The Green Bay Packers agreed to terms with running back Ryan Grant on Saturday, allowing one of last season's surprise breakout stars to report to training camp as early as Sunday.
Agent Alan Herman said Grant has agreed to a four-year deal that could be worth up to $30 million, with much of the money coming in performance-based escalators. Grant will make $4.25 million this season.
Grant is an exclusive-rights free agent but refused to sign his tender offer from the team in hopes of working out a long-term deal. He did not report to camp earlier this week, and talks between the two sides had stalled until late in the week.
Panthers' Smith suspended
Receiver Steve Smith was suspended two games by the Carolina Panthers after a training camp fight with cornerback Ken Lucas.
Smith, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, will continue to practice when training camp resumes Monday and will be allowed to participate in pre-season games, Coach John Fox said Saturday.
Lucas has a broken nose, Fox said. Smith was kicked out of practice and sent back to Charlotte.
“What (Smith) did was wrong and we take very serious and he is being punished severely for it,” Fox said.
Lucas, who was not suspended, did not practice Saturday and is listed as day-to-day.
Chiefs' Dorsey sprains knee
Kansas City's top draft pick Glenn Dorsey sprained his left knee during practice Saturday. The team said Dorsey will undergo an MRI to determine how bad the injury is.
The injury happened when the former LSU defensive tackle collided with another lineman during practice.
14 Colts will miss HOF Game
The Indianapolis Colts will be without 14 players when they face Washington in Sunday night's Hall of Fame Game. Among those not scheduled to make the trip are two-time league MVP Peyton Manning, record-setting receiver Marvin Harrison, 2007 defensive player of the year Bob Sanders, former league sacks champion Dwight Freeney and linebacker Philip Wheeler, a third-round draft pick who is scheduled to have knee surgery.
Favre drama over by Monday?
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hopes to have Brett Favre's standoff with the Green Bay Packers resolved by Monday — even if he has to force the issue.
“Both parties are talking,” Goodell said in an interview with the NFL Network on Saturday. “I think the discussions are moving ahead and I hope we have something resolved by Monday. I think we've gotten to the point where we kind of have to force it.”