Former Pro Bowler Drummond signs with Kansas City
Drummond, who averaged 26.6 yards on 41 kickoff returns in a 2004 Pro Bowl season and 13.2 yards on 24 punt runbacks, was released Thursday by the Lions, who wanted him to also play wide receiver, and that made him a free agent.
Financial details of the one-year contract were not immediately available.
Kansas City this spring traded return man Dante Hall to the St. Louis Rams for a fifth-round draft choice. The Chiefs had used two young players, rookie Eric Randolph and first-year player Justin Phinisee, to return kicks.
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Leftwich, who has thrown for 226 yards and a touchdown in three preseason games, is confident things will get better and points will come more often when the regular season begins.
"I understand everybody's concerns, but don't panic,'' Leftwich said Sunday. "This is not the time to panic -- in the preseason. It's too early to panic. Let us get out there a few games -- Week 3, Week 4 -- then judge us on what you really see. Once it all gets started, that's what we are."
Leftwich missed 10 games last season because of an ankle injury and nearly lost his starting job. But coach Jack Del Rio stuck with the former first-round draft pick and gave him a new offensive coordinator and several new receivers.
Del Rio remains committed to Leftwich.
"Preseason is certainly not the time to try and draw conclusions,'' Del Rio said. "I caution people to not put too much stock in what's transpired in the preseason.''
Coach Tony Dungy said the injury is not serious and Freeney would probably play if it were a regular-season game. Freeney went to the locker room before halftime and watched the second half from the sidelines in street clothes.
Dallas Clark, the Colts' top tight end, was not listed on the injury report after having an ice pack on his thigh during the second half, Dungy said.
New Orleans Saints: Former Illinois running back Pierre Thomas, a long-shot to make the roster even after his standout performance at Kansas City last week, remained with the team even as four other players were released.
The NFL's first roster cutdown day is Tuesday, when teams have to be down to 75 players. They have to set their 53-man roster by Saturday.
Reserve quarterback Jason Fife, linebacker Desmond Sims, cornerback Joe Porter and wide receiver Aaron Hosack were cut, meaning head coach Sean Payton had three more cuts to make by Tuesday.
"They say it's a tough business and you never know what's going to happen,'' Thomas said. "I'm going to do my job. I'm going to practice hard this whole week, give these guys what they need."
Offensive lineman Marques Ogden was released with Orr, a receiver picked out of Wisconsin in the sixth round last year who didn't play in any games as a rookie.
The Titans also released safety Brandon Sharp, tight end Andy Thorn, defensive linemen Quartez Vickerson and Jermaine McElveen and punter Glenn Pakulak.
Carolina Panthers: Third-string quarterback Brett Basanez was placed on injured reserve, ending his season two days after he severely sprained his right wrist in a 24-7 preseason loss to the New England Patriots.
"You never like losing a quarterback, no matter what string,'' coach John Fox said.
In other moves, the Panthers released seven players: guard Nate Bennett, defensive tackle Brent Curvey, defensive back Kevin Garrett, receiver Jahkeen Gilmore, tackle Eric Graham, safety Jermaine Hardy and defensive tackle Chad Lavalais.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. Information from The Associated Press was also used in this report.
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