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Around the NFC

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© St. Petersburg Times, published August 25, 2000

EAGLES: Safety Tim Hauck agreed to terms on a one-year contract. "His signing has no impact on Damon Moore, who earned a starting job as strong safety," coach Andy Reid said. "Tim has the ability to fill in at both safety spots, and that's what we're bringing him in here to do."

FALCONS: The team got defensive end Chris White off waivers from Jacksonville. White, 23, was waived Tuesday after spending the first 11 games last year on Jacksonville's practice squad. He was active for one game but didn't play. The acquisition comes after backup Atlanta lost defensive end Pellom McDaniels for the season because of small blood clots in his lungs. Also, starting defensive end Brady Smith has been hampered by a pulled groin muscle.

LIONS: Starting strong safety Ron Rice, who missed the first three preseason games with a shoulder injury, will start tonight against the Bengals. Stoney Case, who has been the most effective quarterback, will play at least the first half, and Cory Sauter will finish the game.

REDSKINS: After their contract with Domino's pizza expired June 30, the Redskins signed an agreement with Papa John's to make Papa John's "the official pizza," meaning only that brand will be sold at FedEx Field. This has not stopped Domino's from deciding to continue a promotion it began last year -- offering discounted pizza when the Redskins score a touchdown. The team is protesting. ... A toe infection will force quarterback Brad Johnson to miss tonight's preseason finale against Pittsburgh. Johnson has missed the past four days of practice and is not expected to return until Monday. Jeff George will replace Johnson and run about 15 plays with the first-team offense. Johnson's injury is not considered serious. Trainer Bubba Tyer said the best cure for Johnson is to stay off his feet. ... The team waived cornerback LaFann Williams, the University of South Florida's first connection to the NFL, and re-signed quarterback Leon Murray.

SAINTS: Six or seven players are on the bubble, coach Jim Haslett said. The Saints still have four quarterbacks on their roster: starter Jeff Blake, Billy Joe Tolliver, Jake Delhomme and Aaron Brooks. Haslett said the team could keep all of them for the season, "but I can tell you this: We're going to keep a long snapper, which kind of hurts you keeping four quarterbacks, but it doesn't mean you can't." Among those definitely on the bubble: safety Gerald Vaughn, cornerback Shannon Garrett, rookie cornerback Michael Hawthorne, cornerback Corey Harris and safety Eric Johnson.

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