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published August 18, 2002

BRONCOS: The team will pay for all damages associated with a prank in the players' dormitory at the University of Northern Colorado. Several rookies were awakened by buckets of water, then covered with flour and maple syrup Wednesday night. The rookies retaliated by spraying a fire extinguisher into the room of Shannon Sharpe, the alleged ringleader. Damage was estimated to be from $1,000 to $3,000. "Nothing was destroyed, but they made a mess," said Jim Saccomano, Denver's vice president of public relations.

BROWNS: Wide receiver Kevin Johnson agreed to terms on a four-year extension, three days after the team gave his agent permission to shop for a new deal. Johnson, who was eligible to become a free agent after this season, agreed to a contract worth $13.85-million. He will receive a $3.5-million signing bonus.

COLTS: Dominic Rhodes, the team's leading rusher last year, will miss this season because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He was scheduled to back up Edgerrin James this season. Rhodes broke into the starting lineup seven games into last season after James tore the ACL in his left knee and missed the rest of the season.

DOLPHINS: Coach Dave Wannstedt named Jamie Nails the starter at left guard and shifted Mark Dixon to left tackle. The starting offensive line features Dixon, Nails, center Tim Ruddy, guard Todd Perry and tackle Todd Wade. "Mark's an outstanding athlete," Wannstedt said. "It's going to take him a few days to get used to the blocking. Now is the time to do it to be fair to both parties." ... Wannstedt said he will be cautious with Tim Bowens, who sprained his right big toe in the Dolphins' first defensive series Thursday against the Saints. The 6-4, 320-pound defensive tackle had an MRI exam and the results were negative.

JAGUARS: Coach Tom Coughlin said he wants to reshape his offense -- one he always has designed to stretch the field with the pass -- to take advantage of the run. "We've got to run the ball, use the play-action pass," he said. "I think we can perhaps cater and taper and do things specifically to identify what we may able to do well. It may mean we don't throw as many drop-back passes."

JETS: Center Kevin Mawae got into a fight with defensive end Shaun Ellis in Mawae's first practice since rotator cuff surgery. Ellis pushed Mawae hard in the back at the conclusion of a play and Mawae retaliated. It was the first fight of New York's training camp. ... Starting defensive tackle Larry Webster has a right quadriceps tendon strain and is out for about two weeks. ... All-Pro defensive end John Abraham (knee sprain) began jogging.

TITANS: Cornerback Samari Rolle returned to practice for the first time since spraining his right ankle three weeks ago. Coach Jeff Fisher said Rolle might play Friday when the Titans visit the Vikings.

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