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Sack king Strahan breaks little toe

Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2003

ALBANY, N.Y. NFL single-season sack king Michael Strahan has a broken little toe and his status for the New York Giants' preseason opener against the New England Patriots on Thursday is uncertain.

''If it was the regular season I would be playing,'' Strahan said Tuesday after the Giants finished practice.

Strahan would not say whether the toe was on his left or right foot, but team spokesman Pat Hanlon said it was the right one.

Strahan was hurt in practice on Monday when a teammate stepped on his foot. He did not participate in either practice on Tuesday.

Lions

Charles Rogers says he's likely to miss Detroit's preseason opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.

The No. 2 overall draft pick dislocated his left ring finger during practice a week ago, requiring two stitches. Rogers expects the stitches to be removed by Friday.

Ravens

WESTMINSTER, Md. A myriad of injuries, some serious, has kept head trainer Bill Tessendorf sprinting from one table to another in Baltimore's training camp.

''It's been a long time since I've seen something like this,'' said Tessendorf, looking at an injury report listing more than 12 players.

Most significant is the season-ending injury sustained by wide receiver Javin Hunter, who ruptured his right Achilles' tendon Monday.

The session also claimed linebacker Bernardo Harris, who broke his left leg and will miss 4-to-6 weeks, and safety Ray Perryman, who will sidelined indefinitely with a dislocated left shoulder.

Injuries began on the first day of camp, when defensive end Joe Salave'a hurt his knee. Tight end Todd Heap (back injury), right tackle Orlando Brown (thigh); linebacker Ed Hartwell (back); kick returner Lamont Brightful (knee), and center Mike Flynn (knee) were all held out of Tuesday's morning session.

Those who did practice were thankful to hit the showers in one piece.

''Coach stepped it up the last couple days,'' guard Edwin Mulitalo said. ''It was real physical. I've got a lot of nicks all over my body.''

Eagles

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) Now that he's joined the Eagles, Jon Ritchie has no reason to complain.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound fullback is coming off his worst season in five years in the NFL, catching just 10 passes for the AFC champion Oakland Raiders. His numbers should be much better in Philadelphia, since the Eagles use fullbacks more in their variation of the West Coast offense.

''It can't get any worse than it was last year when we were going one-back and no-back,'' Ritchie said Tuesday. ''It was frustrating. Being a part of the team, it was no one's duty to complain. I do what the coaches ask me. Last year, they asked me to do significantly less than what I was accustomed to.''

A powerful blocker, Ritchie evolved into a solid receiver with a career-high 45 catches for 408 yards and one TD in 1999. But he had 26 catches in 2001 and 19 in 2002.

His production slipped the last two seasons in Oakland while wide receiver Jerry Porter emerged as the third threat on a passing offense that also included potential Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Tim Brown.

After going to the Super Bowl with the Raiders, Ritchie signed a two-year, $1.5 million contract with the Eagles. He replaces Cecil Martin, who later signed with Oakland.



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