Week 4 NFL Notes Roundup

A host of notes for each team, up and down the league.


  • QB Quincy Carter completed 11 of 23 passes for 165 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Carter had a string of eight straight games of at least 200 yards passing stopped.

  • RB Troy Hambrick prepared for his meeting with former idol Emmitt Smith with a career-high tying 127 yards on 24 carries, including a 31-yard touchdown run.

  • SS Roy Williams said he must step up and make plays last week. On Sunday, he made the play of the game, forcing a fumble on Jets running back Curtis Martin near the Cowboys goal line in the second quarter to stop a Jets score and pave the way for a Cowboys touchdown.

  • RT Ryan Young was ruled out of Sunday's game right before kickoff because of continued knee swelling. Kurt Vollers stepped in and was solid in his first career start.

  • WR Joey Galloway caught five passes for 100 yards, giving him two 100 yards games this season and 18 for his career.


  • The Eagles suffered another crippling defensive injury in their 23-13 win over Buffalo. Cornerback Troy Vincent left the game early in the first quarter after suffering a hamstring injury, and isn't expected to play this week against Washington.

  • Vincent is the third Pro Bowl member of the Eagles' secondary to go down, joining free safety Brian Dawkins and cornerback Bobby Taylor, who both missed their second straight game with foot injuries.

  • If both Taylor and Vincent can't play this week, the Eagles' two starting corners will be second-year men Lito Sheppard and Sheldon Brown, who gave up a total of 16 catches and 206 receiving yards last week to Bills wideouts Eric Moulds and Bobby Shaw.

    The Eagles still are a three-running back team, with Duce Staley, Correll Buckhalter and Brian Westbrook all rotating in. But second-year Westbrook is emerging as the club's most dangerous threat.

  • Westbrook, who also handles the punt and kickoff return duties for the Eagles, rushed for 96 yards on a career-high 11

    carries in the Eagles' win over Buffalo. He picked up 62 of those yards on a game-clinching touchdown run with two minutes left and the Eagles clinging to a three-point lead.

  • "He did a heck of a job, he really did," Reid said. "I mean, you're talking about (playing) special teams and as we used him on the offensive side, flexing him out and having him run routes, bringing him in and asking him to carry the ball, he finished strong."

  • In the Eagles' first two games, Reid called 106 pass plays and just 22 runs. Against Buffalo, the Eagles ran the ball 34 times for 177 yards.

  • "Every week you have a plan to balance that thing up," offensive coordinator Brad Childress said. "Sometimes they're going to take some things away and you have to go the other way. Throw it more than run it. But they gave us some (running) opportunities."

  • CB Sheldon Brown probably will start in place of injured Troy Vincent at left cornerback Sunday against Washington. Vincent injured his hamstring against Buffalo. DE Brandon Whiting missed his second straight game Sunday with a hamstring injury. But the Eagles think there's a good chance he'll be able to play this week against Washington.

  • QB Donovan McNabb suffered a sprained thumb on his throwing hand which hampered his accuracy a bit in the second half Sunday. But he played the whole game and should be able to play this week against Washington.


  • DT Keith Hamilton should have been one of the chief beneficiaries of the week off, since he had additional time to rest his pulled hamstring and didn't have to go through practice for almost two weeks.

  • Once again, however, if Hamilton can't make it against the Dolphins, the position will be split between second-year Lance Legree and rookie William Joseph, the first round draft pick. Both have been spotty and erratic at best.

  • DE Michael Strahan insists his broken small toe (right foot) is fine, has been fine and would not have kept him out of the preseason schedule if the four games had counted on the regular schedule. Nevertheless, he hasn't played well, his tackles and sacks totals are down and his "loss" had adversely affected the front four.

  • QB Kerry Collins has improved each game and finished the OT victory over Washington with a 108.5 rating, completing 24 of 39 passes for three TDs, 276 yards and no interceptions. "When he has the time," says Fassel, "I truly think Kerry is the best pure passer in the league."

  • OLT Luke Petitgout came back to play against the Redskins after missing the previous game with back spasms. He will be even more rested now, sending FA rookie Jeff Roehl (pronounced rail) to the bench. "But you know something?" Petitgout asked, rhetorically. "We proved we had another good tackle when Jeff had to play. That definitely was a plus."


  • RB Trung Canidate got a game ball for his contributions: 12 carries for 69 yards and one catch for 25. He was a key ingredient as Washington's offense went over the 100-yard rushing mark for a fourth straight game.

  • WR Laveranues Coles had his first average (relatively speaking) game as a Redskin. Battling CB Ty Law and double-teams most of the day, Coles finished with five catches for 62 yards.

  • OL Derrick Dockery made his NFL debut and got his first start in place of LG Dave Fiore, who was a gametime inactive with a sore knee. Dockery, a 345-pound third-round pick, got flagged for holding once but generally was solid.

  • CB Champ Bailey overcame a slight fracture in his left hand to intercept a pass and force a fumble. He was in considerable pain after the game but doesn't expect to miss any practice time. He also practiced all last week, too.

  • DE Renaldo Wynn sprained an ankle and could miss time this week. He enjoyed his best game of the season, recording a tackle-for-loss and a sack.


  • OG Chris Villarrial's return to the starting lineup after suffering a sprained knee early in the season opener is expected to solidify an offensive line that had just one starter from the 2002 season opener in the lineup for the Week Two loss to the Vikings.

  • OLG Steve Edwards could be pushed back to a backup role by Terrence Metcalf who has been working his way back to where he was in training camp. Edwards is a tackle who was plugged in at LG after Rex Tucker suffered a season-ending knee injury.

  • OL Terrence Metcalf could work his way into the starting lineup if fill-in OLG Steve Edwards falters. Metcalf looked like the Bears' top backup OL in training camp until a fractured finger sidelined him for four weeks.

  • DE Michael Haynes was a presence vs. the run and the pass during the preseason, playing behind both DE starters, Phillip Daniels and Alex Brown, but he did not make much of an impact in either of the Bears' first two regular-season games.

  • WR Marty Booker will be featured much more in the future than he was in the Week Two loss to the Vikings when the Pro Bowler caught two passes for 10 yards. He had 197 catches over the past two seasons for 2,260 yards.


  • RB Shawn Bryson had the Lions best rushing game of the season in their 20-16 loss at Denver. Bryson, signed as an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, missed most of training camp and all of the preseason recovering from knee surgery. He has been gradually improving in the early season and his 73 yards on 13 rushes was a high-water mark for the Lions. Overall, they had a season-best 144 yards rushing and averaged 6.0 yards per attempt.

  • RB Olandis Gary had his best rushing day average-wise of the young Lions season when he averaged six yards on seven carries for 42 yards. He had 44 yards rushing in the Lions opening game against Arizona but averaged just 3.7 yards per attempt. Gary and RB Shawn Bryson comprise the Lions tailback-by-committee approach to running the football.

  • PK Jason Hanson had his streak of 119 consecutive PATs broken by a bad snap in the fourth quarter but he kicked a 53-yard field goal, the 23d of 50 yards or more in his 12-year NFL career.

  • WR Charles Rogers had a rookie-season high of 62 yards on four receptions, including a season-best 33-yard touchdown reception from QB Joey Harrington, in the Lions' 20-16 loss to Denver. In four games, Rogers has caught 18 passes for 192 yards and three TDs.

  • WR Scotty Anderson, picking up the slack for injured WR Shawn Jefferson (ribs), had just one catch in the Lions' 20-16 loss to Denver but he made it worth while. QB Joey Harrington had to get rid of the short throw quickly with a Broncos blitz in his face but Anderson zigzagged 43 yards for a touchdown.

  • QB Joey Harrington broke his six-interception streak over the previous two games with a pair of touchdown passes a 33-yarder to WR Charles Rogers and a 43-yarder to WR Scotty Anderson without an interception in the Lions' 20-16 loss to Denver. Overall, Harrington struggled, however, with 15 completions in 33 attempts for 149 yards. It was his 16th start the equivalent of a full NFL season in his two years with the Lions.


  • QB Brett Favre had one of the poorest games of his career in the '99 shelling by Seattle. He was intercepted four times and had three others dropped. The wind was gusting to 30 mph that Monday night but Favre was badly outplayed by Seattle's Jon Kitna.

  • RB Tony Fisher has taken over the No. 2 running back job from Najeh Davenport. Coach Mike Sherman benched Davenport for the Arizona game after he put the ball on the ground three times against Detroit. Fisher is a steady player. The Packers love his pass blocking acumen and his receiving skills.

  • WR Antonio Freeman is rounding into shape and knows almost all the offense. He blew a route on third-down in his return to the Packers against Detroit but was assignment-sure in about 15 plays against Arizona.

  • T Brennan Curtin, a sixth-round pick from Notre Dame this year, has been inactive every week. However, Curtin is working hard in the weight room. The 6-9 Curtin played the '02 season for the Irish weighing 305. Now he's up to 329.

  • S Michael Hawthorne, who was signed Sept. 15, played most cornerback at Purdue and New Orleans. However, the Packers are using him more at safety than corner. Hawthorne, who weighs 205, does have some experience at safety and doesn't have any problem playing inside.


  • QB Daunte Culpepper, who suffered four fractured bones in his lower back against the Lions, did not play against the 49ers. He was the No. 2 quarterback, while Shaun Hill was designated the inactive No. 3. Culpepper said he's feeling fine, but the Vikings will be extra careful because of the way Gus Frerotte played and because the Vikings have a bye after next week's game against the Falcons.

  • WR Randy Moss is playing with back spasms, but he caught eight passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns. His practice schedule probably will be curtailed again this week.

  • WR D'Wayne Bates missed his second consecutive game because of a foot injury.

  • DL Billy Lyon strained his left calf against the Lions and did not play against the 49ers.

  • TE Jim Kleinsasser suffered an abdominal contusion after falling on the ball late in the first half. He returned, but left the game for good in the third quarter. He was sent to the hospital for precautionary tests.

  • LB Raonall Smith strained his right hamstring. It's the same hamstring that bothered him during training camp and the preseason.

  • Special teams star Jack Brewer, who hadn't played since suffering a chest injury in the final preseason game, returned against the 49ers.

  • Doug Chapman, who had missed two consecutive games because of a high-ankle sprain and sore Achilles' tendon, played a limited role on offense and special teams. He had one carry for 2 yards.

  • RB Michael Bennett fractured his foot in the offseason and is still on the physically unable to perform list. His foot specialist in North Carolina will determine next Wednesday whether Bennett will be able to run. Bennett said he's hoping to start running Thursday, and return to practice during the Vikings' bye week in two weeks.

  • WR Randy Moss was motivated by playing his first game against Terrell Owens. Despite back spasms and a backup quarterback, Moss won the battle hands down. He out-leaped a defensive back for touchdowns of 15 and 35 yards, and blew past one for a 59-yard score.

  • FB Charles Stackhouse was a big part of the game plan. The Vikings ran the ball 12 times in their first 17 plays and only one of them went outside the tackles. Stackhouse led the way on seven of those carries, including a 5-yard touchdown run by rookie Onterrio Smith. The Vikings ran right at the 49ers to neutralize San Francisco's speed on defense. It worked, and it opened up the passing game.

  • RB Onterrio Smith had his most extensive action of the season and proved to be a nice burst of power off the bench. He averaged 4.3 yards on 10 carries with a long of 11 and a 5-yard TD.

  • DL Kevin Williams had two crushing sacks on consecutive plays in the fourth quarter. Playing nose tackle in the nickel defense, he stunted to the outside both times and crushed backup QB Tim Rattay.

  • SS Corey Chavous had his fourth interception of the season and also broke up a pass on fourth-and-goal at the Vikings' 4. It was the second consecutive week Chavous has broken up a fourth-and-goal pass.

  • FS Brian Russell continues to be everywhere the ball is. He is the first Viking to have an interception in four games to start the season.

  • QB Gus Frerotte is so calm, you wonder if the guy is breathing. After only one practice with Moss, he was in sync with the star receiver.

  • RB Moe Williams had a quiet game with 43 yards and a 3.3-yard average. But Williams had some strong runs when the Vikings were trying to pound the ball straight at the 49ers to start the game. Eventually, the 49ers had to bring down an extra defender to stop the run. That opened up the passing game.


  • WLB Will Overstreet, who had season-ending surgery last year after dislocating his left shoulder three times beginning in training camp, appeared to suffer a partial dislocation Sunday at Carolina. He'll be evaluated Monday. Overstreet started Sunday in placed of injured starter Sam Rogers (left knee).

  • ILB Chris Draft left the Falcons' game Sunday at Carolina with what team officials described as food poisoning or an allergic reaction. He returned after vomiting several times, even though he had problems breathing.

  • SS Cory Hall, who missed the Falcons' first two games with a partially torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee, is believed to have torn the posterior collateral ligament in the same knee Sunday at Carolina. If so, he'll be out for several games at minimum.

  • S Kevin McCadam, who missed the Falcons' game Sept. 20 with a strained left hamstring, aggravated the injury Sunday at Carolina and did not return.

  • S Gerald McBurrows aggravated his already tender strained left shoulder/neck Sunday at Carolina, and did not return for the Falcons.

  • WLB Sam Rogers missed his second game of the season because of complications related to his left knee. He also missed Atlanta's first game of the season, Sept. 7 at Dallas, after tearing the chondral cartilage in his knee in the team's final preseason game, Aug. 28 at Cleveland.


  • TE Kris Mangum appeared to injure his right ankle. Although head coach John Fox reported "no serious injuries" after the game, some sources said Mangum's injury might cost him some playing time. He will be reevaluated today in Charlotte.

  • LB Dan Morgan sat out again Sunday after being downgraded from probable to questionable late Saturday afternoon.

  • LB Will Witherspoon started for the injured Dan Morgan and had nine tackles and one sack.

  • LB Brian Allen started when Will Witherspoon had to move over to middle linebacker to fill in for the injured Dan Morgan.

  • CB Ricky Manning, the team's third-round draft pick, got his first interception.

  • K John Kasay is now a perfect 8-for-8 in field goal attempts after hitting from 53 yards on Sunday.


  • Warren Sapp has more touchdown receptions (1) than sacks (0). It sounds crazy, but true. And Jon Gruden has plans to use more defensive players on offense.

  • Sapp, who caught his first career TD against the Falcons, is an integral part of the Bucs' two tight end package.

  • "No one has ever seen a defensive tackle do what I do period - not even playing defensive tackle," Sapp said. "That's the thing, I'm only measured against me. (Gruden) is crazy. That's the worst part about it. I'm being fed by a worse madman than me. That's why I say I'm not calling the plays. And anything I do on defense is by sheer will of me doing my technique. So when I'm enjoying myself after the play, why does it seem that I'm gloating and showboating?"

  • Sapp will become a free agent after the season. And although defensive end Simeon Rice is the only Tampa Bay defensive lineman with a sack after three games, the Bucs' defense has reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the NFL.

  • "I've rushed well, I've been playing well all year long," Sapp said. "That's the one thing I wanted to do was just come out and be consistent, and if I'm consistently good, I know this team will be tough to beat. Because the three technique makes this defense go. It was built for that. As long as I've got Simeon on that edge and I push the pocket and he's yacking. We're in good shape.

  • "I told the boys today without Simeon, we're on the schneid. All of us have grabbed the quarterback and missed him."

  • Meanwhile, Gruden said he has plays on offense for Anthony McFarland, Ronde Barber and Rice.

  • "Warren could was a All America tight end who was recruited to Miami," said Gruden. "This is not a gimmick."

  • Obviously not. The Bucs are perfect in eight straight third-and-1 situations this season.

  • LB Shelton Quarles, who has not played this season due to a broken left forearm, will practice this week and is questionable for the Oct. 6 game against the Colts. But until the fracture heals sufficiently, Quarles likely won't play for another week or two.

  • LB Ryan Nece, after making some mistakes against Carolina, bounced back to lead the Bucs in tackles and had his first career interception against the Falcons.

  • P Tom Tupa, after having double hernia surgery in the off-season, is booming some punts. He was named special teams player of the week after averaging more than 50 yards on seven punts against the Falcons.

  • WR Marvin "Snoop' Minnis, who was signed as a free agent last week, will likely be inactive the first two weeks until he learns more of the offense.

  • DB Tim Wansley will continue to return punts for the Bucs, with Karl Williams serving as the Bucs third receiver.

  • WR Joe Jurevicius could miss four more weeks healing from a torn MCL in his right knee.


  • QB Jeff Blake played decently but he never developed much of a rhythm. The Rams were effective with their blitzes, which kept Blake from going down the middle to Anquan Boldin, the team's best pass play.

  • OG Leonard Davis missed the game with a sore right foot that's been bothering him since the season opener. His backup, Chris Dishman, played decently. But he's not Davis. The Cardinals desperately need Davis back.

  • WR Bryant Johnson was hardly a factor, catching just three passes for 40 yards. Blake would like to throw deep to him but didn't have time because of the pressure from the Rams. If Johnson doesn't develop as a deep threat, this team is going nowhere.

    WR Anquan Boldin caught seven passes for 86 yards but played probably his worst game. He dropped two passes, including one that would have gone for a first down. He would be more effective in a third receiver's role, and he might return to that once Bryan Gilmore has recovered from a sore knee.

  • RB Emmitt Smith gained 25 yards on 12 carries but rarely had room to run. He did, however, score his first touchdown as a Cardinal.

  • Ideally, coaches would like to get RB Marcel Shipp eight to 10 carries a game. But he had none Sunday, because the Cardinals offense could get nothing going.


  • MLB Robert Thomas suffered a groin injury in the second quarter against the Cardinals and hardly played after that. He was replaced by Jamie Duncan.

  • PK Jeff Wilkins suffered a mild concussion making a tackle on the team's second kickoff of the game. He still made three of four field goals, including one of 53 yards on the final play of the first half.

  • WR Shaun McDonald, who suffered a thumb injury in the season opener and was expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks, was active Sunday against the Cardinals although he did not play.

  • LB Scott Shanle was suspended Friday for four games for violating the NFL policy on anabolic steroids and related substances. Shanle was already sidelined because of a hamstring injury, but now will be ineligible to be treated for his injury on the team's premises. Shanle will actually lose five game checks because the team's bye is this week.


  • QB Jeff Garcia had the worst game of his NFL career, as he completed just 11 of 23 passes for 108 yards with three interceptions and no touchdowns against the Vikings. Garcia was replaced at the start of the fourth quarter in favor of backup Tim Rattay.

  • QB Tim Rattay entered the game at the start of the fourth quarter and kept the 49ers' scoring streak intact at 406 games. Rattay completed 12 of 18 passes for 146 yards and a touchdown against the Vikings. Afterward, Terrell Owens spoke favorably of Rattay and did not give a strong endorsement for Jeff Garcia keeping his starting job. When asked if there should be a change at quarterback, Owens answered, "Who knows? That's not my position to go ahead and make a quarterback change, but Rat did a good job when he was in there."

  • RB Kevan Barlow rushed for a team-high 72 yards on 11 carries against the Vikings but left the game in the fourth quarter with a neck sprain. Barlow is listed as probable for next week's game against the Detroit Lions.

  • WR Tai Streets leads the 49ers with three touchdown receptions. He caught four passes for 81 yards, including a 37-yard scoring pass from backup quarterback Tim Rattay against the Vikings.

  • LT Kwame Harris struggled in his third consecutive start, as he was beaten for three of the Vikings' four sacks.

  • DT Anthony Adams, a second-round draft pick, had four tackles and recorded his first NFL sack against the Vikings.

  • RB Garrison Hearst continued to share carries with Kevan Barlow. Hearst gained 56 yards on 13 carries against the Vikings.


  • QB Matt Hasselbeck turned 28 during the Seahawks' bye week. His coming of age dates to last season.

  • Hasselbeck, a winner in six consecutive starts, leads the 3-0 Seahawks into an interesting matchup against his former team Sunday (Oct. 5) at Lambeau Field.

  • "It's going to be special," Hasselbeck said of his return to Green Bay. "I don't know what to expect, but I'm really looking forward to it. I have good memories of that place and everyone treated me great there."

  • Seattle acquired Hasselbeck from Green Bay two years ago. The lopsided trade more than offset the Ahman Green-for-Fred Vinson debacle of 2000.

  • The Seahawks came away with Hasselbeck and the 17th choice in the 2001 draft, a pick Seattle used on starting LG Steve Hutchinson. The Packers netted the 10th overall choice, which they used for underachieving DE Jamal Reynolds.

  • While Hasselbeck remains close with Packers QB Brett Favre and many others in Green Bay, he has put those days behind him. Perhaps surprisingly, his emergence began when Hasselbeck started playing less like Favre, the classic gunslinger, and more like the disciplined player who has only one interception this season.

  • His performance against St. Louis before the bye wasn't pretty, but Hasselbeck showed toughness and smarts in overcoming a 23-10 fourth-quarter deficit.

  • "There were opportunities where I could have forced it downfield," Hasselbeck said. "Before, I would have tried to do something else. ...

  • "I would just go out and play and not pay attention to the details of what the coaches want me to do. And I think now I've tried to play a little bit more confined, listen to them, basically do things their way."

  • RB Shaun Alexander didn't complain about the timing of the bye week. Alexander became a father minutes before Seattle's 24-23 victory the Rams on Sept. 21. The bye allowed him to catch his breath. Alexander is traditionally a big-game player. A trip to Green Bay for a matchup with Packers RB Ahman Green should bring out the best in him.

  • FB Mack Strong has settled into his usual supporting role after getting extra carries in the first game of the season. Strong remains a solid blocking back in both the run and pass games. He'll never handle the ball much.

  • RG Chris Gray could return to the bench after the next game. Coaches would like OL Floyd Womack to play RG this season. Those plans were postponed when coaches asked Womack top replace suspended RT Chris Terry. Terry returns Oct. 12 and Womack could move to RG at that time. Gray can play all three interior positions, but Womack is 30 pounds heavier and more athletic.

  • OL Floyd Womack entered the season planning to play RG. He wound up at RT when the NFL suspended Chris Terry for the first four games. Womack plans to start at RT at Green Bay (Oct. 5), but he could move to RG once Terry returns for an Oct. 12 game vs. San Francisco. Womack would give Seattle a bigger, more athletic look at the RG position.


  • WR Bobby Shaw caught eight passes for 92 yards and a TD, but while the numbers looked good, it was not a good day for Shaw. He also dropped two passes and lost a fumble deep in Philadelphia territory that cost the Bills a scoring opportunity.

  • RB Joe Burns made his first start in the NFL, but it was not a memorable one. The second-year man from Georgia Tech, playing for injured Travis Henry, ran just eight times for 17 yards as the Bills quit on the running game early.

  • K Rian Lindell badly missed a 51-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter when the Bills were trailing 10-0. He had made kicks from longer in the pre-game warmup, but on this one, he hit too far underneath the ball and left it a couple yards short of the goal post.

  • DE Aaron Schobel was one of the few defenders who had a decent day as he recorded one sack of Donovan McNabb and will probably be given at least another half sack after film review Monday. He also had three tackles that resulted in one or less yards on running plays.

  • TE Mark Campbell caught a season-best five passes, but they went for just 38 yards, and one ball he didn't catch came on a deep route on a third-and-1 play. The Eagles blew the coverage and Campbell released from the line unopposed, but he was unable to complete the play when an Eagles' DB caught him and defended the pass.


  • QB Sage Rosenfels probably will remain the backup to Jay Fiedler for Sunday's game against the New York Giants. While

  • QB Brian Griese (toe) could be in uniform for the first time this season, Rosenfels would be better prepared to play in case Fiedler was sidelined.

  • LB Brendon Ayanbadejo is emerging as a special teams standout through Miami's first three games. Ayanbadejo, who secured a roster spot after 2003 second-round draft pick Eddie Moore (foot) was placed on injured reserve, has a team-high seven special teams tackles.

  • DT Tim Bowens has played at an even higher level through Miami's first three games than he did during his 2002 Pro Bowl campaign. Bowens enters Sunday's game against the New York Giants with 11 tackles and his first sack since the 2001 season-finale.

  • LB Zach Thomas is well on his way to leading Miami in tackles for the seventh time in his eight NFL seasons. Thomas enters Sunday's road game against the New York Giants with 36 tackles, which is 17 ahead of LB Junior Seau.

  • DE Jason Taylor has only registered a half-sack entering Sunday's game against the New York Giants, but that doesn't mean he is having a bad season. Taylor has a team-high 11 quarterback hurries while facing regular double-teaming.


  • C/G Damien Woody worked out before the game, but could not go on a balky right knee. He was one of seven starters inactive for the Redskins game. Rookie Dan Koppen started at center while Russ Hochstein started at guard.

  • RT Adrian Klemm missed the game with a foot injury and was replaced by Tom Ashworth.

  • LB Mike Vrabel missed the game with a broken right arm and was replaced by McGinest.

  • LB Ted Johnson missed the game with a broken left foot and was replaced by Phifer.

  • FB Fred McCrary missed his second straight game with a sprained left knee. Larry Centers started at fullback.

  • FB Larry Centers had three receptions to move past Steve Largent, who celebrated his birthday Sunday, for seventh place on the NFL all-time receptions list with 821 receptions.

  • WR David Patten did not make the trip to Washington because of a knee injury. Deion Branch started in his place.

  • NT Ted Washington missed the game with a broken left leg and was replaced by Lyle.

  • WR Bethel Johnson left the game with a left leg/ankle injury and did not return. The speedy rookie was hurt on a deep route with 4:25 left in the first half on a play in which he drew a pass interference penalty against Champ Bailey for a 25-yard gain.

  • RB Kevin Faulk left the Redskins game with just 14 minutes to go when he injured his left leg on a play on which he also fumbled to set up a Washington touchdown. He did not return.

  • WR David Givens caught his second career touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and the second-year receiver had a career best day with four catches for 57 yards. He injured his left shoulder/chest area in the first half and was in pain after the game, but returned to action.

  • QB Tom Brady threw his first interception in 81 pass attempts late in the first half when he made a curious decision as he stepped up and threw to the end zone to a well-covered Deion Branch from 27 yards out. He then threw his second pick three passes later and added a third early in the fourth quarter. Brady hadn't thrown an interception since the season opener at Buffalo when he threw four.

  • CB Ty Law continues to play tremendous All-Pro caliber football. He had only three tackles Sunday while barely being tested as teams are opting to stay away from him. Washington tested him down the field once when he was on an island, but Law broke up the play with tight coverage. He also broke up a pass at the goal line to force a Redskins field goal try.

  • K Adam Vinatieri missed a 46-yard field goal well wide to the left for his first miss of the season. He had made all five of his attempts before the miss and had converted 39 of his last 42 tries.

  • DL/LB Dan Klecko recorded his first career sack and also blocked a John Hall 48-yard field goal attempt.


  • CB Ray Mickens came out of the game with a sore biceps but is not expected to miss any time, especially with two weeks until the Jets' next game.

  • LB Jason Glenn was inactive with a sore right ankle. Khary Campbell took his place in the nickel defense. Glenn is almost definite to return to his regular role after the bye week.

  • LB Khary Campbell continued playing in the nickel for the injured Jason Glenn.

  • P Dan Stryzinski's first punt of the game was the 1,000th of his career.

  • QB Chad Pennington did not play Sunday and is expected to miss at least another five weeks with a fractured and dislocated left wrist. Pennington is shooting for a return by the Nov. 9 game at Oakland but realistically, his recovery will take at least a few weeks longer than that.

  • CB Donnie Abraham did not play because of a fractured right shoulder and is expected to miss at least six more weeks.


  • Running back Jamal Lewis ran for 115 yards for his third consecutive 100-yard game. He leads the NFL with 611 yards rushing.

  • Offensive tackle Orlando Brown started for the first time and played the entire game after rotating with Ethan Brooks for the previous three weeks. He gave a solid punch in the running game.

  • Return specialist Lamont Brightful left in the third quarter with a concussion and did not return. Safety Ed Reed took his place and muffed a catch in the fourth quarter.

  • Free safety Gary Baxter strained his right shoulder but did not miss a play.

  • Pass rushing end Terrell Suggs became only the second rookie in NFL history with four sacks in his first four games, joining Tampa Bay's Santana Dotson (1992).


  • RB Corey Dillon (groin strain) did not play in the second half. He said it's doubtful that he will play next week at Buffalo. Dillon initially injured the groin in the first half of Week 3 against the Steelers.

  • CB Jeff Burris had X-rays on his head and neck at halftime after suffering a strained neck on a helmet-to-helmet hit with Browns running back William Green. Burris played the second half. He was in a one-car accident on Interstate 74 near Batesville, Ind., overnight Friday while driving back from his Indianapolis home to Cincinnati.

  • WR Chad Johnson had two touchdowns among his three catches. His 67 yards give him 370 for the season, and his goal of 1,800 yards is falling further from view.

  • DT Tony Williams had his second sack of the season and added four tackles.

  • DE Justin Smith had a sack, his first, and knocked down two passes at the line. He also had five tackles.

  • QB Jon Kitna's three touchdowns give him six for the season against five interceptions. He had no interceptions against the Browns, and his interceptions in the first three games were costly mistakes.


  • William Green, the Browns' No. 1 back, has just 234 yards on 69 carries. Much more is expected, but he has nowhere to run. In an effort to beef up the blocking, Shaun O'Hara has been moved from right guard to left guard and Paul Zukauskas has been inserted at right guard. Melvin Fowler, the left guard the first three games, is on the bench.

  • "William is running as well as at the end of last year if not better," coach Butch Davis said. "He's running extremely hard. Unfortunately for him, the running game hasn't been able to be much of a factor. We were so far behind in the Baltimore game and behind 12 points in San Francisco in the fourth quarter.

  • "He has not been in a game situation where you could ride him like you'd like to."

  • Green gained 726 yards in the final seven games of the regular season, but he did not run well in the playoff game in Pittsburgh, gaining only 30 yards on 25 carries.

  • QB Kelly Holcomb, out with a sprained left ankle and fractured right fibula, was the third quarterback in the game against the Bengals. He is questionable for the Steelers game.

  • QB Nate Hybl was activated from the practice squad; OL Craig Osika was waived to make room for him.

  • SS Robert Griffith was the goat in the loss to Cincinnati. Chad Johnson breezed by him with 20 seconds left in the first half for a 55-yard touchdown. Griffith said he never should have let Johnson get behind him.

  • WR caught five passes for 89 yards and has 299 for his career. He is seventh on the Browns all-time list after passing Eric Metcalf (297).

  • WR Dennis Northcutt, playing with a fractured rib, caught three passes for 23 yards and returned five punts for 57 yards.


  • WR Hines Ward left Sunday's game with a mild concussion but should play this week against Cleveland. His 9 receptions against Tennessee moved him into second place on the Steelers career list with 361 passes.

  • LB Jason Gildon had his first sack of the season, moving him closer to the team's all-time lead. He has 72 sacks, second to L.C. Greenwood's 73 1/2.

  • LOT Marvel Smith missed last Sunday's game against Tennessee with a shoulder injury and his status this Sunday is uncertain. He was replaced by Oliver Ross.

  • LB Joey Porter completed his comeback from a gunshot by playing every down on defense last Sunday. Porter returned to his job as middle linebacker in the dime defense, which he did not play the previous week when he made his first start of the season.

  • WR Antwaan Randle El caught five passes last Sunday, one fewer than his total in the first three games combined.


  • Pro Bowl CB Aaron Glenn left in the first quarter Sunday against the Jaguars with a sprained groin. The injury is not considered serious and Glenn is expected to be available when the Texans come off the bye week Oct. 12 at Tennessee.

  • LB Charlie Clemons did not play against the Jaguars while recovering from a surgical procedure to remove bacteria that had formed on his right shoulder. Rookie Antwan Peek made his first career start at right outside linebacker and finished with one tackle and defended one pass.

  • Rookie RB Tony Hollings was inactive for the Texans' game against Jacksonville, presumably as punishment for his fumble in a game Sept. 21 versus Kansas City.

  • RB Stacey Mack had his string of 330 consecutive rushing attempts without a fumble snapped with two against Jacksonville.

  • KR/PR J.J. Moses had his best game of the season with four kickoff returns for an average 31 yards and two punts for 24.5 yards.


  • QB Peyton Manning's six touchdown passes broke the team record of five, which was jointly held by Gary Cuozzo (1967) and Gary Hogeboom (1987).

  • WR Marvin Harrison's three receiving touchdowns against the Saints marked his seventh three TD game of his career.

  • RB Edgerrin James was held out of the Saints game due to a sore back. James missed an entire week of practice last week. His status for the Colts' Oct. 6 Monday night game at Tampa Bay remains to be determined.

  • DE Dwight Freeney started the New Orleans game after missing Indianapolis' 23-13 home win over Jacksonville. Freeney scored on a 19-yard fumble return for his first NFL touchdown against the Saints.

  • TE Marcus Pollard started and played most of the game against New Orleans. Pollard had missed two days of practice last week due to an undisclosed illness.

  • LB Jim Nelson had a pair of interceptions in the Saints game. It was Nelson's first two interceptions of the season and his first since the 1999 season when he was playing for Green Bay.

  • WR-KR Brad Pyatt left the Saints game with about six minutes remaining in the first half after suffering a hip pointer. He did not return, but the injury did not appear to be serious. He is expected to be ready for the Tampa Bay game.

  • RB Dominic Rhodes saw his first action in a game since suffering a season-ending knee injury during the final week of last year's training camp. Rhodes scored on a 12-yard screen pass in the third quarter.

  • Rookie TE Dallas Clark scored his first NFL touchdown on a 25-yard pass against New Orleans.

  • OT Tarik Glenn started his 100th consecutive game for the Colts.

  • PK Mike Vanderjagt made both of his field goal attempts for the Colts against New Orleans and is now 12-of-12 for the year.

  • OT Ryan Diem missed the New Orleans game and is expected to be out the next three to four weeks. Diem suffered a high ankle sprain against Jacksonville.

  • OT Adam Meadows made his first start of the year against the Saints as he replaced Diem at right tackle. Meadows played the game with a sprained medial collateral ligament in his knee, which he injured the week before against Jacksonville.

  • QB Brock Huard completed his first regular season pass as a backup with Indianapolis in the win over New Orleans. Huard has been with the Colts since the start of the 2002 season.


  • The Jaguars face a quarterback quandary.

  • After they suffered a 24-20 loss to the Houston Texans in Byron Leftwich's debut Sunday, they have to decide whether to stick with Leftwich or go back to veteran Mark Brunell if his ailing elbow is healed against San Diego this Sunday.

  • Coach Jack Del Rio refused to address the question after the game. Brunell clearly gives them a better chance to beat San Diego.

  • On the other hand, their playoff chances are virtually nil at 0-4, so Del Rio could decide that he wants to stick with Leftwich and give him some experience.

  • Leftwich looked like a rookie quarterback making his first start after missing 19 days of training camp. He connected on an 84-yard touchdown pass to Troy Edwards, who made a one-handed grab, the longest play from scrimmage in Jaguar history.

  • But Leftwich also threw three interceptions - one was on a Hail Mary pass - and he fumbled on the Jaguar 41 after running for a first down with 2:42 left to setup Houston's game winning touchdown drive.

  • The Jaguars used max protection so the Texans didn't blitz much and they didn't sack him, but his inexperience showed on the two interceptions.

  • The 0-4 start matched the worst start in Jaguar history when they went 0-4 in their first season as an expansion team in 1995.

  • Brunell couldn't play after he needed five stitches to close a gash at the tip of his elbow when he fell on the turf in Indianapolis. The doctors wouldn't clear him to play because they feared he'd ripped out the stitches and risk an infection if he tried to go. The doctors will now have to decide if Brunell is ready to play after another week to heal.

  • If he does, Del Rio has an interesting decision to make since Brunell is costing them $6.75 million in base salary. He gets the money even if he doesn't play again.

  • QB Mark Brunell didn't play because a gash he suffered on the tip of his elbow that needed five stitches to repair. Doctors were concerned that if he played and ripped the stitches out, he was in danger of getting a serious infection. He was listed as the third quarterback and coach Jack Del Rio declined to say whether he'll go back to Brunell against San Diego Sunday if his arm has healed.

  • QB Byron Leftwich made the first start of his career in Houston and completed 17 of 36 passes for 231 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions -one on a Hail Mary - and fumbled with 2:42 left to set up the Texans game winning drive. Coach Jack Del Rio declined to say whether he'll start next week if Mark Brunell's elbow has healed.

  • WR Micah Ross was inactive and missed his third consecutive game since suffering a high ankle sprain on the opening kickoff in Carolina. He's missed on the special teams, but there's no timetable for his return.

  • DB Kiwaukee Thomas was inactive and missed his second consecutive game after suffering a groin injury in Carolina. There's no timetable for his return.

  • RB Chris Fuamatu Ma'afala saw his first action but didn't carry the ball.

  • LB Keith Mitchell was inactive missed his second consecutive game after suffering a neck injury in Carolina. There's no timetable for his return.

  • LB Eric Westmoreland was inactive and missed his third straight game with a strained MCL.

  • LB Shannon Taylor was inactive and suffered a calf injury in practice Wednesday, and was inactive. There's no timetable for his return.

  • DB James Trapp was probable with an ankle injury, but saw action as a cornerback filling in for Fernando Bryant and as a nickel back.

  • DB Fernando Bryant left the game early with a knee injury, but returned to finish the game. He was able to go on adrenalin, but he'll be evaluated this week.


  • QB Steve McNair was minimalistic but outstanding against the Steelers, completing 15 of 16 passes for 161 yards and three touchdowns. He didn't qualify for the all-time record for percentage as it requires 20 attempts.

  • RB Eddie George looked awful as he took 11 carries 21 yards in Pittsburgh. On one play he was provided a huge hole and stumbled forward, falling on his face and taking 3-yard gain where he should have had at least 15.

  • RB Chris Brown got the first six carries of his career, gaining just three yards and getting a taste of one of the NFL's best run defenses. Opportunities should continue to come and things will only get easier for the rookie from Colorado.

  • LB Peter Sirmon suffered several fractures to a transverse process bone in his lower back and was admitted to Pittsburgh area hospital overnight as they ran further tests and tried to ease his pain. He is likely out for several weeks with the same injury that sidelined Vikings QB Daunte Culpepper.

  • LB Rocky Boiman stepped in for Peter Sirmon when he suffered a back injury and had a big game - he sacked Tommy Maddox for a safety and took an interception 60 yards for a touchdown.

  • CB Samari Rolle was hot and cold as he covered friend Plaxico Burress, but won in the end. Burress caught four passes for 64 yards and got two penalties called against Rolle. But Rolle jumped an inside route just before halftime and set up a touchdown with a 49-yard interception return.

  • DE Jevon Kearse left the Pittsburgh game twice with a shoulder injury, then an ankle injury. He returned from both and finished the game.

  • KR Jake Schifino left the Pittsburgh game with a concussion and was replaced by WR Justin McCareins, who returned punts.

  • CB Andre Dyson left the game for a few snaps after suffering a concussion, but returned and finished, doing pretty good work against WR Hines Ward.


  • RB Clinton Portis did not play because of a bruised sternum but that means he should be 100 percent for next week's showdown with Kansas City.

  • DT Daryl Gardener was a game-day inactive again, and now has missed one fourth of the regular season because of a wrist injury suffered in an off-the-field fracas.

  • C Tom Nalen left the game with about 5 minutes remaining because of a sprained ankle. He is listed as day-to-day, but if he can't go the Broncos would be forced to move starting left guard Ben Hamilton to center.

  • FB Mike Anderson started the game despite suffering a sprained knee last week, and he showed no ill effects. Carrying seven times for 21 yards and catching three passes for 28.

  • LB Al Wilson limped off the field at the end of the first half after getting his shin stepped on, but he returned for the second half and reported no problem.


  • KR Dante Hall's 97-yard touchdown for the game-winning points at Baltimore was his third consecutive game with a kicking game TD. That's a first in NFL history. Hall now has six special teams touchdowns in his last eight games dating back to last year.

  • RB Priest Holmes, who missed last Thursday's workout with a sore hip flexor, said his health wasn't a factor in his accounting for only 103 yards from scrimmage, his season low and no touchdowns in the 17-10 win over Baltimore. Holmes credited instead a Raven defense that kept Ray Lewis free to shadow Holmes everywhere he went, especially

    in the passing game where his four receptions produced only 13 yards.

  • TE Tony Gonzalez scored for only the first time this year when he caught a one-yard TD pass from Trent Green in Kansas City's 17-10 victory at Baltimore. Gonzalez, who was only 3-13 for the game, benefited on the TD when Baltimore ganged up to stop Holmes on a play fake and Gonzalez drifted wide open.

  • WR Johnnie Morton had his best game in his 1-plus seasons in Kansas City with 109 yards from scrimmage in the win over Baltimore. He caught five passes for 73 yards and took a reverse for 36 as the big play in a drive for KC's only offensive touchdown.

  • SS Greg Wesley, despite being slowed by a bad back, recorded his second INT of the year in coming over as a Cover Two safety to steal a deep ball thrown for Baltimore's Todd Heap in the first quarter of the Chiefs 17-10 win over Baltimore.

  • CB Dexter McCleon had his second and third interceptions of the past two games against Baltimore. Both stopped Raven penetrations into KC territory, the final coming with 29 seconds left and the Chiefs clinging to a 17-10 lead.


  • LB Bill Romanowski saw his 243-game consecutive start streak come to an end due to a concussion. He confessed to concerns over his future with symptoms from post-concussion syndrome. He saw two doctors in the East this week and plans to undergo further tests this week.

  • His place was taken by Travian Smith, who finished with eight tackles and several key plays including back-to-back tackles for losses by LaDainian Tomlinson. For the game he had four tackles for losses.

  • RT Lincoln Kennedy (calf) was inactive for just the second time in his eight-year Raider career. His place was taken in the starting lineup by second-year lineman Langston Walker.

  • RB Ronney Jenkins (ankle) was also inactive. Rookie Justin Fargas replaced him and returned five kickoffs for a 16.6 yard average.

  • Reserve TE O.J. Santiago was the only Raider unable to finish the game but Callahan did not specify what his injury was.

  • LB Eric Johnson had his first regular season interception on a pass tipped by tackle Rod Coleman. His last interception was as a rookie in an exhibition game against Detroit.

  • Punter Shane Lechler launched the longest punt of his NFL career, a 73-yard kick that died on the 1. It was the third longest punt in Raider history behind Wayne Crow's 77-yarder in 1961 and Ray Guy's 74-yarder in 1977.


  • Tim Dwight, the No. 2 receiver, could return next Sunday after sitting out against Oakland with a knee strain.

  • The offensive line could get a boost with Solomon Page coming back from an ankle injury. If Page is healthy, he can spell rookie Phil Bogle at right tackle.

  • CB Sammy Davis suffered a hip contusion and couldn't finish Sunday's game. It doesn't appear, though, to be serious.

  • TE Stephen Alexander (groin) is hoping to begin practicing this week.

  • TE Josh Norman (hamstring) could be back this week.

  • WR Dondre Gilliam opened some eyes by catching four passes for 67 yards.

  • DE Marcellus Wiley has yet to record his first sack.

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