The Carolina Panthers got an experienced backup for starting quarterback Jake Delhomme on Friday when they acquired veteran Josh McCown from Miami for a 2009 late-round draft pick.
Delhomme, who is returning from ligament-replacement surgery in his right elbow, has recovered well and is scheduled to start the season opener at San Diego on Sept. 7. But behind him in the preseason were Matt Moore, who started the final three games last year as an undrafted rookie, and Brett Basanez, who has played in just one NFL game.
The trade came one day after Moore injured his left leg in the final preseason game at Pittsburgh. Tests showed Moore did not break any bones or suffer ligament damage, and General Manager Marty Hurney said the trade was not in response to the injury.
McCown signed a two-year deal with the Dolphins in the offseason after starting 31 games in six years in Arizona, Detroit and Oakland.
BEARS: Cornerback Charles Tillman, who has missed assorted training camp practices and offseason workouts, revealed Friday that the reason for his absences was the plight of his infant daughter, Tiana. She had a form of cardiomyopathy in May, which eventually required a heart transplant.
Tiana, who is 6 months old, was released from the hospital Monday.
CHIEFS: Nick Novak has won the competition to be Kansas City's starting kicker.
COWBOYS: Sam Hurd, Dallas' No. 3 receiver, will miss the season opener Sept. 7 at Cleveland with a high left ankle sprain. Hurd was injured on the opening drive of the preseason finale.
SAINTS: New Orleans placed seventh-round draft choice Adrian Arrington on season-ending injured reserve and released seven other players.
Arrington, a receiver from Michigan, had impressed coaches throughout the spring and summer, but severely sprained his toe during New Orleans' opening preseason game at Arizona.
New Orleans also terminated the contract of recently acquired veteran safety Lance Schulters and waived defensive end Jeremy Geathers, tight end Ronnie Ghent, defensive end Marcus Pittman, safety David Roach, guard Isaiah Ross and tackle Brian Stamper.
VIKINGS: The NFL suspended left tackle Bryant McKinnie for four games without pay for violating the league's personal conduct policy.
McKinnie has pleaded not guilty to charges stemming from a street brawl outside a Miami nightclub in February.
McKinnie has been the Vikings' starting left tackle for the last 87 games, dating to the middle of his rookie season.
TEXANS: Veteran linebacker Rosevelt Colvin and former USF linebacker Ben Moffitt were among 21 players released Friday.
The Texans signed Colvin in June after he was released by New England. They had hoped he could be a situational pass rusher, but decided he wasn't valuable enough to take up a roster spot.
Houston signed Moffitt as an undrafted free agent on April 27.