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Broncos sign wide receiver Terrell to take Rice's spot

The Denver Broncos signed free agent wide receiver David Terrell on Wednesday to take the spot vacated when Jerry Rice retired.

Terrell, a fifth-year player, was released by New England on Saturday after signing with the team on April 5. He was a first-round draft choice of the Chicago Bears and eighth overall in 2001, but never made much of a contribution with the Bears.

"It is nice to have him in and get him started," coach Mike Shanahan said. "He will get a chance to adapt this week and start to get used to a different language."

He has 128 career catches for 1,602 yards with nine touchdowns in 53 regular-season games.

SEAHAWKS WITHOUT COORDINATOR: The Seattle Seahawks will be without their ailing defensive coordinator when they open their regular season Sunday at Jacksonville. They'll also field seven new starters in a defense that ranked 26th in the NFL last season.

Ray Rhodes, the architect of Seattle's defense for the past three seasons, was hospitalized for two nights this week because of dizziness. The 54-year-old coach was told by team doctors to stay home for the Seahawks' opener.

"I saw Ray this morning," coach Mike Holmgren said Wednesday. "I went over to his home and he's very, very upset that he can't make it to the game. Do we miss him? Sure we do. But we're going to do the best we can without him."

MANNING PROBABLE: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been listed as probable for Sunday's opener against the Arizona Cardinals.

Manning sprained his right elbow in a preseason game against Carolina on Aug. 20 and resumed practicing Tuesday. He said Wednesday that he felt no pain in the elbow after Tuesday's workout and was able to complete Wednesday's practice with no problems.

TOP PICK SHOULD PLAY: Roddy White, the Atlanta Falcons' first-round draft pick, practiced Wednesday and is expected to play in the season opener against Philadelphia. White was slowed much of the preseason by a high ankle sprain, sustained in an Aug. 13 exhibition against Baltimore. He missed the team's final three preseason games.

"Roddy practiced today and it looks like he'll be ready go," coach Jim Mora said after a 2 1/2-hour workout.

ALSO: A judge ordered former Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins jailed for at least two weeks because he possessed marijuana while awaiting trial on attempted murder charges stemming from a brawl with police . . . Cornerback Gary Baxter and running back Lee Suggs were listed as doubtful on Cleveland's first injury report of the season, another sign they may miss the Browns' opener against Cincinnati . . . Houston Texans offensive lineman Chester Pitts signed a five-year contract extension.