Clarett improves during 2nd workout

By wire services
Published April 1, 2005

CORTLAND, Ohio - Maurice Clarett ran faster on his home turf than he did at the NFL combine.

A month after Clarett bombed in Indianapolis, he was clocked at around 4.67 seconds in two 40-yard dashes, according to his agents, while working out for scouts from eight NFL teams Thursday.

"I was just trying to give the coaches what they wanted," Clarett said. "They wanted a faster 40, so I worked on the 40 more than anything."

At the combine, the former Ohio State star was clocked at between 4.72 and 4.82 in the 40, a time more appropriate for a linebacker or defensive end than a running back.

Clarett completed more than an hour's worth of drills Thursday on an artificial turf indoor soccer field.

He unsuccessfully challenged the NFL's minimum-age requirement in court last year and hasn't played since leading Ohio State to a national title in 2002 as a freshman.

Scouts and coaches representing Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Miami, New England, Pittsburgh and St. Louis attended the workout near Clarett's hometown of Warren.

LITTLE TRIAL: Leonard Little failed several field sobriety tests when stopped for speeding a year ago, the officer who arrested him told jurors in Clayton, Mo., as testimony began in the DWI trial of the Rams defensive end. Little is charged with speeding and felony drunk driving as a persistent offender. In 1999, Little pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 47-year-old woman in a crash in St. Louis.

BILLS: Free-agent guard Bennie Anderson, who started the past four seasons at right guard in Baltimore, was signed.

JAGUARS: Free-agent cornerback Kenny Wright, who spent the past three season in Houston, was signed to a one-year contract.

JETS: The team's plan for a $1.9-billion Manhattan stadium that could also serve as the centerpiece of the 2012 Olympics cleared a major hurdle when its bid was approved by the state agency that owns the proposed site. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board unanimously accepted a $720-million offer from the team to develop the site over a remote railyard on Manhattan's West Side.

PATRIOTS: Six weeks after a stroke, linebacker Tedy Bruschi visits the team's headquarters daily, coach Bill Belichick said. "He's there every day," Belichick said. "It was a serious situation, and he's getting better."

RAIDERS: The team signed former Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad and defensive lineman Kenny Smith.

ARENA LEAGUE: Storm quarterback Shane Stafford will have a football camp for 40 children from Metropolitan Ministries on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. at the St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa. After two hours of onfield instruction from Storm players, Stafford will lead participants on a locker room tour. Bucs linebacker Ryan Nece will address the participants, and Rivals at Channelside will provide dinner. The Storm will donate tickets to three upcoming games and host food and toy drives prior to home games on April 9 and May 15 to benefit the charity, which serves the poor and homeless in the bay area. Fans attending the games are asked to bring non-perishable food items and unwrapped toys.

In other news, the Storm signed wide receivers/defensive backs Kenny Christian and Ernest Ross, fullback/linebacker Jeff Cogell and lineman Darion Conner to its practice squad.

Times staff writer Frank Pastor contributed to this report.