The Denver Broncos have been fined $950,000 and will lose their third-round pick in next year's NFL draft for circumventing the salary cap between 1996-98.

The penalties were levied Thursday following an agreement involving the league, its union and the team.

The violations included agreements between the team and several players to defer salary payments with interest and an agreement not to waive a player before a certain date. Both raised issues with accounting for the salary cap.

In addition to the penalties against the team, the NFL said an agent for a former player agreed to donate $100,000 to charity. Neither the agent nor the player was identified.

ROGERS HAS SURGERY: Detroit Lions receiver Charles Rogers had surgery Thursday on his broken collarbone, an injury that ended his season early for the second straight year.

"A plate with eight screws was placed on his clavicle over the old fracture and the new fracture," Lions coach Steve Mariucci said. "He'll play through the first season with the plate, then they'll evaluate."

Rogers, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft, was injured going for a pass in the first quarter of Detroit's 20-16 win at Chicago on Sunday. In five games last season, he caught three touchdowns passes before breaking his collarbone in practice.

Rogers is expected to begin lifting weights in about two months.

"He feels very optimistic that he'll participate in our offseason program and in minicamps," Mariucci said.

BENGALS SIGN CENTER: Center Jerry Fontenot agreed to a one-year contract Thursday with the Cincinnati Bengals, whose offensive line has already been sapped by injuries.

The Bengals put rookie cornerback Greg Brooks on injured reserve to open a roster spot. Brooks, a sixth-round pick from Southern Mississippi, has a hamstring injury.

Center Rich Braham is expected to play Sunday night against the Miami Dolphins even though he is not fully recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery. Left guard Eric Steinbach also is limited by elbow surgery.

STRAHAN MISSING: All-Pro defensive end Michael Strahan is expected to play for the New York Giants against the Washington Redskins despite missing practice on Thursday with a pulled muscle in his buttocks.

The Giants listed Strahan, who only participated in the individual drills, as probable for Sunday's game.

Strongside linebacker Carlos Emmons missed his second straight practice with a groin injury. He remains questionable. Rookie Reggie Torbor, a fourth-round draft pick out of Auburn, is expected to start if Emmons is sidelined.

RAIDER'S FUTURE: Robert Gallery's future is certain to be at left tackle, but for the time being he'll have to settle for playing the right side for the Oakland Raiders.

Gallery, the second overall pick in the NFL draft, will make his first start Sunday against Buffalo. He replaces third-year player Langston Walker, the right tackle in Oakland's season-opening loss to Pittsburgh.

"It's what I came here to do," Gallery said. "I'm glad they decided what they're going to do. Now I'm ready to play."

UNION ORGANIZER DIES: Leonard Lindquist, who helped NFL players form their first union and served as the first general counsel of the NFL Players Association, died at 92 in Washington. He died Sept. 10, the union said Thursday.

Lindquist became involved with NFL players in 1969. He was the lead negotiator when the players signed their first collective bargaining agreement with the league a year later.

"The NFLPA truly would not be the organization it is today without his vision and leadership," said Gene Upshaw, the organization's executive director.

Lindquist was the founding partner of Lindquist & Vennum law firm. He was a nationally renowned labor mediator and arbitrator and was active in civil rights and community causes.

A graduate of the University of Minnesota and its law school, he was honored recently with the school's outstanding achievement award.

Survivors include wife Bernardine Ann Walsh; sons Lowell, Larry and L. Kelley; brother Walter; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. His first wife, Elise, died in 1979.