Armstrong finished for season

Posted: Tuesday, October 02, 2001

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders defensive end Trace Armstrong will have surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles' tendon and will miss the rest of the season.

Armstrong injured his right Achilles' tendon in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 38-14 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said the 35-year-old pass-rush specialist would undergo surgery in the next few days.

''It's a great loss to our football team, not only as a premier pass rusher, but as a team captain and a very inspiring player,'' Gruden said. ''We'll miss him.''

Armstrong, a 13-year veteran, signed with the Raiders as a free agent in the offseason after getting a career-best 16.5 sacks with the Miami Dolphins last season.

He is third among active players with 98.5 career sacks. He's also president of the NFL Players Association.

Jamal Anderson blows out knee again, to miss rest of season

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- For the second time in three years, the Atlanta Falcons will have to play most of the season without Jamal Anderson.

Anderson, an All-Pro in 1998 when the Falcons reached the Super Bowl, learned Monday that he tore a ligament in left knee against the Arizona Cardinals.

He will require season-ending surgery, dealing a major blow to a Falcons team that collapsed in 1999 when Anderson went out with the same injury to his right knee.

The other players were stunned by the news as they arrived for a team meeting at the Falcons suburban training complex.

Mayor: 99 percent sure Super Bowl in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS -- The mayor of New Orleans said Monday he was ''99 percent'' sure the Super Bowl would stay in that city based on a new offer the NFL made to an auto dealers' group.

David Hyatt, a spokesman for the National Automobile Dealers Association, said the proposal would be considered during a conference call Tuesday with the group's governing board.

''I feel this is the first time we've made definite progress toward a solution,'' he said.

Terms were not released, but NADA wanted the NFL to cover its multimillion-dollar expenses and losses of shifting its convention, which was blocking a Feb. 3 Super Bowl.

The Super Bowl had been scheduled for New Orleans on Jan. 27, but the NFL wants to delay the playoffs a week because of the week it took off.

after the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington.

Mayor Marc Morial said he talked to NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue twice on Monday and ''he indicated they were very close'' to a deal.

''I'm 99 percent certain that the Super Bowl will stay in New Orleans,'' Morial said at a news conference. ''There are still details that are to be worked out, but my feeling is very good about this situation.''

''In the past 24 hours, our fortunes have turned 180 degrees in the positive,'' he said.

A switch with the auto dealers involves arrangements with hundreds of exhibitors and thousands of delegates, all of whom have reservations and schedules in place.

On Sunday, Tagliabue said Giants Stadium in New Jersey was under consideration for the title game as a way to help New York recover from the terrorist attacks. The NFL was also considering Los Angeles, Tampa and Miami.

Tagliabue also said he was still exploring the possibility of an accelerated playoff system that would keep the Super Bowl in New Orleans on its scheduled date.

The shortened playoff format would mean games on the Wednesday following the final Sunday of the season, which is now scheduled for Jan. 6.

The NFL also could reduce playoff teams from 12 to eight and play the normal schedule, which would culminate with the Super Bowl on its scheduled date.

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