James experienced lightheadedness

Updated: July 28, 2005, 1:22 AM ET
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Miami Dolphins: Guard Jeno James became lightheaded and sick to his stomach following practice Wednesday night and was taken to a hospital as a precaution, a person close to the player said.

James never lost consciousness, and his pulse and blood pressure remained good, said the person on condition of anonymity.

The 320-pound James took part in the two-hour workout in muggy, 80-degree weather and became woozy at his locker. The practice was the second of the day on the third day of training camp.

Dolphins spokesman Harvey Greene confirmed that James was taken to a hospital but said the team would have no further comment until Thursday.

James started 14 games for Miami last year after signing as an unrestricted free agent. He spent his first four seasons in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Linebacker Barrett Ruud, Tampa Bay's second-round pick, signed with the Buccaneers on Wednesday.

The 36th overall pick in last April's draft, Ruud finished as the all-time leading tackler in Nebraska history with 432. Ruud will likely compete with Shelton Quarles at middle linebacker and add depth for an aging Tampa Bay linebacker corps.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Ruud led the Big 12 with 143 tackles. His father, Tom Ruud, played for Nebraska and spent five years with the Buffalo Bills and Cincinnati Bengals.

Cleveland Browns: Charlie Frye, the fourth quarterback selected in April's NFL draft, has agreed to a four-year $5 million contract, his agent said Wednesday night.

Frye's signing leaves wide receiver Braylon Edwards, the No. 3 overall pick, as the Browns' only unsigned rookie. The club opens its first training camp under new coach Romeo Crennel on Friday.

Frye's agent, Eric Metz, said he only had to finalize language on the deal and that Frye was expected to sign his first pro contract late Wednesday night.

"I'm real excited," said Frye, who played at Akron. "I can't wait to get in there. I've been a Cleveland Browns fan my whole life and this is a perfect situation for me."

Atlanta Falcons: The Falcons are no closer to a contract agreement with first-round draft pick Roddy White, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

White has already missed three practices, and the longer he is absent, the lower on the depth chart he might fall. The Falcons had initially expected the wide receiver to compete for a starting job, but that likelihood has diminished with each absence.

"Every day that Roddy misses now, the chance of [him starting] becomes less and less," coach Jim Mora told the paper. "If he was here I'd be able to evaluate him but he's not. Hopefully he gets here soon but if he's missing practices, he's not going to start for sure."

White sits behind wideout Dez White on the depth chart, but the pecking order is not set yet, as the Falcons have opted for full competition for each position.

Philadelphia Eagles: With veterans scheduled to report to training camp on Monday, the agent for Corey Simon reiterated what he'd said more than three months ago -- that Simon would not sign the Eagles' franchise tender or attend camps.

Roosevelt Barnes, Simon's agent, simply told the Philadelphia Daily News "no" when asked whether there had been any progress or change in Simon's plans for camp.

Simon told the paper he had "no comment" on the situation.

If Simon refuses to sign the Eagles' 1-year, $5.13 million franchise tender and sits out the season, Simon would forfeit the $5.13 million and remain Eagles' property.

In other news, the Eagles agreed to terms with second-round draft pick Reggie Brown of Georgia, who's expected to challenge for the No. 4 wide receiver role.

The 6-foot-1, 197-pound Brown earned all-SEC honors his senior year, leading the Bulldogs with 53 catches for 860 yards and six TDs. The 24-year-old Brown was a two-year starter at Georgia and finished his career with 144 catches, 12 TDs and 2,008 yards receiving.

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers have reached a three-year agreement with third-round draft pick Atiyyah Ellison, a defensive lineman expected to battle for a backup job.

Ellison is expected to play behind starters Kris Jenkins, a two-time All-Pro, and Brentson Buckner, a longtime veteran who is considered one of the emotional leaders on defense.

Ellison started 31 starts games during his career at Missouri and tallied 171 tackles and 6.5 sacks. He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection as a senior, when he had 60 tackles, 2.5 sacks and four quarterback pressures.

New Orleans Saints: The Saints and their third-round draft choice, linebacker Alfred Fincher, agreed to a three-year contract Wednesday, general manager Mickey Loomis said.

Fincher was a three-year starter at Connecticut and a defensive leader on the 2004 team that went 8-4 and defeated Toledo 39-10 in the Motor City Bowl.

Fincher averaged nearly 12 tackles per game last season for the Huskies and was named All-Big East Conference. He finished the season with a career-high 140 tackles (56 solo), seven pass deflections, two interceptions, five forced fumbles, a pair of sacks and a fumble recovery.

The Saints, who open training camp Friday, did not disclose financial terms with Fincher, the third draft pick to agree to a contract with the Saints.

Carolina Panthers: Wide receiver Tab Perry has signed a three-year deal with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder, who played at UCLA, was the team's sixth-round draft pick. He had 84 career receptions and 1,547 yards, and averaged 22 yards on 67 kickoff returns.

Indianapolis Colts: Second-round draft pick Kelvin Hayden signed a four-year contract with the Colts on Wednesday, the final rookie to sign with the team.

Hayden, a cornerback from Illinois, was expected to report to report Wednesday afternoon to the team's camp, said his agent, Fletcher Smith.

"He's happy with the deal, and he's ready to go,'' Smith said.

The Colts' other signings in the last hours before the training camp opening included center Rob Hunt and linebacker Tyjaun Hagler, both fifth-round picks, and seventh-round pick Anthony Davis, a running back from Wisconsin.

The Colts on Tuesday reached a contract agreement with first-round draft pick Marlin Jackson, a cornerback from Michigan. Jackson's five-year contract is worth nearly $7 million, his agent said.

New York Jets: Cornerback Justin Miller signed with the Jets on Wednesday, leaving the team with only one unsigned draft pick.

Miller was one of the Jets' two second-round picks; kicker Mike Nugent, the other second-rounder, remained unsigned.

The Jets, who traded their first-round pick, open camp Thursday.

Miller, 5-foot-10, 202 pounds, was considered a potential first-round pick but his stock fell when he was arrested for disorderly conduct a week before the draft. He was the 57th overall pick.

Miller had 13 interceptions in three seasons at Clemson. The Jets also plan to use him as a kick returner.

Washington Redskins: Fourth-round draft pick Manuel White agreed to a four-year, $1.81 million contract Wednesday with the Redskins.

White will receive a $420,000 signing bonus. The UCLA running back is expected to be used as a versatile H-back in Redskins coach Joe Gibbs' offense.

The Redskins have yet to sign first-round draft picks Carlos Rogers and Jason Campbell. Players report for training camp Sunday.

In other news, the NFL fined the Redskins $45,000 Wednesday for violating practice squad rules in 2004.

During a Nov. 12 practice, the Redskins used one more practice squad player than they were allowed, leading to the fine.

Kansas City Chiefs: Punter Dustin Colquitt, the Chiefs' third-round draft pick, has signed with the team along with two other draft picks: cornerback Alphonso Hodge, a fifth rounder and quarterback James Kilian, a seventh-rounder.

The three agreed to terms on Tuesday.

Earlier, the Chiefs signed linebacker Boomer Grigsby, a fifth-round choice, and offensive lineman Jeremy Parquet, taken in the seventh round.

Tennessee Titans: itans came to terms with wide receiver Courtney Roby, leaving the Titans with three unsigned draft picks, including first-round selection Adam "Pacman" Jones.

Roby, a third-round draft pick and 68th overall, set Indiana records with 170 career receptions for 2,524 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Roby was the team's eighth draft pick to agree to a contract.

The Titans also agreed to multiyear extensions with veteran free safety Lamont Thompson and long snapper Ken Amato. Thompson is entering his fourth NFL season, while Amato is beginning his third.

Tennessee waived seven undrafted free agents -- running backs Corey Larkins and Charles Anthony, tight end Ellis Debrow, defensive ends Alton Wright and Karlton Neal, safety Jamacia Jackson and wide receiver Jason Anderson.

New Orleans Saints: Agreed to contracts Wednesday with second-round pick Josh Bullocks and third-rounder Alfred Fincher.

Bullocks, a safety from Nebraska, agreed to a four-year contract, said general manager Mickey Loomis.

Bullocks set a Big 12 record with 10 interceptions in 2003 as sophomore, then left Nebraska after his junior season.

Fincher was a three-year starter at linebacker for Connecticut and averaged 12 tackles per game last season.

Denver Broncos: : The team signed fourth-round draft pick cornerback Karl Paymah and waived wide receiver Grant Mattos, the team announced. Terms were not disclosed.

Paymah, the 76th overall pick in this year's draft, started the final 24 games of his college career at Washington State.

Mattos, who was signed by the Broncos in January, was previously with the San Diego Chargers.

Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks signed four more draft picks, including third-round selections David Greene, a quarterback from Georgia, and LeRoy Hill, a linebacker from Clemson.

Also signing were Florida State tackle Ray Willis, selected in the fourth round, and sixth-round choice Tony Jackson, a fullback from Iowa.

All agreed to multi-year contracts.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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