even practice.

Tony Dixon has taken over Woodson's spot during camp. The fourth-year player is glad to have Woodson around again.

The team had a stand-up scrimmage during the afternoon. There wasn't any tackling, but there were some hard hits as Parcells put the team through a variety of plays and different situations. Vinny Testaverde was the first quarterback, followed by Tony Romo and Drew Henson.

Miami Dolphins: Chris Akins, a sixth-year safety who signed in the offseason, went down with an undetermined right leg injury and left the scrimmage on a cart.

Akins, a special teams contributor for the Patriots last season, is competing for a backup job. Coach Dave Wannstedt hoped to know more about the injury later Saturday.

"That's really disappointing," Wannstedt said. "I don't think anyone has been hurt in all the years we've done [joint practices] before, and to have two guys go down in two days, it's a shame."


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