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Colts can't beat Indiana's stifling heat

Posted: Wednesday, August 08, 2001

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- The Indianapolis Colts just can't escape the heat.

A day after two players were helped off the field because of heat-related problems, starting tackle Adam Meadows left practice early Tuesday for the same reason.

''Adam went out early because he had a little bit of a problem,'' coach Jim Mora said. He did not elaborate.

Meadows returned to practice later Tuesday in the Colts' second workout of the day.

Raiders' Russell suspended

NAPA, Calif. -- Raiders defensive tackle Darrell Russell was suspended for the first four regular-season games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. Russell can be reinstated on Oct. 1.

Leigh Steinberg, Russell's agent, unsuccessfully appealed the suspension, saying his client does not have a drug problem and the violation was procedural.

Gastineau blesses Sapp's attempt at sack record

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Mark Gastineau offered a meek response to Warren Sapp's criticism of him.

During a visit to the New York Jets' training camp, the former defensive end, who holds the season sacks record of 22, said ''God bless him if he gets the record.''

Sapp, who plays for Tampa Bay, said last week he would break Gastineau's 1984 mark because, ''I don't think a convicted felon should be the all-time leader.''

''I don't think a guy sitting on Rikers Island should have his name on top of an NFL record book, and I'm going to take it down,'' Sapp added.

Gastineau was released from the Rikers Island penitentiary two weeks ago after violating his probation on a 1998 conviction of assaulting his wife. He spent 11 months in the prison.

''I would never wish that on him,'' Gastineau said of Sapp, whose had 16 1/2 sacks in his best season last year. ''I'd rather he get my record than him wind up in Rikers Island.''

Packers swap Bowen for Collins

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay acquired tight end Bobby Collins from Buffalo for defensive end David Bowens. The Packers have been searching for tight ends since Tyrone Davis tore a hamstring two months ago. Last month, they signed free agent Troy Drayton to compete with rookie David Martin for the backup job behind second-year pro Bubba Franks.

Bills no longer hamstrung

PITTSFORD, N.Y. -- Running back Sammy Morris practiced with the Bills after almost a week on the sidelines.

Morris was one of five Bills returning to the field after recovering from hamstring injuries. Joining him were starting tight end Jay Riemersma, cornerbacks Antoine Winfield and Ken Irvin, and backup free safety Travares Tillman.

Morris started eight games during an injury-plagued rookie season in 2000. He was the leading receiver among Buffalo's running backs with 37 catches for 268 yards and a touchdown, despite missing four games because of thigh and ankle injuries.

This year, Morris faces a battle with returning rushing leader Shawn Bryson and second-round draft pick Travis Henry for playing time.

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CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) -- Redskins Pro Bowl tight end Stephen Alexander, who has missed most of training camp because of a hamstring problem, won't play at Kansas City this weekend.

Coach Marty Schottenheimer ruled out Alexander for Sunday's exhibition game. Defensive end Marco Coleman sat out his second straight practice Tuesday due to a muscle spasm in his back, but might play against the Chiefs.

Guard Ben Coleman missed the morning practice due to a sore knee, and wide receiver Kevin Lockett was out because of a hip flexor.

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) -- Six Eagles missed a practice on Tuesday that was shortened by 30 minutes due to excessive heat. The temperature at Lehigh University reached 97 degrees, with a heat index of 106 degrees.

Tight end Jeff Thomason was sidelined by Achilles' tendinitis. Wide receiver Scott Keys has a bruised knee. Offensive lineman John Romero has a strained pectoral muscle. Tackle Tra Thomas suffers from a swollen groin, while defensive lineman Brandon Whiting is still struggling with turf toe.

Jon Runyan contracted a virus related to his dehydration on Monday.

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) -- The Cincinnati Bengals waived strong safety Jared Lee and reported to the NFL that offensive tackle Mike Doughty had voluntarily left the team.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Rookie offensive tackle Adam Haayer partially tore a medial collateral ligament in his right knee near the end the Tennessee Titans' morning practice.

Coach Jeff Fisher said Haayer will undergo arthroscopic surgery and could return within a month.

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Tampa Bay rookie tight end Dauntae' Finger was released from a hospital, one day after leaving practice early because of an irregular heartbeat.

Finger left the practice field Monday after feeling light-headed and experiencing shortness of breath during the team's afternoon workout at the University of Tampa.

''All the tests came back negative,'' Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy said. ''He should be at practice (Wednesday).''

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WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) -- Dallas Cowboys linebacker Darren Hambrick, the team's leading tackler last season, is back with the first team and will start Saturday night's game against Denver.

Until this week, Hambrick had been working with the second unit, part of Campo's punishment of Hambrick for skipping two voluntary minicamps.

''He got a battlefield promotion. The team has seen that Darren is ready to play,'' said Campo. ''He knows I was upset with what he did and that it was wrong.''

Rookie Markus Steele started the preseason opener.

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STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- The San Francisco 49ers signed defensive end Jerome Davis, a University of Minnesota product who last year played for Calgary in the Canadian League.

The Niners waived rookie defensive lineman Shawn Hay to make room on the roster for Davis.

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SMITHFIELD, R.I. (AP)-- Cornerback Will Allen, the New York Giants first-round draft pick, practiced despite spraining a toe on his right foot a day earlier.

Allen said there was no way he would miss the Giants' workout with the New England Patriots on Tuesday at Bryant College.

''This is the first chance to see a different team and a chance to get a feel for (Friday's preseason game),'' Allen said.

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MACOMB, Ill. (AP) -- St. Louis Rams third-string quarterback Paul Justin will be out for the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during the team's 17-10 victory over the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.

Second-year running back Trung Canidate is expected to miss 2-to-3 weeks with a strained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

Justin will undergo surgery in about three weeks, after the knee has had time to ''calm down,'' according to coach Mike Martz.

The loss of Justin elevates Marc Bulger to the No. 3 job behind Kurt Warner and Joe Germaine.

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BOSTON (AP) -- The New England Patriots are threatening to suspend wide receiver Terry Glenn for the entire season if he doesn't show up for practice Wednesday, his agent said.

James Gould, Glenn's agent, said Tuesday night that the star player faces a choice between returning to a team where relations with management have soured, and retiring.

''What's the alternative?'' Gould said. ''If they're not willing to trade, which they're not, there is no other alternative.''

Patriots spokesman Stacey James refused to comment.



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