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Akins Is Released From Hospital

September 08, 2002|Associated Press

Cleveland Brown safety Chris Akins was released from a hospital Saturday after being involved in a one-car accident Friday night.

"He is doing well and resting at his home with his family," the Browns said in a statement.

The club said it would decide today whether Akins will play in its opener against Kansas City. He was listed as probable on the injury report with a neck injury.

Akins, 25, was traveling alone on southbound Interstate 71 in Ohio when his sport utility vehicle left the road at an exit ramp about 6 p.m. Friday. He was taken to a hospital and kept overnight for observation.

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New York Jet Pro Bowl center Kevin Mawae agreed to a six-year contract extension reportedly worth about $24 million.

The 6-foot-4, 289-pound Mawae has started 123 consecutive games, the longest streak among current NFL centers.

A second-round selection by Seattle in 1994, Mawae played four years with the Seahawks before signing with the Jets before the 1998 season.

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The New Orleans Saints and quarterback Aaron Brooks agreed to a six-year contract extension. Financial terms were not released.

Brooks, 26, had been scheduled to earn a base salary of $450,000, tying him with Washington's Shane Matthews as the second-lowest-paid starting quarterback in the NFL.

Brooks would have been an unrestricted free agent after this season.

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Baltimore and linebacker Peter Boulware agreed on a seven-year contract extension. Financial terms were not announced.

Boulware, 27, led the AFC in sacks last season with 15. He is the Ravens' all-time leader with 52 in 80 games.

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Jacksonville activated receiver Jimmy Smith and said he'll start the opener against Indianapolis today.

Smith reported to the Jaguars last weekend after a 38-day contract holdout.

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