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49ers tap ex-Gator Palmer to pick up quarterback slack

By Associated Press
Published November 2, 2005

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The 49ers signed Jesse Palmer on Tuesday after losing their top two quarterbacks to injuries.

Palmer, a fourth-round pick out of Florida by the New York Giants in 2001, was released before this season. Used primarily as a backup in New York, he completed 63-of-120 for 562 yards, three touchdowns and four interceptions.

"I'm just looking forward to coming in and working hard and trying to pick things up as quickly as I can," Palmer said. "I'm ready to do whatever they ask me to do, and whatever I can do to help this team win."

The 49ers made the move after No. 1 overall pick Alex Smith went down with strained knee ligaments and backup Ken Dorsey hurt his ankle. Cody Pickett, the fourth-stringer at the start of the season, is expected to be San Francisco's fourth starter in five games Sunday against the Giants.

NO RELOCATION: Jerry Jones believes this is not the time to talk about moving the Saints.

"We have to address the basic situation for the people of New Orleans and the conditions there," the Dallas Cowboys owner said. "There's no solution today that's acceptable."

The Saints have been based in San Antonio since being driven from New Orleans in late August by Hurricane Katrina. The team has a contract to play at the Superdome through 2010, but could opt out by Nov. 29 under certain conditions. The building was badly damaged by Katrina. But there have been reports owner Tom Benson would like to move the team to San Antonio and has been talking to city officials there.

BRONCOS: Denver parted ways with cornerback Lenny Walls, a surprising move that signaled the team's confidence in fast-improving rookies Darrent Williams and Domonique Foxworth. The Broncos placed Walls, a fourth-year player who began the season as the starter opposite Champ Bailey, on the reserve-injured list, meaning he must be released after he recovers from an injured groin. Williams has emerged as the starter across from Bailey. Foxworth has become the team's primary nickel back.

BROWNS: Running back Reuben Droughns was arrested and charged with drunken driving early Tuesday. The State Highway Patrol said Droughns was pulled over at 1:09 a.m. after a trooper spotted the 27-year-old speeding and weaving in northbound traffic on U.S. 42 in suburban Cleveland. He was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence and driving 50 mph in a 35-mph zone. Droughns was released without bail and is scheduled to appear in Medina County Municipal Court on Friday.

If convicted of the DUI charge, Droughns faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, according to Sgt. Lance Shearer said. Droughns has rushed for 530 yards on 125 carries this season.

SEAHAWKS: Safety Ken Hamlin will be out the rest of the season after being injured in a fight outside a nightclub last month. Hamlin is recuperating at home after fracturing his skull, sustaining a blood clot near the brain and bruised brain tissue in the attack Oct. 17 in which he was beaten with a street sign.

[Last modified November 2, 2005, 00:47:16]


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