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McNair shrugs off interception

August 6, 2006

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Facing another team for the first time as the new quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens, Steve McNair had his second pass intercepted and returned for a touchdown in a scrimmage Saturday against the Redskins in Landover, Md.

Not a big deal, according to McNair and coach Brian Billick. McNair said he felt comfortable during his 11 plays.

"It went smooth after the first turnover there," said McNair, who completed five of six passes for 30 yards. "It was a miscommunication between the receiver and the quarterback, but at the same time that's what for you practice for - to get those kinks out."

Marcus Washington stepped in front of McNair's short pass over the middle and scampered 39 yards for the score to highlight a scrimmage that featured mostly backups yet attracted 47,258 fans to FedEx Field.

Bears

Cedric Benson had been running with the first team since training camp started. Now he's sidelined for an indefinite period of time due to a shoulder injury after he was hit by teammates Brian Urlacher and Mike Brown. X-rays were negative, but Benson's left shoulder was still in a sling Saturday and his absence means both of the Bears' top running backs are injured 10 days into camp.

Vikings

SS Tank Williams was carted off the field after injuring his left knee.

Williams injured the knee while backpedaling during a seven-on-seven passing drill. He did not make contact with any other player, but as soon as he planted his left leg, he screamed and fell to the ground. He had to be taken from the field on a cart.

Colts

Shaun King's 14-yard touchdown pass to Brian Hare lifted the offense to a 16-15 victory over the defense in a controlled scrimmage Saturday as Indianapolis wrapped up its first week of camp.

Cowboys

An MRI showed no damage to Terrell Owens' left hamstring, but the new Dallas receiver still isn't ready to get back on the practice field.

Owens missed his third straight day of work Saturday, this time sitting out an intrasquad scrimmage. He missed a morning walk-through to have the MRI.

Bills

Rookie S Donte Whitner, the club's first-round draft pick and No. 8 overall choice, signed after missing the first eight days of training camp.

Whitner was seeking a five-year contract that included about $14 million guaranteed. The Bills were offering $12.9 million guaranteed over five years as late as Wednesday.

Rams

Tye Hill showed he has grit to go with the talent that made him St. Louis' first-round draft pick.

The rookie cornerback was down for a few minutes after aggravating a right shoulder sprain sustained at the combine when he collided with fullback Moe Williams on a pass pattern in Saturday's scrimmage. Far from shutting it down for the day, he was back in the mix just a few minutes later.

Chargers

RB LaDainian Tomlinson returned to practice on Saturday, after sitting out a day with a because of a sore neck. He was hurt Thursday night when he collided with defensive end Igor Olshansky.

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