Eagles' McDougle out after heart scare

Updated: October 24, 2004, 5:01 PM ET
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Cleveland Browns vs. Philadelphia Eagles: Browns wide receiver Andre' Davis sat out Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles because of an injured left big toe.

Davis, averaging 26 yards per catch, irritated the injury last week in a win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Before getting hurt, Davis caught a 99-yard TD pass from Cleveland quarterback Jeff Garcia, tying an NFL record and setting a club mark.

With Davis out, the Browns started Andre King in his spot alongside Dennis Northcutt. However, King injured his lower left leg in the first quarter and had to leave the game. Frisman Jackson, activated earlier this week from the practice squad, replaced King.

Antonio Bryant, acquired earlier this week in a trade from Dallas, made his debut with the Browns.

  • Eagles' McDougle out: Three days after being diagnosed with an irregular heartbeat, defensive end Jerome McDougle was inactive against Cleveland.

    McDougle was sent to the hospital Thursday after becoming lightheaded at practice. Doctors prescribed medication after discovering the irregularity.

    McDougle has no history of heart trouble, and doctors said the problem could have been caused by a virus.

    Philadelphia's first-round pick a year ago, McDougle has been productive this year in a reserve role after missing half his rookie season with injuries.

    Kansas City Chiefs: Priest Holmes, after tying an NFL record with four touchdowns rushing in a half, left with an ankle sprain.

    Holmes apparently hurt the ankle early in the third period against Atlanta while coming just a few feet short of what would have been his fifth TD. He had carried 22 times for 139 yards against an Atlanta defense that had been giving up only 74.5 yards rushing per game.

    The others who have scored four rushing TDs in one half were Shaun Alexander, Eric Dickerson, Chuck Muncie, Roland Hooks and Jim Brown.

    Carolina Panthers: Running back Stephen Davis sat out against the San Diego Chargers because of a lingering knee injury.

    Davis has missed four games this season after Sept. 17 surgery to repair torn cartilage in his knee.

    He played last week against Philadelphia, running for 66 yards. But his knee was sore after the game and Davis didn't practice at all this week.

    Backup running back DeShaun Foster is also out with a broken collarbone, and third-stringer Rod Smart is out with a knee injury.

    Fullback Brad Hoover was expected to have an expanded role in the running game because of all the injuries.

    Oakland Raiders: Left guard Frank Middleton was carted off the field with a left leg injury midway through the first quarter against the Saints.

    Middleton was hurt with 8:34 left in the period when guard Brad Badger blocked a New Orleans player into him, causing 6-foot-3, 330-pound Middleton to fall awkwardly with most of his weight on his left leg. The Raiders said he was taken into the locker room for observation of a quadriceps injury.

    Kerry Collins completed a 32-yard pass to Alvis Whitted on the play.

    New York Giants: Coach Tom Coughlin benched linebacker Barrett Green for this week's game against the Lions -- at least from starting -- because the player showed up very late one day during the Giants' bye week.

    Green is expected to play, seeing action on special teams and possibly some at linebacker.

    Green's tardiness -- he was several hours late, according to one estimate -- sparked a heated exchange between the coach and the linebacker.

    It wasn't the first time Green has been late this year. He was one of the four players fined during training camp for not showing up early enough for a team meeting. A grievance was filed by the NFL Players Association on Green's behalf, although he insisted it wasn't at his request.

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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