In his first game since he had rotator-cuff surgery last December, Green Bay Packers quarterback Don Majkowski completed eight of 10 passes for 56 yards and two touchdowns in his team's 28-7 victory over the New England Patriots on Saturday night.
"It was good to see him run around without any kind of fear of the shoulder," said Packers coach Lindy Infante.
Fullback Michael Haddix said of Majkowski: "Once he scrambled around a little bit and threw that touchdown to Erik [Affholter], everybody just kind of said, 'He's back.' "
* BRONCOS: All-Pro safety Steve Atwater ended his 23-day holdout and immediately stepped into the starting lineup when he reported to training camp yesterday.
According to sources close to the Broncos, the team last week agreed to rework the incentives in Atwater's contract, allowing Atwater to purchase injury insurance for more than the $750,000 he already has bought to cover the final two years of his contract.
* CHARGERS: Linebacker Billy Ray Smith is expected to miss three to six weeks because of a sprained right knee sustained during this weekend's exhibition opener, coach Dan Henning said.
Smith said the injury occurred in San Diego's 31-29 victory over the Houston Oilers on Saturday when he was hit in the knee by a helmet.
* SEAHAWKS: Kelly Stouffer will be out for five to six weeks with a separated right shoulder that he suffered when he was sacked by Freddie Joe Nunn in the first quarter of a 31-13 loss to Phoenix on Saturday night.
"I feel bad about it now, but I play this game full speed," Nunn said. "I wasn't out to hurt him."
Stouffer said: "I didn't see him behind me, and he drove me into the AstroTurf. It's disappointing. I've never had a serious injury playing football before."
* SAINTS: Morten Andersen kicked six field goals Saturday night and Bobby Hebert returned from a one-year holdout to help New Orleans beat visiting Minnesota, 18-3.
Andersen was good from 36, 29, 21, 22, 46 and 44 yards; a seventh attempt was blocked. Hebert, a five-year starter who once vowed never to play for the Saints again, quieted the boo-birds with a 51-yard completion to Quinn Early on his first play. Hebert finished 7-for-15 for 148 yards.