Cardinals' Shipp won't set sail in opener due to broken leg

Posted: Sunday, August 08, 2004

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. Arizona Cardinals running back Marcel Shipp, the team's leading rusher last season, will miss at least eight weeks with a broken left leg.

Cardinals coach Dennis Green said Shipp appeared to have dislocated his left ankle in the team's intrasquad scrimmage on Friday, but more X-rays revealed a broken fibula.

''We were hoping that would not be the case, but it looks like it probably will be,'' Green said Saturday. ''We'll just take our time and make sure he's on the heal and on the mend and look at the rest of it later.''

A team official said Saturday that Shipp will have a plate and screws inserted into the injured leg in a few days to stabilize the fracture, and additional surgery to add pins is expected.

Shipp, who led the Cardinals with 830 rushing yards in 2003, was caught beneath a pile during a routine running play and had to be helped off the field on a cart. He was unavailable for comment Saturday.

''I talked to him (Friday) night and he seemed pretty good, so I assume he had some pretty good pain medication,'' Cardinals running back Damien Anderson said. ''He was up in spirits. He seemed very, very positive.''

Anderson and Josh Scobey will now battle it out for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind starting running back Emmitt Smith.


Buffalo running back Willis McGahee found the end zone often Saturday in his first NFL exhibition game.

The former Miami Hurricanes star was selected 23rd overall in the 2003 draft, but missed all of last season after reconstructive surgery on his left knee. McGahee finished with 10 carries for 40 yards and one reception for 8 yards against the Browns in Saturday's scrimmage.

McGahee scored up the middle on a 1-yard plunge to cap a six-play, 65-yard drive and scored on three straight plays from the 2 during a goal-line drill.

On his way back to the sideline, McGahee was greeted by a standing ovation from the crowd at the Bills training camp site in suburban Rochester.

''It's good to know that they're behind me and they want to see how I do,'' McGahee said. ''And I'm just glad to score and let them know that I can still do certain things.''


Coach Joe Gibbs named Mark Brunell the starter for the Monday night's Hall of Fame game against Denver in Canton, Ohio. The 11-year veteran says no one should expect to see regular-season crispness in the first preseason game.

''It's important that you look sharp every day, particularly when you approach a game,'' Brunell said. ''We've got to be patient, understand that during the course of this preseason that there may be some three-and-outs. There may be some moments where we struggle a little bit, but I think we're going to be all right.''

Titans and Falcons

Tennessee and Atlanta scrimmaged before 31,408 fans, capping up three days of practices between the teams on Saturday. Titans quarterback Steve McNair, the league's co-MVP, didn't practice in the two morning sessions, but took part during a first-team session and the two-minute drill.

Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick tossed a handful of passes early, then left the offense in the hands of rookie Matt Shaub. Vick watched the rest of the workout from the sidelines while he rested his right hamstring.

Rookie Quincy Wilson, son of former Chicago linebacker Otis Wilson, had eight carries for 47 yards for Atlanta. Titans rookie Jarrett Payton, son of the late Walter Payton, had five carries for 23 yards.


Five Indianapolis players did not take part in Saturday's scrimmage due to injury: rookie linebacker Antonio Crow, rookie defensive tackle Nautyn McKay-Loescher, defensive tackle David Pugh, cornerback Corey Chamblin, and cornerback Willie Miles.

Offensive tackle Tarik Glenn missed his fifth straight day of practice as he tries to get under a team-mandated weight limit.


Cleveland linebacker Brant Boyer will miss at least eight weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot. Boyer, a 10-year veteran and the Browns' special teams captain, was hurt Friday when someone stepped on his foot during practice.

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