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A "Missile" landed in Minnesota, a Majik act reappeared in Indianapolis and a Cardinal said he wants to be a cowboy.

Signings and injuries once again provided the bulk of the news Tuesday from training camps, but the surprising story of Timm Rosenbach's apparent retirement was easily the most interesting NFL tidbit so far this summer.Rosenbach, once one of the most promising quarterbacks in the league, apparently intends to quit the Phoenix Cardinals to raise bulls and cattle and work part-time as a calf-roper on the pro rodeo circuit.

"He likes the dust of the rodeo arena, the camaraderie," Rosenbach's agent, Gary Wichard, said Tuesday. "He likes big, raw-boned rodeo people who look you in the eye and say what's on their mind."

Rosenbach took every snap for Phoenix in 1990, then missed the 1991 season with a torn knee ligament. He returned last season, but was injured twice and lost the job to Chris Chandler.

The Cardinals also added quarterback Steve Beuerlein in the offseason.

Phoenix coach Joe Bugel said he hasn't heard from Rosenbach since the end of last season, so the quarterback's exact plans were news to him.

"If he shows up at camp, good, and if he doesn't show up at camp, good also, but I'd just like for the kid to tell me what he's decided. Just a show of professional courtesy," Bugel said.

"Maybe he decided he was injury-prone and might as well get out while he was still walking, but I'd like for him to tell me."

Rosenbach was to earn $1.1 million this season, and Wichard also told him he could get as much as $15 million over four years as a free agent in 1994.

"He walked away from money that we all kind of envy," Wichard said, "simply because that isn't the world where he feels comfortable."

Vikings

Qadry "The Missile" Ismail, the younger brother of Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, signed a three-year contract with Minnesota.

"The Missile is fueled after this long layoff, and the high octane is ready to burst," said the second-round draft pick, who is expected to return kicks and play backup wide receiver.

Colts

Don Majkowski, a Pro Bowl quarterback in 1989 and a question mark since, signed a one-year contract with Indianapolis, which doesn't know when or if holdout Jeff George plans on reporting.

"Majik" threw for 4,318 yards and 27 touchdowns for Green Bay in 1989, but suffered a shoulder injury and lost his job to Brett Favre last season.

Giants

Lawrence Taylor, who canceled his retirement plans when an Achilles' tendon injury cut short his season last year, said he was a bit apprehensive in his comeback.

"I'm just getting my timing back down, remembering how to play blocks and getting out that initial fear of the guy coming at you," the 10-time Pro Bowl linebacker said.

"When that first fullback came at me, I was asking: `Why is he coming at me?' You've got to get over that fear of the guy coming back at you again."

Chiefs

The Chiefs got a scare when tight end Mike Dyal and linebacker Percy Snow collided, leaving Dyal lying nearly motionless for almost 20 minutes. He was placed on a stretcher and taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure.

Dyal was fine, but the Chiefs were left thinking about Dennis Byrd, the New York Jets' lineman partially paralyzed against Kansas City last season.

"You always think about that," said tight end Jonathan Hayes. "It's always scary at first. But Mike is going to be all right. He wanted to try to get up, but they wanted him to take it easy just in case."

Dolphins

Miami, so loaded at wide receiver it released Mark Duper last weekend, lost its second wideout in three days Tuesday when Irving Fryar went down with a strained knee. On Sunday, Mike Williams broke a finger in a bicycle accident.

Redskins

Carl Banks may not like it, but he's seen as the replacement for Wilber Marshall in the Redskins' defense.

"I don't think I'm replacing Wilber Marshall," Banks said. "I don't think of it as shoes to fill. I can only do what my abilities allow me to do - and that's going to be quite a bit."

Signings

Running back Dalton Hilliard agreed to a contract with New Orleans under which he could earn $1 million if he meets all the performance incentives.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and defensive back Deon Figures agreed to a four-year, $2.8 million contract. Figures, from Colorado, was the 23rd pick overall.

The Cincinnati Bengals signed tight end Tony McGee from Michigan, the 37th player picked overall.

The Los Angeles Rams agreed to a three-year contract with Troy Drayton, the tight end chosen with the 39th pick from Penn State.