Colts' WR auctions record-setting shoes for charity

Originally Published: October 16, 2003
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Indianapolis Colts: Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison is auctioning off his sneakers.

Harrison has put the shoes he wore when he broke the NFL record for receptions in a season on Dec. 15, 2002, at Cleveland up for sale on NFL Auction, the Indianapolis Star reported Friday.

Harrison decided to auction the shoes, both of which he has signed, for charity rather than donate them to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the paper said.

The highest bid in the auction, expected to end Monday evening, was $560 as of late Thursday, according to the paper. Fans can bid on Harrison's shoes through an NFL Web site auction, the paper said.

The NFL, the NFL Players Association and eBay created NFL Auction, an online charity-based initiative, the paper said.

NFL Auction has raised more than $1.5 million for charity through more than 5,000 transactions since September 2000, the paper reported.

Miami Dolphins: Linebacker Junior Seau and defensive tackle Tim Bowens will start for the Dolphins on Sunday against the New England Patriots, coach Dave Wannstedt told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Thursday.

Seau, who had been out with a hamstring injury, and Bowens, out with a hand injury, both practiced Thursday without problems, Wannstedt told the paper.

Seau and Bowens did not play in last Sunday's game with the Jaguars because of the injuries, which were suffered the week before at the New York Giants, the paper reported.

Against the Giants, Seau recorded 16 tackles, his best game of the season, according to the paper. The Dolphins are allowing 70.8 yards rushing per game, second in the league to the Philadelphia Eagles, the paper said.

"The biggest thing is we are shutting down the run with seven people in the box," Dolphins linebacker Zach Thomas told the paper, referring to the four down linemen and three linebackers. "We're not an eight-man front. Being No. 2, that's impressive in the league, because most of those guys are eight-man fronts in the top ten."

New York Jets: Center Kevin Mawae left practice early Thursday after aggravating a sprain to his right knee, but is expected to start Sunday against Houston, the Newark Star-Ledger reported on Friday.

Mawae sprained the knee three weeks ago in practice before the game against Dallas, but still played in the game, the paper reported.

Mawae on Thursday walked briskly in the locker room after practice, the paper said.

"I think he'll be fine," coach Herman Edwards told the paper.

The Jets also will be without leading receiver Wayne Chrebet on Sunday against the Texans.

Coach Herman Edwards said Chrebet will have an MRI on his back, which he injured against the Bills last week. Chrebet also had a migraine headache against the Bills, and Edwards said the headaches have not completely gone away.

Chrebet did not practice this week. Curtis Conway will start in his place.

"His back was bothering him and it was all week," Edwards said. "He couldn't run. He doesn't feel really well. He has headaches at times."

Curtis Conway would replace Chrebet, who has 20 receptions, in the starting lineup and Jonathan Carter, who played his first minutes last week, might also see more action, the Post reported.

Washington Redskins: Veteran guard Dave Fiore was to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee on Friday, the Washington Post reported.

Fiore hopes to be ready to play by the Nov. 2 second game at Dallas or the Nov. 9 home game against the Seattle Seahawks, according to the paper.

"We're trying to make it a situation where it's a little more functional and I can play in a couple weeks," he told the Post.

Fiore has been sidelined after starting the first three games of the season because of discomfort in the knee, on which he had surgery last year, the paper reported.

Rookie Derrick Dockery will make his fourth straight start in place of Fiore at left guard on Sunday in Buffalo, the report said.

"There's been a lot of deliberation over this, a lot of different discussions," Fiore told the paper. "It was really a close call over whether to wait it out and try other medications or get the 'scope. But if we waited and the medication didn't work and I had to have the 'scope three weeks from now, we would have been that much further down the road."

Defensive tackle Jermaine Haley might have surgery on his fractured thumb, the paper said. Haley visited a specialist on Thursday and would be out three to four weeks if he were to have surgery, the paper reported.

Coach Steve Spurrier told the paper on Thursday that he doesn't expect Haley to play Sunday against the Bills.

Martin Chase will start at tackle and Lional Dalton will get playing time as the backup, defensive coordinator George Edwards indicated to the paper.

Dallas Cowboys: Jason Witten, who had surgery on his fractured jaw less than two weeks ago, wants to play on Sunday against Detroit, the tight end told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday.

Witten was injured on Oct. 5 against the Cardinals and missed last week's game against the Eagles. He had the wires removed from his mouth on Wednesday, the paper said.

"I have plates in my jaw that will be there for life,'' Witten said. "The jaw is stronger now than it was before."

Along with his desire to play, Witten wants to eat solid foods again soon, he told the paper.

"The biggest thing for me is I lost 11 pounds," Witten told the paper. "I can't eat anything. I am so sick of those shakes. I have tried putting everything in them: fruit, pineapples, orange juice. I am a steak guy."

The Cowboys are building a helmet with a larger cage for Witten, who has been confined to drinking shakes and protein mixes out of straws, the paper reported.

New England Patriots: The NFL fined Patriots rookie Dan Klecko $7,500 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Giants quarterback Kerry Collins in Sunday's game, the Boston Globe reported Friday.

The Patriots defeated the Giants 17-6 on Sunday to improve to 4-2.

Minnesota Vikings: Vikings placekicker Aaron Elling is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos because of back spasms, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Friday.

Elling did not kick in practice on Thursday because of the spasms that began Monday but got worse on Wednesday night, the paper said.

"As far as I know, it should be fine," Elling told the paper. "[Wednesday], it was to the point where we just said, 'Let's not kick. Let's give it some time.' So that's what we're doing."

Elling has converted seven of nine field goals in his first year as the Vikings kicker, the paper said.

The Vikings signed free agent Jose Cortez on Friday to handle kickoffs for Elling, who will still kick field goals and extra points Sunday against Denver unless he has a setback before the game, coach Mike Tice said.

Cortez was cut in training camp by Kansas City. He had 101 points for San Francisco in 2001, but the 49ers let him go after 10 games last season. He made 18 of 24 field goals, missing two potential game-winning kicks.

Washington signed Cortez for the last four games of 2002, and he made five of eight field goals for the Redskins.

To make room for Cortez, the Vikings released wide receiver Kenny Clark.

In the meantime, the Vikings will continue to rotate Moe Williams, Onterrio Smith and Doug Chapman at the position. Smith made his first start Sept. 28 against Atlanta, but he likely will share the majority of carries with Williams.

Cleveland Browns: The Browns waived cornerback C.J. Jones and signed offensive lineman Craig Osika from the practice squad Friday

Osika, waived by San Francisco in August, was activated because of injuries to Cleveland's offensive line.

Jones was a undrafted rookie from Iowa, who made the Browns as a wide receiver and kick returner after an impressive training camp.

The Browns converted Jones into a cornerback after some injuries to their secondary. He was never activated for a game.

If Jones clears waivers, he could be signed to the Browns' practice squad.

Seattle Seahawks: The NFL fined free safety Ken Hamlin $5,000 for a hit he put on San Franciscon 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia on Sunday, the Seattle Times reported on Friday.

Hamlin drew a 15-yard penalty for roughing the passer in the third quarter when he hit Garcia after Garcia had thrown the ball, the paper said.

The NFL said that Hamlin took two extra steps after the ball was thrown before hitting Garcia, the paper reported.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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