Originally created 07/24/01

Falcons notebook



GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Ray Buchanan made his training camp debut Monday after missing the first five practices with a deep cut in his right knee.

The ninth-year cornerback, signed to a six-year $36 million contract in February, was jogging at the Atlanta Falcons' old headquarters in Suwanee July 16 when he tripped over a sprinkler and fell on some broken glass.

Buchanan, who still has 14 stitches in place, dressed out and participated in every drill except those that required full contact. He hopes to be able to hit later this week.

"It feels sore. That's all," Buchanan said. "Nothing I can't play through."

QUIET CELEBRATION: Running back Jamal Anderson was back at Furman University after spending Friday through Sunday in Atlanta with his family. He still declined to give a reason, but Anderson was overheard discussing the birth of his third child last week.

LINE SHUFFLE: Offensive guard Anthony Redmon, sidelined with a hyperextended right knee, will not be able to return until next week. Trainer Ron Medlin told Redmon that he "chipped a spur" when he was injured.

"They said it'd be between seven and 10 days," added Redmon, who doubts he will need arthroscopic surgery.

Redmon, who was deactivated for the final 12 games last year, opened training camp as the starting right guard. Bob Hallen took his place with the No. 1 offense alongside right tackle Travis Claridge.

The rest of the first-string line still consists of center Todd McClure, left guard Calvin Collins, left Bob Whitfield and tight end Reggie Kelly.

SCRAPPING TIME: With temperatures reaching the low 90s in the afternoon workout, tempers were short. Linebacker Jeff Kelly and rookie center Roberto Garza exchanged punches in a fight that took 10 seconds to break up. Defensive end Brady Smith and offensive tackle Ephraim Salaam shoved each other at the end.

ACHES AND PAINS: Backup quarterback Doug Johnson missed the morning workout with a stomach virus but returned in the afternoon. ... Tight end Alge Crumpler banged his left shin and sat out the last half of the afternoon. ... Defensive tackle Shane Dronett and linebacker Jessie Tuggle, whose 2000 seasons ended with reconstructive knee surgery, have been able to participate in every practice. Medlin said Dronett banged his knee but had no bad aftereffects. ... Linebacker Keith Brooking, returning from foot surgery that kept him out of the last 11 games, dressed out in the afternoon after skipping the morning.