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Around the NFC

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published August 26, 2000


COWBOYS: Coach Dave Campo isn't concerned about the team's 0-5 preseason record, and not worried about the revamped first-team offense.

"Not getting the ball in the end zone, that's the only critical part," Campo said Friday. "Other than that, we've done everything I'd like to see as far as guys doing things.

"The first unit moved the ball extremely well and has done well during the preseason. I'll be excited to get them together for four quarters and see what we really have there."

The starters -- minus running back Emmitt Smith, who was held out of the preseason -- were held without a touchdown in six series the past two games, but the first team scored on nine of its 15 preseason series.

"Other than stumbling blocks here and there, it's gone pretty well. The first-team offense has made first downs and moved down the field. I think we should be optimistic," center Mark Stepnoski said.

Former assistant Jack Reilly was brought back as coordinator and installed an updated version of the timing-based passing game that was used in first half of the 1990s.

"There are a lot of things we haven't put out there," wide receiver Joey Galloway said. "The first team has moved the ball well, and we need to carry that into the regular season."

FALCONS: Quarterback Danny Kanell will miss at least the first two weeks of the season after breaking the ring finger on his throwing hand.

Kanell struck his right hand on a helmet while throwing a pass in Thursday night's final preseason game at Jacksonville.

Coach Dan Reeves said Kanell won't need surgery.

Kanell's injury means Tony Graziani will back up Chris Chandler. Kanell had apparently won the backup job and rookie Doug Johnson displayed enough potential to be kept as the third quarterback. ... Running back Jamal Anderson admits he's not up to his 1998 form, but is not concerned about reinjuring his right knee.

"My concern went out the window with the Cincinnati game," he said. "I made up my mind that if I'm going to be on that field, I don't give a damn about my body. Concern got me five carries for no yards. I figure if I'm good enough to play, then I have to give it all I have."

GIANTS: Cornerback Ramos McDonald was claimed off waivers from the 49ers.

To make room on the roster, running back Sean Bennett was placed on injured reserve. He will miss the season after surgery on his right knee.

PACKERS: Kick returner Allen Rossum was acquired from the Eagles for an undisclosed draft pick.

Rossum, who also plays cornerback, set Philadelphia records last season with 54 kickoff returns and 1,347 kickoff return yards. He ranked fourth in the NFC and fifth in the league with a 24.9 return average.

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