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Disappointed Bengals cut Warrick and 'go forward'

Associated Press
Published August 31, 2005


CINCINNATI - The Bengals cut former Florida State standout Peter Warrick on Tuesday.

"It's weird, because you don't expect something like that to happen to him," said receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh. "That's why you're shocked, really.

The fourth overall pick never became a game-breaking receiver and kick returner. His best season was 2003, with 79 receptions, 819 yards and eight touchdowns.

This preseason he played in one game and didn't have a catch. On Monday he urged the team to cut him if he wasn't in its plans.

"There is some disappointment involved in making this move," coach Marvin Lewis said. "But I believe it's in the best interests of the Bengals and Peter to go forward."

Also Tuesday, starting safety Kim Herring was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. He hurt his shoulder during a preseason game in Philadelphia on Friday.

Bears cut Hutchinson

LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Quarterback Chad Hutchinson, demoted on Sunday to fourth string after two shaky outings as the starter, was cut.

Rookie Kyle Orton is the starter, followed by Jeff Blake and Kurt Kittner.

Hutchinson was 20-of-42 for 211 yards with four interceptions, no touchdowns and a rating of 23.1 in the preseason.

"He just didn't progress the way we thought he would," general manager Jerry Angelo said.

First-round pick Cedric Benson had his first practice, working on handoffs and catching short passes, and said he expects to be the starting running back by Game 2.

And what about Thomas Jones, the current starter? "Um," Benson said with a big smile. "I would give him a run for his money."

While admitting to some rust and lack of burst, Benson said Tuesday's limited action proved easier than offseason workouts.

BRONCOS: Running back Maurice Clarett, former FSU quarterback Danny Kanell and former Bucs tight end Patrick Hape were released.

BROWNS: His face gaunt from fighting a staph infection, Kellen Winslow talked extensively to reporters for the first time since a motorcycle accident on May 1 ended his season. "I'm going to come back from this," said the former University of Miami tight end, who was performing stunts when he crashed. "I made a mistake. I just have to prove everybody wrong and come back from it." Winslow, who had knee surgery on June 14 to repair torn ligaments, revealed that he has had the staph infection in his right leg for six weeks. He weighs 225 pounds, down from his listed weight of 254. He has been doing four hours of daily rehabilitation.

COLTS: Former Florida State linebacker Kendyll Pope was placed on the reserve-suspended list Monday for a league-imposed penalty. Coach Tony Dungy, citing confidentiality issues, declined to comment on the length or reason for the suspension. ... The team agreed to a new lease with the city that will keep the team in Indianapolis for at least the next 30 years.

COWBOYS: Dallas claimed Nick Novak off waivers from the Bears. The rookie from Maryland was 3-for-3 on field goals, but couldn't beat out Doug Brien. He will challenge Jose Cortez in Dallas.

DOLPHINS: Former UM quarterback Brock Berlin and long snapper Ed Perry, who had been with the team for eight years and just signed a new contract, were among 10 cuts. Undrafted rookie free agent John Denney will be the long snapper.

EAGLES: Safety/return man J.R. Reed, a former Hillsborough High and USF standout, was placed on the nonfootball injury list. Reed suffered nerve damage in an offseason accident when he cut his leg while jumping over a fence near his home. ... Defensive end Jerome McDougle, shot during a robbery attempt in July, will miss at least six weeks of the regular season.

FALCONS: Atlanta cut Peerless Price, giving up on its former top receiver. Price signed a $37-million contract after Atlanta acquired him from the Bills for a first-round draft pick.

JAGUARS: Eight-year veteran linebacker Greg Favors was among eight players released. He tied for the team high in sacks last season with 51/2.

RAMS: Rookie quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, a seventh-round pick from Harvard, made the team, coach Mike Martz said. "He just continues to just kind of stun me," Martz said. ... Cornerback Terry Fair, carted off the field with a neck sprain Monday, could be ready for the opener.

RAVENS: Baltimore signed kickoff specialist Wade Richey one day after cutting struggling kickers Rhys Lloyd and Owen Pochman.

REDSKINS: Tom Tupa was placed on injured reserve with a back injury, leaving Chris Mohr and Andy Groom to compete for the punting job. The former Buc strained his back while warming up two weeks ago.

TITANS: Receiver Troy Edwards agreed to terms. He was released by Jacksonville on Sunday.

VIKINGS: Cornerback Fred Smoot will miss Friday's preseason game at Seattle as a precaution after jamming his sore right knee during practice. ... Running backs Michael Bennett (sore neck) and Mewelde Moore (sprained ankle) are expected to practice next week, but running back ReShard Lee was claimed off waivers to bolster the position.

ARENA COACH ARRESTED: Arizona Rattlers coach Todd Shell was arrested early Tuesday and admitted he had been snorting cocaine, police said. Shell, 43, a former BYU linebacker who helped the San Francisco 49ers win two Super Bowls in the early 1980s, was spotted about 1 a.m. by an officer doing a routine check behind businesses in Mesa. About an eighth of an ounce of a white powder and a straw were in Shell's pockets, Mesa police Detective Tim Gaffney said. After the substance is analyzed, Shell could face drug charges.