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Sunday Roundup

Reeves thinks Anderson is out for the season

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Posted: Sunday September 30, 2001 2:10 PM

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- Jamal Anderson hurt his left knee Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, an injury Atlanta head coach Dan Reeves said he believes is serious.

"I think he's out for the year," Reeves said after the Falcons' 34-14 victory. "They think it's the ACL in the other knee. I don't think anybody touched him on this one, either."

Anderson, who missed 14 games in the 1999 season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, was hurt during Atlanta's 12-play, 80-yard touchdown drive on the game's opening series.

Despite his coach's pessimism, Anderson was hoping an MRI exam on Monday would show the injury is not that serious.

"This is suppose to be my good knee, so we'll see," Anderson said. "It doesn't feel like what happened to me before. I'm hoping I just have a bad sprain or it's hyperextended, maybe a partial tear."

Anderson, eighth among active running backs with 5,330 yards, led the Falcons to the Super Bowl in the 1998 season, then went down with the knee injury in the second game in 1999.

After struggling through his comeback a year ago, he seemed to be returning to form. He rushed for 184 yards in his first two games and caught a 94-yard touchdown pass from Chris Chandler in last week's victory over Carolina.

Anderson had four carries for six yards in his brief appearance Sunday. He was hurt on a 1-yard gain that was erased by an offside penalty against the Cardinals.

"I can't say I felt a pop or anything like that, but my knee buckled," he said. "I got to the sidelines and I thought, 'It doesn't feel so bad.'"

Anderson's teammates joined him in taking a wait-and-see attitude. When told Anderson might be out for the season, Chandler said, 'I hope not. Until that MRI exam, you can't say that.'

Maurice Smith, who rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown, and caught a 79-yard scoring pass after taking Anderson's place, also refused to think he'd be stepping in for the rest of the season.

"Let's not say that just yet," Smith said.

Raiders' Armstrong might have ruptured Achilles' tendon

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Raiders defensive end Trace Armstrong might have ruptured his right Achilles' tendon against the Seahawks, an injury that would probably end his season.

Armstrong, a Pro Bowl selection for the first time last season, was hurt midway through the fourth quarter of Oakland's 38-14 victory Sunday.

The trainers' preliminary diagnosis was a ruptured Achilles', but Armstrong will be re-evaluated and tested.

"It doesn't look good," Oakland head coach Jon Gruden said. "I'm crossing my fingers and hoping something happens."

Armstrong signed with the Raiders as a free agent in the offseason after getting a career-best 16.5 sacks with the Miami Dolphins last season. The 13-year veteran is third among active players with 98.5 career sacks.

Jaguars QB Brunell out after blow to the head

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell left the game Sunday, unable to recover from a blow to the head from Cleveland's Gerard Warren.

On Jacksonville's first offensive play, Warren got a running start before he blocked Brunell after the quarterback threw an interception -- an underhanded scoop to Stacey Mack that got batted into the air and picked off by Orpheus Roye.

Brunell was rushed into the throw after Keith McKenzie blew past left tackle Aaron Koch, who started in place of the injured Tony Boselli.

Brunell missed one drive, then returned, going 4-for-6 for 34 yards, and failing to lead Jacksonville to a score.

Late in the second quarter, doctors started talking to him on the sideline again, and the Jaguars replaced him for good with backup Jonathan Quinn.

Raiders LB Alexander tossed from Seahawks game

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland linebacker Elijah Alexander was ejected from the Raiders' game against Seattle after he made a helmet-to-helmet hit on Seahawks quarterback Trent Dilfer.

The Raiders were leading 38-0 when Alexander leveled Dilfer shortly after the quarterback released a 54-yard pass to Darrell Jackson midway through the third quarter.

Dilfer, who entered the game just two plays earlier after starter Matt Hasselbeck was benched, lay motionless and face down on the field for several moments. He eventually walked off the field under his own power.

Alexander removed his helmet on the field while protesting the call, then gave high-fives to several Oakland fans as he was escorted to the locker room.

Seahawks RB Watters out with sprained right shoulder

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Seattle running back Ricky Watters left the Seahawks' game against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter Sunday with a sprained right shoulder.

Watters had five rushes for 13 yards and one reception for 10 yards before getting injured. He removed his jersey on the sideline while getting treatment.

He was replaced by Shaun Alexander, who missed a block late in the first quarter that allowed Oakland's Charles Woodson to sack Matt Hasselbeck, stopping a Seattle drive.

Giants RB Barber injured on TD run vs. Saints

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Tiki Barber of the New York Giants pulled a hamstring Sunday while making a 14-yard touchdown run during the second quarter against the New Orleans Saints.

Barber jumped over a defender as he reached the pylon at the corner of the end zone, and he seemed to grab for his left leg. He walked off the field but trainers started looking at his leg almost immediately and he left the game.

Barber set up his touchdown with a 20-yard punt return. He had three carries for 21 yards.

Barber has been injury prone of late. He broke his left arm late last season against Dallas. He also broke his right hand in training camp this year and did not play in any preseason games.

Jags T Boselli inactive for Browns game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- The Jacksonville Jaguars deactivated left tackle Tony Boselli for Sunday's game against Cleveland because of a shoulder injury.

Boselli, a three-time All-Pro, wasn't on the injury report Wednesday. On Thursday, he was listed as questionable with an injured right shoulder.

Both he and head coach Tom Coughlin said the shoulder was hurting because of "wear and tear" -- not a specific injury -- and the injury did not appear serious. Boselli didn't practice Thursday or Friday, but said he planned on playing against the Browns.

During the weekend, Jaguars officials said Boselli might need surgery to repair the shoulder, but it wouldn't be until after the season.

Second-year lineman Aaron Koch practiced at left tackle most of the week, and was in the starting lineup in place of Boselli.

Bills T Farris breaks right leg against Steelers

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Left tackle Kris Farris broke his right leg Sunday, further depleting the Buffalo Bills' offensive line.

Farris, starting in place of John Fina, was blocking at the line when running back Travis Henry fell helmet first into the back of Farris' leg. The play happened near the end of the first quarter of Buffalo's 20-3 loss against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Bills trainers immobilized Farris' leg with an air cast before carting him off the field. As he left, Farris gave a thumbs-up sign to the crowd and yelled "Go get 'em" to his teammates.

He was to have surgery Sunday night and could be out for the season.

Jon Carman, coming off the Bills' practice roster a day earlier, took over for Farris in what was an already patchwork offensive line.

Fina is out with a bruised quadriceps and sore right knee. The Bills also were missing starting right tackle Jonas Jennings with a hip injury. Out indefinitely is veteran right guard Jerry Ostroski with a broken right leg. He has been replaced by Corey Hulsey.

The only other active offensive lineman on the depth chart is Craig Heimburger.

Panthers LB Morgan out 4-6 weeks with broken tibia

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Carolina linebacker Dan Morgan will miss four to six weeks after breaking his left leg in Sunday's 28-7 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Morgan, a first-round draft pick out of Miami, was injured as he tried to tackle Brett Favre in the second quarter. The quarterback was scrambling, then used a stiff arm to shake him off and knock the rookie to the ground.

"I hate to see someone get hurt, but if you can't outrun them, you have to do something," Favre said.

Morgan limped toward the locker room, and Carolina head coach George Seifert said after the game that Morgan broke his left tibia.

"It's a substantial loss," Seifert said. "Dan's been playing good football for us."

Morgan, a starter, has 13 tackles this year.

New broadcaster Sanders criticizes old team

NEW YORK (AP) -- Deion Sanders called the Washington Redskins 'a team in disarray' and said Sunday that coach Marty Schottenheimer was the reason he retired rather than return to the team.

Sanders, hired as a feature reporter and playoff contributor for CBS' NFL coverage, questioned the desire of his old club.

"I was in a stage of my career where I didn't want to accept change," he said. "I came in under the assumption that [ex-head coach] Norv Turner was going to be in place. I didn't see a winning forecast in the future. [Owner] Dan Snyder allowed Schottenheimer to have control of the whole situation. This is the 21st century. Guys are not buying into his system."

In a conference call from his home near Dallas, Sanders questioned the Redskins' release of quarterback Jeff George after just two games.

"That was a diversion to buy time," he said. "He retained 23 of 53 players from a roster of 53 the previous year. He got rid of trainers, the equipment managers -- they're all gone. Ninety-five percent of the personnel are gone. It's a whole new atmosphere.

"When I played there last year, everybody was talking about chemistry. I don't see anybody talking about chemistry this year. There is none because they have a bunch of new faces all trying to reach a common goal. But I don't think that goal will be reached any time soon."

Sanders said his retirement after 13 years in the NFL was permanent.

"I'm done," he said. "I'm enjoying my kids. I'm enjoying fishing daily."

Sean McManus, president of CBS Sports, promised that adding the retired star would not alter the makeup of the network's pregame show.

"I think our talent is doing a good job," he said. "The ratings are up 15 percent. We're not firing guys on NFL Today to bring in Deion. When you have the opportunity to add somebody with the stature of Deion, you grab it. He wants to be dedicated to the profession of broadcasting. He wants to learn and be the best in the business."

McManus said Sanders would do six features for CBS and do some additional work on the playoffs.

"I plan to be me," Sanders said. "They asked for Deion Sanders. I can't be anyone else."

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