Bears QB appears to have sprained knee

Updated: September 26, 2004, 11:13 PM ET
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Chicago Bears: Chicago quarterback Rex Grossman injured his right knee late in the fourth quarter of the Bears' 27-22 loss to Minnesota on Sunday.

Bears coach Lovie Smith said it appeared Grossman sprained the knee, but there was no immediate word on the severity of the injury.

Grossman, who went 21-for-31 for 248 yards, was hurt at the two-minute warning on a 6-yard TD run that pulled the Bears to 27-22. Officials originally ruled he fumbled at the 3, but Chicago challenged the call and replays showed Grossman lost the ball after it crossed the goal line.

Grossman lay face down for several minutes before being carted off the field. Jonathan Quinn took over for Chicago's final series. He went 0-for-3.

Grossman was not available to reporters after the game, but he wore a protective brace on his leg and was holding a crutch as he was carted to the team bus.

Green Bay Packers: Brett Favre became the third member of the 4,000-completion club Sunday.

Favre entered the game with 3,999 career completions. He joined Dan Marino and John Elway as the only other players to reach that level when he connected with Javon Walker for a 6-yard completion on the Packers' second offensive play.

Favre ranks third all-time in completions. Marino has the NFL record with 4,967 completions, Elway is second at 4,123.

Later in the series, Favre also hooked up with Walker on a 36-yard touchdown pass. It marked the 28th straight game Favre has thrown a touchdown, tying Dave Krieg for the third-longest streak in NFL history. Favre broke a fourth-place tie with Peyton Manning and Chris Chandler.

Minnesota Vikings: Morten Andersen broke George Blanda's NFL record for career games played when he missed a 46-yard field goal in the first quarter of Sunday's game between the Minnesota Vikings and the Chicago Bears.

Andersen, 44, made his 341st appearance. He has kicked for New Orleans, Atlanta, the New York Giants, Kansas City and now the Vikings in his 23-year career.

He made up for the miss in the 27-22 victory with field goals of 42 and 24 yards, and three extra points.

Andersen, with 2,274 career points, is also the league's second all-time leading scorer behind Tennessee's Gary Anderson -- who entered Sunday with 2,351 points.

Denver Broncos: First there was "The Drive" for John Elway, and now there's John Elway Drive.

The city of Denver unveiled the sign Sunday that renames a portion of a street near Invesco Field at Mile High in honor of the former Denver Broncos quarterback, who was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame earlier this summer.

The change must be approved by the Denver City Council. The city hopes to eventually rename the entire street, now called Mile High Stadium Circle, for Elway.

The stadium's new address will be #7 John Elway Drive, for Elway's jersey number when he played from 1983-1998. He retired after leading Denver to two straight Super Bowl wins.

The Denver Broncos will rename the pedestrian pathway circling the stadium "Mile High Walk" for the original Mile High Stadium.

One of Elway's most fabled performance was "The Drive," a 98-yard touchdown drive in the closing minutes of the 1986 AFC title game against Cleveland. The Broncos won in overtime, 23-20.

Seattle Seahawks: Dave Krieg became the eighth member to be inducted into the Seahawks' Ring of Honor. He was honored at halftime of the Seahawks' 34-0 victory over the 49ers.

Krieg, an undrafted quarterback, played for the Seahawks from 1980 through 1991 and played 19 seasons in the NFL.

After leaving Seattle, Krieg played at Kansas City, Detroit, Arizona and Chicago before closing out his career at Tennessee in 1997-98.

In 1984, he led the Seahawks to their first AFC West title, passing for 3,671 yards and 32 touchdowns. He was voted to the first of his three Pro Bowls.

NFL: The National Football League will donate $1 million to the United Way Disaster Relief Fund to assist victims of the unprecedented recent hurricane activity in the state of Florida, commissioner Paul Tagliabue announced Sunday.

The NFL and United Way have a 31-year partnership in serving communities nationwide. The NFL, which has three Florida-based teams, is scheduled to play Super Bowl XXXIX on Feb. 6 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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