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Running back out at least two weeks

9/28/2004

Detroit Lions: Running back Kevin Jones is expected to miss two to four weeks after sustaining a high right ankle sprain in the first quarter of Sunday's 30-13 loss to Philadelphia.

"High ankle sprains can be two weeks or they can be 12," Lions
coach Steve Mariucci said Monday. "He's had these before, and he
was back in a couple weeks both times, so that's what we are hoping
for."

Fullback Cory Schlesinger pulled a hamstring, but the Lions hope to have him back for their Oct. 10 game in Atlanta. Detroit has a bye this week.

The Lions also hope to have cornerbacks Dre' Bly (knee) and Andre Goodman (hamstring) back to face the Falcons. Both have missed the last two weeks.

A third cornerback, Rod Babers, is expected to miss the rest of the season after breaking his collarbone against the Eagles.

Miami Dolphins: Running back Lamar Gordon is unlikely to play Sunday against the Jets because of a shoulder injury, compounding the team's offensive woes.

The injury forced the Dolphins to turn to their fourth running
back since Ricky Williams retired in July. Leonard Henry, a
third-year pro who made his NFL debut in Sunday night's 13-3 loss
to Pittsburgh, carried 21 times for 41 yards and may start against the Jets.

Gordon hurt his left shoulder in the first quarter. The Dolphins
didn't specify the nature of the injury, and Wannstedt said Gordon
was undergoing tests Monday.

"It's very doubtful he'll participate this week," Wannstedt said Monday.

Sammy Morris, a backup at running back and fullback who missed
Sunday's game with an ankle injury, may be available against the
Jets. Travis Minor, who started the opener, hurt his ankle in that
game and remains sidelined.

Fullback Rob Konrad, a five-year starter who has yet to play
this season because of a thigh infection, may return this week.

"We could use him, that's for sure," Wannstedt said.

The Dolphins (0-3) have scored 23 points this season while rushing for 142 yards in 69 carries.

Cincinnati Bengals: Middle linebacker Nate Webster will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

Webster had surgery Monday to repair the patella tendon in his
right knee, torn during the closing minutes of a 23-9 loss to the Ravens on Sunday. The Bengals will place him on injured
reserve later in the week.

Webster's loss is a major setback to a defense that's been run
over. The Bengals (1-2) have given up 196 yards to Jets running
back Curtis Martin and allowed 186 on Sunday to Jamal Lewis. Opponents are averaging 5.7 yards per carry, the most in the NFL.

Coach Marvin Lewis was noncommittal about how he'll juggle the
linebackers to cope with the loss. Kevin Hardy played middle
linebacker last season before moving outside this year, and could move again. Outside linebacker Brian Simmons also could be shifted to the
middle, where he played his first five seasons in Cincinnati.

Webster, 26, signed with the Bengals as a free agent last March after four years with Tampa Bay.

Cleveland Browns: Linebacker Ben Taylor will miss the rest of the season after tearing a tendon in his chest during Sunday's game against the Giants. Taylor played in just one series in the 27-10 loss before getting hurt.

Browns coach Butch Davis said the three-year veteran will
undergo surgery Tuesday to have the tendon reattached to his
pectoral muscle and will need four to six months to recover.

Taylor, the team's starting strongside linebacker, is the
Browns' eighth starter to be injured this season. On Sunday,
Cleveland played without three offensive starters and four on
defense.

Taylor is also the second starter to be lost for the season.
Defensive end Courtney Brown tore a ligament in his foot and will
need six months to recuperate.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings will probably be without three more starters, linebacker E.J. Henderson,
linebacker Chris Claiborne and center Matt Birk, for their next game on Oct. 10 at Houston.

Henderson sprained his left knee, Claiborne strained his left
calf and Birk sprained his left ankle in the Vikings' 27-22 victory
over Chicago on Sunday.

There's a possibility the bye week will allow them to heal fast
enough to be ready for the Texans game, but the team is preparing
to play without them and wait for their return on Oct. 17 at New Orleans.

The news on Henderson was promising, since coach Mike Tice said
initially he could be lost for up to six weeks. Tight end Jermaine Wiggins, who broke his left hand Sept. 20 at Philadelphia, is also
expected to miss another game and be back to play the Saints.

Right tackle Mike Rosenthal (right foot), tight end Jim
Kleinsasser (right knee) and cornerback Ken Irvin (right Achilles'
tendon) are already out for the season. Rosenthal was scheduled for
surgery Monday, and Kleinsasser will have surgery on Tuesday.

Running back Michael Bennett, however, has been cleared to
practice at full speed and will return next week at Houston after
missing the first three games with a sprained right knee.

New York Giants: Running back Ron Dayne was scheduled to have an MRI on his left calf to determine
what caused it to swell just hours before a game with the Cleveland
Browns.

The Heisman Trophy winner, who was the Giants' first-round draft
pick in 2000, had to sit out New York's 27-10 win on Sunday.

"Dayne right now is still sore, and I think we're probably
going to run all kinds of tests to see where that is," coach Tom
Coughlin said. "It was really a strange reaction when it
occurred, and it was one of those unpleasant things on game-day
morning that you don't want to hear your trainer tell you."

Dayne, who has been splitting time with Tiki Barber, woke up in
the early hours of Sunday morning because his calf was
"throbbing," Coughlin said.

Trainers tested the calf muscle hours before the game, and Dayne
was scratched from the lineup when he could not perform some of the
tests.

Dayne hurt his calf against Washington on Sept. 19. He practiced
all last week, but the swelling prevented his playing on Sunday.

Indianapolis Colts: Safety Idrees Bashir's
injured groin could keep him out of this week's game at
Jacksonville.

Bashir left Sunday's game against Green Bay early in the second
half after trying to play through the injury. Colts coach Tony
Dungy said he was still waiting for MRI results before
announcing Bashir's status against the AFC South-leading Jaguars.

The Colts secondary has been hit hard by injuries.

Indianapolis' other starting safety, Mike Doss, hasn't played
since the opener because of a pulled right hamstring and may miss a
couple of other weeks. Cornerback Joseph Jefferson, who battled for
the starting job with Donald Strickland, hasn't played this season
after having knee surgery in late August.

Strickland played Sunday despite a sore right shoulder, and
Dungy said the Colts' other starting cornerback, Nick Harper, got
banged up in Sunday's 45-31 victory over Green Bay. Harper is not
expected to miss any time.

The Colts' top draft pick, Bob Sanders, still has not practiced
with the team after a lengthy holdout. Sanders did not participate
in the Colts' offseason workouts because he was recovering from
surgery for a stress fracture in his right foot.

San Diego Chargers: Philip Rivers just got a lot closer to taking
his first snap with the woeful Chargers.

Rivers was promoted from third-string quarterback to No. 2 on
Monday, a day after Drew Brees was ineffective in a 23-13 loss at
Denver that dropped the Chargers to 1-2.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer said Brees remains the starter. But
if Brees were to get hurt -- or get the hook -- Rivers, the $40.5
million rookie, would get the call over 41-year-old Doug Flutie,
who's now No. 3.

"I'm not sitting here all fired up like I've achieved
something," Rivers said. "I'm pleased that I've made some
progress, obviously, and shown them such, that they feel that I'm
ready to be in that position."

Schottenheimer said he made the move to give Rivers more snaps
during practice. Rivers had been directing the scout team against
the No. 1 defense, running the plays that the upcoming opponent is
expected to run. Rivers said he's gotten virtually no snaps with
the No. 1 offense during practices so far.

Buffalo Bills: J.P. Losman could be cleared to begin
practicing within five weeks based on the progress the rookie quarterback has made recovering from a broken left
leg.

Now walking without crutches or a protective boot, Losman is
scheduled to have an MRI exam this week to better determine his
status.

If all goes well, Losman's agent Gary Wichard said his client could be practicing as soon as Nov. 1, the day after the
Bills play their seventh game of the season, hosting Arizona.

"We come back that week on Monday morning. I hope he's cleared
to go practice," Wichard said. "Yeah, he's doing great."

Bills President Tom Donahoe was unavailable for comment, but he
referred to Losman being "way ahead of schedule" in answering fan
questions on the team's Web site Monday.

Losman is the Bills' second of two first-round picks, selected
22nd overall, and being groomed as veteran Drew Bledsoe's
successor. After two promising preseason performances, Losman broke
his fibula during a training camp practice when he fell awkwardly
following a collision with teammate Troy Vincent.

The initial prognosis was that Losman would miss between eight
and 12 weeks. There were fears, however, that he could miss up to 3½ months, the time Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick missed last
season after sustaining a similar injury.