Steelers Agree to Terms with Three Picks

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The Steelers signed one of their three third-round draft choices, cornerback Keenan Lewis of Oregon State, and their two fifth-round picks Friday.

Lewis is considered by the Steelers to be a physical cornerback who should complement starter Ike Taylor.

Also signed were cornerback Joe Burnett of Central Florida and running back Frank Summers of UNLV.

The team released punter Dirk Johnson, who signed May 1 after punter Daniel Sepulveda underwent knee surgery for the second time within a year.

- The Minnesota Vikings are planning to send a trainer and a coach to Mississippi to work with Brett Favre, ESPN reported. The purpose of the trip is to assess the quarterback's progress since he had arthroscopic surgery two weeks ago to repair a partially torn biceps tendon in his right arm, the network reported, citing an unidentified source.

- The Atlanta Falcons released suspended quarterback Michael Vick, opening the door for him to sign with any interested NFL team.

- The Houston Texans signed quarterback Rex Grossman.

- Former Pro Bowl quarterback Trent Green decided to retire after 15 seasons and plans to pursue a career in broadcasting.

- The Washington Redskins released veteran receiver James Thrash after he failed a physical.

College football

- The Rose Bowl will be televised on ESPN beginning in January 2011, giving the network broadcast rights to all Bowl Championship Series games.


- San Diego Padres ace Jake Peavy is expected to miss a month because of his injured ankle.

- Cleveland Indians pitcher Anthony Reyes is expected to miss 12 to 18 months after having surgery on his right elbow.

- Toronto Blue Jays ace Roy Halladay left his start last night against Florida after apparently injuring his groin.

- The Detroit Tigers placed right-hander Jeremy Bonderman on the 15-day disabled list just four days after activating him for his first start of the season.

- Boston Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon was reportedly fined $1,000 for slow play.


- Penn State junior Kevin Foley increased his lead at the Sunnehanna Amateur to six shots. …