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Chiefs kick Andersen to the curb

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Published September 4, 2004

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Morten Andersen, the second-leading scorer in NFL history, was told Friday he has lost his job to a kicker 18 years younger.

"A tough decision. A risky decision," Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said.

Andersen, 44, has scored 2,259 points since breaking into the NFL with New Orleans in 1982. Only Gary Anderson has scored more.

"Morten Andersen I think will kick in the league," Vermeil said. "If he's not kicking in the league and our decision ends up not being a good decision, we'll bring him back."

Vermeil said the Chiefs would contact other teams to help Andersen get another opportunity.

Kicking for the Chiefs will be 26-year-old Lawrence Tynes, who is coming off two successful seasons with the Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League. Tynes failed to unseat Andersen two years ago in camp.

Andersen made his only field-goal attempt in the preseason, a 28-yarder, but his range was clearly not as great as Tynes'.

Vermeil also said rookie tight end Kris Wilson, who figured prominently in this year's plans, would be out at least half the season with a left fibula broken Thursday against Dallas. Vermeil also said Steve Cheek, acquired this week from Houston, would replace Jason Baker as punter.

CHARGERS: Coach Marty Schottenheimer reviewed game film but didn't announce the starting quarterback - Drew Brees or Philip Rivers - for the opener Sept. 12 at Houston. "I have a pretty good idea, and we will announce it on Monday," Schottenheimer said.

DOLPHINS: The team filed a grievance against retired running back Ricky Williams this week, NFL Players Association attorney Richard Berthelsen told the Miami Herald. The Dolphins filed the grievance asking an arbitrator to uphold their contractual right to recover $8.6-million paid to Williams between signing bonus and incentives, and the team wants the hearing to be expedited so the case can proceed within the next few weeks.

JAGUARS: Three players were released, including veteran kicker Steve Christie. The Jaguars signed Christie a little more than a week ago in hopes he would stabilize their kicking situation after rookie Josh Scobee missed three of four field goals in the first two preseason games. But Christie never got a chance to kick in either of the final two preseason games, in which Scobee made four consecutive field goals. Also released were linebackers Jimmy McClain and Kenny Jackson. Jacksonville still must cut 12 players by Sunday.

PATRIOTS: Nine players were released and two were signed, including quarterback Jim Miller, who had been released this week. Miller, a 10-year veteran, was signed on July 19 after spending last season out of football. He started for the Bears in 2001 and '02, and completed 610 of 1,046 passes for 6,387 yards and 36 touchdowns in his career. He has also played for Pittsburgh, Jacksonville, Atlanta and the Frankfurt Galaxy. Miller was unable to throw in the preseason, recovering from offseason shoulder surgery. The team also signed rookie running back Kory Chapman, an undrafted free agent from Jacksonville State who originally signed with the Ravens. The team released running back Mike Cloud, safety Scott Farley, linebackers Lawrence Flugence and Grant Steen, tight end Joel Jacobs, defensive lineman Dwight Johnson, quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, cornerback Earthwind Moreland and guard Jamil Soriano.

RAIDERS: Green Bay traded strong safety Marques Anderson to Oakland for two 2005 draft picks. The Packers get a fifth- and a sixth-round pick for Anderson. Anderson told the Associated Press he might get a chance to start because of an injury to strong safety Derrick Gibson.

RAVENS: Left tackle Jonathan Ogden sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in Thursday's game against the Giants and is questionable for the season opener Sept. 12 against the Browns.

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