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    Notes: Panthers' Meadows quits
    From wire reports
    The Carolina Panthers' unsettled offensive line took another hit Monday when starting right tackle Adam Meadows abruptly announced his retirement.
    Meadows, 30, signed a five-year, $15 million contract with the Panthers as a free agent March 9 but had been kept out of most of training camp by persistent shoulder problems. The team encouraged Meadows to have treatment for arthritis in the shoulder, but he decided to call it quits.

    Kearse is day-to-day with ankle injury

    BETHLEHEM, PA. — Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Jevon Kearse sprained his left ankle Monday but didn't consider the injury to be serious.

    Kearse, who signed an eight-year, $66 million deal with the Eagles in March, was carted off the field after he hurt the same ankle he injured in Tennessee last season. X-rays were negative, and Kearse — listed as day-to-day — jogged to his car after speaking to reporters.

    "I knew it wasn't serious," Kearse said. "I tweaked it a little bit, and I wanted to make sure I didn't do anything that would prevent me from getting some good work in later this week."

    Kearse said he hopes to practice Tuesday and expects to play in Philadelphia's exhibition opener against New England on Friday night.

    •Other injuries: Jacksonville Jaguars WR Jimmy Smith missed practice Monday with a back injury that coach Jack Del Rio said was not major. ... Oakland Raiders LB Napoleon Harris injured his right knee during a training camp drill Monday. If Harris' injury is serious, veteran Dwayne Rudd would replace him as the starter. ... A second opinion confirmed that Tennessee Titans LB Peter Sirmon will need season-ending surgery to repair his injured left knee.

    Bucs talk to Brown:

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had talks with former Oakland WR Tim Brown and the agent for holdout WR Keenan McCardell, but neither has signed.

    General manager Bruce Allen said Monday that he plans to talk to Brown again soon. Brown was released last week by Oakland and said he planned to spend the weekend weighing his options.

    Allen said he's not concerned with Brown's age, 38, or that he might have slowed a step. "I'll just let the Tim Brown situation resolve itself," said coach Jon Gruden, who coached Brown in Oakland.

    Terrell Davis officially retires

    Former Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis has officially retired, his agent said Monday. Degenerative conditions in both knees led Davis to cut his career short after helping the Broncos to two straight Super Bowl titles.

    He missed the 2002 season while he rehabilitated, then told the Broncos last year that his knees would not be strong enough to pass a physical. The Broncos subsequently waived him, leaving the door open for a possible return.

    Davis held on to hopes of coming back, but that began to fade as his time away from football stretched on.

    Davis was MVP of the 1997 Super Bowl and rushed for 2,008 yards the next season on his way to becoming league MVP.

    Davis rushed for a team-record 7,607 yards and had a team-high 65 career touchdowns.

    Vick to play one series vs. Ravens

    GREENVILLE, S.C. —Michael Vick will start in the Atlanta Falcons' exhibition opener Thursday and play one series.

    Vick dressed but didn't participate in a scrimmage on Saturday at Tennessee. He strained his right hamstring while running in for a touchdown on Thursday, but was able to practiced twice on Monday.

    Atlanta coach Jim Mora tabbed Vick to start at Baltimore on Thursday and said rookie Matt Schaub— a third-round pick from Virginia — will replace him and play into the fourth quarter.

    Vick looked sharp Monday in throwing a 50-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to Peerless Price and later hit Dez White on a play-action pass over the middle that covered 43 yards. Both plays came in 5-on-5 drills.

    Dolphins LB Thomas returns to practice

    DAVIE, Fla. — Miami Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas practiced Monday for the first time since training camp opened last week.

    Thomas, a five-time Pro Bowl player who has led the team in tackles seven of the past eight seasons, had surgery a month ago to repair torn cartilage in his left knee.

    "I'm just glad to be back," said Thomas, who was activated from the active/physically unable to perform list. "I felt good, but I was a little but rusty."

    Also Monday, receiver David Boston had successful surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left knee.

    Bears sign Hamilton

    BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — The Chicago Bears on Monday signed Arena Football League kicker Remy Hamilton.

    Hamilton had 146 points for the Los Angeles Avengers last season to lead AFL kickers in scoring.

    "I think the main reason they brought me in was to kick off," said Hamilton. "They saw what I could do. That was their main reason."

    Bears kicker Paul Edinger had shown a strong leg on field goals over his four-year career, but often his kickoffs were short.

    Edinger has made 77.9% of his field goals and his 10 field goals of 50 yards or longer is second only to Kevin Butler's 16 in Bears history.

    "Right now, we would like competition at all positions and now we have some competition at our kicker position," Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

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