Thursday, December 12, 2002

NFL Notebook

Turley threatens to sue league

The Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - Kyle Turley of the Saints says he might sue the NFL if it does not suspend Baltimore Ravens cornerback Chris McAlister.

McAlister ripped off the helmet of New Orleans receiver Donte Stallworth and tossed it through the end zone in Sunday's game in Baltimore. McAlister was assessed a personal foul, and the penalty gave the Saints a first down at the Ravens' 12. New Orleans scored a touchdown on the possession.

Turley was ejected from a game against the New York Jets on Nov.1, 2001, after ripping the helmet off safety Damien Robinson and hurling it across the Superdome field. He was fined $25,000 and ordered to take anger-management courses.

"If they don't fine McAlister exactly what they fined me and make him go to anger management, then I definitely will sue the NFL for my money back," Turley said on ESPN Radio's Dan Patrick Show.

NFL spokesman Mike Signora said the league is aware of Turley's comments and is reviewing the matter.

BEARS: Quarterback Jim Miller will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury.

Miller has 180 completions in 314 attempts for 1,944 yards with 13 touchdown passes and nine interceptions.

Chris Chandler will start Sunday against the New York Jets.

PANTHERS: Linebacker Dan Morgan has surgery scheduled for next week to repair his dislocated left shoulder, but he won't go on injured reserve in case the injury improves.

LIONS: A small fire broke out Wednesday at Ford Field, but there were no injuries or damages, and it will not affect any events at the stadium.

SEAHAWKS: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck remained in a walking boot with a sore left foot and couldn't practice Wednesday, although he might be back on the field today.

"We're taking it a day at a time," coach Mike Holmgren said. "Until he can go, Jeff George will get all the snaps. We're getting him ready to play."

Holmgren didn't know if Hasselbeck would be available for Sunday's game at Atlanta.

TV DEAL: The NFL extended its agreement with DirecTV for five years, giving the satellite service exclusive rights to the league's subscription package in a deal worth $2 billion.

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