Darrin Nelson is no longer a holdout and may never be again.
The Minnesota running back signed a pair of one-year contracts Monday, but said his days in the NFL are numbered."I don't plan on meeting with (Vikings general manager) Mike (Lynn) anymore," said Nelson, 30, adding that the length of the new deal "doesn't mean I'll be here two years."
Nelson made $300,000 last year after sitting out the first few weeks of camp in an unsuccessful effort to renegotiate the contract, then endured a tough 1988 season, missing three games with injuries.
However, he still led Minnesota in rushing for the fourth straight season and the fifth time in six years.
"He didn't have one of his premier seasons last year because of injuries," Coach Jerry Burns said. "I have complete confidence that he will have a big year."
With Nelson and D.J. Dozier available, Burns said he has "complete confidence that the halfback production will be where we need it to have a strong running game."
Curt Warner, the Seahawks' career rushing leader, underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove torn cartilage from his right knee, but will probably be ready for the team's regular-season opener at Philadelphia on Sept. 8
Owner Patrick Bowlen was co-chairman of the committee that cut training camp rosters from 125 to 80 players in order to save money. Now he's paying for that decision. The Broncos found themselves with barely enough bodies to practice Monday as four more players went down with injuries.
Center Bill Bryan, defensive lineman Kevin Brooks, cornerback Mark Haynes and wide receiver Anthony Stafford were the latest players injured.
Green Bay Packers
Tony Mandarich and the Packers are still far apart in their contract negotiations. However, Mandarich's college coach, former Pittsburgh assistant George Perles, thinks his former star offensive tackle will be in a Green Bay uniform this year.
The Packers made Mandarich, a 6-foot-6, 315-pounder from Michigan State, the No. 2 choice in April's draft. But Mandarich, reportedly asking for $2 million a year, remains unsigned.
"I'm very confident he'll play in the National Football League this year," Perles said. "We've got a lot of first-rounders who haven't signed yet. That's the way the system is working right now, because of the involvement of the agents."
The Bengals say they have no plans to trade four Pro Bowlers who are staying away from training camp because of contract disputes.
Center Bruce Kozerski, guard Max Montoya, wide receiver Eddie Brown and tight end Rodney Holman aren't in camp, but assistant general manager Mike Brown says trading the players won't solve the problem.
New York Giants
Veteran tight end Zeke Mowatt agreed to contract terms but quarterback Phil Simms, four other veterans, and first-round draft pick Brian Williams are still out of camp. Mowatt, Mark Bavaro's backup, caught 15 passes for 196 yards and one touchdown last season.
Coach Wayne Fontes said either rookie Rodney Peete or veteran Bob Gagliano will start at quarterback Saturday when the Lions open exhibition play against the Browns.
As the Lions unveil their run-and-shoot offense, Fontes said the quarterback who performs best will start.
With starting quarterback Neil Lomax limping on an arthritic hip, the Cardinals are concerned about reserve Gary Hogeboom's sore right elbow. But Hogeboom says there's no need to worry.
"My arm is strong enough for the season. I can throw anything," said the 30-year-old Hogeboom, a 10-year pro.