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Around the NFC

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published August 23, 2002

EAGLES: The team hopes to get its struggling offense going for the first time tonight against the Ravens. The starters are expected to play at least the first half. The first team has seven points in seven possessions.

FALCONS: Offensive tackle Bob Whitfield had his contract redone, creating salary-cap room the team hopes will allow for the re-signing of linebacker Keith Brooking and defensive end Patrick Kerney. Terms weren't given. Brooking, coming off a Pro Bowl season, becomes an unrestricted free agent after the season. Kerney, who had a career-high 12 sacks last season, can void the final year of his contract, which is 2003. ... Safety Henry Jones signed. He started five games and made 37 tackles for the Vikings last season. To make room, punter Matt Allen was waived.

49ERS: Center Jeremy Newberry will miss Saturday's game after breaking his right ring finger during practice. He got his finger caught in a teammate's face mask Wednesday but is expected back by the final preseason game.

GIANTS: Offensive tackle Jeff Hatch probably will need season-ending surgery to repair a disc problem in his back. He has not practiced since hurting his back during the first week of training camp but is scheduled to get other medical opinions. ... Jason Sehorn and coach Jim Fassel seemingly were at odds after the cornerback, recovering from knee surgery, didn't participate in an afternoon workout. Sehorn hinted he probably won't play until the first regular-season game. Fassel gave a cryptic "no" response when asked if Sehorn was supposed to practice or if something had happened.

PANTHERS: Quarterback Chris Weinke, his starting offense and the first-string defense are expected to play into the third quarter tonight against New England.

RAMS Fullback James Hodgins broke his left foot during Thursday's game. There was no word of how or when Hodgins was hurt. The team estimated he will be out six weeks.

REDSKINS: Kicker Dan Frantz was released and kicker Jamie Rheem signed. Rheem will split kicking duties Saturday with James Tuthill. Regular kicker Brett Conway has a hip flexor but expects to be ready by the regular season.

VIKINGS: The starters likely will play the entire first half tonight against Tennessee. The offensive and defensive line could play into the third quarter.

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