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Detroit picks up ex-Bengal Johnson

The Detroit Lions say former Cincinnati Bengals running back Rudi Johnson has agreed to a one-year deal.

Johnson worked out Monday with the Lions. Team spokesman Bill Keenist says Johnson accepted an offer after the practice.

The 28-year-old Johnson missed most of training camp with the Bengals because of a hamstring injury. He was cut by Cincinnati on Saturday.

He ran for a team-record 1,458 yards in 2005 and 1,309 yards in 2006. But hamstring problems limited him to nine starts last year, and the injury has lingered.

Flacco will start for Ravens

Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco will start in the season opener Sunday for the Ravens, who awarded the job to their top draft pick because he's the healthiest player at the position.

Flacco, the 18th pick overall, will launch his NFL career against the Bengals. There is a chance the two other quarterbacks competing for the job, Troy Smith and Kyle Boller, both will not be available as backups.

Smith is still feeling the effects of infected tonsils and Boller has a sore shoulder that could ultimately require surgery. In an effort to add depth, the Ravens worked out quarterbacks Chris Simms, Joey Harrington and Todd Bouman on Monday.

"We need a backup quarterback for the game," Coach John Harbaugh said.

Around the league

Browns: Quarterback Derek Anderson, sidelined since Aug. 18 with a concussion, returned to practice and is expected to start Sunday's season opener against the Cowboys.

Patriots: The team signed two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Deltha O'Neal. O'Neal spent the last four seasons with Cincinnati after playing his first four with Denver. The Bengals released him on Saturday.

Packers: Rookie Matt Flynn was named backup quarterback over fellow rookie and former U of L star Brian Brohm.

Raiders: Oakland agreed to terms on a one-year contract with discarded receiver Ashley Lelie, who has 206 receptions in six NFL seasons. Lelie could give JaMarcus Russell a deep-play option if he proves he is healthy. He had been cut by the 49ers on Saturday after being slowed all pre-season by a calf injury.

Jaguars: Receiver Jerry Porter practiced for the first time in nearly three months Monday. Porter, who signed a six-year, $30 million contract in February to be the team's go-to receiver, had surgery to repair a torn hamstring in July. He missed all of training camp and the pre-season and it's unlikely he will play in Sunday's season opener at Tennessee.

NFL: Players will wear a uniform patch this season to honor NFL Players' Association leader Gene Upshaw, who died Aug. 20. The league announced Monday that the patch will have the initials GU and the number 63, which he wore while playing for the Raiders.

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