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published August 24, 2002

BEARS: Receiver Marty Booker left the game in the first quarter Friday with a chest contusion and Nate Jacquet left after spraining his ankle on a punt return.

EAGLES: After 16 seasons in which he became the greatest scrambling quarterback in history, Randall Cunningham retired with the team he played for the first 11 years of his career. Cunningham signed a ceremonial contract with the team before the preseason game against Baltimore. He leaves as the career leader in rushing yards among quarterbacks with 4,928. "I feel I can still play," the 39-year-old Cunningham said. "I don't want to play anymore. I'm tired. I'm content with my whole career."

FALCONS: Several players are fighting for two and perhaps three receiver spots behind ex-Gator Willie Jackson, Shawn Jefferson and Brian Finneran. Alvis Whitted has an undeniable edge in speed, while Darrin Chiaverini and another former Gator, Travis McGriff, bring special ingredients. Rookie Kahlil Hill is making a push, while injuries might have knocked out Quentin McCord and Shawn Mills. Rookie Michael Coleman is a long shot. "Certainly, there are some guys who are really close, and the last two games are going to be really important," coach Dan Reeves said.

RAMS: Defensive end Leonard Little suffered a concussion after fainting in a restaurant. Little was expected to be released from a hospital today. Ex-Buc Tyoka Jackson and Damione Lewis will fill in for Little. ... The team cut 14 players, including offensive lineman Cameron Spikes.

VIKINGS: James Wofford, who rushed 11 times for 52 yards, hurt his knee in the fourth quarter and didn't return.

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