Gill Byrd won't get a chance to bedevil John Elway again this season.
Byrd, the San Diego Chargers' career interceptions leader and Elway's main nemesis, underwent reconstructive surgery on his left knee Wednesday and is out for the season.Byrd ranks third among active players with 42 career interceptions. Only Ronnie Lott and Everson Walls have more. His nine career interceptions - including three last season - against Elway are the most by any player.
Dr. Gary Losse repaired two ligaments and a tendon that Byrd tore when he apparently caught his cleats in the grass and fell during a non-contact,O one-on-one drill Tuesday.
Losse estimated Byrd's rehabilitation at between six months and a year, but said that Byrd, 32, has a chance to resume his career.
Wayne Simmons, Green Bay's top draft pick, was scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage on his right knee today. He is expected to miss four to six weeks, Coach Mike Holmgren said.
Houston agreed to terms Wednesday night with first-round pick Brad Hopkins, and he was expected to report to training camp today. No figures were released, but the contract reportedly is for four years.
Miami Dolphins guard Eddie Blake injured his left knee during practice Wednesday. The extent of the injury was expected to be disclosed today.
Blake missed all of last season, his rookie year, because of injuries. The Dolphins are counting on Blake to start at right guard.
Center Matt Elliott injured a knee in Washington's intrasquad scrimmage Wednesday night and could be sidelined most of the season.
Desmond Howard, the 1991 Heisman Trophy winner, saw more action in Wednesday's practice while recovering from a pulled groin.
Bob Gagliano, who worked out Monday while Atlanta considered signing him as a backup, has left camp without striking a deal. The Falcons are looking for a No. 3 quarterback behind Chris Miller and Bobby Hebert.
Bill Brooks appears the choice to take the starting wide receiver slot that opened when Buffalo released James Lofton. Brooks was lured away from Indianapolis in the off-season with a three-year, $3.5-million contract.
"We've been pleased with what we've seen of him," coach Marv Levy said. "He's got talent, he catches the ball well, he runs routes well and he's a team-oriented guy."