Cowboys reportedly leading Price sweepstakes

Updated: September 1, 2005, 11:25 PM ET
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Dallas Cowboys: The Cowboys appear to be leading the sweepstakes for receiver Peerless Price, who was released Tuesday by the Falcons, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Coach Bill Parcells told the paper he had spoken with Price, and the receiver's agent, Tim McGee, said Price was to speak with Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones for the second time on Wednesday.

"I think he's a pretty good player," Parcells said of Price. "We're just trying to turn over every rock."

Price is a former teammate of then-Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

"With Drew's relationship with Peerless, that's something we'd like to explore," McGee told the paper Tuesday of the talks with Dallas.

However, Parcells also told the paper he believed the Cowboys' "receiving corps will be OK" without adding Price.

San Diego Chargers: Chargers quarterback Drew Brees and right tackle Shane Olivea both sprained ankles early in Thursday night's exhibition game against San Francisco and didn't return.

Brees threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kassim Osgood to cap San Diego's first drive, then limped off the field. Olivea lay on the ground for a few minutes before limping off.

St. Louis Rams: Veteran Rams cornerback Terry Fair told the St. Louis Post Dispatch he was suffering only minor discomfort in the days after being hit and left temporarily motionless on the field during Monday Night Football.

"My neck is just very sore, and I have a little bit of soreness in my arms," Fair told the paper. "Once I get that worked out of here, I'll be ready to get back out on the field and pick up where I left off."

Fair, an extra cornerback who also can be used on punt returns, was hurt when he led with his helmet while tackling Lions running bac Kevin Jones. He lay motionless on the turf for several minutes and then was strapped to a backboard and carted off late in the first quarter. As the cart approached the tunnel he lifted his right arm and put his thumb up.

Martz said team doctors described the injury as a "temporary stunning" of the spinal column.

Washington Redskins: Although they've had a losing record on the field the last three seasons, the Redskins are the NFL's biggest winners when it comes to making money.

For the sixth straight year, the Redskins are atop Forbes magazine's annual list of NFL franchise valuations at $1.26 billion. The value has increased 15 percent since last year, when Washington became the first American sports team to pass the $1 billion mark with a value of $1.1 billion.

This year, Redskins are one of three NFL teams valued at more than $1 billion. The archrival Dallas Cowboys are worth $1.06 billion. The defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots are valued at $1.04 billion.

The Redskins have been atop the Forbes list since unseating the Cowboys in 2000. Dallas had held the top spot since 1993.

The Redskins had $287 million in operating revenue last year, up from $245 million in 2003, with an operating income of $53.8 million, down from $69.6 million the previous year.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder bought the team and what was then Jack Kent Cooke Stadium in 1999 for $796 million. Since then, he has expanded the stadium to hold more than 91,000 fans -- by far the largest capacity in the NFL -- and signed a $250 million naming rights deal with FedEx.

Taylor, lawyer seek trial delay
Redskins safety Sean Taylor, who is facing a mandatory minimum three-year sentence if found guilty on a felony assault charge, and his lawyer are seeking a continuance in Taylor's trial, The Washington Times reported.

Taylor's trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 12, but the safety's attorney, Edward Carhart, was to request delaying the trial until after the Redskins' season.

The state's attorney for Miami-Dade County, Fla., Michael Grieco, has said he would not oppose the delay, and so it is likely the request will be granted, according to the paper.

Taylor is charged with felony assault for his part in a June 1 incident in Miami that began with the alleged theft of two of his all-terrain vehicles. Taylor also faces a simple battery misdemeanor charge, according to the paper.

Green Bay Packers: Running back Joey Harris hurt his right knee after taking a handoff early in the third quarter Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans and had to be carted off the field.

Harris fell to the ground behind the line of scrimmage untouched and immediately grabbed at his knee. Trainers worked on him for a few minutes before loading Harris onto a cart and taking him to the locker room. X-rays were negative.

Cincinnati Bengals: Cornerback Terrell Roberts cleared waivers and went on the Bengals' injured reserve list Thursday.

The third-year defensive back hurt his knee during an intrasquad scrimmage on Aug. 5. Roberts played in 23 games the past two seasons, starting one game last year.

Safety Kim Herring went on the injured list this week and will miss the season because of a shoulder injury.

New England Patriots: The team activated activated wide receiver Bethel Johnson from the preseason physically unable to perform list and released wide receiver Eugene Baker.

Johnson, a second-round draft choice in 2003, caught a touchdown pass in the playoffs as a rookie when the Patriots won the Super Bowl. In two seasons, he has 26 receptions and returned 71 kickoffs for an average of 26.2 yards and two touchdowns.

Baker was signed as a veteran free agent after being released July 28 by Carolina, where he spent the last two seasons. He also was with Atlanta for the 1999 and 2000 seasons. The Falcons drafted him out of Kent State in the fifth round in 1999 and he has played in eight games with seven receptions for 118 yards.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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