Hakim out for preseason with knee surgery

Posted: Wednesday, August 20, 2003

ALLEN PARK, Mich. Wide receiver Az-Zahir Hakim will miss the remainder of the preseason after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.

Hakim, who missed the final six games of last season after dislocating his hip, has not appeared in either of Detroit's exhibition games this season. He is now not expected to play until at least the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against Arizona.

''Az had a loose body taken out they said it was like a little tuneup,'' Lions coach Steve Mariucci said Tuesday. ''He should be feeling much better now. He's a little swollen, and he'll be limping around for a few days, but we are hoping he'll be ready for the opener.''

Hakim, who was on crutches Tuesday, caught 37 passes for 541 yards last season before injuring his hip.

EAGLES

PHILADELPHIA Defensive end Derrick Burgess injured his right foot in practice Tuesday, the same foot he broke in the season opener last year.

X-rays on Burgess' foot were negative, but it's not known how long he'll be out. He didn't practice Tuesday afternoon, and could miss Friday's preseason game against New England.

A third-round pick in 2001, Burgess missed 15 games and the playoffs after breaking the same foot against Tennessee last September. After two operations, he worked his way back onto the field and earned a starting spot at left defensive end with an outstanding training camp.

Burgess had seven sacks, including one in the playoffs, in limited action as a rookie, and is being counted on to help replace three-time Pro Bowler Hugh Douglas, who left for Jacksonville through free agency.

The Eagles also selected defensive end Jerome McDougle with the 15th pick in April's NFL Draft to help fill the void left by Douglas, who played right defensive end.

49ERS

SAN FRANCISCO Starting cornerback Jason Webster will be out four to eight weeks after being injured in practice.

With a hairline fracture of his leg, a torn knee capsule and ligament damage, Webster will miss up to six regular-season games, 49ers coach Dennis Erickson said Monday.

Webster was injured Sunday when he hyperextended his knee while defending rookie wide receiver Brandon Lloyd.

Webster, who returned to practice after a long recovery from ankle surgery, will be replaced by Mike Rumph, last year's first-round pick who struggled in his rookie season.

RAVENS

WESTMINSTER, Md. The Baltimore Ravens broke training camp confident they've moved closer to becoming a playoff team despite an inordinate rash of injuries.

Minutes after coach Brian Billick assembled the squad together for a final time at McDaniel College, the players hopped into their luxury cars and SUVs to begin the trek down Route 140.

It was a different sort of camp for the Ravens, who reported July 27 with far more experience and much higher expectations than a year ago. After going 7-9 last season, Baltimore is striving for a return to the postseason.

Despite a spate of injuries, the Ravens feel confident.

''I think we got a lot accomplished,'' offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden said. ''I think we're miles ahead of where we were last year at this time. The injuries were a little more than you'd like to have, but we should be healthy going into the first game.''

PANTHERS

SPARTANBURG, S.C. DeShaun Foster hopes his comeback with the Carolina Panthers will be pushed back another week.

After Tuesday's practice, the running back said he'd prefer to skip Saturday night's third preseason game against the Green Bay Packers to give his knee another week to recover and to allow him to get in better football shape.

''Right now I want to play but it might be better for my health if I sit out one more week,'' Foster said.

Panthers head coach John Fox has not determined whether Foster will play this week. He hasn't played since injuring his knee almost a year ago in a preseason game on against the New England Patriots. He underwent surgery in November.

BENGALS

GEORGETOWN, Ky. The Cincinnati Bengals agreed Tuesday to hold training camp at Georgetown College for two more years while the sides work out some remaining issues.

The Bengals moved their training camp to the central Kentucky college in 1997 under a seven-year deal. The college built football fields and training camp facilities on an abandoned dairy farm.

The club wanted to see how first-year coach Marvin Lewis liked the facility before negotiating an extension. The Bengals had the option of holding training camp at their Paul Brown Stadium complex, which opened in 2000.

TEXANS

HOUSTON The Texans on Tuesday acquired reserve fullback Deon Dyer from the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a seventh-round pick in next year's draft.

The deal came a day after team doctors confirmed Houston's starter last year, Jarrod Baxter, would miss the season with a sprained left foot. Currently, third-year player Moran Norris is listed as the starter.

Neither Norris nor Dyer has had an NFL carry and both are considered blocking specialists. Dyer, entering his fourth season, missed most of Miami's training camp with a groin injury.

Blocking tight end Jabari Holloway, who saw some practice time at fullback Tuesday, also could become part of the mix.



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