MIAMI - Dolphins wide receiver Cris Carter will be sidelined indefinitely after tests revealed kidney-function abnormalities, the team said Saturday.
Carter, a Middletown native who came out of retirement three weeks ago, missed Miami's practices this week because he felt ill. When the former Ohio State star was re-evaluated Friday by team physicians, tests disclosed the abnormalities.
Carter will undergo further testing. He won't play tonight against the New York Jets and didn't accompany the Dolphins on their flight Saturday. Team officials wouldn't elaborate on Carter's condition and declined to say whether he had been hospitalized.
Miami coach Dave Wannstedt declined to comment.
Carter retired last spring after 15 NFL seasons, then signed with the Dolphins three weeks ago to reinforce an injury-depleted receiving corps.
The eight-time Pro Bowl receiver struggled in his first game with Miami, a 24-10 loss Monday night at Green Bay. He lost a fumble following his first catch and failed to catch a pass that was then intercepted. He finished with three receptions for 31 yards.
Carter, who turns 37 on Nov. 25, ranks behind only Jerry Rice in career receptions (1,096) and touchdown catches (129).
James McKnight will start in place of Carter against the Jets. The game will be the first Carter has missed because of illness or injury since 1992, when he broke his collarbone while with the Minnesota Vikings.
COLTS: The mayor of Indianapolis began formal talks Friday with Colts owner Jim Irsay about the team's future and sounded confident the NFL franchise wouldn't be leaving town.
"That's not even part of the discussion," Mayor Bart Peterson told reporters after the two-hour, closed-door session. "They're not going to be leaving Indianapolis."