Pats running back Faulk out with broken leg

Updated: October 2, 2005, 2:29 PM ET
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New England Patriots: ESPN's Ron Jaworski reported Sunday that running back Kevin Faulk has a broken leg and is expected to be sidelined for at least four weeks. The Patriots reported the injury as a leg injury.

In other news:
Why have the Patriots declined to place linebacker Tedy Bruschi on injured reserve? Apparently, it was according to Bruschi's wishes, even though he has declared himself out for the season, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported.

In February, Bruschi suffered a mild stroke. In March, he had a medical procedure to repair a small hole in his heart.

But, now, with Bruschi working out like a man on a mission and his doctor visits reportedly more frequent, Bruschi gave a Boston Herald reporter a "no comment" when asked this week if he was planning to return this season. A Patriots' source confirms that Bruschi has toyed with the idea, but that owner Bob Kraft -- even if Bruschi receives medical clearance -- is very reluctant to sign off on any return to the playing field in '05.

Cincinnati Bengals: The team lost both centers to knee injuries during the first half Sunday, forcing guard Eric Steinbach to take off his gloves and play the position.

Rich Braham, the Bengals' 12th-year veteran, hurt a knee during the second quarter against the Houston Texans. The severity of the injury wasn't immediately known, but the Bengals said he wasn't expected to return.

Backup center Larry Moore hurt his right knee while blocking on a run play later in the second quarter and was taken off the field on a cart.

The other center on the roster, fourth-round draft pick Eric Chiaciuc, was inactive Sunday.

Green Bay Packers: Receiver Javon Walker has chosen Houston Texans team physician Walter Lowe to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will undergo surgery Friday in Houston, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Walker told the paper he decided on Lowe because he was part of a medical group that had operated on his right shoulder after the 2003 season. Lowe will be in charge of Walker's surgery and rehabilitation, which means the Packers will have a very limited role in overseeing his return to the football field.

Even though Walker suffered the injury in the season-opener at Detroit on Sept. 11, surgery was put off until this week because of swelling in the knee area. It is expected that Walker will need six to 10 months to recover from the surgery, and he could miss all off-season activities, the Journal Sentinel said.

Denver Broncos: Running back Quentin Griffin was waived Sunday, and the team signed safety Curome Cox from the practice squad.

Griffin, the team's opening-day starter last season, was cut early last month but re-signed after injuries to Mike Anderson and Tatum Bell.

Cox spent the first four weeks of this season on the practice squad. He also was on Denver's practice squad for the final six games last season.

Buffalo Bills: The Bills expected J.P. Losman to play like a young quarterback early this season. What they didn't expect was their once-dominant defense turning into mush -- 32nd against the rush after 3 games.

As a result of the defense's poor play, Losman's status as a starter could be affected, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported. Losman goes against the Saints, but if the defense doesn't fix itself the Bills are prepared to give veteran backup Kelly Holcomb more time behind center.

Tennessee Titans: Running back Jarrett Payton, son of the late Walter Payton, was activated for his first NFL game when the Titans promoted him from the practice squad.

Payton went undrafted out of Miami in 2004, but signed with the Titans as a free agent and spent the season on the practice squad. The 6-foot, 220-pouner was allocated to NFL Europe, where he tied for a league-high with seven touchdowns and ranked second with 5.6 yards per carry.

But the Titans lost Travis Henry to a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy, and team officials chose to replace him by promoting Payton and deactivating rookie Damien Nash.

Payton, who had been wearing No. 4, was given No. 33. His father wore 34 during his Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bears in which he retired as the league's all-time leading rusher with 16,726 yards.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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