Bronson placed on injured reserve

Originally Published: September 9, 2004
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St. Louis Rams: A day after the Rams' signing of Jason Sehorn fell through, the team re-signed a safety they released only four days earlier.

The Rams signed Justin Lucas and placed yet another safety, Zack Bronson, on injured reserve with an injured left ankle. They also signed running back Stephen Trejo and released tight end Mike Brake, continuing a flurry of moves in the final days before the season opener.

Lucas was released in the final round of roster cuts Sunday. He was at his home in Arizona when the Rams called and re-signed him in time to play against the Cardinals, his former team, Sunday.

"I was talking to a couple of other teams and just waited, and the Rams called back," Lucas said. "I was going to jump on the first offer and I'm happy to be a Ram again."

Lucas was surprised the Rams released him Sunday, considering he played extensively in the preseason. He was not surprised the Cardinals released him in June after five seasons, though, because he was bumped well down on the depth chart after signing a contract in March.

"I pretty much knew it was going to happen in Arizona," Lucas said. "Dennis Green, he's trying to basically clean house.

Sehorn failed his physical Wednesday after agreeing to a one-year contract. He had a second operation on his left foot, broken in the 2003 preseason, in February and the foot bothered him.

San Diego Chargers: Wide receiver Tim Dwight missed his second straight practice on Thursday with a hamstring injury and probably will miss the season opener at Houston on Sunday.

Dwight is listed as questionable on the injury report. Coach Marty Schottenheimer has a rule that players must practice at least once during game week in order to play.

Cincinnati Bengals: Offensive lineman Victor Leyva was released and replaced on the roster by offensive lineman Alex Sulfsted.

Sulfsted agreed to a two-year deal to rejoin the Bengals, who waived him on Sept. 5. Sulfsted played in 14 games and started three for Washington in 2002.

Leyva played in 10 games for the Bengals from 2001-03 and all four preseason games this year.

New Orleans Saints: The team's opener at the Superdome on Sunday against the Seahawks was hit with a 75-mile television blackout after the game failed to sell out by noon Thursday.

About 4,400 tickets remained unsold. NFL rules require a sellout 72 hours prior to kickoff for a blackout to be avoided.

Denver Broncos: The Broncos' home could still be called Invesco Field at Mile High, even if the Invesco Funds Group merges with a sister company bearing a different name.

Invesco's parent, Amvescap PLC of London, owns other companies that bear the Invesco name, and they would live on, Invesco spokesman David Bachert said Thursday.

"It's not like the Invesco name is in danger of going away," Bachert said. ``The Invesco brand has a strong global presence."

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