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PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : AFC : Out of Hospital, Ross Goes Back to Work

Associated Press

San Diego Coach Bobby Ross was released from the hospital late Tuesday afternoon, five days before the Chargers’ season opener at Oakland.

Ross, 58, underwent surgery Thursday night to remove scar tissue that was encircling his small intestine. He missed Friday night’s exhibition victory over St. Louis, but has been in touch with executives and his assistants.

Ross is expected back at work today to review the game plan for the Raiders and team trainer Keoki Kamau said he’s not ruling out Ross making the trip to Oakland.

In a play on the NFL’s weekly injury report, Kamau said: “He’s questionable right now. Tomorrow, probable.”

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With kicker Jeff Jaeger sidelined for the season opener and maybe longer because of a sprained knee, the Oakland Raiders had four players in for tryouts in El Segundo.

The Raiders looked at Cary Blanchard, who was recently cut by New Orleans; Dirk Borgognone (Green Bay); Tony Zendejas (St. Louis) and Cole Ford (Pittsburgh).

Coach Mike White, who expects to announce his decision today, said it will weigh heavily on ability to put the ball in or near the end zone on kickoffs, “maybe even more than being a high-percentage guy.”

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The Raiders signed free agent Koe Nedney (San Jose State) to a practice-squad contract and are considering him for regular-season duty along with the free agents, White said.

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The Cincinnati Bengals signed guard Todd Kalis, a former starter for Pittsburgh and Minnesota in hopes of plugging a leaky offensive line.

The Bengals also are considering an offer to running back Barry Foster, cut on Monday by Carolina. General Manager Mike Brown, however, said he is uneasy about Foster, who would replace Ki-Jana Carter, sidelined for the season after knee surgery.

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Miami Dolphin quarterback Dan Marino’s purchase of stock in a company owned by team owner Wayne Huizenga may be a violation of the NFL’s salary cap rules.

The Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale reported the league is looking into Marino’s purchase of more than $390,000 worth of stock in Republic Waste Industries, a company Huizenga bought in May. Since the purchase, the stock has quintupled in value, making Marino’s stake worth nearly $2 million.

The league said the more than $1.5 million gain on the Miami quarterback’s investment might be a possible salary cap violation.

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Offensive lineman Gene Williams and linebacker Travis Hill were traded by the Cleveland Browns, Williams to the Atlanta Falcons and Hill to Carolina. . . . Pittsburgh Steeler cornerback Deon Figures, still recovering from a gunshot wound to his left knee, won’t start Sunday’s opener against Detroit.


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