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Strahan probable for Sunday

9/17/2004

New York Giants: All-Pro defensive end Michael Strahan is expected to play against the
Redskins despite missing practice with a pulled muscle in his buttocks.

The Giants listed Strahan, who only participated in the
individual drills, as probable for Sunday's game.

Strongside linebacker Carlos Emmons missed his second straight practice with a groin injury. He remains questionable. Rookie
Reggie Torbor, a fourth-round draft pick out of Auburn, is expected
to start if Emmons is sidelined.

"Monday Night Football" on a delay
Broadcasts will be on a five-second delay for the rest of the season, a reaction to the furor caused by last season's Super Bowl halftime show.

The move is just a precaution, an ABC spokesman said.

At halftime of New England's win over Carolina in the Super Bowl
on Feb. 3, Justin Timberlake ripped off part of Janet Jackson's
brassiere, a wardrobe "malfunction" that exposed her right breast
to a TV audience of some 90 million. The Super Bowl was broadcast on CBS.

A pregame concert before the season opener between New England
and Indianapolis was broadcast with a 10-second delay on ABC to
prevent a repeat of the Super Bowl embarrassment.

After the Super Bowl, the Federal Communications Commission
received more than 500,000 complaints about the broadcast. The
commission is reportedly considering a fine of $550,000 against CBS
for violating broadcast decency standards.

San Francisco 49ers: Two-time Pro Bowl center Jeremy Newberry won't play this week and could
be out longer with a new problem in his right knee.

Newberry missed practice Thursday for the second consecutive day
with pain underneath his kneecap. He had arthroscopic surgery Aug.
10 to remove cartilage from the same area.

Niners coach Dennis Erickson said Newberry's latest injury is
unrelated to his previous knee condition.

"This is a different problem," Erickson said. "This is his
kneecap and the movement of his kneecap. People have that, it's
just a matter of how severe it is. It's been very severe with him.
He's one of the toughest guys I've ever seen play the game and it
bothers him. He's in pain."

Newberry started all 16 games last season with a completely torn
ligament in his left ankle. He had reconstructive surgery on the
ankle in January and didn't practice with the team again until
training camp began in July.

The seven-year veteran developed the cartilage problem in his
knee a few days after camp began. He returned from his August
surgery to start last week's season opener against Atlanta.

Eight-year veteran Brock Gutierrez will take Newberry's place in
the starting lineup Sunday against the New Orleans Saints.
Gutierrez started in place of Newberry during the preseason before
knee ligament damage that sent him to the sidelines near the end of
August.

Detroit Lions: Receiver Charles Rogers
had surgery Thursday on his broken collarbone, an injury that ended
his season early for the second straight year.

"A plate with eight screws was placed on his clavicle over the
old fracture and the new fracture," Lions coach Steve Mariucci
said. "He'll play through the first season with the plate, then
they'll evaluate."

Rogers, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 draft, was injured
going for a pass in the first quarter of Detroit's 20-16 win at
Chicago on Sunday. In five games last season, he caught three
touchdowns passes before breaking his collarbone in practice.

Rogers is expected to begin lifting weights in about two months.

Houston Texans: Just because backups safety Glenn Earl and
cornerback Demarcus Faggins got a little more work with the first
team this week, the incumbent starters aren't in immediate trouble,
coach Dom Capers said.

Nevertheless, the situation bears watching after veteran safety
Eric Brown and rookie cornerback Dunta Robinson had forgettable
performances in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

Capers said Earl needs more work because he is just now
practicing at full speed a year after knee surgery at Notre Dame.
He said Faggins will spell Robinson and is the first choice
whenever the No. 10 overall pick struggles.

"Glenn Earl's a young guy and, because his knee is recovering,
we haven't had much practice time with him, but we feel real good
about his potential," Capers said. "We're going to start putting
him in more and getting a good look at him and see where that takes
us."

Arizona Cardinals: The club claimed linebacker
Leon Joe off waivers and released linebacker Levar Fisher.

Joe recently was waived by Chicago. He was a fourth-round draft
pick of the Bears this year out of Maryland.

Fisher, a third-year pro, started 15 games for the Cardinals
last season. He had arthroscopic surgery on both knees last spring
and missed both of the team's minicamps.

First general counsel dies at 92
Leonard Lindquist, who helped NFL players form
their first union and served as the first general counsel of the
NFL Players Association, died at 92.

He died Sept. 10, the union said Thursday.

Lindquist became involved with NFL players in 1969. He was the
lead negotiator when the players signed their first collective
bargaining agreement with the league a year later.

"The NFLPA truly would not be the organization it is today
without his vision and leadership," said Gene Upshaw, the
organization's executive director.