Archive for Wednesday, August 30, 2000

NFL Briefs

August 30, 2000


Baltimore left tackle signs $44-million pact

Baltimore The Baltimore Ravens and left tackle Jonathan Ogden have reached terms Tuesday on six-year contract extension that would make the three-time Pro Bowler the highest paid offensive lineman in NFL history.

Ogden will get $44 million over six years, including a $12 million signing bonus, the team announced Tuesday. The lineman said he was relieved to have the deal done.

"We consider Jonathan Ogden the best tackle in football today, and I think his future is extremely bright," owner Art Modell said. "Right now he is the best there is, and he may be the best ever to play."

Heat sends Rams inside to practice

St. Louis Hot and sticky weather is wreaking havoc on the Super Bowl champions.

The St. Louis Rams plan to practice in the air-conditioned Trans World Dome today and Thursday as a heat advisory remained in effect in St. Louis. A sign outside the dome read 101 degrees at noon Tuesday, and no relief was in sight.

"It was really hot out here yesterday," Rams spokesman Rick Smith said Tuesday. "If we go to the indoor facility (at the team's practice facility in suburban St. Louis), it would probably even be worse."

Coach Mike Martz has been holding two-hour practices, starting about 1:40 p.m. when temperatures are peaking, on the outdoor fields at Rams Park.

Battery trial set for Colts' Muhammad

Indianapolis Indianapolis Colts defensive back Mustafah Muhammad, cleared earlier this year of any responsibility in the death of his wife, goes on trial today on three counts of misdemeanor battery.

Nichole Muhammad, who was five months pregnant, went into premature labor three days after she was injured in a car accident. She died from excessive bleeding, not from injuries she might have received from her husband, a coroner ruled.

However, Marion County Prosecutor Scott Newman, who will try the case in a bench trial before Judge Evan Goodman, decided to pursue the misdemeanor charges anyway.

Muhammad formerly known as Steve Muhammad faces one count each of domestic battery and battery on his late wife and one count of battery on her 6-year-old son all misdemeanor charges.

Browns release Kirby

Cleveland The Cleveland Browns released veteran running back Terry Kirby on Tuesday and signed rookie running back Jamel White on waivers from the Indianapolis Colts. Kirby, 30 and about to start his eighth NFL season, played in all 16 games for the expansion Browns last year.

Lions sign Bates

Pontiac, Mich. The Detroit Lions signed free-agent running back Mario Bates on Tuesday and released Ken Oxendine, who was claimed off waivers from Atlanta last week. Bates will report for practice with the Lions on Sept. 4, after the team's first game.

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