Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Eagles end Kalu out for season

Rookie QB Manning will start over Warner in exhibition for Giants

The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA - Defensive end N.D. Kalu will miss the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during Tuesday's practice.

Kalu was filling in for a winded member of the third-team defense when he hurt his knee in a non-contact drill. He fell to the ground and had to be carted off the field.

"His foot got caught in the grass and he just twisted it," coach Andy Reid said. "I really feel for N.D., because he's such a good person and a hard worker."

Kalu started all 16 games on a defensive line that was decimated by injuries last season. He recorded career highs with 74 tackles and three fumble recoveries, had 5 1/2 sacks and also scored his first career touchdown.

Derrick Burgess, who has played one game in the last two years because of injuries, will replace Kalu. Jerome McDougle, a first-round pick a year ago who has been bothered by injuries, also will see more action.

The Eagles have six members of their defense on the injury report.

GIANTS: Eli Manning will start for New York in Thursday night's game at Carolina, but that doesn't necessarily mean this year's No. 1 pick in the NFL draft has beaten out Kurt Warner for the Giant's starting quarterback job.

"It's a rotation that I planned to do all along," coach Tom Coughlin said. "It's Eli's turn. ... Last week was Kurt. This week it's Eli."

Warner, signed by the Giants after being released by St. Louis, started the Giants' 34-24 win over Kansas City Friday.

BRONCOS: Champ Bailey has made a name for himself as a cornerback. Now the four-time Pro Bowler wants to show what he can do as a wide receiver for Denver.

Bailey split time with the offense in the practice Tuesday. He said the move had been in the works for some time, but it wasn't until last week that coach Mike Shanahan gave him a playbook.

"Since they gave it to me, I've been studying to figure out what I had to do," Bailey said. "They had said they were going to do it, but you never know until you get the offensive package."

Shanahan had no comment on the matter but watched intently as Bailey ran about 10 plays with the offense. He had a pass batted away by Roc Alexander on the first ball thrown his way. Three more plays went by before he saw another pass. This time he blew past cornerback Willie Middlebrooks and set sail into the end zone.

RAIDERS: Left tackle Robert Gallery, the second player taken in the NFL draft, didn't practice because of an elbow injury, leaving his status uncertain for Saturday's preseason game against Dallas.

Gallery left practice early Monday with what the team described as a hyperextended right elbow.

BEARS: Left guard Rex Tucker will miss eight to 10 weeks of the regular season because of a dislocated left elbow.

Free agent acquisition Ruben Brown becomes the starting left guard in Tucker's absence, Bears coach Lovie Smith said.

COLTS: Indianapolis got a scare when Marvin Harrison took a big hit in practice.

The five-time Pro Bowl selection caught a ball over the middle and got caught between Anthony Floyd and Joseph Jefferson. When Harrison got up, he flexed his right arm a few times and returned to practice after a brief break.

• Starting safety Idrees Bashir was sidelined indefinitely by injured ribs after a collision with tight end Dallas Clark.

REDSKINS: Washington cut Ifeanyi Ohalete, who started 15 games at strong safety last season. He lost his starting job when the Redskins drafted Sean Taylor with the fifth overall pick in April and shifted Matt Bowen to strong safety.

JAGUARS: Veteran guard Mike Compton is scheduled for surgery on an injured thumb that will keep him out 10 days to two weeks.

• Coach Jack Del Rio said Tony Brackens, the franchise's career sacks leader, could be out longer than the expected week because of a strained muscle in the back of a knee.

RAVENS: Running back Jamal Lewis, already facing federal drug conspiracy charges, was hit with an extra charge of attempting to possess cocaine. The charge was included in a superseding indictment, a common move used by federal authorities to refine the original accusations.

Lewis is accused of trying to get the cocaine with his childhood friend, Angelo Jackson, in Atlanta in 2000 from an undercover informant. Both were charged in the conspiracy case in February, but at first only Jackson was charged with attempted cocaine possession.

Lewis' lawyers didn't think the extra charge would complicate their defense. Lewis has maintained his innocence.

TRADE: New England traded linebacker Quinn Dorsey to Chicago for a future draft pick.

THOMAS LAWSUIT: The family of former Chiefs star Derrick Thomas is not entitled to money from General Motors Corp. for the January 2000 crash that killed the nine-time Pro Bowl linebacker, a jury ruled.

Thomas' mother, Edith Morgan, his seven children and their five mothers sued GM, seeking at least $73 million. They claimed Thomas was fatally injured when the roof of his Chevrolet Suburban caved in.

But the automaker's attorneys said Thomas was driving too fast for the snowy conditions and was ejected from the vehicle because he was not wearing his seat belt.

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