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Steelers NFL Notebook: Charge dropped against Foote

Wednesday, April 23, 2003

From local and wire dispatches

A misdemeanor charge against Steelers backup linebacker Larry Foote stemming from a Feb. 3 fight in Ann Arbor, Mich., has been dismissed.

Washtenaw District Court Judge Elizabeth Hines ordered the dismissal of the disorderly fighting charge Friday, according to a statement issued by Foote's attorney, James R. Acho. The charge will be formally dropped Aug. 4 because Foote was unable to appear in court last week.

Foote, 22, was arrested after a melee involving 20 to 30 people outside a pizza restaurant near the University of Michigan campus. Foote said he and his friends had gone to the aid of a woman. Foote's thumb was injured in the fracas and he was treated at a hospital.

Chargers name GM

A.J. Smith was promoted to general manager of the San Diego Chargers, 11 days after predecessor John Butler died of cancer.

Smith was Butler's right-hand man with the Chargers and the Buffalo Bills. They worked together for 21 seasons, with three organizations.

Brees has surgery

San Diego Chargers Drew Brees had minor surgery to remove calcium deposits from his lower right leg and is expected to be held out of off-season workouts for 4 to 6 weeks. He is wearing a protective boot on the leg.

Bengals re-sign Farmer

Wide receiver Danny Farmer re-signed with the Cincinnati Bengals, agreeing to a one-year contract. Farmer, a former Steeler, is entering his fourth NFL season. He had nine catches for 115 yards last year after knee and toe injuries in the season's first half. The Steelers drafted Farmer out of UCLA in the fourth round in 2000. The Bengals acquired him on a waivers in August 2000.

Couch to Cowboys?

With the NFL draft Saturday, a rumored trade of Browns quarterback Tim Couch to the Cowboys gained momentum, sparking debate on radio call-in shows in Cleveland.

Originating on SilverStarDigest.com, a Web site devoted to Cowboys coverage, the report has the Browns sending Couch, running back Jamel White and this year's third-round draft choice (No. 84 overall) to Dallas for the Cowboys' first-round pick (No. 5 overall), veteran linebacker Dexter Coakley and a fifth- or sixth-round selection.

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