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Palmer tunes; NFLPA moves

Posted: 11:45 p.m.

Carson Palmer's elbow continued to tune up for the offseason workouts Tuesday when he zipped through about 60 passes at a workout near his southern California home with three of his Bengals receivers.

Antonio Chatman, Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson were part of the cast at Charles Collins' receiver camp in the Los Angeles area.

"He looked good. He wanted to keep going, but I told him to save some," said Collins, who also expects Palmer to throw Thursday.

Collins said Palmer was encouraged with how his receivers looked and was particularly intrigued with the progress of Simpson.

Collins helped coach the Bengals receivers last year as an offensive assistant, but won't be back after taking a job in the new UFL.

Collins says his assignment starts in a few weeks in Arizona as head coach Dennis Green's receivers coach for the San Francisco entry.

FIRST IMPRESSION: T.J. Houshmandzadeh, representing the Bengals in Monday's NFL Players Association vote that elected Washington, D.C., attorney DeMaurice Smith as executive director, said the vote was unanimous.

"I saw somebody said it was 26-6. Don't believe it. It was unanimous," Houshmandzadeh said. "Dude is impressive. When you hear him speak, it was 'wow.' He was that impressive. He made it real."

Houshmandzadeh said the other candidates who were more well-known, NFL players Troy Vincent and Trace Armstrong, and sports attorney David Cornwell, were worthy but that Smith's presentation catapulted him.

"When we walked out of the break (after Smith's speech), we all said, 'This is somebody we have to seriously consider. He's not just the fourth guy on the list,' " Houshmandzadeh said. "His confidence. The way he presented himself shows you he's got leadership. He's a smart man."  

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