- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 3, 2008

From combined dispatches

Receiver Steve Smith was suspended two games by the Carolina Panthers after a training camp fight with cornerback Ken Lucas.

Smith, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, will continue to practice when training camp resumes Monday and will be allowed to participate in preseason games, coach John Fox said Saturday.

Lucas, who left the practice field at Wofford College on Friday with ice over his left eye, has a broken nose, Fox said. Smith was kicked out of practice and sent back to Charlotte.

“What [Smith] did was wrong and we take very serious, and he is being punished severely for it,” Fox said.

The melee came after both players had taken off their helmets in a break for starters during a special teams drill. It was unclear what provoked the fight.

RAVENS: Tight end Todd Heap limped off the field with a right calf injury.

His right calf was wrapped as he left the field at the end of practice. The injury did not initially appear to be serious.

Also, receiver Mark Clayton didn’t practice because of a sprained right shoulder. He is no longer wearing a protective sling and took part in some exercises on the side.

PACKERS: NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hopes to have Brett Favre’s standoff with the Green Bay Packers resolved by Monday - even if he has to force the issue.

In an interview with NFL Network on Saturday, Goodell said, “I think we’ve gotten to the point where we kind of have to force it.”

Favre retired in March but is having second thoughts about playing this season. The team has offered him a marketing agreement reportedly worth $20 million over 10 years, and he presumably would remain retired if he accepts it.

Also, the team agreed to terms with running back Ryan Grant, allowing one of last season’s surprise breakout stars to report to training camp as early as Sunday.

Agent Alan Herman said Grant has agreed to a four-year deal that could be worth up to $30 million, with much of the money coming in performance-based escalators. Grant will make $4.25 million this season.

RAIDERS: Receiver Javon Walker reportedly told the team he wanted to retire and offered to return his $11 million signing bonus before being talked out of it by owner Al Davis.

ESPN, citing an unidentified source, reported that Walker told the team Thursday of his intentions to retire. Walker has been at practice the past two days and apparently has had a change of heart.

BENGALS: Goodell said that “something is wrong” with the NFL’s system for signing rookies, noting that Cincinnati still doesn’t have its top draft pick in camp.

Goodell visited the Bengals’ training camp and had lunch with six players before heading north to Canton, Ohio, for the weekend’s Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. The Bengals and the Jacksonville Jaguars have yet to sign their No. 1 draft picks.

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