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Report: Dolphins among six team interested in QB

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins are one of six teams interested in free-agent quarterback Tim Couch, two league sources told the Palm Beach Post.

Though Gus Frerotte appears to be leading A.J. Feeley in the race to win Miami's starting quarterback job, coach Nick Saban said he and his staff are always looking "for players that can help our team," according to the paper.

Couch, selected No. 1 overall by the Browns in the 1999 draft, is expected to get medical clearance next week to resume playing football after undergoing shoulder surgery in February.

According to the paper, the Giants and another unnamed team have shown the most interest in Couch, 28, who was released by the Packers in September.

Dallas Cowboys: Second-year offensive tackle Jacob Rogers, the Cowboys' second-round choice in the 2004 draft, will undergo "microfracture" surgery on his right knee next Friday and will miss the entire 2005 season.

The former Southern California standout was expected to challenge for the starting job at right tackle and many considered him the favorite to win the position going into camp. But Rogers missed practice time early in camp because of a re-occurrence of the shoulder problems that limited him to two appearances as a rookie, then suffered a sprained knee just two plays into last week's preseason opener.

Coach Bill Parcells was not certain of the extent of the injury a few days ago, but then subsequent examinations indicated surgery was required.

The loss of Rogers, 24, once again directs focus on a position that was a problem area for the Cowboys throughout the '04 campaign. Rookie Rob Petitti, a sixth-round pick from the University of Pittsburgh, will start in Monday's preseason game and suddenly could be the front-runner to open the season at right tackle. Young veterans Torrin Tucker and Kurt Vollers, both of whom have started at right tackle in the past, are also in the mix, and Dallas might consider signing a veteran free agent like Scott Gragg.

-- ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli

Cleveland Browns: The Browns gave wide receiver Andre Davis and his agent permission to seek a trade, the Akron (Ohio) Beacon Journal reported.

Davis was not available and the team would not comment, but a league source with knowledge of the situation confirmed the grant to the paper.

Davis has been the subject of trade rumors since before training camp opened, when news serviced that the Seattle Seahawks were checking on his availability, the paper reported.

The Browns, who have significant depth at receiver, have said they would listen to offers if teams asked about Davis, but told the receiver that if he wasn't traded he was considered an important part of the team, according to the Beacon Journal.

San Francisco 49ers: The comeback of 49ers star center Jeremy Newberry has been delayed by at least a week, and with swelling continuing in his surgically-repaired right knee, doubts have again been raised about his status for the 2005 season.

A two-time Pro Bowl performer, Newberry underwent arthroscopic surgery in early June, opting for that procedure over the more invasive "microfracture" technique. The latter would have sidelined Newberry for the entire 2005 season while doctors felt arthroscopic surgery offered him at least a 50-50 chance of playing. But the seven-year veteran has experienced swelling in the knee after rehabilitation sessions and acknowledged there has been only incremental progress.

Newberry, 29, has said that if the arthroscopic procedure did not work he will undergo the "microfracture" surgery, sit out the season, and hope to return next year. One of the NFL's top snappers, Newberry played in just one game in 2004 before knee and back injuries sidelined him for the balance of the season.

-- ESPN.com senior writer Len Pasquarelli

Philadelphia Eagles: Eagles offensive tackle Tra Thomas returned to practice Thursday for the first time since blood clots were discovered in his leg last spring, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The three-time Pro Bowler is unlikely to play in the preseason, but could be ready for the Eagles' season opener against Atlanta on Monday night, Sept. 12.

Thomas, a eighth-year veteran, has been taking blood thinners to treat the clot for the past 4 1/2 months, but has decided to stop taking them despite expectations that he'd take them for up to six months.

A former team physician for the Eagles, Arthur Bartolozzi, told the paper it is not "an exact science" to how long patients need to stay on the medication, but six months is usually recommended.

"It was just a decision that I had to sit down and make," Thomas told the paper. "I didn't want to come off the medicine and then go straight to a Monday Night Football game.

"I talked it over with my wife and we prayed about it," he said. "It's something that we're always going to have to keep our eye on. ... It doesn't scare me. It's not something that I'm worried about. Right now, it's out of my hands."

Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals signed middle
linebacker Lester Towns to a one-year contract on Friday,
bolstering a position thinned by starter Gerald Hayes' knee injury.

The team also reached an injury settlement with defensive tackle
DeVone Claybrooks, who has an injured knee, and released him.

Towns, 27, spent last season out of football after Carolina did
not offer him a contract following the 2004 Super Bowl. He was the
Panthers' seventh-round draft pick in 2000 and was a starter as a
rookie and in 2001.

Towns started 30 of his 55 career games, making 227 tackles (154
solo), forcing five fumbles and recovering two.

Hayes had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his
left knee on Tuesday and will be out at least eight weeks.