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BRONCOS: The team traded a conditional 2005 draft pick to Atlanta for ex-Florida tackle Ellis Johnson. Johnson led interior linemen with eight sacks last season, but he didn't report to training camp and was placed on the reserve-did not report list.

Also, defensive end Trevor Pryce will travel to California today to determine the severity of the pinched nerve in his back.

CHARGERS: Drew Brees said he feels better and expects to be back as the starting quarterback after sustaining a concussion Sunday. Brees said his headaches were going away, and his sense of humor has returned. Told his passing numbers improved after he was hurt, he said, "Maybe I should get knocked out more often."

CHIEFS: Running back Priest Holmes is questionable for Sunday's game against Houston. He missed most of the fourth quarter of Sunday's loss after spraining his left ankle.

Also, cornerback Eric Warfield was arrested early Monday morning on suspicion of drunken driving, Overland Park, Kan., police said. Warfield, 28, of Leawood, also was cited with failure to maintain a single lane, Capt. Dave Moore said. He said the police report was incomplete and declined to give more details. It's the second time in three years Warfield has been arrested in Johnson County for allegedly driving under the influence.

COLTS: Running back Edgerrin James ran during light drills and said he is optimistic he can play Sunday. He strained his hamstring against the Titans.

DOLPHINS: Defensive tackle Larry Chester will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ligament in his right knee, his agent said. Chester was injured during the first quarter Sunday.

He walked off the field unassisted, but an MRI exam performed at halftime revealed the ligament tear, said Chester's agent, David Levine.

JETS: Center Kevin Mawae and linebacker Sam Cowart sustained injuries Sunday but might not miss any games because the Jets have a bye week. Mawae broke a bone in his right hand during the second half Sunday, and Cowart sprained his left knee just before halftime.

The results of Cowart's MRI on Monday were not available, and New York will wait to determine their status.

But the Jets know they will be without reserve defensive tackle Josh Evans for at least five weeks after surgery on his lower back.

RAVENS: Tight end Todd Heap will miss two to four weeks with a sprained right ankle. Heap, a two-time Pro Bowl player, led the team in receptions in each of the past two seasons and has a team-high 12 catches this year.

Heap was blocking downfield late in the first half when his right ankle was rolled over by Pittsburgh linebacker James Farrior. Heap then stumbled back to line up for another play. Quarterback Kyle Boller motioned he was going to spike the ball, and did so as Joey Porter shoved Heap backward.

Meanwhile, defensive back and punt returner Deion Sanders is nursing a strained hamstring but said he hopes to play Sunday against Cincinnati.

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