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>>Colts' Polian: Start Of NFL Season "Organized Chaos"

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Polian described Tuesday afternoon's resumption of football operations as "organized chaos."  The NFL's four-and-a-half month lockout ended on Monday.  Chris Polian has succeeded his father, Bill, in handling the vast majority of day-to-day activities with the Colts.  Bill, now vice chairman, remains active with the team but more in larger, league-related matters.

>>Bears Release Punter Brad Maynard

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Chicago Bears have released punter Brad Maynard.  Maynard was told by the coaching staff in late January after their NFC Championship Game loss that his chances of returning were slim.  Maynard, who signed with the Bears as a free agent before the 2001 season, was the second-longest tenured Bear behind long nsapper Patrick Mannelly.  He placed 24 punts inside the 20-yard line last season.  In February, Chicago signed punter Richmond McGee and are also considered to be in the market for a veteran free agent punter.

>>Rams Sign Rookie Free Agents

(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Rams began signing the first of what could be up to 20 rookie free agents yesterday morning.  The first players to ink contracts were defensive tackle Arthur Thomas of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, offensive tackle Tyler Donahue of Bowling Green, cornerback Travon Bellamy of Illinois and running back Eddie Wide of Utah.  More signings are expected today.

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