Kenyatta Jones lands on injured reserve

Updated: December 3, 2003, 2:01 PM ET
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Washington Redskins: Just eight days after signing Kenyatta Jones to bolster an injury-plagued offensive line, the Redskins have been forced to place him on the injured reserve list, thus ending his season, ESPN.com has learned. The third-year veteran tore a pectoral muscle earlier this week, on his fifth repetition of a 425-pound bench press.

To replace Jones on the roster, the Redskins have signed journeyman offensive lineman Daryl Terrell, released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the preseason. A sixth-year pro, Terrell has spent most of his career with the New Orleans Saints as a backup. As was the case with Jones, the Redskins signed Terrell through the 2004 season.

The positive side of the injury to Jones, relatively speaking, is that he will be able to fully rehabilitate from previous knee injuries, and should be physically ready for the beginning of training camp. A former fourth-round pick of New England, the versatile Jones was released by the Pats two months ago after he allegedly poured hot water over a personal assistant. That matter is still in the courts.

Washington officials feel that Jones, who started 11 games for the Patriots in 2002, can compete for a starting job next summer.

New England Patriots: The Patriots have signed rookie punter Brooks Barnard to replace veteran Ken Walter, who was released on Tuesday.

Barnard was a two-time all-ACC punter at Maryland, where he was the school's carerr leader in punting average for career (43.7) and single season (44.7 in 2000).

He was waived by Chicago in the final cutdown.

The Patriots released Walter on Tuesday, two days after the second-worst punting performance in his 42 games with the team.

Walter was one of the few disappointments for the Patriots, second in the AFC with a 10-2 record. He was ranked last in the NFL with a gross punting average of 37.9 yards after he averaged 27.3 yards on three kicks in last Sunday's 38-34 win at Indianapolis.

Carolina Panthers: The Panthers have signed journeyman tight end Marco Battaglia to replace rookie Mike Seidman on the roster.

A third-round draft choice, Seidman was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after an MRI exam revealed he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament of his left knee last Sunday in the team's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The injury came at a point when Seidman had begun to see his playing time increased.

The much-traveled Battaglia, 30, has played seven seasons and appeared in 94 games in stints with four different teams. He has 71 catches for 660 yards and two touchdowns.

Arizona Cardinals: With his team eliminated from playoff contention, Cardinals coach Dave McGinnis has acknowledged that backup quarterback Josh McCown could see extended playing time over the final month of the season.

The veteran Jeff Blake has started every game for the Cardinals this season and McCown, a second-year pro, has played sparingly. He has completed 25 of 48 passes for 228 yards, with no touchdown passes and four interceptions.

McCown, 24, was a third-round choice in the 2002 draft. He appeared in two games last season and completed seven of 18 passes.

Cincinnati Bengals: Fullback James Lynch, a member of the Bengals practice squad, has been charged with five offenses after an early Tuesday incident in nearby Covington, Ken. Lynch, who has been on the team's practice squad since late September, was released after posting $3,011 bond.

He was booked on a felony charge of fleeing and evading police and related misdemeanor charges including resisting arrest and public intoxication. Lynch, 21, was charged back in November for driving with a suspended license and driving without headlights.

Team officials said they will wait for the charges to go through the court system before determining if Lynch will be sanctioned.

Buffalo Bills: Bills starting left tackle Jonas Jennings will miss the rest of the season because of a broken toe in his right foot.

Jennings was placed on injured reserve Wednesday. He was hurt in the fourth quarter of Buffalo's 24-7 win against the New York Giants on Sunday. A 2001 third-round draft pick, he started 11 games this season, missing one because of a hip flexor, and 38 over his three-year career.

Coach Gregg Williams said Jennings will not require surgery.

Backups Marcus Price and Marques Sullivan are candidates to start when the Bills (5-7) host the New York Jets (5-7) on Sunday.

The Bills immediately filled Jennings' spot on the roster by re-signing quarterback Travis Brown, who spent the previous two seasons as Buffalo's third-stringer.

Information from ESPN.com's Len Pasquarelli and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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