Stokley out at least three weeks, opener in doubt

Updated: August 4, 2005, 8:59 AM ET
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Indianapolis Colts: Wide receiver Brandon Stokley dislocated his left shoulder Thursday during practice for the American Bowl in Japan and could be sidelined up to four weeks.

Stokley, who caught Peyton Manning's record 49th touchdown pass last year, might miss Indianapolis' regular-season opener against Baltimore on Sept. 11.

"It's going to be tight, it sounds like," Colts coach Tony Dungy said.

As Manning's third option last season, Stokley caught 68 passes for 1,077 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Colts play the Atlanta Falcons in the exhibition opener in Tokyo on Saturday.

-- The Associated Press

New York Jets: Quarterback Chad Pennington was held out of the team's afternoon practice Wednesday after throwing passes for five straight days.

Coach Herman Edwards said Pennington had no soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder, and just wanted to give the quarterback a day to rest.

Pennington injured his shoulder Nov. 7 against Buffalo and played the final seven games of last season with a tear in the muscle of his rotator cuff. He had surgery Feb. 8 and missed minicamps and offseason training activities while rehabbing.

The Jets had a walkthrough in the morning and a full practice in the afternoon. Pennington participated in afternoon practices the past five days, but just watched while the plays were run during Wednesday's session.

"He could have went and he wanted to go, but I told him, 'You're taking off today,' " coach Herman Edwards said.

Edwards expected Pennington to be back throwing passes during the Jets' next practice Thursday night.

Defensive end Shaun Ellis and center Kevin Mawae also were held out of practice to rest.

San Diego Chargers: Outside linebacker Ben Leber, who has started in all but two of his 48 appearances for the Chargers during his three-year career, has undergone arthroscopic surgery to remove a bone spur on his right ankle and will likely be sidelined about two weeks.

Leber, 26, missed much of the offseason program with a bruised right foot. The injuries are not believed to be related. Chargers officials expect that Leber, a third-round choice in 2002, will be recovered in time for the start of the regular season. His injury probably means that first-round choice Shawne Merriman, who signed his contract on Tuesday, will get more snaps in camp.

In three seasons, Leber has 187 tackles, 10 sacks and four forced fumbles.

-- Len Pasquarelli

Oakland Raiders: Jerry Porter could be out as long as two weeks with a hamstring injury, coach Norv Turner told the Contra Costa Times on Tuesday.

Porter left practice early Monday with a strained right hamstring and did not participate in Tuesday's workouts, though an MRI on Monday evening revealed only a strain, no tears, the paper report.

"It's going to be a little while [until Porter returns]," Turner told. "I can't tell you right now, but it could be a couple of weeks. I hate to put a time on that, it's just how he feels. He was sore this morning. He won't do anything until next week for sure. ... A strain is actually technically a tear, it's just not a real serious one. But it's serious enough for him to miss some time."

Porter started all 16 games for the Raiders in 2004, catching 64 passes for 998 yards and nine touchdowns. In five NFL seasons, he has 163 catches for 2,273 yards and 19 TDs.

Kansas City Chiefs: Wide receiver Freddie Mitchell has decided not to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his injured knee after a second opinion, his agent, Matt Couloute, told the Kansas City Star on Tuesday.

Couloute told the paper that Mitchell was told that if the slight tear in his right meniscus mended as anticipated, the receiver coudl return to practice in seven to 10 days.

The Chiefs had planned on Mitchell missing 2 1/2 weeks after surgery, which was originally scheduled for Monday, but Couloute told the paper doctors told Mitchell it could have taken closer to four weeks for him to return after surgery.

"All he wants is to get back on the field," Couloute told the Star. "The doctors gave him the option of getting back on the field sooner than he was initially told and he took it."

Pat Summerall to meet the family of liver donor
Former NFL kicker and NFL commentator Pat Summerall will visit Little Rock next week to meet the family of the organ donor whose liver he received in an April 2004 transplant.

Summerall suffered from liver disease for years before receiving a liver from 13-year-old Adron Shelby. Summerall, a recovering alcoholic, qualified for a transplant through blood tests that rank potential recipients anonymously.

On Aug. 10, Summerall will thank the family for the decision to donate Shelby's organs.

After playing in the NFL from 1952-61, Summerall worked as a broadcaster for the next 40 years. He also teamed with John Madden to call eight Super Bowls together, while Summerall did a total of 16.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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