Miami welcomes back Carter

Posted: Tuesday, October 22, 2002

MIAMI -- Cris Carter ended his retirement and joined the Dolphins on Monday, leaving the broadcast booth in hopes of bolstering Miami's injury-depleted receiving corps.

The 36-year-old Carter agreed to a one-year contract with $550,000 guaranteed and $700,000 in incentives.

''I really missed playing,'' he said. ''When the call came, I initially said no. Then I began think about it.''

Carter, the NFL's second all-time leading receiver with 1,093 catches for 13,833 yards and 129 touchdowns, retired in May and had been working on HBO's ''Inside the NFL.'' He will have two weeks to get ready for Miami's next game at Green Bay on Nov. 4.

The Dolphins (5-2) have been staggered by the loss of quarterback Jay Fiedler and receivers Chris Chambers and Oronde Gadsden to injuries.

Chambers (concussion) is expected back for the Green Bay game, but Gadsden plans to have surgery Tuesday to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist and will miss the rest of the season.

Packers optimistic Favre won't miss any games

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre won't need surgery on his sprained left knee, and the Packers are optimistic he won't miss any games.

An MRI on Monday confirmed the team's original diagnosis of a sprained lateral collateral ligament and showed no structural damage to the star quarterback's knee.

''Ice and rehab will be what's going on with him this week as he prepares for the Monday night Miami game,'' coach Mike Sherman said Monday.

The Packers are idle this week. Their next game is Nov. 4 against Miami.

Rolle fined $7,500

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Cornerback Samari Rolle was fined $7,500 by the NFL on Monday for a helmet-to-helmet hit that left Jacksonville quarterback Mark Brunell with a concussion.

Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin complained almost immediately to the NFL about the play, in which Rolle hit Brunell at the sideline on the first series of the Oct. 13 game. Brunell played one more series, then left with a headache.

No penalty was called, and the Titans won 23-14.

Spurrier switches quarterbacks again

ASHBURN, Va. -- Steve Spurrier switched starting quarterbacks Monday for the third time this season, promoting Shane Matthews and benching rookie Patrick Ramsey for the Washington Redskins' game against Indianapolis.

''Patrick had three games, playing very well the first game, and since then it hasn't worked out,'' Spurrier said. ''He's obviously not as prepared as he should be.''

Spurrier said he expects Matthews to finish the season, although he said the same thing about Ramsey two weeks ago.

''Overall, we believe Shane Matthews gives our team the best chance to win games,'' Spurrier said. ''Nobody's mad at anybody. We just feel that's the best direction to go right now.

Ram's Williams out for year

ST. LOUIS -- Rams cornerback Aeneas Williams will miss the rest of the season after surgery to stabilize torn ligaments in his badly sprained left ankle.

Williams also broke his left shin with 1:46 to play in St. Louis' game Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks when teammate Adam Archuleta rolled over him.

Typically, recovery is four-to-six months, team physician Dr. Matt Matava said Monday. Matava said Williams should regain mobility in about two months.

The Rams don't believe the injury threatens the career of the 34-year-old Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowl choice.

Broncos lose Nalen for season

DENVER -- Center Tom Nalen will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Kansas City.

Nalen was hit from the side late in Denver's 37-34 overtime victory over the Chiefs on Sunday. An MRI on Monday revealed a complete tear of the ACL and some cartilage damage.

Coach Mike Shanahan is not sure when Nalen will have surgery but said the recovery is expected to be six months.

Raiders' Buchanon out for two months

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Rookie cornerback and punt returner Phillip Buchanon will miss two months with a broken left wrist -- yet more bad news for the reeling Raiders.

Buchanon, the team's top draft pick out of Miami, was hurt in the second quarter of Sunday's 27-21 overtime loss to San Diego and did not return. He underwent surgery Sunday night and had pins inserted into his wrist.

Buchanon jumped while defending a pass and landed awkwardly.

Also, kick returner/running back Terry Kirby remained in Summit Hospital in Oakland on Monday following surgery on his broken right leg. He fractured his fibula and tibia and is out for the season.

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