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    Bears QB Grossman to miss rest of season with torn ACL

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Chicago Bears quarterback Rex Grossman will miss the rest of the season after rupturing a ligament in his right knee.

    Grossman was injured in Sunday's 27-22 loss to Minnesota when he scored on a 6-yard scramble at the 2-minute warning. He left the stadium wearing a brace and using a crutch. An MRI exam confirmed the anterior cruciate ligament tear.

    Grossman is expected to undergo surgery in a couple of weeks and will face up to 10 months of rehabilitation.

    Backup quarterback Jonathan Quinn will become the starter.


    Bucs RB Garner confirmed out for year with torn patellar tendon

    TAMPA, Florida - The wincing continues for coach Jon Gruden.

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers confirmed Monday that running back Charlie Garner will miss the rest of the season with a torn patellar tendon in his right knee.

    It is the latest setback for the Bucs, who are off to an 0-3 start and already without receivers Keenan McCardell, Joey Galloway and Joe Jurevicius.

    "We're all dejected, we're all down. Obviously, we've had our share of injuries," said Gruden while making another of his famous facial contortions at a media conference Monday.

    Garner twisted the knee while running to his right in the first quarter of Tampa Bay's 30-20 loss at Oakland on Monday night. He was carted off the field and an MRI revealed the torn patellar tendon.

    At least the Buccaneers will welcome back running back Michael Pittman, who was suspended by the NFL for the first three games of the season for a domestic abuse conviction last year.

    "We had looked forward to starting him (Pittman) and Charlie in the same backfield together, but that won't be the case this year," Gruden said.

    Garner, 32, had averaged over 1,700 combined yards rushing and receiving from 1999-2002 with San Francisco and Oakland. But last year, he was hampered by a left knee injury and rushed for 553 yards and caught 48 passes for 386 yards in 14 games last season.

    Gruden coached Garner in Oakland in 2001 and signed him as a free agent with the Buccaneers last March.

    But the 2004 season has been a disaster for the Bucs. McCardell, the team's leading receiver last season, has yet to report due a contract dispute, Galloway suffered a groin injury in the season opener and is expected to miss another six weeks and Jurevicius underwent back surgery in the preseason.

    Also, the Bucs lost backup tight end Rickey Dudley for an indefinite period due to a broken right thumb. Dudley suffered the injury in the loss at Oakland.


    Ritchie out for season with torn ACL

    PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia Eagles fullback Jon Ritchie will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in Sunday's 30-13 victory over the Detroit Lions.

    ``We'll miss Jon,'' Eagles coach Andy Reid said Monday. ``He's a good football player and he's great in the locker room. I encouraged him to stick around the team as much as he can because he's a positive influence.''

    Ritchie is the fourth significant player the Eagles have lost for the season, joining running back Correll Buckhalter (knee), right guard Shawn Andrews (leg) and defensive end N.D. Kalu (knee).

    Right guard Jermane Mayberry tore a tendon in his biceps on Sunday, but Reid is optimistic the former Pro Bowler won't miss much time. Mayberry could even return for this week's game against Chicago.

    Tight end L.J. Smith hurt his shoulder against the Lions, but he also could return this week.

    Ritchie had four receptions for 36 yards in his second season with the Eagles after five years with the Oakland Raiders. He was injured covering a punt in the second quarter.

    ``It was a freak thing,'' Reid said.

    An excellent blocker, Ritchie helped pave the way for Eagles' running backs to gain 1,718 yards on the ground last season.

    Rookie Thomas Tapeh, who was on the inactive list the last two games, is the only other fullback on Philadelphia's roster. Reid said the team probably will re-sign Josh Parry, who was cut last week. Veteran Dorsey Levens also could play fullback in certain situations.

    Parry spent last season on the Eagles' practice squad. He played linebacker the previous two training camps.

    ``I know he can play in this league and contribute,'' Reid said. ``He's a smart kid, he's tough, he has good hands and he's a willing blocker.''

    Despite the injuries, the three-time NFC East champion Eagles are 3-0 for the first time since opening the 1993 season with four straight wins.


    Dolphins RB Gordon doubtful for Jets game

    DAVIE, Fla. - Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Gordon is unlikely to play Sunday against the New York Jets because of a shoulder injury, compounding the team's offensive woes.

    The injury forced the Dolphins to turn to their fourth running back since Ricky Williams retired in July. Leonard Henry, a third-year pro who made his NFL debut in Sunday night's 13-3 loss to Pittsburgh, carried 21 times for 41 yards and may start against the Jets.

    Gordon hurt his left shoulder in the first quarter. The Dolphins didn't specify the nature of the injury, and Wannstedt said Gordon was undergoing tests Monday.

    ``It's very doubtful he'll participate this week,'' Wannstedt said Monday.

    Sammy Morris, a backup at running back and fullback who missed Sunday's game with an ankle injury, may be available against the Jets. Travis Minor, who started the opener, hurt his ankle in that game and remains sidelined.

    Fullback Rob Konrad, a five-year starter who has yet to play this season because of a thigh infection, may return this week.

    ``We could use him, that's for sure,'' Wannstedt said.

    The Dolphins (0-3) have scored 23 points this season while rushing for 142 yards in 69 carries.


    Raiders | Gannon Out 6-plus Weeks
    Mon, 27 Sep 2004 12:38:13 -0700

    ESPNews reports Oakland Raiders QB Rich Gannon (neck) will miss at least six weeks of action after suffering a back injury Sunday, Sept. 26, against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Gannon has a broken vertebra in his neck.


    Lions | Jones Likely Out 2-4 Weeks - from
    Mon, 27 Sep 2004 12:14:12 -0700

    ESPNews reports Detroit Lions RB Kevin Jones (ankle) is likely to miss 2-to-4 weeks due to an ankle injury. The Lions have a BYE week in Week 4.


    Browns | Taylor's Season Likely Over - from
    Mon, 27 Sep 2004 09:38:45 -0700

    ESPNews reports Cleveland Browns LB Ben Taylor (chest) is likely out for the remainder of the season after suffering a chest injury in Week 3.
    Last edited by Nick; -09-27-2004, 01:44 PM.

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    Re: Lots of Week 3 Injuries: Grossman, Garner, Ritchie, Gordon, Gannon...

    Where's all the whining that preseason is too long?

    That's what I thought...