Wednesday, September 26, 2001

NFL notebook

Bledsoe avoids organ damage

The Associated Press

        BOSTON — Drew Bledsoe's doctors determined his organs were not damaged on a tackle that caused internal bleeding in his chest, New England coach Bill Belichick said Tuesday.

        The Patriots' quarterback still was expected to miss at least two games, but he could be released from the hospital as soon as today.

        “There's no damage that's been detected to any internal organ or ribs or anything like that, or lungs,” Belichick said.

        A chest tube doctors inserted to alleviate bleeding probably will be removed today, and Bledsoe should be released in the next day or two, Belichick said.

        Bledsoe was injured when linebacker Mo Lewis hit him full-speed in the fourth quarter of New York's 10-3 victory Sunday. Although Bledsoe played one more series, he was taken to the hospital when he became uncomfortable 45 minutes after the game.


Coach Dave Campo respects Emmitt Smith's opinion about the team's quarterback but doesn't agree with him.

        Campo reiterated Tuesday that rookie Quincy Carter, if he is healthy, will be the starting quarterback for the Cowboys. Smith believes third-year pro Anthony Wright should have the job.

        “Players have opinions on things, and I don't have a problem with those things,” Campo said. “We are looking at the big picture.

        “When we made the decision to release Tony Banks, we made the commitment that we were going to take the guy that we felt gave us the best chance to win now and in the future and give him an opportunity to perform.”

        Campo said the only thing that has changed the situation was the thumb injury Carter suffered on his throwing hand during a Sept.12 practice.

        With Carter still recovering, Wright started Sunday's game against San Diego. Wright threw for 193 yards and three touchdowns in the 32-21 loss.


        The combination of quarterback Jeff George and coach Marty Schottenheimer is proving to be embarrassing for the Washington Redskins, and it might not last much longer.

        Schottenheimer said Tuesday he will consider starting Banks in Sunday's home opener against Kansas City.

        “I have to look at it in depth. I have to evaluate it like everything else,” the coach said. “At this point, I can't give an answer. At this juncture, anything's possible.”


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