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Rice joins camps, contract not an issue

Jerry Rice arrived at the San Francisco 49ers' training camp nine days late Monday, saying his delay was because of his wife's health and was not a ploy to renegotiate his contract.

Rice, 33, was with his wife Jackie, who has suffered complications since giving birth to a daughter, Jada Symone, in mid-May.

Rice's contract will end following the 1997 season. The league's career record-holder for touchdowns scored (156), receptions (942) and receiving yards (15,123) is slated to make $2.175-million this season. But he expects his pact to be revamped by the start of the regular season.

"The home front is fine _ it's time for me to play football now," said Rice.

Although he admittedly struggled a bit in the heat during his morning workout, Rice said he is eager to play in the 49ers' exhibition game against Denver on Saturday.

CHIEFS: Kansas City wide receiver Tamarick Vanover, who played at Florida State, was taken off the practice field in an ambulance after he collided with defensive back Perry Carter while stretching for a pass. The team later said the injury was not serious. Vanover was motionless on the ground, with an assistant coach cradling his head, until an ambulance arrived.

COLTS: Jim Harbaugh was reunited with former Chicago Bears teammate Richard Dent, who is attempting a comeback with Indianapolis. Dent, NFL's all-time sack leader with 126{, practiced for the first time since being waived by Chicago in October. He signed a one-year contract Friday.

GIANTS: Cedric Jones, New York's first-round draft choice who signed a $12.2-million contract last week, was limited by a hamstring injury in his first workout. Jones said he hurt himself working out before reporting to camp.

HENLEY TRIAL: Former Los Angeles Rams player Darryl Henley lost an effort to disqualify all federal judges in the Los Angeles area from presiding in his drug and murder-for-hire case. Henley is accused in a 13-count indictment of plotting the killings of Judge Gary Taylor and former Rams cheerleader Tracy Donaho, who testified against Henley in a 1995 drug trial at which Taylor was the judge. Henley is accused of setting up a $1-million cross-country drug deal and bribing prison guard Rodney Anderson to provide him with a cellular telephone in his cell.

BEARS: After recovering from extensive collarbone surgery that sat him out after two plays last season, running back Raymont Harris has been given clearance to resume full-contact drills.