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Broncos' Holdman injured

Denver Broncos linebacker Warrick Holdman was hospitalized with a spinal cord concussion following a collision with a teammate at training camp yesterday in Englewood, Colo.

Holdman was carted off the field strapped to a backboard and taken by ambulance to Sky Ridge Medical Center, where he was being kept overnight for observation, team spokesman Jim Saccomano said.

Holdman temporarily lost feeling in his extremities but had movement in his arms and legs by the time he was taken off the field.

"He went numb for about 30, 40 seconds out there. He got his feeling back, which is a good sign," coach Mike Shanahan said. "It was a good sign when he could move his fingers, move his toes, and was able to sit up. We'll keep our fingers crossed."

Holdman appeared to hit the crown of his helmet on another player's helmet and crumpled to the grass midway through the morning workout. He was rolled over onto his back after a minute, but stayed down for eight minutes.

His teammates gathered around as medical staff secured Holdman to the backboard.

"That's the one thing you don't want to see whether it's a teammate or whether it's an opponent," cornerback Dre' Bly said.

Holdman is a ninth-year pro in his first season in Denver after spending the last two years in Washington.

"It was a somber mood after it happened, and we managed to get through the practice," said safety John Lynch.

About 15 minutes after Holdman was injured, defensive lineman Demetrin Veal went down for a minute after getting poked in the eye. He said he was fine and wouldn't resort to wearing a visor.

Peterson has hip pointer
Vikings rookie running back Adrian Peterson left practice in Mankato, Minn., with an injury after taking an elbow to his hip while catching a pass in a drill, but he said it wasn't serious.

"It's not a big deal at all," said Peterson, who called the injury a minor hip pointer.

Peterson missed the first five practices of training camp before signing a five-year, $40.5 million contract Sunday that includes $17 million guaranteed. His status is day to day, but he's unlikely to participate in weekend scrimmages against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Cornerback Ronyell Whitaker, who is competing for a backup spot, was carted off from practice after spraining his ankle. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said it wasn't serious.

Owens back at practice
Wide receiver Terrell Owens returned to practice with the Dallas Cowboys in San Antonio for the only workout of the day. Owens was back on the field in full uniform and taking part in drills. T.O. sat out both workouts Wednesday, a day after coach Wade Phillips had him take it easy to rest a sore hamstring. Phillips said Wednesday that Owens wasn't injured. Owens missed 14 straight workouts in training camp last year because of a hamstring problem, though an MRI showed no major problems . . . Offensive tackle Levi Brown, the No. 5 pick in the draft, agreed to terms with the Arizona Cardinals. Contract details weren't disclosed, but it's believed to be a six-year, $62 million deal with more $18 million guaranteed. The Cardinals also signed free agent safety Oliver Celestin to a one-year contract.

Shockey sits out
Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey missed two practices with sore legs at the Giants' training camp in Albany N.Y. . . . Quarterback Brett Favre rejoined the Green Bay Packers after being excused from practice earlier in the week to attend funeral services in Mississippi for his wife's stepfather . . . Buffalo Bills wide receiver Roscoe Parrish returned to practice feeling no aftereffects a day after experiencing symptoms of dehydration. Coach Dick Jauron said reserve guard Brad Butler could miss a week of practice after he pulled his left hamstring Wednesday . . . Houston Texans defensive end Mario Williams missed practice with a tight hamstring, but he and coach Gary Kubiak said it wasn't serious. Williams watched in his jersey and shorts . . . The Carolina Panthers got help at safety when they acquired third-year veteran Chris Harris from the Chicago Bears for a fifth-round draft pick. Harris will likely step in right away as the starter at strong safety . . . Free agent tight end Nate Lawrie signed a one-year contract with the Bengals.

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