Around the NFL

Monday's potpourri of news and notes from around the NFL:

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

QB Brad Johnson, who was benched after just 15 plays in Week 2, was named the starter for Sunday's game in Oakland.

"All I can say about Brad Johnson is that he is a class act," said coach Jon Gruden. "He has been around a long time. He understands why we made the change. I don't believe he'll agree with all of the reasons for us making the change, but I can only say he handled it with great class. I truly expect him to come back this week, have a hell of a week of practice and find a way to get this ship right."

QB Chris Simms, who saw his first NFL regular season action in place of benched Brad Johnson in Week 2, will remain the No. 2 QB this Sunday in Oakland.

"I thought he showed great poise and he shows great promise as a future player for our organization," said coach Jon Gruden. "To go out there against the Seattle Seahawks and hit 21 out of 32 passes in your first game is a great performance for a young kid. I thought he did show great confidence and delivered some sensational throws, but he made some mistakes, which I am sure he will address today.

"With Chris Simms, you do have a young left-handed quarterback that has put together back-to-back solid pre-seasons, that has a rifle for an arm now and has mobility and we are excited about the young fellow. We really are. So, we're eager to see where he can go with his future. At the same time we're very comfortable with Brad Johnson."

WR Tim Brown, 38, is the oldest punt returner in the league. The Bucs are looking to upgrade that position this week. "I know I never told him he would be returning punts," GM Bruce Allen said.

LT Derrick Deese was beaten for a sack by Grant Wistrom Sunday, the first he has yielded in nearly three years.

LB Derrick Brooks had his first INT of the season Sunday against Seattle.

WR Keenan McCardell remains a hold out, and no progress has been reported. Coach Jon Gruden said he would pay McCardell what he wants if he could. "If it were up to me, I would give everybody the money," Gruden said. "It's not my money."

Detroit Lions

DE James Hall is coming off a 2 1/2-sack game against the Houston Texans but has some soreness in his broken left thumb that might interfere with his preparation for the Philadelphia game on Sunday. Hall had three pins surgically inserted in the thumb last week, missed a day of practice but eventually played with a smaller cast on his hand.

CB Andre Goodman, the backup man to injured CB Dre' Bly, sat out the Houston game with a tight thigh in his right leg and remains uncertain if he will be able to play next Sunday against Philadelphia.

OLB Boss Bailey has cleared the first hurdle in his recovery from pre-season knee injury. He ditched his crutches this week and is scheduled to begin rehab work this week. The Lions aren't expecting their starting strong side linebacker to return for at least another month.

WR Az-Zahir Hakim, who has five receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown in the Lions' first two games, strained a hamstring in the 28-16 win over Houston on Sunday. Coach Steve Mariucci said he wants to let the injury "settle down" for a couple of days before deciding whether Hakim will practice and play Sunday against Philadelphia. Hakim has been effective as a third receiver, lining up in the slot.

CB Dre' Bly is hoping to come back from a sprained left knee after missing just one game, but coach Steve Mariucci says he doubts Bly will be ready to play Sunday against WR Terrell Owens and the Philadelphia Eagles. Mariucci feels Bly will need at least another week to recover from the injury he suffered in the Lions' season opener at Chicago.

OT Ray Brown started in place of RT Kenyatta Jones, who apparently battled an ankle injury during the week. The first word of Jones' injury came after the Giants game.

WR Eddie Drummond scored on a 99-yard kickoff return against Houston.

Drummond, in his third NFL season after being signed by the Lions as an undrafted rookie out of Penn State, has had a problem with injuries but he looked perfectly healthy racing the length of the field against the Texans.

Drummond broke out of the middle of the pack virtually untouched, out-rank kicker Kris Brown down the right side of the field and got a block from Shawn Bryson to spring him the final 10 yards.

He got the final five yards by diving across the goalline.

"Bryson's just a hard worker and he was down here doing all he could," Drummond said. "The dive in the end zone was just to show off and have some fun."

QB Joey Harrington said he isn't concerned Houston's David Carr is perceived as the better of the two quarterbacks selected in the top three overall picks in 2002.

In the category that means the most to Harrington, he and the Lions are 1-0 against Carr and the Texans after their first-ever on-field meeting last Sunday.

"We won it, 28-16," Harrington said. "There's your matchup.

"David played well. He's a great guy, I can't say enough about him and I wish him nothing but the best, but 28-16 is a matchup I like."

Since being drafted - Carr going No. 1 overall to the expansion Texans and Harrington going No. 3 overall to the rebuilding Lions - the performance of the two young quarterbacks has been remarkably similar.

Carr has a big edge in rushing yardage, Harrington has an edge in touchdown passes (33-20) and Harrington has a slightly better won-lost record. Harrington is 10-20 after beating the Texans; Carr is 7-22 after the loss.

WR Roy Williams stepped up to fill the big-play role left vacant when Charles Rogers suffered a broken collarbone in the Lions' season opener. Williams caught four passes in the 28-16 win against Houston, including touchdown receptions of 31 and 14 yards.

CB Chris Cash, still not considered fully recovered from the knee injury that kept him out of all 16 games last year, moved into the starting lineup after the Lions lost CBs Dre' Bly (knee) and Andre Goodman (thigh) to injuries. Cash gave up a 54-yard touchdown catch to Houston WR Andre Johnson but broke up two passes, forced a fumble and was in on four tackles.

KR Eddie Drummond gave the Lions their second special teams touchdown in as many games with a 99-yard kickoff return against Houston. Drummond followed his blockers through a hole in the middle of the return formation, broke to the outside, outran Houston's kicker Kris Brown, and then got a block from Shawn Bryson and dived into the end zone.

QB Joey Harrington says he has never paid any attention to comparisons between himself and David Carr, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL draft, but he came out the winner in the first on-field meeting of the two third-year quarterbacks. Harrington, the No. 3 pick in the same draft, completed fewer passes for fewer yards (18 of 25 for 176 yards) but threw three touchdown passes in the Lions' 28-16 win against the Texans.

RB Kevin Jones slowed down long enough to find the holes behind his offensive linemen in his second NFL game Sunday - and it paid dividends. The Lions felt Jones was in too much of a hurry to make something happen, frequently bouncing the play outside, and gained just 36 yards on 15 carries (2.4 yards per carry) in the season opener at Chicago. Against Houston, he got only 12 carries but gained 57 yards, for an average of 4.8 yards per carry.

Carolina Panthers

DT Kris Jenkins has a bruised shoulder and will be day-to-day. The Panthers face the Atlanta Falcons in two weeks.

RB DeShaun Foster is likely to start again in two weeks against the Falcons after rushing for 174 yards and a touchdown against the Chiefs.

WR Keary Colbert had 48 yards and a touchdown in his first NFL start and looks like he'll be a big contributor with Steve Smith out. Colbert did, however, drop one pass and cut off another route too early which resulted in an interception.

RG Doug Brzezinski started for the Panthers over Rich Tylski and now seems entrenched as the starter after a solid outing by Carolina's offensive line.

CB Chris Gamble got his first NFL interception on Sunday and then got his butt chewed on the sidelines.

After the interception, Gamble slipped and was tackled out of bounds. He threw down the ball in disgust and it hit a Chiefs player, prompting a 15-yard penalty for un-sportsman-like conduct.

"I was mad at myself that I did that," Gamble said. "I never did that in college. I was mad at myself because I thought I had a touchdown and I slipped."

TE Mike Seidman said he thought he had a chance to score his first NFL touchdown against Kansas City if the Panthers got close to the goal line.

He was right.

"I was wide open," said Seidman, who scored a 1-yard touchdown from QB Jake Delhomme on a delay route. "I was supposed to delay and then go into the flat. I watched film on that all week and the guys who seemed to do that against them seemed to be wide open. I knew I probably had a good chance. When I got out there, there was nobody there."

WR Eugene Baker was used on punt returns on Sunday in place of Steve Smith. It was originally expected Chris Gamble might return punts, but Baker was activated solely for that purpose. Baker got a roster spot because Stephen Davis was inactive.

QB Jake Delhomme threw two picks against the Chiefs, but he also threw for three touchdowns.


Buffalo Bills

FB Daimon Shelton is becoming more involved in Buffalo's passing game as the team explores ways to take the heat off QB Drew Bledsoe. He caught two passes for 11 yards against the Raiders and was involved in an unsuccessful screen pass near the goal-line in Week One against Jacksonville. He figures to catch more passes in the weeks ahead.

WR Eric Moulds' two catches against the Raiders allowed him to extend his team-record receiving streak to 96 games. After last season's groin injury, he's off to a good start with 10 catches for 116 yards and two scores.

WR Lee Evans' 65-yard reception was the longest by a Bills rookie since Flip Johnson's 66-yarder for a touchdown (from Jim Kelly) on Oct. 17, 1988 at the New York Jets.

RB Travis Henry (67 yards vs. the Raiders) was held to under 100 yards for a second straight game. He had no runs of at least 10 yards for only the third time in his last 14 games.

P Brian Moorman's 24-yard pass completion to Kevin Thomas on a fake play was the first completion by a non-quarterback for Buffalo since punter Chris Mohr hit Daryl Porter with a 44-yard pass on Nov. 19, 2000 at Kansas City. RB Travis Henry tried an option pass last year at Miami and was intercepted.

DT Pat Williams had a sack on Sunday, his first full sack since 2001, giving him 11.5 for his eight-year career.

QB Drew Bledsoe was sacked seven times and held to only 133 yards passing before picking up 70 yards in a too-little, too-late touchdown drive against a stout Raiders defense that shut down the run.

RB Travis Henry was held to 67 yards and was also turned back on a crucial fourth-and-goal play at the Oakland 1-yard line to start the fourth quarter.

WR Lee Evans, the rookie first-round pick out of Wisconsin, was promised more playing time against Oakland and he responded with a 65-yard reception in the closing minutes to set up a TD that brought the Bills to within three points. Evans slipped wide open vs. a deep zone and made a nice run after the catch.

WR Eric Moulds, who had just one TD catch all of last season, now has two through two games. He made a nice 5-yard diving catch in the corner of the end of Sunday's loss at Oakland with 1:20 left; barely getting both feet down in time. He finished with two catches in a physical battle with Oakland's CB Charles Woodson, the other one covering 36 yards, and he also drew pass interference once.

RB Willis McGahee received only two carries in the Raiders loss. His first carry on an inside handoff on a third-and-16 situation was easily smelled out, resulting in a 10-yard loss.

OG Chris Villarrial suffered what the team described as a leg contusion blocking on a run in the third quarter. He did not return.

LB London Fletcher finished with a team-high 10 tackles. His best play may have been kicking the ball as the officials were trying to spot it, denying the Raiders valuable seconds as they failed to successfully get off a field goal as the first half ended. Last week against Jacksonville, the same tactic by Fletcher drew a delay of game penalty that aided the Jaguars' winning TD drive.

Pittsburgh Steelers

QB Ben Roethlisberger will become the first of this year's rookie quarterbacks to start this season when the Steelers play at Miami on Sunday. Tommy Maddox hurt his elbow in their 30-13 loss in Baltimore and Roethlisberger finished up the game. "That's what the No. 2 quarterback's there to do,'' coach Bill Cowher said. "He'll step up, he'll take the reins and we'll go from there."

QB Tommy Maddox will be out for 6-8 weeks with an elbow injury.

RB Jerome Bettis had no carries for only the second time in his 12-year career. Bettis played two snaps, but never got the ball.

WR Hines Ward now has 240 yards receiving on 13 catches after two games this season.

LB Kendrell Bell missed his second straight game with a groin injury after missing the final three preseason games.

CB Chad Scott left the game in the second half with a groin injury and was replaced by rookie Ricardo Colclough.

RB Duce Staley, who averaged 3.8 yards per carry in the first game, averaged 3.6 yards in his second and has now 148 yards rushing in two games.

QB Tommy Maddox had a rough six quarters to open the season even before his elbow injury. Maddox completed only 17 of 35 passes for 209 yards, no touchdowns, no interceptions and a 67.5 passer rating. He was sacked four times.

SS Troy Polamalu had a busy day in Baltimore. He led the Steelers with eight solo tackles and 11 total.

WR Hines Ward, the most prolific receiver the past three seasons in Steelers history, is off to another torrid pace. He leads the AFC with 250 yards receiving and his 19.2-yard average per catch beats his career average by more than seven yards.

Atlanta Falcons

QB Michael Vick had one of his most balanced performances in the Falcons' 34-17 win over the Rams Sunday. He completed 14 of 19 passes for 179 yards and a touchdown, and rushed 12 times for 109 yards. After all the local fuss about how little Vick played in the preseason (29 snaps), Rams coach Mike Martz seemed to get it. "I can see why they didn't play him a lot in the preseason," Martz said. "I wouldn't either."

RB Warrick Dunn did not return to the Falcons' 34-17 win over the Rams after spraining his left knee. He believes it is his medial collateral ligament. Dunn's rushing totals were modest, as he carried 14 times for 43 yards, but he's already scored four touchdowns this season.

FB Justin Griffith flashed his versatility Sunday, catching four passes for 78 yards, including a 62-yard swing pass on Atlanta's second possession against the Rams. That set up his eventual 3-yard touchdown reception. Griffith is so agile that coaches consider him the third running back behind Warrick Dunn and T.J. Duckett.

TE Alge Crumpler caught three passes for 49 yards for the Falcons Sunday, and one of those came when he was in pass protection and a ball was batted at the line of scrimmage. After catching a career-high six passes a week earlier, that was a disappointment, but Crumpler probably didn't mind. It was all part of the game plan, as the Falcons sought to keep more men in for protection as the left side of the offensive line was new against the Rams.

WR Brian Finneran, who caught one pass for 9 yards, did not return to the Falcons game against the Rams after straining his left Achilles tendon.

DT Rod Coleman played sparingly for the Falcons Sunday after straining his right hamstring early in the game against the Rams.

DE Brady Smith's first NFL touchdown, which came when he knocked the ball loose from Rams QB Marc Bulger as he attempted to throw from the end zone Sunday, gave the Falcons a 31-17 lead. Teammates teased him for his relative lack of a celebratory dance.

WR Peerless Price leveled Rams S Adam Archuleta on a 29-yard reverse run by fellow WR Dez White, it was a slam. It was one of several plays that set a tone in Atlanta's 34-17 win. "Any time you throw a block like that that springs a guy for big yardage, you feel good," said Price. "I'm not exactly known as a great blocker."

WR Brian Finneran strained his left Achilles tendon in the Falcons' 34-17 win over the Rams, but it was not clear how severe the injury was. He was replaced in some three-receiver sets by WR Jimmy Farris, and rookie WR Michael Jenkins also made a brief offensive appearance, his first of the season, near the goal line.

RB Warrick Dunn did not return to the game after spraining his left knee in the fourth quarter of the Falcons' 34-17 win over the Rams. Coach Jim Mora offered no new information Monday morning, in keeping with a trend for vagueness regarding injury reports. Dunn is believed to have sprained his medial collateral ligament.

Cleveland Browns

TE Kellen Winslow reportedly broke his fibula Sunday and will miss at least several weeks, according to the Browns' official website. Winslow was injured during the Browns' free kick with eight seconds remaining Sunday. He was helped off the field after being sandwiched by two teammates. Coach Butch Davis said Winslow would be re-evaluated Monday and would not speculate on the severity.

QB Jeff Garcia completed 8 of 27 passes for 71 yards against the Cowboys. He was sacked once and threw three interceptions for a 0.0 quarterback rating. "I didn't play like I'm capable of playing," Garcia said. "I know there won't be many days like this. We need to get it together and learn from this. You can look at every single series and see things we need to improve on. And we will."

RB Lee Suggs missed his third straight game - including the final game of the preseason - with a neck injury. He increased his practice tempo last week, but still has not been cleared for heavy contact.

RB William Green is having trouble following the blocks of fullback Terrelle Smith. It happened in the opener and it happened again against the Cowboys. Green carried 19 times for 52 yards - a meager 2.7 average.

K Phil Dawson successfully executed a drop kick as a free kick after the Cowboys recorded a safety with eight seconds left. CB Anthony Henry recovered for the Browns. A Hail Mary pass on the final play failed.

RT Ryan Tucker played every offensive snap last season, and every offensive snap this season - until 3:45 remained in the fourth quarter. He had a sprained right knee and could not continue.

DT Gerard Warren aggravated a pulled pectoral muscle and had to leave for the second straight game.

OG Paul Zukauskas sprained the MCL in his left knee and is day-to-day.

DT Gerard Warren aggravated a strained pectoral muscle that kept him out of most of the opener against Baltimore. He will miss 2-4 weeks.

RT Ryan Tucker, who didn't miss a snap last season, will miss 2-4 weeks with a strained quadriceps muscle sustained late in the Dallas game.

RB Lee Suggs was inactive for the second straight week because of a neck stinger. He is listed as day-to-day and may make his debut this week.

CB Daylon McCutcheon broke his left middle finger against the Cowboys and is day-to-day.

DE Courtney Brown's injury hex continued when he sustained a Lisfranc ligament tear in his left foot and will miss the rest of the season. A Lisfranc injury, which affects the cluster of bones and ligaments in the middle of the foot, can be career-threatening. This will be the fourth straight season Brown has finished on injured reserve. A sprained ankle, microfracture knee surgery and ruptured biceps tendon ended his previous seasons prematurely. He also had arthroscopic knee surgery this off-season.

"Last night he was extraordinarily frustrated," Browns coach Butch Davis said. "He just feels he let the team down. He apologized for letting the team down. I don't know how you can hold someone personally responsible for injuries. He has done everything that we have asked of him. No one cares more than Courtney Brown does. He has had some hard luck."

TE Kellen Winslow Jr. fractured his right fibula near the ankle trying to recover an onside kick. He will miss 8-10 weeks and might eventually be placed on injured reserve.

Oakland Raiders

WR Jerry Rice's NFL record 247-game streak of catching at least one pass in a game ended quietly. Rice had two balls thrown his way, both of them on the same drive late in the second quarter. Both sailed over his head. Rice responded at the end of the game when the team was protecting leads of 10-3 and 13-3 by spiking his helmet over the team bench but later, in the locker room, he had regained control saying, "All things have to come to an end ... I guess I'll just have to start another." The last time he failed to catch a pass in a game was Dec. 1, 1985 at Washington.

LB DeLawrence Grant, who had a total of four sacks in his first three NFL seasons as a defensive end, had two against the Bills. The first was a mistake. He was supposed to have dropped into coverage.

LB Napoleon Harris (knee) was inactive after having been given a 50-50 chance of playing. Barring a setback, he is a likely participant against Tampa Bay. With him out of the lineup, the Raiders started in a 4-3 front and used the set frequently.

DE Bobby Hamilton made the single biggest play of the game, tackling Bills running back Travis Henry short of the goal on fourth-and-1 on the first play of the fourth quarter with Oakland leading 10-3. Last week, the Raiders gave up three 1-yard touchdown runs to Jerome Bettis of Pittsburgh.

QB Rich Gannon completed 14 of 21 passes for 171 yards in the first half, but only passed six times (five complete) in the second half.

WR Ronald Curry's touchdown reception against Buffalo was the first of his NFL career.

RB Amos Zereoue, filling in for injured Justin Fargas, ran nine times for 24 yards and caught three passes for 25 yards in his first Raider regular season appearance.

RB Justin Fargas (turf toe) is expected to practice Thursday and stands a good chance of facing Tampa Bay.

RB Napoleon Harris (knee) will be scrutinized closely before being cleared to play. He was held out of the Buffalo game more because he hadn't had enough practice time to warrant it.

RT Robert Gallery received high marks from coach Norv Turner off his first start. If there was any criticism, it had to do with how well he and RG Ron Stone meshed together. They never practiced side by side until a week ago.

San Francisco 49ers

WR Curtis Conway stepped into the starting lineup in place of Cedrick Wilson, who experienced a hamstring pull late in the week. Conway came through with eight catches for 112 yards.

LB Julian Peterson led the 49ers with eight tackles and a sack, giving him a team-high three sacks for the season.

QB Ken Dorsey threw for 205 yards, despite failing to complete a pass in the first quarter. He completed 18 of 32 passes.

C Jeremy Newberry is scheduled to undergo surgery on his right kneecap on Tuesday (Sep. 21) and is expected to miss at least two months. A 49ers team physician said he is hopeful that Newberry will be able to play again this season.

QB Tim Rattay, who sustained a shoulder separation in the 49ers' season opener, was the backup behind Ken Dorsey against the Saints. Coach Dennis Erickson said he will evaluate Rattay this week during practice before determining if he will start Sunday against the Seahawks.

T Kwame Harris sustained a high left ankle sprain and is not expected to play Sunday against the Seahawks. If Harris is unable to play, right guard Kyle Kosier would play left tackle, and rookie Justin Smiley would take over Kosier's spot.

WR Brandon Lloyd, the team's starting split end, has gotten off to a slow start. Through two games, Lloyd has just five receptions for 36 yards.

RB Kevan Barlow gained 114 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries, but he left the game midway through the fourth quarter with bruised ribs. The injury is not expected to keep Barlow out of action this week against the Seahawks.

New Orleans Saints

WR Donte Stallworth had a career-high nine receptions for 113 yards. About his game-winning touchdown catch, Stallworth said, "The offensive line held up good and they gave Aaron some time to make a great throw like he did. He put it up there and all I had to do was make the catch.''

S Steve Gleason suffered a concussion on special teams in the first half and did not return to the game.

P Mitch Berger did not kick off because he injured his right groin in practice on Friday. Kicker John Carney handled the kickoff duties while Berger was limited to punting, kicking four times for a 39.0 average.

DE Darren Howard was inactive for a second straight game because of a bulging disc in his lower neck.

Saints coach Jim Haslett said Howard was cleared to return to the field by doctors last Tuesday, but the team wanted to be extra cautious and let him rest another week before playing him in a game.

CB Jason Craft did not play against the 49ers because of a sprained left ankle, which he injured in an Aug. 27 exhibition game. He hopes to return for Sunday's game with the St. Louis Rams.

DT Brian Young did not suit up Sunday because of a left hip flexor injury that knocked him out of the season opener against Seattle.

QB Aaron Brooks fumbled three times, but the Saints recovered all three. He pulled himself together and led the Saints on a 59-yard drive that ended in what turned out to be the winning touchdown - Brooks' 16-yard pass to Donte Stallworth with 1:01 to play. Brooks, who hit on 25 of 34 passes for 279 yards and three TDs, recorded the 12th fourth-quarter comeback of his career.

RB Deuce McAllister left Sunday's game with the 49ers with 10:18 to play in the opening quarter after spraining his left ankle. He was injured on his third carry of the game while trying to get to the corner on a stretch play.

X-rays were negative, but McAllister was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday (Sep. 20) to determine the severity of the injury. McAllister sprained the same ankle in Week 10 of the 2002 season and he missed one game.

Aaron Stecker took over for McAllister and finished the game with 41 yards on 15 carries. Stecker also caught six passes for 19 yards.

New England Patriots

RB Corey Dillon finished with 158 yards on 32 carries, the Patriots' best individual running effort since 1997 (Curtis Martin).

WR Deion Branch was injured on the final play of the first half when the Patriots attempted a Hail Mary pass. The pass was intercepted and Branch - the team's leading receiver in 2003 with 57 receptions - was injured on the runback. He didn't return to the field in the second half, although head coach Bill Belichick said Branch wanted to. The coaching staff, according to Belichick, decided against it.

RB Rabih Abdullah, a free agent signed by the Patriots after the season opener, dressed and played on special teams. Patrick Pass served as the primary backup to Dillon.

TE Benjamin Watson was inactive for the game due to a knee injury. Watson started in Week 1 and 10-year veteran Christian Fauria started in his place in the team's two tight-end set. LB Mike Vrabel served as the team's third TE on the goal-line.

QB Tom Brady was intercepted twice, which is rare. Of his 19 games in 2003 (including playoffs), Brady had only four games with two or more picks.

WR David Givens eclipsed the 100-yard receiving mark for the first time in his career with six catches for 118 yards. His previous high came last Nov. 3 at Denver when he had three catches for 87 yards.

TE Daniel Graham entered the 2004 with five touchdowns in two seasons, but already has three in two games this year after the first two-touchdown game of his career Sunday in Arizona. He has now caught a touchdown pass in his last three regular season games dating back to last year. Graham now has nine catches for 78 yards and three TDs through two games.

WR Deion Branch left Sunday's game after injuring his leg on the last play of the first half. Following James Darling's interception of a Tom Brady Hail Mary, Branch was hurt trying to make the tackle when offensive lineman Dan Koppen was clipped into the side of Branch's leg. The receiver lobbied to come back in the game, but Belichick held him out and had no further information Monday on the injury's extent.

WR David Patten also left game during the second half and had his leg worked on by trainers on the bench. There is no update on his status.

TE Benjamin Watson was inactive after not even starting the week on the injury report. He was added to the injury report Thursday as probable with a knee injury, was downgraded to questionable on Friday, and was inactive for the game.

New York Jets

RB Curtis Martin ran for a pair of touchdowns on the Jets' first two possessions, and 119 yards on 32 carries overall to lead the Jets to a 34-28 win at San Diego.

TE Chris Baker may have become the Jets' first choice when they look to throw to the tight end. That role used to be Anthony Becht's, but the Jets are tiring of his dropped passes, including one in the season opener on the only pass thrown to him. Baker caught three passes for 20 yards and a touchdown while Becht had no catches.

C Kevin Mawae broke his hand late in the third quarter and left the game. It is unknown how long Mawae will be out. Jonathan Goodwin played at center the rest of the game and would start if Mawae is unable to return when the Jets resume their schedule in two weeks following the bye.

C Jonathan Goodwin will be thrust into a starting role if Kevin Mawae (broken right hand) is unable to play when the Jets resume play in two weeks.

FS Erick Coleman has likely solidified his place as one of the Jets starting safeties. Earning the strong safety job in training camp, Coleman has taken over at free safety for the injured Jon McGraw. After making a key interception in the season opener, Coleman added another this week against the Chargers, along with a fumble recovery.

DT James Reed started working at fullback in training camp last season and it looks like the role is a success for the 286-pound Reed. He was a key blocker on both of Curtis Martin's goalline touchdown runs.

DE Bryan Thomas was inactive for the second straight week and was still behind rookie Trevor Johnson, a seventh-round pick. Although Thomas has been nursing a hamstring injury, he also hasn't performed and the Jets have just about given up on him.

C Jonathan Goodwin played very well after replacing Pro Bowler Kevin Mawae (broken right hand) and may have given the Jets a realistic option as a backup there. Drafted as a guard, Goodwin failed to earn a starting role in three seasons and didn't pan out as a top reserve, placing him in danger at the start of camp. He would start in Mawae is unable to play.

LB Jonathan Vilma will be thrown in as the starter in the middle if Sam Cowart, as expected, misses time with a sprained ligament in his left knee. Vilma played well when he replaced Cowart in the second quarter and finished with three tackles. It was a marked improvement over his first game last week, when he was occasionally caught out of position.

C Kevin Mawae could be out for the next game or more with a broken metacarpal in his right or snapping hand. Coach Herman Edwards' gut feeling, however, is that he will heal sufficiently during the bye week to play Oct. 3 in Miami. Jonathan Goodwin would start in Mawae's place but a long term absence could force the Jets to move left guard Pete Kendall to center, where he's played before.

MLB Sam Cowart suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee Sunday and may miss at least a few games. The results of an MRI taken Monday weren't available.

Dallas Cowboys

QB Vinny Testaverde, 40, completed 23 of 35 passes for 322 yards with one touchdown and the three interceptions. He became the first Cowboys player to do it since Don Meredith in 1963. He passed for 355 yards last week against the Vikings. He also tossed three interceptions for the first time since 2001.

RB Eddie George saw his consecutive starting streak extended to 130 straight games; dating back to his rookie year. He also scored his 65th career rushing touchdown.

TE Jason Witten finished with a career high 82 yards on six catches. It marked the most receiving yards by a Cowboys tight end since Jay Novacek had 91 in 1995.

LB Dexter Coakley's 33-yard rush on a fake punt proved to be bulk of the Cowboys rushing attack, which gained 126 yards on the day.

TE Jeff Robinson has three receptions in his Dallas career. All have been for touchdowns, including a one-yarder on Sunday.

New York Giants

G Chris Snee, Coach Tom Coughlin's son-in-law, was flagged three times for false start penalties.

S Brent Alexander had two interceptions against Washington in the Giants' 20-14 win over the Redskins.

QB Kurt Warner completed 22 of 33 passes for 232 yards and recorded his first touchdown pass as a Giant, a 38-yard strike to WR Tim Carter.

CB Will Peterson led the Giants with eight tackles, forced a fumble and recorded one pass defensed, but was slightly defensive at the heat the secondary took after the blowout suffered at the hands of the Eagles in the season opener. "We kind of felt bad about that," he said. "We have a veteran secondary and that should never happen. But we are only doing our job and it was a little strange getting into a new defense." Tim Lewis is the Giants' new coordinator, having replaced Johnnie Lynn.

S Shaun Williams, who drew criticism for his play last week, had seven solo tackles, a forced fumble and a pass defensed. "We play hard all the time," he said. "Sometimes it works out, sometimes the offensive guys do their jobs a little better, you know?"

LB Barrett Green scored his first TD with a 16-yard fumble return, registered four tackles and knocked down a pass, to boot. "My dad played for the Giants," he said, referring to safety Joe Green, who played in the 1970s, "and he told me that anything good you do is better when you do it for the Giants." Green left the game in the third quarter with a sprained ankle.

LB Reggie Torbor got his first start when veteran Carlos Emmons (groin pull) was kept out and put on the inactive list. "It was exciting and scary all at once," he said. "I couldn't believe the intensity and the speed of this game. Much more than in college, much more even than in the exhibition games."

WR Amani Toomer had six receptions for 54 yards, but he failed to score a touchdown. "I thought I had one," he said. "The ball was just an inch or two past my hands [a pass thrown by QB Kurt Warner], but as long as we won that's not important."

LB Barrett Green suffered an ankle injury Sunday. "He's better today than he was yesterday," coach Tom Coughlin said. "But we'll have to see how he comes in tomorrow and we're trying like heck to be sure that he'll play this week so once its practice time it will probably be limited early in the week and then we'll see where it goes."

QB Kurt Warner said he is still not 100 percent comfortable with the Giants' offensive system. "I know he is extremely conscious of doing the things that I want him to do and not to turn the ball over ... you know take good care of the football," coach Tom Coughlin said. "We had the one fumble that should not have occurred, that was not a sophisticated pickup ... we just blew the protection. But other than that, I thought he performed well, the play action after sudden change was outstanding ... so the progress is solid there."

TE Jeremy Shockey, still clearly bothered (or at least slowed down) by his foot surgery and subsequent hamstring pull, played more as an H-back (blocking back) than he did as the dynamic deep downfield receiver who stunned NFL defenses when he was a rookie two years ago. He did catch five passes, but for a total of 36 yards, and for the second straight game dropped one that would have been a long gain, if not a touchdown.

Philadelphia Eagles

G Steve Sciullo, who was picked up on waivers from the Colts two weeks ago, is the club's top inside backup now that Artis Hicks has replaced injured Shawn Andrews in the starting lineup. Sciullo started 13 games for the Colts last season, but was released earlier this month.

LB Jeremiah Trotter's playing time is expected to keep increasing as defensive coordinator Jim Johnson attempts to keep starting middle linebacker Mark Simoneau fresh in an effort to keep him from getting worn down like he did last season.

DT Paul Grasmanis, who has missed the first two games of the season with an Achilles tendon strain, is hopeful of playing this week against Detroit.

QB Jeff Blake will continue to serve as the club's No. 3 quarterback behind starter Donovan McNabb and backup Koy Detmer. But if McNabb were to be sidelined for an extended period of time, Blake would probably be the Eagles' starter. Detmer is the backup primarily because he is kicker David Akers' holder.

RB Thomas Tapeh's playing time likely will increase as the rookie's familiarity with the Eagles' offense grows. Tapeh, a fifth-round pick, had been mainly learning the fullback position before Correll Buckhalter went down with a season-ending knee injury. Now, the Eagles are giving him practice snaps at both fullback and halfback. He had three carries for three yards in the Eagles' Week 1 win over the Giants.

Chicago Bears

QB Rex Grossman had this to say about his coach, Lovie Smith, and his team after their 21-10 win over the Packers. "We have a head coach who has a lot of confidence in us, and we responded today. I think we're a pretty good team. Last week we had one slip away from us, and this week we had to prove that we were a good team. Lovie put everybody out there, and we backed him up. That's what builds team chemistry, and I think we grew today as a team. I grew personally as a quarterback, and I just couldn't be more thrilled." Grossman's passer rating leaped from 43.4 in the 20-16 loss to the Lions to 74.3 in Sunday's victory, when he completed 10 of 18 for 132 yards and a touchdown.

S Mike Brown suffered what is likely to be a season-ending Achilles injury late in the Packers game. Brown scored on a 95-yard fumble return earlier in the game.

WR David Terrell, who caught five passes for 126 yards last week, didn't have any catches against Green Bay. Terrell lost 15 yards on a reverse and then fumbled the ball away at the Packers' 40-yard line.

S Bobby Gray, who is expected to become a starter because of the Achilles injury to Mike Brown, had his first career interception in the fourth quarter.

S Mike Green, who was starting at strong safety, will move to free safety to take over for Mike Brown, who suffered an Achilles injury. Green had the second interception of his career versus the Packers.

RB Thomas Jones picked up 152 yards on 23 carries for a 6.6-yard average. His 54-yard run on a third-and-1 play early in the third quarter set up his one-yard touchdown that put the Bears up 21-3.

OL Steve Edwards filled in admirably at right guard Sunday after Mike Gandy suffered a hamstring injury in the first quarter. Edwards started 16 games at left guard last season, but with the off-season addition of OT John Tait and OG Ruben Brown, he had become the Bears' utility offensive lineman.

DL Israel Idonije has been strictly a defensive end in the past, but he played tackle Sunday, backing up rookies Tommie Harris and Tank Johnson after the knee injury to starter Alfonso Boone.

OG Mike Gandy is expected to miss at least this week with a hamstring injury he suffered in the first quarter of Sunday's game.

DT Alfonso Boone is not expected to play this week after suffering a knee injury in the first quarter of Sunday's game, but he has not been ruled out yet.

DT Tank Johnson is expected to move into the starting lineup after the knee injury to Alfonso Boone in Week Two. Johnson had been playing in a rotation behind Boone and fellow rookie Tommie Harris.

Seattle Seahawks

RG Chris Gray gave up a couple sacks Sunday at Tampa Bay. Gray is the weak link on the line, and one has to wonder whether the Seahawks will make a lineup change at some point.

DE Grant Wistrom is getting into a rhythm now that he has a couple games under his belt. Wistrom collected two sacks and forced a fumble during a Week 2 game at Tampa Bay. He also made plays consistently against the run.

RB Shaun Alexander started Sunday at Tampa Bay after missing much of the previous week with a bruised knee. Alexander found little running room against the Bucs' defense. He finished with 45 yards on 17 carries, with no touchdowns. But he showed some toughness by playing through pain. "I think this is obviously a statement," QB Matt Hasselbeck said. "Your teammates notice stuff like that."

QB Matt Hasselbeck struggled Sunday, and a lot of the credit goes to the Bucs' swarming defense. Hasselbeck had few opportunities to make plays downfield, and only once did he take full advantage of a breakdown in the Bucs' defense. His hard pump fake allowed WR Koren Robinson to slip free for a 27-yard TD catch that wound up being the difference in the game. Poor pass protection from RG Chris Gray in particular prevented Hasselbeck from functioning in key third-down situations.

S Michael Boulware came through with the game-clinching interception Sunday at Tampa Bay. The rookie second-round choice has picked off a pass in each of the Seahawks' first two games; both times while playing in the nickel defense. The Seahawks think he'll push for a starting job before the season is out.

QB Matt Hasselbeck didn't have enough time to throw accurately Sunday. Pass protection was a major disappointment. Seattle could have resorted to some of the max-protect schemes favored by lesser offenses, but coach Mike Holmgren stubbornly tried to play the game without such adjustments. That left Hasselbeck in a difficult situation as the line and backs failed to pick up blitzes that Seattle had not seen before.

LT Walter Jones dominated his matchup with Bucs DE Simeon Rice. Jones did not allow a sack. Moreover, Rice's name didn't even appear on the postgame defensive stat sheet.

MLB Orlando Huff is exceeding expectations after a non-descript battle for the starting job. Huff led Seattle with nine tackles Sunday. He also collected a 10-yard sack on a blitz.

RB Shaun Alexander is expected to practice this week after his bruised right knee held up Sunday. Coach Mike Holmgren said he expects Alexander to participate fully.

CB Marcus Trufant is quietly taking the next step in his development. With eight tackles and one interception Sunday, Trufant played well but could not upstage the two-sack effort of DE Grant Wistrom. Trufant's 41-yard interception return set up the game's only TD, and he had another late INT negated by penalty. Look for Trufant to continue his development into a dominant, play-making corner.

Indianapolis Colts

DB Nick Harper's end zone interception of a Steve McNair pass early in the fourth quarter helped turn a 17-17 tie in favor of the Colts.

SS Cory Bird, who did not play at New England last week as he recovered from a concussion, started against the Titans. Bird left the game Sunday for a short time with a ankle injury, but he was able to return.

TE Dallas Clark suffered an ankle injury against the Titans, but should be fine to play this week against Green Bay.

DT Josh Williams did not practice the Friday before the Tennessee game due to a foot injury. Williams, however, did start against the Titans.

SS Mike Doss (hamstring) did not dress for the Tennessee game. He is also expected to miss this week's home opener with Green Bay.

CB Joseph Jefferson (knee) did not play at Tennessee. Jefferson will be out for at least another couple of weeks.

LB Gilbert Gardner (ankle) sat out his second straight game. He may be able to start light practice next week.

FS Bob Sanders (foot) missed his second straight game. Sanders, the Colts' top draft pick in April, has yet to go through a full practice since he signed his contract at the end of training camp.

RB Dominic Rhodes is expected to start this week's home opener with Green Bay. Rhodes and RB James Mungro will share the duty until Edgerrin James is able to return in 1-2 weeks.

TE Dallas Clark (foot) is expected to be available when the Colts take on Green Bay Sunday at the RCA Dome. Clark suffered a minor foot injury at Tennessee but was able to play. He did not practice Monday.

LB Gilbert Gardner (ankle) was able to resume practice on Monday. Gardner suffered a high ankle sprain in the Colts' second pre-season game and has been sidelined.

DT Josh Williams (foot) was back in a walking boot for a short time Monday. Williams sprained his right foot in practice late last week and did not practice Friday. He was able to start the Tennessee game and did go through Monday's short practice.

SS Mike Doss (hamstring) is not expected back until Indianapolis' Oct. 10 home game with Oakland or the Oct. 24 home game with Jacksonville.

FS Bob Sanders (foot) may not be practicing with the team any time soon. Sanders has been rehabbing his right foot due to a stress fracture he suffered during his senior season at Iowa.

LB Keyon Whiteside (knee) is expected to be available for the Green Bay game.

RB Edgerrin James may be sidelined for one to two weeks with a strained left hamstring. James suffered a second degree strain while finishing a 30-yard touchdown run in the latter stages of the fourth quarter. "Edgerrin's injury is probably the worst (injury) coming out of (the Tennessee) game. He's a pretty quick healer, but I'll have to say if you were looking at this week right now, it would probably be doubtful," said coach Tony Dungy. "It happened on his last run. That's when he felt it.

"He feels good. He thinks he's fine. But the MRI shows some damage in there. So we'll see what happens. He may be one of those guys who's just able to play and go through it. But based on what our doctors saw on the MRI, he's got a little damage in there."

Jacksonville Jaguars

PR Jermaine Lewis' 50-yard punt return set up a 32-yard drive in the second period that was capped by Byron Leftwich's 12-yard touchdown pass to rookie Ernest Wilford.

WR Ernest Wilford caught a 12-yard touchdown pass from Byron Leftwich against Denver. Wilford now has two catches in two games and both decided the games. Wilford's seven-yard catch on the final play beat Buffalo in the opener.

DE Paul Spicer suffered a broken leg in the third period against Denver and will be sidelined indefinitely.

DT Rob Meier, who has seen some action at end, replaced injured DE Paul Spicer at left end.

RB Fred Taylor, playing with a sore foot, was held to 54 yards on 16 carries.

WR Jimmy Smith caught only three passes for 69 yards, but he was covered by Denver cornerback Champ Bailey for much of the game.

QB Byron Leftwich had a 95.8 quarterback rating against Denver, but he threw only 16 passes and completed eight for 120 yards. He threw so few passes because he converted only one of 10 third down drives and the Jaguars couldn't get any consistent drives going.

P Chris Hanson punted nine times and dropped four punts inside Denver's 20-yard line.

KR Jermaine Lewis was awarded a game ball after his 50-yard punt return set up the Jaguars' only touchdown.

DT Marcus Stroud shared a game ball for CB Rasheen Mathis for his stout play on the defense that held Denver to two field goals. He had six tackles.

MLB Danny Clark had his best game as a Raider with 11 tackles and a sack.

DE Paul Spicer was lost indefinitely with a broken leg.

He'll undergo surgery on Tuesday and coach Jack Del Rio declined to speculate on whether he'll be out for the season, but he described Spicer's right leg as "mangled" and "gross."

Except for saying his lower leg was broken, he wouldn't says whether it's a compound fracture or whether it's the tibia or the fibula. The tibia is the larger of the two bones in the lower leg so it's more serious if that is the broken bone.

Del Rio said when he spoke to the doctors, he said, "I didn't get into which bones and the name of the bones."

Spicer wasn't available for comment, but he told teammates he'll be back this year.

Del Rio also said the Broncos, whose offensive line techniques are often controversial, didn't make a deliberate attempt to hurt Spicer.

"It didn't appear to be a deliberate attempt by anybody to hurt him. It's that happens in football where it's a violent sport and unfortunately things like that occur at times," he said.

"We had a stunt and they were running that way and the tackle missed his block and the running back, the first thing showed in his face, he blocked and the tackle was coming back to try to get his guy and they wound up there at the same time," Del Rio said.

He added, "It'll probably be fined. It's the kind of block the league doesn't allow, but it's not a deliberate attempt where they said we're going to post and cut this guy and try and put him out. It's not that type of play."

Washington Redskins

QB Mark Brunell committed two turnovers and strained a hamstring in Washington's ugly 20-14 loss to the Giants. There was no immediate indication of whether Brunell would heal in time to play Dallas.

QB Patrick Ramsey threw three interceptions and showed little readiness to become the starter. Washington might not be able to live with the boom-and-bust play of Ramsey, whose 18 attempts also included nine completions for 142 yards and a touchdown. "Our team expects me to play better and I expect myself to perform better in a situation like that," Ramsey said. "I just have to play smart football and I don't think I did that today."

LB LaVar Arrington played through a knee sprain he suffered against Tampa Bay. He didn't feel great, but was optimistic he'd play against Dallas.

K John Hall shook off a hamstring strain from the Bucs game, but clearly was hurting at times. His status is unclear for the Cowboys game.

LB Mike Barrow was unable to play in his return to Giants Stadium. LB Antonio Pierce once again filled in for him at middle linebacker.

S Sean Taylor remained a reserve, participating in more plays but still not flashing the dominance he enjoyed in the preseason.

Baltimore Ravens

TE Todd Heap injured his right ankle and did not play in the second half. He will be listed at least as questionable for Sunday's game and likely will miss two games.

CB Deion Sanders strained his hamstring and did not play in the second half. The nickel back is considered day to day.

TE Terry Jones likely will have an increased role in the passing game with Todd Heap (ankle) injured. He has good size but lacks Heap's speed.

CB Ray Walls could receive increased snaps in the secondary as the nickel back if Deion Sanders can't come back from a hamstring strain.

DT Maake Kemoeatu was a force in the middle as the Ravens controlled the line of scrimmage against an experienced Steelers offensive line. He was replacing Kelly Gregg, who is expected to miss another week with a knee injury.

DT Aubrayo Franklin strained his right hamstring and is day to day. He was the top backup at nose tackle.

RB Chester Taylor gained a career-best 76 yards and could receive more carries as the Ravens prep him to be a possible starter. Jamal Lewis is expected to stand trial on federal drug charges Nov. 1.

CB Deion Sanders' 15-yard penalty may have been the most understandable. He said the skullcap he wears under his helmet had slid down over his eyes as he was returning his only punt in the second quarter. Sanders, who gained 23 yards on the return, removed his helmet immediately after he was tackled.

"I couldn't even see," Sanders said. "I was just trying to decipher between the color of jerseys. I've never taken off a helmet in my whole career. I apologize to my fans as well as my teammates, but that was really the reason why I took off my helmet. I couldn't even see the last 10 yards running the punt back."

TE Daniel Wilcox will receive more opportunities in the passing game with Todd Heap injured. He showed he can make big plays in the preseason.

WR Travis Taylor is expected to miss his second straight game with a groin injury. Randy Hymes will start in his place.

LT Jonathan Ogden said he had no ill effects after starting last week. He missed the opener with a sprained right knee but said he wouldn't be 100 percent for another two weeks.

TE Terry Jones could see some increased receptions with Todd Heap injured. He will also share time with Daniel Wilcox.

C Mike Flynn expects to return to practice this week but will not be involved in contact. He broke his collarbone late in training camp and could return to the starting lineup in two weeks.

OT Ethan Brooks sprained his right knee last week and will miss at least three weeks. Damion Cook now becomes the top backup at tackle.

TE Todd Heap will miss two to four weeks with a lower right ankle sprain. He is walking around on crutches and will be replaced in the starting lineup by Terry Jones.

Tennessee Titans

LG Jacob Bell seemed to fare well in his first start as Zach Piller's (torn biceps) replacement, but the Titans can ill-afford another hole in the line.

RB Chris Brown ran for 152 yards on 26 carries against the Colts, gaining all his yards on first and second down. He struggled with the first two balls Steve McNair threw his direction, but pulled in the third for an 8-yard catch.

QB Steve McNair completed 25 of 39 passes against the Colts for 273 yards. He absorbed three sacks and only ran twice for 2 yards. His one interception came on a fourth down, when he looked to WR Derrick Mason against Colts CB Nick Harper in one-on-one coverage. Mason made the catch, but Harper took the ball from him.

P Craig Hentrich returned to action after missing last week's game with back spasms. He averaged 51 yards on his two punts and had solid kickoffs.

K Gary Anderson hit his one FG attempt against Indianapolis, a 39-yarder. The Titans chose to go for it on a fourth-and-two instead of trying a 44-yarder with either Anderson or Craig Hentrich.

WR Drew Bennett let a touchdown pass slip through his hands and failed to adjust to a midrange pass that could have had a big bearing on a late drive. The Titans needed more from him in Tyrone Calico's absence.

WR Derrick Mason failed to pull in one touchdown pass and had Colts CB Nick Harper steal another one out of his arms. Still, he led the Titans with eight catches for 104 yards.

MLB Rocky Calmus did not play because of leg weakness resulting from low back problems.

Cincinnati Bengals

LB Brian Simmons, who had a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown, also had eight tackles and played a big part in an improved run defense.

K Shayne Graham was 3 for 4 on field goals and is now 26 of 30 in 18 games as Bengals kicker. He also improved the consistency and depth of his kickoffs, coach Marvin Lewis said.

LB Nate Webster, a key in the run defense, rebounded from a poor opening game to lead the Bengals with 10 tackles against Miami. He broke up two passes and had one sack for an eight-yard loss.

P Kyle Larson punted 10 times for a 41.8-yard average. His first couple of punts were low line-drives, but his hangtime and distance improved as the game went on.

WR Chad Johnson was limited to three receptions for 45 yards, but he had a 20-yarder that gave the Bengals a first down on the Miami 30-yard line with 30 seconds left.

DB Madieu Williams played a solid game in his second start in as many games at two different positions. He started at cornerback in the opener and strong safety against Miami. He had six tackles and broke up one pass against the Dolphins.

C Jerry Fontenot started and played the whole game, just three days after signing with the Bengals as a free agent. He had been cut Sept. 5 by the Saints.

WR Peter Warrick, who did not practice all week because of shin and knee injuries, had a team-best six receptions for 51 yards. Three of the catches were good for first downs.

Miami Dolphins

QB A.J. Feeley will get a second consecutive start Sunday at Pittsburgh. Feeley threw two interceptions - including one that was returned 50 yards for a touchdown by Cincinnati LB Brian Simmons - in a 16-13 loss to the Bengals, but he did lead a Dolphins comeback that tied the score at 13-13 with less than two minutes remaining.

DT Larry Chester said he suffered a torn right anterior cruciate ligament in Sunday's 16-13 loss to Cincinnati. Chester, who was one of the team's most improved players after losing 55 pounds during the offseason, is likely headed toward injured reserve.

CB Patrick Surtain (groin) didn't play in Sunday night's 16-13 loss to Cincinnati. The Dolphins are hoping Surtain, who was downgraded from questionable to doubtful on Friday, can return for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

DT Tim Bowens (back) missed his second consecutive game in Sunday's 16-13 loss to Cincinnati. The Dolphins are hoping Bowens can return for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, as he must now play an even bigger part in the team's run defense following what is a likely season-ending knee injury suffered by DT Larry Chester.

DT Bryan Robinson will likely become a full-time starter now that DT Larry Chester is believed to have suffered a season-ending knee injury. Robinson replaced starting DT Tim Bowens (back) in Sunday's 16-13 loss to Cincinnati.

St. Louis Rams

CB DeJuan Groce, who missed several weeks of training camp because of an injury to his left knee, suffered a sprained right knee on the Falcons' second possession and didn't return.

CB Kevin Garrett has been bothered by a foot injury, and did not play much from scrimmage even after DeJuan Groce exited because of a knee injury.

WR Kevin Curtis, who has been bothered by shin splits for several weeks, was active for the game against Atlanta, but did not play.

RB Steven Jackson was the main kickoff returner, but gained just 59 yards on three returns, an average of 19.7. Jackson also helped put the Rams in poor field position on the kickoff after Atlanta took a 24-17 lead. On a touchback, Jackson tossed the ball at an Atlanta player, and drew a taunting penalty that put the Rams on their own 10-yard line.

LB Tommy Polley, who lost his starting job during training camp, was active for the game, but did not play - not even on special teams. Polley suffered some injured ribs making a special teams tackle in the opener against Arizona.

San Diego Chargers

LB Randall Godfrey suffered a concussion in Sunday's loss, and his availability is yet to be determined.

WR Tim Dwight's debut was noteworthy, as he returned a kickoff 87 yards for a TD. Dwight didn't play in the opener or during the preseason because of a hamstring injury.

WR Reche Caldwell has now caught touchdown passes in consecutive games. He entered the season with only three scoring receptions in two years.

C Jason Ball, a starter last year, signed his exclusive rights tender offer after missing training camp and the opener. The Chargers will have a roster exemption on him until Oct. 4.

LB Stephen Cooper replaced Randall Godfrey when he suffered a concussion, and had a game-high nine tackles.

Houston Texans

RB Domanick Davis has had a difficult time holding onto the football through the first two-weeks of the season. Davis has four of the Houston Texans' seven turnovers that have resulted in the first 0-2 start in team history.

"I'm fumbling and it's something I don't do," Davis said. "It's frustrating, real frustrating. I've got to be more patient."

Davis has four fumbles in 62 chances this season. He had only three in 288 chances as a rookie in 2003.

RB Tony Hollings was held out of the Detroit game with a bruised right knee. A MRI showed no structural damage and Hollings is listed as day-to-day.

FB Moran Norris has missed the first two games of the season with a sore left shoulder. His replacement, Jarrod Baxter, started all 16 games for the Texans in 2002.

P Chad Stanley has only four punts in two games. He had 211 during the past two seasons.

QB David Carr completed 18 of 23 pass attempts in the second half against Detroit, including eight in a row.

OLB Kailee Wong has at least one sack in both games this season.

S Jason Simmons will move into the starting spot at strong safety for Sunday's game against Kansas City with Eric Brown sidelined with a sprained MCL. Simmons has only made two career starts in six NFL seasons.

SS Eric Brown will miss Sunday's game at Kansas City with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Brown has played in 65 of 66 games the past four-plus seasons with Denver and Houston.

RG Zach Wiegert is doubtful for Sunday's game against Kansas City with a sprained left elbow suffered in the 28-16 loss to the Detroit Lions. The Texans may be forced to start either Milford Brown or Fred Weary at right guard against the Chiefs with top backup Todd Washington (bruised right forearm) also injured.

RB Tony Hollings missed last week's game against Detroit with a bruised right knee, and his status has not been updated. Hollings is the primary backup to Domanick Davis.

Arizona Cardinals

WR Anquan Boldin hopes to return by mid to late October, perhaps against Seattle, Oct. 24, the week after the bye. It's impossible to exaggerate what he means to this offense. Boldin caught 101 passes last year, and teamed with rookie Larry Fitzgerald, the pair would give Arizona a dynamic young receiving duo.

QB Josh McCown still hasn't thrown for a touchdown. He had two interceptions against New England. The offense is desperate for a playmaker and McCown tried to force things.

WR Larry Fitzgerald is going to face double coverage until Anquan Boldin returns from injury. Fitzgerald was defended by either New England's Ty Law or a safety and corner all day. He finished with five receptions for 36 yards and wasn't a factor.

RB Emmitt Smith was expected to play a big role against New England, which has a suspect run defense. But Smith carried just 13 times for 31 yards. He never had much room to run.

OLB Raynoch Thompson missed his second straight game with a sprained knee. He hopes to return this week against Atlanta, but probably has some trepidation about testing the knee on artificial turf.

OLB James Darling has played well in place of Raynoch Thompson. Darling's a savvy 8-year veteran who runs very well.

Green Bay Packers

DT Cletidus Hunt was in and out of the lineup in the second half with bruised ribs. His backup, Kenny Peterson, was inactive because of an ankle injury.

CB Mike McKenzie was activated Saturday and played in the dime defense at left cornerback. Michael Hawthorne continued to start. "He was into the game," coach Mike Sherman said. "I thought he played pretty well."

C Mike Flanagan was unable to finish for the second straight game, giving way to Grey Ruegamer for the final series. Flanagan has been battling a patellar problem for months.

RB Ahman Green made some outstanding runs while gaining 128 yards in 24 carries. The play that will stand out, however, was his fumble at the goal-line that S Mike Brown returned 95 yards for a score. Green wouldn't comment afterward.

DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila had just two assisted tackles and no sacks in his matchup against Bears LT Qasim Mitchell, who was considered the weak link of Chicago's line. "He did a good job," KGB said. "I did a lot of dropping and did a lot of stunts. I didn't have that many opportunities."

Kansas City Chiefs

RB Priest Holmes did not play in the final 8 1/2 minutes of the Chiefs' 28-17 home loss to Carolina. Both the team and the player said there was no injury, but Holmes didn't play again after appearing to get bent backward while stuck in a stack. He finished with only 66-yards rushing on sixteen attempts and one TD.

K Lawrence Tynes missed the kind of field goal the Chiefs hoped he would make when they named him to replace Morten Andersen. His 48-yard miss wide right just before halftime made Dick Vermeil's decision not to gamble on fourth-and-1 from the Carolina 29 with 49 seconds left before halftime of a 10-7 game look especially bad.

WR Eddie Kennison sustained a hamstring injury while running a deep pattern midway through the first half of Kansas City's 28-17 loss to Carolina.

TE Tony Gonzalez started strong early in KC's 28-17 loss to Carolina, but then all but disappeared after catching 3 balls for 49 yards in KC's first three series. Gonzalez had only one catch for 14 yards the rest of the game.

QB Trent Green had his second straight off day in the young season's second straight loss against Carolina. His 54.4 QB rating after completing only 50 percent of his 34 passes with one pick and no TD's was only barely better than his 53.4 in the season-opening loss to Denver.

Denver Broncos

RB Quentin Griffin's fumble with less than a minute remaining last Sunday at Jacksonville cost the Broncos a chance at a 40-yard game-winning field goal attempt. The Broncos lost the game 7-6.

Griffin, who had a strong opening game to the season with 156 yards against Kansas City, struggled against Jacksonville's strong defense before fumbling the ball away at the end. Griffin was held to 66 yards on 25 carries.

DE Reggie Hayward started ahead of Raylee Johnson on Sunday. Hayward, who was demoted in training camp after being handed the starting job last off-season, had a sack and led Denver's defensive linemen with four tackles.

DE Trevor Pryce was inactive on Sunday after a pinched nerve on a disc in his back acted up. The injury takes away strength in one of Pryce's legs. It was only the second time Pryce has missed a game because of injury in his NFL career.

TE Dwayne Carswell played most of the game on Sunday because Denver wanted him on the field as an extra blocker for the running game. But Carswell had three catches, including two in the fourth quarter for first downs.

RB Garrison Hearst's sprained ankle kept him out of Sunday's game. Hearst hurt himself in Denver's first game and said he hopes to play this week. Tatum Bell took over as Denver's backup running back.

DT Luther Elliss made his Broncos debut on Sunday. He missed Denver's first game with a partially torn pectoral muscle. Elliss mainly played in passing situations against Jacksonville, and said he felt fine after the game.

TE Jeb Putzier had another quiet day with two catches for 12 yards and saw a lot less playing time on Sunday because the Broncos went with blockers Dwayne Carswell and Patrick Hape more often. Putzier still has the best hands among the tight ends and should get a lot of opportunities as the season goes on.

DT Monsanto Pope got the starting nod on Sunday with Luther Elliss still being limited with a partially torn pectoral muscle and Trevor Pryce inactive and unable to play because of a pinched nerve in his back. Pope had a decent game, with a pair of tackles.

RB Tatum Bell ran well in his limited opportunity as Quentin Griffin's backup last Sunday. Either Bell or Garrison Hearst, who was inactive against Jacksonville with a sprained ankle, could be a candidate to get short-yardage carries in the near future because Griffin struggled in that area against the Jaguars.

DE Reggie Hayward started on Sunday against Jacksonville, and coach Mike Shanahan confirmed that Hayward has been promoted ahead of veteran Raylee Johnson. Shanahan said Hayward, who was demoted in training camp, outplayed Johnson in Denver's first game and earned the start.

CB Lenny Walls was supposed to miss four games after dislocating his shoulder in Denver's first game, but coach Mike Shanahan didn't rule out Walls coming back in Week 4 after missing only two games. Shanahan said there was an outside chance Walls could play this week, although that appears unlikely.

DE Trevor Pryce said he will fly to California on Tuesday to get another medical opinion on a pinched nerve on a disc in his back. The injury is causing Pryce lower back pain and sapping the strength in his right leg. The Broncos traded a conditional 2005 draft pick on Monday to Atlanta for disgruntled defensive tackle Ellis Johnson as insurance in case Pryce misses some significant time.

Pryce was inactive on Sunday, the first game he has missed because of an injury since 1999.

"He was just saying he doesn't have the leg strength he normally has," coach Mike Shanahan said. "When Trevor says something like that, there's something wrong."


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