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Redskins turn to Reed at WR

Receiver Andre Reed agreed to a one-year contract with the Redskins on Tuesday, two days after Michael Westbrook was lost for the season with a knee injury.

Reed spent 15 years with the Bills before asking for his release during the off-season, when he was asked to play a backup role.

He signed with Denver but asked to be released when he was not on the active roster at the beginning of the season.

Reed has 941 receptions, the second-highest total in NFL history, for 13,095 yards and 86 touchdowns in 221 career games. He was voted to seven Pro Bowls and shares the NFL record of 13 seasons with 50 receptions.

Westbrook was Washington's top receiver last season, with 69 catches for 1,191 yards and nine touchdowns.

He tore ligaments in his left knee during the third quarter of the Redskins' 15-10 loss to Detroit on Sunday and was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

McNair released

from hospital

NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ Titans quarterback Steve McNair left the hospital Tuesday after two nights of observation for a bruised sternum.

Tests showed McNair didn't break any bones Sunday when he was hit by Kansas City's Duane Clemons late in the fourth quarter of the Titans' 17-14 overtime victory.

BRONCOS: Kicker Joe Nedney and running back Raymont Harris, five-year players released two weeks ago, signed after auditioning at team headquarters.

Nedney went through an hour-long workout as Denver sought a temporary replacement for Jason Elam, expected to miss 3-8 weeks because of two fractured bones in his lower back.

Also, tackle Melvin Tuten signed to take the place of Trey Teague, placed on injured reserved after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Running back KaRon Coleman and wide receiver Andre Cooper were waived from the active roster, and linebacker Jamie Baisley was waived from the practice squad.

BEARS: The team received somewhat good news when Rosevelt Colvin's knee injury was diagnosed as a sprained medial collateral ligament and bone bruise. He is expected to be out several weeks but the injuries should not threaten the second-year outside linebacker's season.

BENGALS: Linebacker Brian Simmons, the team's top tackler last season, had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

The estimate on Simmons' return has been reduced from 10 weeks to eight, trainer Paul Sparling said.

DOLPHINS: Wide receiver Tony Martin and defensive tackle Daryl Gardener have injuries that may keep them out of Sunday's game against Baltimore, the team said.

Martin's MRI exam showed a sprained left foot. He will wear a cast until he is seen by team doctors Thursday.

Gardener, 27, had an MRI exam Monday that revealed a herniated disc. He received an epidural injection and was not expected to practice today.

The injury could end the tackle's streak of 71 consecutive games played since he entered the league in 1996.

EAGLES: The team claimed defensive tackle Darwin Walker off waivers from Arizona.

To make room on the 53-man roster, the Eagles released defensive tackle Kelly Gregg. Philadelphia also released defensive end Kendrick Gholston from the practice squad.

49ERS: Jeff Garcia will remain the starting quarterback for at least another week, coach Steve Mariucci said.

Mariucci considered benching Garcia after he led just one touchdown drive in the first three quarters of the 49ers' 38-22 loss to Carolina on Sunday. San Francisco fell to 0-2 with its worst loss in a home opener since 1988.

PACKERS: Offensive tackle Earl Dotson may need surgery to repair a herniated lumbar disc in his back, the team said.

Dotson had to be helped off the field in the Packers' 27-18 loss to Buffalo. He started 15 games last season with a herniated disc in his back, an injury that required surgery during the off-season.

Team physician Pat McKenzie recommended that Dotson have an operation on the same disc and is awaiting Dotson's decision.

Mark Tauscher, a rookie from Wisconsin, probably will start Sunday against Philadelphia.

Meanwhile, voters approved a half-percent sales tax to help the Packers renovate Lambeau Field, clearing the way for the team to start construction in January.

STEELERS: Quarterback Kent Graham was not expected to miss time after accidentally slamming his throwing hand into a helmet during practice.

X-rays showed Graham did not break any bones, and the quarterback said he was prepared to play Sunday in Cleveland.

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