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Published: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - Quarterback Matt Leinart missed the Arizona Cardinals' first day of workouts Monday as contract negotiations between the team and their first-round draft pick dragged on.
Leinart did not report to training camp with the rest of the team Sunday, and when players took the field Monday morning he still hadn't appeared. There were no indications from the club that it was close to signing Leinart, the 10th overall pick in April.
"Whenever Matt gets here, we'll be happy," coach Dennis Green said after the workout. "We'll have open arms, and we'll try to get him caught up as quick as we can."
With Leinart absent, John Navarre took more snaps as the No. 2 quarterback during Monday morning's drills. Asked if he was afraid Leinart might fall behind if he missed more practices, Green replied, "Any time you're not practicing you fall behind, in my opinion."
Arizona appeared close to a deal with Leinart when his agent, Tom Condon, came to Phoenix on Friday to meet with club officials. But Condon left after the sides did not meet Sunday.
n FALCONS: Atlanta got the bad news they expected Monday: receiver Brian Finneran is out for the season after tearing up his left knee in practice.
Finneran, one of quarterback Michael Vick's favorite targets, went down during a workout Sunday night as he practiced a one-on-one drill with rookie cornerback Jimmy Williams.
The receiver shrieked in pain as he tried to cut to his left on a crossing route, and coach Jim Mora said afterward that it looked serious.
An MRI confirmed that Finneran tore the anterior cruciate ligament, in addition to sustaining cartilage damage and a slight displacement of the knee cap. He will undergo surgery on Wednesday or Thursday.
The loss of Finneran was a serious blow to the Falcons' hopes of bolstering an offense that ranked 27th in passing yards last season. While he wasn't a starter, he did lead all Atlanta wideouts with 60 catches for 611 yards and, along with tight end Alge Crumpler, had an excellent rapport with Vick.
  • PATROITS: New England signed free-agent wide receiver Kelvin Kight, a former Gator.
    Kight originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Rams in 2004, was released by the Vikings last week. He has also been with the Packers and Jaguars and has played in just one NFL game.
    n JAGUARS: Defensive end Paul Spicer signed a new three-year contract. Terms of the deal were not announced.
    Spicer had two years remaining on his original four-year contract, but opted for a deal that extended his contract through the 2008 season.
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