Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware said his sprained neck felt "100 percent better" yesterday, but he did not practice and will undergo more tests before the team decides whether he will be available to face unbeaten New Orleans on Saturday night.

Ware is supposed to have X-rays, an MRI exam, and other tests today to see if the swelling is gone and to make sure there are no problems.

Ware rammed into the leg of a San Diego lineman Sunday. He was immobilized on the field and taken to a hospital.

Browns. Former Seattle and Green Bay coach Mike Holmgren spent his second day meeting with Cleveland Browns owner Randy Lerner about running the team's football operations.

Lerner has said he wants to hire a proven executive to take over his team.

Rams. Richie Incognito was released by St. Louis, two days after coach Steve Spagnuolo benched the temperamental offensive guard for the second half of a loss at Tennessee. Incognito was benched after drawing two personal-foul penalties for head-butting opponents.

Redskins. Clinton Portis, sidelined by a concussion since Nov. 8, said he was confident he will return to football, adding: "I don't think for one second this could be career ending."

Meanwhile, the NFL said it "cannot conclude" that the Redskins committed a tampering violation before signing defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth in the off-season.

Falcons. Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux was smoking marijuana as he and a friend were driving through the Atlanta suburbs, according to a police report.

The Gwinnett County police report said Babineaux told a police officer he had not smoked marijuana in more than a year, but then he admitted smoking it at least once during the drive on a busy interstate highway.

Babineaux would not comment.

Noteworthy. Carolina placed right tackle Jeff Otah on injured reserve with a left knee injury. . . . Minnesota Vikings backup linebacker Erin Henderson was suspended for four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.