Giants' Feagles sets consecutive games record

Updated: November 28, 2005, 12:19 AM ET
Associated Press

New York Giants: Punter Jeff Feagles set the NFL record for consecutive games with his 283rd on Sunday.

Feagles broke the record when he kicked a 39-yard punt with 7:35 left in the first quarter. Referee Larry Nemmers gave Feagles the ball and shook his hand, and the two posed for a picture.

The record of 282 was previously held by defensive lineman Jim Marshall, who played from 1960-79 with the Browns and Vikings.

Feagles, 39, has not missed a game in his 18-year career, playing for New England, Philadelphia, Arizona, Seattle and the Giants.

Feagles almost missed games last season and in 1999. Against the Eagles last year, Feagles was hit on a punt return by Philadelphia's Jeremiah Trotter, causing a concussion. Coach Tom Coughlin said earlier this week he never thought Feagles would miss the Giants' next game.

"He's a tough guy and I never really considered that," Coughlin said.

With Seattle in 1999, Feagles broke his arm against Pittsburgh but had an extra week to heal because Seattle had a bye. He also injured his shoulder in 2002 against Philadelphia after a hit from N.D. Kalu but played the next week against Atlanta.

Arizona Cardinals: Neil Rackers' streak of consecutive field goals made ended at 31 when the kicker's 43-yard attempt was wide left.

The try came at the end of the Cardinals' first possession with 10:38 left in the first quarter against Jacksonville.

Rackers' streak of 31 ties Fuad Reveiz (1994-95) for third-longest in NFL history.

The only longer ones were 40 by Gary Anderson in 1997-98 and 42 by Mike Vanderjagt from 2002 to 2004.

Six of Rackers' kicks were beyond 50 yards. None of the other top five had more than two 50-plus kicks during their streaks.

San Francisco 49ers: Kicker Joe Nedney, the 49ers' most consistent offensive threat this season, was deactivated because of a groin injury that had him listed as doubtful against Tennessee.

Nedney was replaced in the lineup by Jose Cortez, a former 49ers kicker who was signed Friday. Cortez had been released by Philadelphia on Tuesday.

The nine-year veteran was released by the Titans in February in a salary cap move. In San Francisco he has 67 points, including 43 consecutive points that were the most by one player in the NFL since Matt Stover had 49 in a row for the 2000 Ravens.

Minnesota Vikings: Defensive tackle Kevin Williams sprained his right knee in the first quarter against Cleveland, and after halftime the Vikings ruled him out for the rest of Sunday's game.

Williams was replaced by rookie C.J. Mosley, a sixth-round draft pick from Missouri. Another backup tackle, Spencer Johnson, was inactive for the sixth time in seven weeks because of a knee injury.

An All-Pro last year after collecting 11 sacks in his second NFL season, Williams had offseason surgery on his right knee. That hurt his conditioning, and Williams came to training camp overweight. He has only one sack this year.

Seattle Seahawks: Cornerback Kelly Herndon left Sunday's game against the Giants after injuring his left knee late in the first half.

The team said Herndon would not return.

Herndon appeared to be injured with 1:14 left in the first half. On second-and-goal at the Seattle 7, Herndon nearly intercepted New York quarterback Eli Manning's pass when he collided with the Giants' Tim Carter and was slow to get up.

In his first year with Seattle, Herndon was second on the team entering Sunday's game with 52 tackles. He's played in all 11 games and made his sixth start of the season on Sunday.

Tennessee Titans: Rookie receiver Brandon Jones sprained his right knee and went down to the grass as he was trying to turn back for a pass just before halftime. X-rays were negative, but coach Jeff Fisher said they will do more tests.

San Francisco cornerback Shawntae Spencer picked off the pass intended for Jones and ran 61 yards for a touchdown with 27 seconds left in the second quarter.

"I didn't see him go down," Titans quarterback Steve McNair said. "I threw it and got tackled, so I didn't know exactly what was going on until I rolled over and saw the guy going down the sideline. It was a scary moment for everybody I think. I hope he's going to be OK."

Jones, a third-round pick out of Oklahoma, has started eight games this season. He had sprained the same knee Oct. 23 in a loss at Arizona and missed a game.

He was able to walk off by himself but went straight to the locker room. He was not on the sideline at the start of the third quarter, and a team spokesman said Jones sprained his right knee. He did not return.


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