Junior Seau’s frustrating road back from injuries finally might be over.

Seau was back on the Miami Dolphins’ practice field, apparently recovered from a calf injury that kept him sidelined for the first 2 weeks of training camp.

The 36-year-old linebacker, with whom the Dolphins will be cautious, took part in the team’s only full-pads workout of the week, one that will be capped Saturday night in a preseason game at Jacksonville. Seau hurt the calf while conditioning in San Diego on July 22.

“He did well, actually better than I thought he would,” Dolphins coach Nick Saban said. “We did not want him to go the whole practice because we didn’t want him to get in an overuse situation where he might fatigue that particular injury and have additional problems.”


Less than three hours after arriving at Cleveland’s headquarters to apparently finalize his contract, No. 3 overall draft pick Braylon Edwards and his agent bolted after negotiations with the Browns broke down.

Edwards and agent Lamont Smith drove away in a three-car caravan without finishing a deal that looked all but done.

“You don’t have a deal until you have a deal,” said Smith, sitting in the passenger seat of an SUV driven by Edwards’ father, Stan. “We’re leaving Cleveland.”

The wide receiver from Michigan was not available for comment. He stayed inside his vehicle, which was at the front of the entourage. Smith stopped only when reporters surrounded his car in front of the driveway leading into the team’s complex.

“We were close,” Smith said when asked what had gone wrong. “We just don’t have an agreement on all terms.”


Cornerback David Richardson missed his second straight day of practice with a right ankle sprain and is out indefinitely. Richardson, listed as the starter opposite Rashean Mathis, was on crutches and wearing a protective boot over his ankle at practice.

Richardson was injured Monday night when he came down awkwardly on his ankle while defending Ernest Wilford on a fade pattern.

Without Richardson, Kenny Wright and third-round pick Scott Starks are splitting time with the first team defense.

Rookie wide receiver Matt Jones had a new hairdo for the second straight day. The standout quarterback at Arkansas who switched positions and was a first-round draft pick by the Jaguars, had a wide strip of his long, dirty-blonde hair shaved as part of a hazing ritual Tuesday. The haircut was courtesy of defensive tackle John Henderson.


Tight end Kevin Everett, the Bills’ third-round draft pick, signed, although it’s not clear when the injured player will be cleared for practice.

Everett has been rehabbing in Orchard Park, N.Y., since he had surgery in May to repair a torn left knee ligament he hurt during the team’s first day of minicamp.

Everett’s agent, Brian Overstreet, expects the Bills to place his client on the physically unable-to-perform list and that he’ll probably miss at least the start of the season while he continues working out on his own.

Buffalo also placed backup offensive lineman Lawrence Smith on injured reserve with a torn right quadriceps tendon.


Carolina claimed second-year cornerback Dwight Anderson off waivers from the St. Louis Rams. The defensive back out of South Dakota played in 12 games last season. He was competing for the team’s nickel back spot during training camp before being released Monday for curfew violations.


Top draft pick Antrel Rolle’s first practice with Arizona went well.

A day after the cornerback signed a six-year, $43 million contract that includes $13.6 million in guaranteed money, coach Dennis Green said Rolle would play Saturday.

in the exhibition opener against Dallas – possibly in more formations than at first anticipated.

After spending the first hour of practice in a skull session with secondary coach Richard Solomon, Rolle got some repetitions with the second-string base defense, as well as in nickel coverages, where Green said he would be slotted for the game.

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