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RAMS COACH, TURLEY HAVE HEATED EXCHANGE

St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Kyle Turley, upset about a remark that the team hadn't seen him since he reinjured his back in training camp, engaged in a recent shouting match with coach Mike Martz.

Turley said in a statement Wednesday that there was a "heated, unfortunately profane exchange" on Dec. 13. During the exchange in Martz's office, he said the coach told him he had come to St. Louis "just to take the money and run."

"I left his office and met with the GM to reconfirm my commitment to the team and my return to it at the earliest possible time," Turley said. "I am determined to return to the football field and contribute to the St. Louis Rams' winning season in 2005, joining the teammates I respect and the organization I admire."

Turley has had little contact with the team since going on injured reserve in early August. Martz has said he had no success contacting Turley after the player left the team early in training camp to visit specialists about his back.

On Wednesday, Martz called the flare-up with Turley in his office "a nothing deal." He wouldn't comment on Turley's allegation that he had filed a complaint with NFL security that Turley threatened him.

"Martz contacted league security and falsely claimed I had threatened his life," Turley said. "I was thoroughly interviewed by league staff with regard to his baseless allegation."

Elsewhere in the NFL:

Two-time MVP quarterback Kurt Warner plans to leave the New York Giants after this season rather than remain a backup to Eli Manning, Warner said.

Hard-hitting safety Darren Woodson announced his retirement from the Dallas Cowboys. Woodson was the last player left from the 1992, '93 and '95 Super Bowl champions.

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