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Cardinals release ex-Buc Jackson

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Published October 15, 2004

TEMPE, Ariz. - The Cardinals released former Bucs safety Dexter Jackson, who had been sidelined since training camp with a back injury. Jackson, the Super Bowl MVP with Tampa Bay two seasons ago, had not been able to participate in training camp and had been on the injured reserve list since early September.

The former Florida State standout was released late Wednesday, Cardinals spokesman Mark Dalton said. He was not given an injury settlement.

Jackson, 27, signed a five-year, $14-million contract with Arizona as a free agent last season. He played at free safety for all 16 games during the 2003 season. He will receive a prorated portion of this season's $2.25-million salary.

Quintin Harris was given Jackson's starting safety job in June. Jackson practiced briefly in training camp, then was sidelined again with the back problem.

COACH: RICE STILL A STARTER: Raiders coach Norv Turner still considers Jerry Rice a starter. The 42-year-old told the team he wants to be traded if he can't have a significant role, and he met with owner Al Davis to discuss it.

"Gosh, I wasn't in it," Turner said of the meeting. "They talked about the situation and nothing has happened to this point."

Rice, who will earn $1.35-million in base salary, said he would like to go elsewhere before the Tuesday deadline so another team could better utilize his talents. "There's no news," Rice said. "We just talked football. We put two heads together and had a good talk."

PANTHERS DB FIRES BACK AT OWENS: Carolina cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. isn't about to take trash talk from anyone, even Pro Bowl receiver Terrell Owens. The Panthers' second-year player fired back at the outspoken Eagle, warning Owens he had better "bring his game" Sunday.

"If he wants to play that game, that's all right, that's fine," Manning said. "I'm going to bring it regardless. If he wants to start it now, we'll start it now. I was going to wait until Sunday, but he wants to start it on Wednesday. He's going to have to bring his game, because I'm going to bring mine - regardless of what he's going to do."

On Wednesday, Owens challenged Manning, who had three interceptions in a 14-3 victory over the Eagles in the NFC title game.

"This ain't what he wants right here," Owens said. "This ain't what he wants. If he wants to bring it, then bring it."

BEARS: Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher, who missed the past two games with a sore hamstring, hopes to play Sunday against the Redskins. He started the first two games against Detroit and Green Bay, making 14 tackles in each one with a sack and a forced fumble. But the injury tightened up and his string of 64 consecutive starts ended when he couldn't play Sept. 26 against the Vikings. He also missed Sunday's game against the Eagles. "Just practicing and all of a sudden it didn't feel right, and they didn't think it would be a good idea to put me back out there," he said. "I got to run last week and then I got to practice this week, so I feel a little better. I'm not sore at all."

BILLS: Running back Travis Henry missed his second consecutive practice, opening the possibility for Willis McGahee to get his first start. Henry has a left foot injury and is questionable for Sunday's game against Miami. Even if Henry dresses, McGahee, a former University of Miami standout, is expected to get more playing time. The team's first-round pick in 2003, McGahee missed all of his rookie season recovering from reconstructive surgery on his left knee. Limited to a backup role, McGahee has 19 carries for 70 yards.

DOLPHINS: Matt Bryant will kick Sunday for his second team in two weeks. Last week, Bryant replaced Indianapolis' Mike Vanderjagt, the league's career leader in field goal accuracy. This week he'll fill in for No. 2 on that list: Miami's Olindo Mare, who will miss a second straight game with a calf injury.

PACKERS: Receiver Robert Ferguson injured his left ankle during special teams practice. Teammates who saw Ferguson fall to the ground on a kickoff return said the injury looked serious at first. "I thought he was done for the year the way he fell," returner Antonio Chatman said. "It looked like his leg got caught up in the turf (as) he just tried to run forward."

REDSKINS: Kicker John Hall strained his right groin during practice. He will be held out of practice today and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bears. Hall has made seven field goals this season. Linebacker LaVar Arrington took part in live drills, but it appears he'll miss his fourth consecutive game since having knee surgery.

[Last modified October 15, 2004, 01:32:13]


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