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K.C. deals linebacker Fujita to Dallas

September 4, 2005

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— The Kansas City Chiefs traded linebacker Scott Fujita, their leading tackler the past two years, to the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday for a sixth-round draft choice and a conditional 2007 pick.

At the same time, the Chiefs also placed tackle Brett Williams on the injured-reserve list and terminated the contracts of cornerback Ashley Ambrose and quarterback Jonathan Quinn while cutting their roster to 53.

Released were tackle Thomas Barnett, wide receiver John Booth, running back Dee Brown, safety Scott Connot, defensive tackle Aarion Dixon, cornerback Alphonso Hodge, quarterback James Kilian, wide receiver Jeris McIntyre, defensive end Clint Mitchell, defensive tackle Montique Sharpe, running back McKenzi Smith, tight end Edwin Thompson, wide receiver Craphonso Thorpe and defensive end Zack Ville.

The 2005 Chiefs will have 13 players who were not members of the 53-man roster at any time in 2004.

Quinn, who was out of football when the Chiefs called him two weeks ago amid a rash of quarterback injuries, quarterbacked most of the final two preseason games. The Chiefs were 0-4 in the preseason.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Fujita started all 16 games for the second consecutive season in 2004, leading the Chiefs with 112 tackles. He was a fifth-round draft pick in 2002 from California.

Dewayne Washington, 34, beat out the 35-year-old Ambrose for a backup cornerback spot. Ambrose has indicated he probably would retire.

"It was close," coach Dick Vermeil said of the choice between the two experienced corners. "We just thought Washington performed with more consistency and showed more top-end speed."

Linebacker Kris Griffin, a free agent from Indiana (Pa.) University whose second-half interception set up a Chiefs touchdown against the Rams, was the only undrafted rookie to make the team.

Chiefs' Welbourn suspended

Kansas City, Mo. - Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman John Welbourn has been suspended for four games for violation of the league's steroid policy.

"John has been suspended," coach Dick Vermeil told the Associated Press on Saturday. "We are moving forward. I really can't say any more than that right now."

Welbourn, a reserve guard acquired from Philadelphia in 2004, played in Friday night's exhibition loss to St. Louis. He will not be eligible to practice during the suspension and may not play until the Oct. 16 game against Washington.

Price to play for Cowboys

Irving, Texas - Receiver Peerless Price decided Saturday to join the Dallas Cowboys, primarily because of the chance to be reunited with quarterback Drew Bledsoe.

Price accepted a one-year deal, agent Tim McGee said, giving him a chance to become a free agent again next season when he'll have more time to look around. He landed on the market this week after being cut by Atlanta, and teams wanted him to make his choice by Saturday's roster deadline.

The Cowboys ended up not including Price on the 53-man roster released Saturday evening, an indication the deal must still be signed. When that happens, Dallas likely will drop receiver Quincy Morgan.

Douglas cut by Eagles

Philadelphia - Hugh Douglas' NFL career probably is over. Douglas, the popular defensive end who went to three Pro Bowls while playing for the Eagles, was the most surprising of the 19 players released by the team Saturday.

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