Quarterback takes physical, works out

Originally Published: October 22, 2004
Associated Press

Chicago Bears: Quarterback Tim Couch took a physical and worked out Friday, but the team has not determined whether to sign the former top draft pick.

The Bears were going to evaluate Couch's performance and decide if they want to sign him, team spokesman Scott Hagel said.

Chicago starter Rex Grossman is out for the season due to a knee injury and backup Jonathan Quinn has struggled in two starts. Rookie Craig Krenzel and Chad Hutchinson, who started nine games for the Dallas Cowboys as a rookie in 2002, are also in the mix for the Bears.

Couch, first pick in the 1999 draft by the Browns, was released in June and signed with the Packers. He completed just 11 of 34 passes for 96 yards in three preseason games for Green Bay and was cut Sept. 5.

Couch started 59 games for the Browns, passing for 64 touchdowns and 11,131 yards, but his $7.6 million contract for 2004 made him expendable when the Browns signed free agent Jeff Garcia to be their starter.

Oakland Raiders: Defensive line coach Sam Clancy was released from a hospital, a day after he was taken from the team's practice facility in an ambulance because of chest pains and shortness of breath he experienced during practice.

Doctors told Clancy, 46, he could coach Sunday in the Raiders' home game against the Saints, coach Norv Turner said Friday.

"He's doing fine. They've done a lot of tests on him," Turner said. "He did not have a heart attack. He had an arrhythmia." An arrhythmia is an irregular heartbeat.

This is Clancy's first season with the Raiders after coaching the Saints' defensive line the past four years.

Tennessee Titans: Cornerback Andre Woolfolk was added to the injury report after back spasms forced him to leave practice early. The Titans (2-4) play at Minnesota (4-1) on Sunday.

The condition was not considered serious and no X-rays were planned.

Woolfolk, a first-round draft pick in 2003, began having difficulties when he landed awkwardly jumping for a ball.

The third cornerback in the Titans' packages leads the team's cornerbacks with 24 tackles. He also has an interception and three passes broken up.

Starting right offensive guard Benji Olson, whose team-high streak of 85 straight starts ended last weekend because of a groin strain, was allowed to practice for the first time since he was injured Oct. 11 at Green Bay. Olson also is listed as questionable.


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