Offensive tackle Willie Anderson and running back Rudi Johnson lost their starting jobs with the Cincinnati Bengals during training camp. Now, they've lost their roster spots, too.
The Bengals released Anderson and Johnson on Saturday as part of their moves to get to the 53-man roster limit.
The 33-year-old Anderson was the most tenured Bengal, having played 12 seasons in Cincinnati. Injuries limited him to seven games last season, ending his streak of four consecutive Pro Bowl appearances. He became a backup to Stacy Andrews in training camp, and declined to take a pay cut Saturday to stay with the team.
The 28-year-old Johnson missed most of camp because of a hamstring injury, making him expendable. Chris Perry, a first-round pick in 2004, moves into the starting job after having a healthy preseason.
Johnson ran for a club-record 1,458 yards in 2005. Hamstring problems limited him to nine starts and a 2.9-yard average last season.
Many of the players cut were undrafted rookies, many free agents. But Atlanta released quarterback Joey Harrington, the third overall pick in the 2002 draft by the Lions and a starter in 10 games for the Falcons last season. Harrington had been third on the depth chart behind rookie Matt Ryan, the third overall choice this year and Chris Redman.
OTHER MOVES: Tampa Bay cut Chris Simms, their former starting quarterback, who missed all of last season after a serious spleen injury and asked to be released. They also cut Ryan Nece, a former starter at linebacker.
Kevin Faulk, the veteran third-down back for the Patriots, was suspended for one game and will forfeit two paychecks, the result of a no contest plea in July to misdemeanor marijuana charges in Lafayette, La.
The same penalty was leveled on Baltimore cornerback Derrick Martin.
And veteran running back Jesse Chatman, now with the New York Jets, was suspended for four games for violating the league's steroid policy.
The New York Giants signed 44-year-old John Carney while Lawrence Tynes recovers from a knee injury, meaning they will have two kickers on the roster. They also kept just two quarterbacks, Eli Manning and David Carr, placing Anthony Wright on injured reserve with a back injury and cutting rookie Andre Woodson.
Pittsburgh placed backup quarterback Charlie Batch on injured reserve. He broke his collarbone in the Steelers' exhibition opener and Pittsburgh signed veteran Byron Leftwich to take his place.
Houston, which made most of its cuts on Friday, placed running back Chris Brown on injured reserve with back problems. That leaves the Texans with only Ahman Green, Chris Taylor and rookie Steve Slaton.
Drew Henson, the former Michigan quarterback and New York Yankees prospect, was cut by Detroit. He signed last week when quarterback Drew Stanton injured a hand.
San Francisco released underachieving receiver Ashley Lelie, who was going into the second year of a two-year, $4.3 million deal that included a $2 million signing bonus. He had just 10 receptions for 115 yards last season while struggling with injuries.
The 49ers also waived fullback Moran Norris, a two-year starter who lost his job to Zak Keasey during training camp.
WARNER TO START AHEAD OF LEINART: Kurt Warner will be Arizona's starting quarterback for the season opener at San Francisco. Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said Saturday that he chose Warner over Matt Leinart because the former MVP "gives us the best chance to win."
NEW NFL RULES: The NFL decided last April to allow coaches to make a choice if they win the coin toss at the start of the game take the ball or defer to the second half, just as they do in college.
• Giving designated defensive players a radio in his helmet, allowing coaches to relay defensive signals just as offensive signals are relayed from offensive coaches to the quarterback.
• Eliminating the 5-yard penalties for incidental face masks. Only the 15-yard penalty for grabbing and twisting the mask will be enforced. In addition, officials will be on the lookout for offensive players who latch on to the face masks of defenders in an effort to take them out of plays.
• Eliminating the force out rule. In the past, officials could rule a receiver whose feet had not touched in bounds had made a catch because a defensive player had forced him out. Under the new rule, a receiver must land with both feet in bounds regardless of whether or not he is hit while in the air.
• Extending instant replay to cover field goal and extra points and illegal forward handoffs.
• Muffed snaps will now be in play if they are not touched, allowing the defensive team to recover. In the past, they were ruled a false start.