Broken thumb sidelines Fiedler

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2002

DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler will miss at least four weeks because of a broken right thumb.

Fiedler underwent surgery on Monday, Dolphins trainer Kevin O'Neill said. Ray Lucas will start at quarterback against Buffalo on Sunday.

Fiedler was injured with about 3:30 left in Sunday night's 24-22 victory over the Denver Broncos. He hit his throwing hand on a helmet while completing a 5-yard pass to Ricky Williams.

But Fiedler remained in the game and played the final series, setting up Olindo Mare's 53-yard winning field goal with two completions totaling 39 yards in the final seconds.

''If anybody needed additional information to reaffirm the type of winner Jay Fiedler is and what he's willing to sacrifice and do to give this team a chance to win, it's just another example of that,'' coach Dave Wannstedt said. ''He didn't want to come out. He wanted to see this thing through.''

Also, receiver Chris Chambers might not play Sunday after he sustained a concussion against the Denver Broncos. Chambers had to be helped from the field Sunday night after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from safety Kenoy Kennedy in the second quarter.


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City defensive tackle Ryan Sims, the sixth player taken in this year's draft, is probably out for the season with a broken elbow.


CINCINNATI -- Dick LeBeau kept his job Monday as coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, a sign that the NFL's only winless team is content to stay the course.

The Bengals have had four head coaches but no winning records since 1990, the last season Paul Brown ran the team.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers quarterback Rodney Peete needs surgery on his knee and will be sidelined at least three weeks, putting Chris Weinke back in the starting lineup.


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars right tackle Maurice Williams is out for the season with a broken right leg, while quarterback Mark Brunell still is recovering from a moderate concussion.

Williams, who will have surgery Wednesday, was placed on injured reserve Monday.

It was the second concussion of Brunell's career. Samari Rolle hit Brunell helmet-to-helmet near the sideline in the first quarter. Coach Tom Coughlin called the league office to complain about the hit, which was not penalized.


Left tackle Chad Clifton tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee and is expected to miss 1-to-3 weeks.


NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Titans defensive end Jevon Kearse is not expected to play for another four weeks because his broken left foot has been healing slowly.


IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys rookie safety Roy Williams had an MRI on Monday to determine the extent of his heel injury.

The team didn't release the results of the test, but coach Dave Campo said Williams is day-to-day and will be evaluated again before the team resumes practice Wednesday.


ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Offensive tackle Mike Williams has a strained right hamstring and could miss Sunday's game against Miami.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- New York Giants defensive tackle Keith Hamilton had an MRI on his torn right Achilles' tendon on Monday.

There was no immediate word on the results, although Giants coach Jim Fassel is confident the injury, which happened in Sunday's 17-10 loss to Atlanta, won't end the 11-year veteran's career.


ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- The Detroit Lions receiving corps took two more hits with injuries to wideout Bill Schroeder and tight end Mikhael Ricks.

Ricks pulled a groin muscle in Detroit's 31-24 loss Sunday to the Minnesota Vikings and is questionable. Schroeder injured his knee and had an MRI exam Monday. Results were not available.



LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- Chicago Bears running back Anthony Thomas helped pull a man from a burning car.

The 2001 rookie of the year was on his way to visit teammate David Terrell late Sunday when he saw a smoldering car on the road.

''The car was smoking at first, but it wasn't really on fire,'' Thomas said. ''But when I got there and I pulled over, it sounded like, 'Boom,' and then a tire popped and a big fire blew out.

''When you see a car fire you never know if it's going to blow up or not. So the main thing, I was trying to get the guy away from the car and get me and my wife away from the car.''

No one was injured. The police said Monday their report on the incident was not available.

The Bears had a bye Sunday and play Detroit this week.

''Good time to have a bye week, I guess,'' Bears coach Dick Jauron said. ''I'm glad I gave him the time off. He was in the right place at the right time.''

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