J.J. SAYS PHILLIPS IS OK: Lawrence Phillips, who was accused of punching a woman at a nightclub, is off the hook as far as Miami Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson is concerned.

Johnson said he met with the running back and his agent Monday."After gathering all the information I could and after talking with Lawrence, I believe the information that he presented to me and that he didn't do anything wrong," Johnson said in a statement.

QB SIGNINGS: The Atlanta Falcons signed veteran Steve DeBerg, who has not played in the NFL in five years, as a backup quarterback in case Mark Rypien sits out the 1998 season because of illness in his family.

Also, the Oakland Raiders signed free agent quarterback Wade Wilson, a veteran of 17 NFL seasons who spent the past three years with the Dallas Cowboys.