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Ex-Packer Simmons dies in a car crash

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Former linebacker Wayne Simmons, who won a Super Bowl with the Packers, was killed in a car accident, police said. He was 32.

Simmons was speeding on Interstate 70, when he lost control of his vehicle and veered off the road at about 2:45 Friday morning, witnesses told police.

The car flipped several times before landing in a ditch and catching fire, said Sgt. David Ison of the Independence police. Witnesses tried to remove Simmons from the car but were unable to unfasten his seat belt.

Firefighters arrived and pulled Simmons from the car. He was taken to Independence Regional Health Center and later pronounced dead, Ison said.

An autopsy was conducted, but a cause of death wasn't immediately given. Results of a toxicology exam won't be available until next week.

Simmons, a first-round pick out of Clemson in 1993, played six seasons in the NFL with the Packers, Chiefs and Bills.

Simmons was picked up by Buffalo in 1998 and finished the season with the Bills before retiring.

"On behalf of the entire Chiefs organization, our condolences and sympathies go out to the family of Wayne Simmons," president Carl Peterson said in a statement. "It is a tragedy any time you lose an individual to an early death, particularly in an accident such as this."

Preseason games

VIKINGS 14, TITANS 10: Randy Moss had four catches for 76 yards and a touchdown, leading host Minnesota.

Guiding the Vikings' first-team offense for a half, Daunte Culpepper had a few overthrows mixed in with a 10-for-15, 137-yard night. But a perfect 67-yard pass to Moss on the first snap of the second quarter showed he's not far off, either.

Beating Dainon Sidney deep, Moss -- to whom Minnesota has pledged 40 percent of its passes -- was tackled just inches from the goal line. Culpepper's sneak two plays later gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead.

One minute before halftime, Moss capped a 10-play, 75-yard drive against mostly second-stringers with an open, 4-yard TD reception on a quick slant pattern that made it 14-3.

PATRIOTS 23, PANTHERS 3: Tom Brady threw his first touchdowns of the preseason to newcomers David Givens and Christian Fauria for host New England.

Adam Vinatieri added three field goals and is 10-for-11 in the preseason.

The Patriots (2-1) struggled to move the ball in the first half and led only 6-3. Then Brady threw touchdowns on the first two series of the second half as Carolina (0-3) lost its 18th straight game since winning the season opener Sept. 9 at Minnesota.

RAVENS 13, EAGLES 12: For the second straight week, host Philadelphia missed a two-point conversion late in the fourth quarter.

Tim Hasselbeck's 1-yard TD run with 1:19 left got the Eagles (1-2) within a point, but Rod Smart dropped a pass from Hasselbeck on the two-point attempt.

Jeff Blake threw a 25-yard touchdown to Javin Hunter and Matt Stover kicked two field goals to lead the Ravens (2-1).

Last week, A.J. Feeley threw an 8-yard score to Sean Morey with 50 seconds left to get the Eagles within a point of New England. But Feeley's pass for a two-point conversion went incomplete off the hands of Corey McIntyre and the Patriots held on for a 16-15 win.

JAGUARS 24, BEARS 16: David Garrard showed he can be a worthy backup to Mark Brunell, leading visiting Jacksonville to 17 second-half points.

Garrard capped a quick 68-yard drive and gave the Jaguars (1-2) a 17-16 lead with a 32-yard touchdown to Henry Douglas with 7:35 left.

The Bears (1-2) are winless in two games at Memorial Stadium, where they are playing this season while Soldier Field is rebuilt.

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