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BRUMFIELD'S STORY: Cincinnati Bengals offensive lineman Scott Brumfield's remarkable comeback from a paralyzing injury was the subject of an "Inside Edition" segment televised in most areas of the country Tuesday.

Brumfield - who played at Spanish Fork High School, Dixie College and BYU - was injured Nov. 3 when he and teammate Troy Sadowski collided on a play during a game with the Baltimore Ravens.He was diagnosed with a spinal cord concussion and went through months of physical rehabilitation, having to learn to walk again. He went from a wheelchair to a cane to walking without assistance.

After doctors cleared Brumfield to resume playing in April, the Bengals signed him to a two-year contract.

Brumfield conceded in the "Inside Edition" interview that when he still had trouble walking, he had serious doubts about his future.

"It was scary," he said. "I'd go back and basically shed tears. Here I am, just struggling to crawl on my stomach and hold myself up. It was tough."

About being back with the Bengals, Brumfield said, "I'm living on top of the world."

CHARGERS RE-SIGN SEAU: Linebacker Junior Seau signed a $27.1 million, six-year contract extension through 2002, virtually guaranteeing he will finish his playing career with his hometown San Diego Chargers.

The 28-year-old Seau, a first-round draft pick in 1990 from Southern Cal, has played six straight pro bowls. Including this season, Seau has led the Chargers in tackles in 61 of 114 career games played.

TOWNSEND RELEASED: Defensive lineman Greg Townsend, who rejoined the Oakland Raiders in training camp after being out of football two previous years, was released by the team Tuesday.

One of the NFL's top pass rushers over a 13-year career, Townsend, 35, saw limited action in five games this season, registering one tackle.

Originally a fourth-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1983, Townsend racked up 1091/2 sacks in 11 previous seasons with the Raiders and one with the Philadelphia Eagles.

SAINTS TRADE HOBBS: The New Orleans Saints traded wide receiver Daryl Hobbs to Seattle for an undisclosed 1998 draft choice after his second argument in two months with offensive coordinator Danny Abramowicz.

Hobbs was part of a trade with the Oakland Raiders on March 31 that involved multiple draft picks. He had two receptions for 41 yards and one touchdown.

Coach Mike Ditka said Hobbs violated an unspecified team policy Sept. 22, a day usually reserved for light conditioning.

VOL IN STABLE CONDITION: The signs were "very positive" for Tennessee defensive tackle Billy Ratliff, temporarily paralyzed after injuring his neck in practice in Knoxville, Tenn.

Ratliff began to regain the feeling in his limbs shortly after being taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center on Monday, and was listed in stable condition.

VERSATILE GATOR OUT: Fullback Terry Jackson, the most versatile player for No. 1 Florida, will miss the rest of the season with a torn knee ligament.

An MRI revealed a full tear of his right anterior cruciate ligament. Jackson was injured after catching a 19-yard pass in the first quarter of Saturday's 55-28 win at Kentucky.

He also is an outstanding blocker against the blitz and Florida's top special-teams player. He blocked one punt this year that resulted in a touchdown. Jackson also played linebacker and tailback last year.