- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 27, 2008

From combined dispatches

Philadelphia Eaglescornerback Asante Samuel left Saturday morning’s practice with a strained hamstring.

Samuel was hurt while working in seven-on-seven drills during the team’s first practice in full pads this summer.

Coach Andy Reid said Samuel, who did not practice in the afternoon, probably will have an MRI on Sunday.

“He felt a little better once he got in [after practice],” Reid said following the afternoon session.

The All Pro signed a six-year, $57 million contract with the Eagles after spending his first five seasons with New England. He missed time during the team’s workouts last month with a strained left hamstring.

If Samuel is out for an extended period, the Eagles have depth at the position. Two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard, who lost his starting spot to Samuel and wanted a trade, would step in.

SAINTS: Running back Deuce McAllister sat out a practice because he had fluid drained from his surgically repaired left knee, then the Saints sent him for a precautionary MRI.

McAllister said later in the afternoon that everything appeared to be fine.

“Everything looks good in there,” McAllister said in a text message. “They just wanted to make sure.”

McAllister had surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in that knee last season. He was at practice, wearing his jersey and shorts, but only watched.

JETS:Danny Woodhead’s NFL dream will have to wait.

The NCAA’s career rushing leader injured a knee while practicing in training camp with the New York Jets on Friday, and the team placed him on the waived-injured list the next day.

“Nothing certain, but I’d say it’s not looking good for him to be back anytime soon,” said coach Eric Mangini, who normally doesn’t divulge even the most minimal of injury information.

When asked whether it was the left knee - which Woodhead appeared to be favoring after the injury - Mangini said: “I think it was.”

A team spokesperson later confirmed the injury was to Woodhead’s left knee.

The stocky 5-foot-7 running back, a rookie free agent from Division II Chadron State who was already a training camp fan favorite, went down after running the ball during 11-on-11 drills and pointed to his knee before being helped to the sideline by running back Thomas Jones, fullback Tony Richardson and a team trainer.

CHIEFS: After a brief contract holdout that essentially cost him only one practice, Glenn Dorsey signed a five-year, $51 million deal with Kansas City that includes an option year and more than $22 million in guaranteed money. The 300-pound All-American from LSU, the fifth player taken overall last April, will be the cornerstone of a line that’s being rebuilt to make up for the loss of Pro Bowl defensive end Jared Allen.

After getting word about 4:30 a.m. that a deal was agreed upon, Dorsey hopped a flight out of Baton Rouge, La., and arrived at the Chiefs’ offices on the University of Wisconsin-River Falls campus just in time for meetings. Greeting him were a throng of media and Hunt, who stood in the back smiling as Dorsey and general manager Carl Peterson held a short news conference.

BILLS: First-round pick Leodis McKelvin signed a five-year contract, and the cornerback is set to join the team after missing only two days of training camp.

Selected 11th overall out of Troy, McKelvin signed his rookie contract at the Bills headquarters in Orchard Park and was preparing to join the team at its training camp facility in Pittsford, N.Y., after he missed four practices, including two Saturday.

Shortly after McKelvin’s agent, Hadley Engelhard, told the Associated Press that his client had agreed to a deal, the Bills announced the player had signed his contract.

McKelvin was the first defensive back selected in the draft, and will compete with Jabari Greer for a starting job opposite Terrence McGee this season.

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