Tuesday, October 7, 2003

NFL notes: Emmitt out indefinitely

The Associated Press

TEMPE, Ariz. - NFL career rushing leader Emmitt Smith has a broken left shoulder blade and will be sidelined indefinitely.

The injury occurred in the second quarter of Arizona's 24-7 loss to Dallas Sunday in Smith's first game against the team he played his first 13 seasons with and helped lead to three Super Bowl wins.

Coach Dave McGinnis said X-rays taken Monday revealed the injury was more serious than originally thought. After the game, the Cardinals said Smith had only a sprained shoulder.

BILLS: Wide receiver Eric Moulds' groin was still sore, a day after he strained it when he was tackled following a catch near the end of the Buffalo Bills' 22-16 overtime win against Cincinnati. His status for Sunday's game with the New York Jets was uncertain.

CHIEFS: Coach Dick Vermeil said a clipping call could have been made during Dante Hall's 93-yard punt return that beat Denver 24-23. The penalty would have nullified the game-winning touchdown.

"It's a judgment call. If I were the Broncos, I'd say I want it called," Vermeil said Monday. The coach said it depends on the angle from which the play is viewed to determine if Julian Battle hit his man on the back or shoulder.

The return was Hall's fourth touchdown return in four games, breaking his own NFL record.

JETS: Quarterback Chad Pennington threw about 50 times in 20 minutes Monday - his first tosses since dislocating and breaking his left wrist in a preseason game.

DOLPHINS: Linebacker Junior Seau has a strained hamstring and will be listed as questionable for Miami's game at Jacksonville.

FALCONS: Quarterback Michael Vick said he was in too much pain to jog on a treadmill, a goal he set for himself last week. Vick will try to walk on the treadmill again today, but has all but ruled out trying to play Monday night when the Falcons (1-4) visit St. Louis (2-2).

GIANTS: Less than 24 hours after one of the best games of his career, New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey criticized fans who left the 23-10 loss to Miami early.

"Give up on us if you want to," said Shockey, who tied his career best with 11 catches for 110 yards. "If you want to leave, leave! Leave the game! Don't even come to the game! Give your tickets away!"

Shockey said seeing fans leave while the team is trying to come back is discouraging.

REDSKINS: Tight end Byron Chamberlain signed, a week after he was cut by Minnesota after returning out of shape from a drug suspension. To make room for Chamberlain, the Redskins released tight end Zeron Flemister.

TITANS: Cornerback Samari Rolle will miss up to six weeks with a dislocated and fractured elbow.

COWBOYS: Rookie tight end Jason Witten had surgery to repair his broken jaw.

RAVENS: Wide receiver Dedric Ward signed a one-year contract.

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