Lions lose Stewart to shoulder injury

Posted: Friday, August 29, 2003

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. What every NFL coach fears most in the last exhibition game happened to Steve Mariucci and the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.

Starting running back James Stewart separated his right shoulder in the first quarter of Detroit's 22-16 loss.

Stewart, who led Detroit with 1,021 yards rushing last season, was hurt six minutes into the game and is out indefinitely. The Lions also lost linebacker Brian Williams, who dislocated his left shoulder.

Marquel Blackwell threw two touchdown passes, leading the Jets' backups over Philadelphia's second- and third-stringers in the final preseason game for both teams.

Brunell was named the starter for the regular-season opener after Jacksonville (3-1) beat the Washington Redskins in the final exhibition game.

The Super Bowl champions (4-1) outgained the Texans (0-4) 243-47 while amassing 17 first downs to Houston's two in the opening half. Tampa Bay's starting defense played only one series, but the Bucs didn't allow a TD for the second straight week.

The Atlanta Falcons weren't so lucky.

Kelly Holcomb passed for 126 yards in two series and William Green had a touchdown run, leading the Browns past the Atlanta Falcons.

Holcomb, who beat out Tim Couch for the starting job during training camp, completed a 68-yard pass on his first throw as the Browns (1-3) tuned up for their Sept. 7 opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk didn't start for St. Louis (1-3) in the final tuneup for the regular season, a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the annual Governor's Cup game. The Chiefs (3-2) also limited their star players' exposure or held them out altogether in a game so lacking in drama the biggest cheer of the night came when Kerry Robinson hit a game-winning ninth-inning homer as the Cardinals beat the Cubs at Busch Stadium.

Carter led the Dallas Cowboys to four touchdowns and a field goal on five drives, scrambling to throw a 69-yard touchdown pass and heaving a 49-yarder against the Oakland Raiders' first-string defense in the preseason finale.

The rookie threw two touchdown passes to stake the Ravens to a 17-point lead over the New York Giants, who eventually rallied for the win.

Third-string quarterback Preston Parsons ran for two touchdowns and threw for another to lead the Cardinals past the Minnesota Vikings (1-3) in the final exhibition game for both teams.

Fiedler, who played in two series, hit Chris Chambers for a 38-yard gain that took the Dolphins to the Saints' 14-yard line.

He followed that up with a touchdown toss to Derrius Thompson, putting Miami up 7-0 in a game they went on to win.

They were the only ones who had a short night, however.

McNair took three snaps in the Tennessee Titans' victory over the Green Bay Packers that included a 2-hour, 33-minute lightning delay and didn't end until early Friday morning.

Torrential rains made for a messy first half and maybe a fourth of the 69,126 fans who got a double dose of disappointment when Favre and Green sat out altogether stuck around to watch play resume at 11:01 p.m. CDT.

They got a hearty laugh when the two-minute warning was announced one play later, and let out a huge cheer when it was announced that the usual 12-minute halftime would last only one minute.

The fourth quarter didn't start until after midnight and the game ended at 12:46 a.m.

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