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AFC: Chargers' Brees remains No. 1 QB

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Published September 7, 2004

SAN DIEGO - Drew Brees was selected the starting quarterback of the Chargers on Monday, a move that was expected after he followed last season's miserable performance with a solid preseason.

Doug Flutie, 41, will be the backup, and Philip Rivers, the fourth pick in April's draft, will be the third-stringer. The Chargers also will carry Cleo Lemon on the active roster.

"It doesn't really change anything for me," said Brees, who is 4-16 in his last 20 starts. "There's still a lot of work ahead, and that's what I'm focused on."

BENGALS: Cincinnati added third-year cornerback Rashad Bauman off waivers from the Redskins. Receiver Maurice Mann, a fifth-round draft pick from Nevada this year, was waived.

BRONCOS: Wide receiver Adrian Madise has been suspended for four games for using anabolic steroids in violation of the NFL's substance policy. Madise, sidelined with a broken hand sustained in the team's last preseason game, said he would not appeal though he did not realize the steroids were in supplements he was taking.

BROWNS: Running back Lee Suggs did not practice, raising doubts about his availability for the season opener against the Ravens. Suggs sat out Saturday's preseason finale against the Bears with a neck stinger.

COLTS: Coach Tony Dungy acknowledged the Colts are interested in quarterback Tim Couch, the No. 1 pick in 1999 who was cut by Green Bay. Dungy's comments came on the same day the Colts made a surprise move by waiving guard Steve Sciullo, who started 13 games last season, so they could claim Ryan Lilja off waivers from Kansas City. Lilja, a 6-foot-2, 285-pound guard, started 14 of 23 games in two seasons.

DOLPHINS: Defensive back-kick returner Lamont Brightful was obtained off waivers from the Ravens and fullback Jamar Martinfrom the Cowboys. To make room for them, the Dolphins waived defensive tackle Tony Brown and terminated the contract of cornerback Jimmy Wyrick.

JAGUARS: Jacksonville signed five players to the practice squad and canceled practice because of Hurricane Frances. "It's something we have to deal with," coach Jack Del Rio said. "People are dealing with their homes, their lives. It really puts things in perspective for us. This is a vicious storm that's ripped through. There have been two others before that have hit Florida and there's another one on the way bearing down on us. So it's a very serious time." Running back Rich Alexis, guard Joe Tate, guard Derrick Fletcher, offensive tackle Sean Bubin and wide receiver Matt Cherry were added to the eight-man practice squad. Three more players were expected to be added before practice today.

RAVENS: Baltimore terminated the contract of special-teams standout Harold Morrow and cut eight players, including 2004 draft picks Tony Pashos and Brian Rimpf. Other cuts were linebacker Brandon Barnes, wide receiver Todd Devoe, cornerback Lance Frazier, defensive tackle Jesse Mitchell, tight end Brett Pierce and center Lenny Vandermade.

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