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published August 23, 2002

BROWNS: Qasim Mitchell, a 335-pound rookie offensive lineman, was taken to a hospital after experiencing heat-related problems. The team said he is expected to be fine.

JAGUARS: Defensive end Tony Brackens isn't ruling out further surgery on his injured left knee and knows an operation could end his season. Brackens, who had arthroscopic surgery to clean up scar tissue during the offseason, hasn't practiced much in camp. He won't play tonight against Chicago.

JETS: Safety Jon McGraw is drawing raves. The second-round pick will fill in for injured free safety Damien Robinson (groin) Saturday against the Giants. "He can push Damien and any other safety in this league," defensive backs coach Bill Bradley said. "He's a quick learner. He has quick feet, a long reach and he can jump. And he can play both safeties."

RAIDERS: Backup quarterback Bobby Hoying was waived. He injured his elbow early last season and did not play. He had surgery to repair a ligament in November, but it hasn't healed. Marques Tuiasosopo will be the backup. Rick Mirer probably will be the third quarterback.

RAVENS: Cornerback Robert Tate, who was released by Minnesota on Tuesday, signed. He played 16 games last season for the third consecutive season and made five starts with 44 tackles. Terms weren't given.

STEELERS: Although the effects of Kordell Stewart's concussion have subsided, coach Bill Cowher selected Tommy Maddox to start Saturday's game at Detroit. Stewart was ruled out, as were linebacker Kendrell Bell (ankle) and first-round pick Kendall Simmons (hamstring). Maddox who will start for the first time since the XFL title game in the spring of 2001, is scheduled to play the first half. Charlie Batch will play the second half.

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