Steve Young will miss at least a week and possibly more because of his latest concussion, but tests showed no signs of more serious brain trauma, the agent for the San Francisco 49ers quarterback said Tuesday.
Young took a frightening hit midway through Monday night's game at Arizona and left with his fourth concussion since 1996. He underwent a magnetic resonance imaging test Tuesday and then met with Dr. Gary Steinberg, the chief neurologist at Stanford Hospital who treated Young when he suffered his last concussion two years ago.
"The MRI did not show any of the so-called white spots, which are thought to be indicative of progressive brain trauma," said agent Leigh Steinberg, who is not related to the neurologist. "So, that was clear. But the doctor did recommend he sit out at least a week and possibly two."
Coach Steve Mariucci said Young will not play in Sunday's game against Tennessee but would not speculate beyond this week.
Steinberg said he spoke to Young and that the quarterback intends to return to play this season as soon as possible. He said Young has no intention of retiring.
Young lost consciousness for several seconds after the head-snapping hit in Monday night's 24-10 win at Arizona.
Browns acquire Salaam
CLEVELAND -- The Browns shook up their roster, trading defensive tackle Jerry Ball back to Minnesota and agreeing to terms with running back Rashaan Salaam, a Heisman Trophy winner hoping to resurrect his pro career.
In addition, the Browns picked up defensive tackle Stalin Colinet from Minnesota, waived running back Sedrick Shaw and agreed to terms with wide receiver David Dunn.
Ball, a 12-year veteran, played with the Vikings last season before signing with the expansion Browns as a free agent this winter.
The Vikings sent Colinet and an undisclosed draft choice to the Browns for Ball, a 34-year-old run stopper who had his first sack of the season in Cleveland's 17-10 loss to Baltimore on Sunday.
Salaam, the 1994 Heisman Trophy winner from Colorado, was cut by the Oakland Raiders earlier this month.
Underwood's mom blames cult
LANSING, Mich. -- As Miami Dolphins rookie Dimitrius Underwood recovers from a suicide attempt that left him severely cut and bleeding on a downtown street, his mother blamed a "cult that's posing as a church."
Underwood, who was put on the reserve/non-injury list by Miami -- which assures he won't play this season -- was able to talk and get out of bed Tuesday following surgery Sunday. He was listed in fair and improving condition.
What police say was a self-inflicted slash to the neck was the latest turn in the life of the former Michigan State defensive end, a first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings. He left the Vikings in August without explanation a day after signing a five-year, $5.3 million contract.
A reporter later found him in a Philadelphia hotel, where he said he had been torn between his faith in God and his football career.
Underwood was released by the Vikings. When Underwood decided to return to football to support his family, the Miami Dolphins picked him up on waivers. He played one preseason game on Sept. 2, then injured his shoulder.
Underwood's mother, Eileen, told the Miami Herald she wanted to speak out against a church Underwood began attending while at Michigan State. She did not identify the church, but said she might take action against it.
"There are controlling spirits in there," she said. ". . . It's a den of witches sitting up in there."
Underwood had been attending Immanuel's Temple Community Church for about a year, the Lansing State Journal reported in August.
Around the league
The Denver Broncos announced the signing of former University of Kentucky player Jason Watts, a center who was released from jail in July after serving 3 1/2 months for a drunken-driving crash that killed a teammate and another man. The 22-year-old Watts pleaded guilty to two counts of reckless homicide.
Pittsburgh Steelers rookie running back Amos Zereoue was charged with drunken driving early Tuesday and released into the custody of teammate Pete Gonzalez, police said.
Atlanta Flacons defensive lineman Shane Dronett will miss two to four weeks after suffering a leg injury. Dronett, 28, pulled his calf muscle in Sunday's 35-7 loss to the St. Louis Rams.
The Philadelphia Eagles signed tight end Ed Smith and waived tight end Justin Smith. Ed Smith, 30, played in every game with the Falcons last season.