Originally created 08/28/99

Patriots sign Terry Allen



Terry Allen, a 31-year-old running back with knee problems of his own, was signed Friday by the New England Patriots in an attempt to fill the void left by Robert Edwards' career-threatening knee injury.

Allen gained 700 yards in 10 games for the Redskins last year, averaging 4.7 yards per carry.

Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the ninth round out of Clemson in 1990, Allen missed his entire rookie season after knee surgery. He also missed the 1993 season with a knee injury.

Allen said he expects one of his roles on the team will be to help teach rookie running back Kevin Faulk.

"I want to come here and do whatever they ask me to do," Allen said. "To go out, and basically show Kevin what it takes to get through the season ... how to prepare for a game. ..."

"I don't have anything to prove to myself," he said. "I've been to the Pro Bowl. The only thing I haven't done is win the championship and that's what I want to do ... I think this team has what it takes to get there."

Edwards ran for 1,115 yards during his rookie season last year, but he severely injured his knee during a flag football game at the Pro Bowl in February. He will miss the entire 1999 season because of the injury, which doctors have said could end his career.

The Patriots placed running back Derrick Cullors on injured reserve after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday. He is expected to miss the entire 1999 season.

BYLINE2:Seahawks

Wide receiver Joey Galloway will not accept what the team has called its final contract offer, according to his agent.

"They gave us a Friday deadline to accept the offer and we're not going to accept it," agent Eric Metz said. "It's up to them now whether or not they want to offer another deal."

Seahawks spokesman Dave Pearson had no comment on Galloway rejecting the offer, but said the team would not give him another offer sheet.

Galloway missed all of training camp as he sought to renegotiate and extend a contract he signed in 1995. He led the Seahawks last season with 65 receptions for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Seahawks are offering Galloway a seven-year, $35 million deal, with a $7 million signing bonus. Galloway wants a five-year, $24 million contract, with a $9 million signing bonus.

Coach Mike Holmgren, who also serves as general manager, said Thursday the Seahawks would survive without Galloway.

"The next guy steps up and plays," Holmgren said. "We're going to do the same stuff."

Starting receiver Michael Pritchard is out for two to three weeks recovering from knee surgery. The Seahawks signed receiver Phil Savoy off waivers from the Baltimore Ravens on Wednesday.

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Backup quarterback Jeff George escaped serious injury after twisting his left knee in a pileup in Thursday night's exhibition game against Philadelphia.

George, who was injured with 11 minutes left in the game, also hurt his left knee early in training camp when John Randle accidentally rolled into him during a passing drill.

"George's knee is OK, nothing serious," coach Dennis Green said Friday.

George has been Minnesota's most effective passer so far after signing a one-year, $400,000 contract to revive his 10-year NFL career as Randall Cunningham's primary backup.

George walked around without any apparent discomfort Friday, and Green said George should return to practice on Monday.

Green also was optimistic about outside linebacker Dwayne Rudd's injured right shoulder, which was surgically repaired several months ago.

Fullback John Henry Mills (quadriceps bruise), linebacker Chris Jones (sprained ankle) and linebacker Pete Bercich (turf toe) also got good news that their injuries weren't serious.

The Vikings released five players Friday: tight end Matt Cercone; wide receivers Kevin Cooper and Gregory Spann and kickers Peter Elezovic and Kent Hinsley.