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Phillips, St.L 1 12 11 10 10 9 8 9 8 8 8 72 3 0 60 0 0 60 0 54 0 54 0 54 0 48 0 48 0 48 NFL Injury report The National Football League Injury report for this week's games as provided by the league: Sunday ATLANTA (54) AT SAN DIEGO (4-9) - Falcons: QUESTIONABLE: K Morten Andersen (hamstring); CB Michael Booker (hip); DT Travis Hall (ankle); CB Lenny McGIII (thigh). PROBABLE: CB Juran Bolden (hamstring); CB Ronnie Bradford (elbow); CB Ray Buchanan (hamstring); RB Byron Hanspard (knee). Chargers: OUT: QB Stan Humphries (concussion). PROBABLE: CB Owayne Harper (thigh); TE Freddie Jones (leg). BUFFALO (6-7) AT CHICAGO (1-11) - Bills: OUT; CB Marlon Kerner (knee-lniured reserve); RB Tim Tlndale (knee-lnlured reserve). QUESTIONABLE: CB Raymond Jackson (hip). PROBABLE: TE Robert Coons (ankle). Bears: QUESTIONABLE: WR Bobby Engram (ankle); TE Keith Jennings (shoulder). PROBABLE: WR Fablen Bownes (hip); DE Alonzo Spellman (shoulder). DENVER (11-2) AT PITTSBURGH (9-4) -Broncos: OUT: G Mark Schlereth (back). PROBABLE: G Brian Hablb (back); CB Randy Hllllard (eye); OT Maa Tanuvasa (ankle); DE Alfred Williams (elbow). Stealers: OUT: LB Grefc Lloyd (ankleInfection). DOUBTFUL: TE Kirk Botkin (knee). QUESTIONABLE: TE Mark Bruener (foot). PROBABLE: RB Jerome BetfIs (back); WR Will Blackwell (ankle); T John Jackson (knee); 5 Carnell Lake (hamstring); WR Yancey Thlgpen (knee). DETROIT (7-6) AT MIAMI (8-5) - Lions: DOUBTFUL: LB Richard Jordan (hamstring); CB Corey Raymond (foot). QUESTIONABLE: LB George Jamison (shoulder). PROBABLE: G Mike Compton (rib). Dolphins: OUT: S Brace Walker (leg-lniured reserve). DOUBTFUL: TE Frank Walnright (pectoral). QUESTIONABLE: RB dim Kilts (groin). PROBABLE: WR Charles Jordan (toe); CB Sam Madison (ankle); WR Briah Manning (knee); RB Jerris McPhall (ankle); T Richmond Webb (knee). GREEN BAY (10-3) AT TAMPA BAY (9-4) -Packers: QUESTIONABLE: DE Paul Frase (back); WR Terry Mlckens (knee); TE Jeff Thomason (ankle). PROBABLE: DT Gilbert Brown (ankle). Buccaneers: QUESTIONABLE: WR Horace Copeland (ankle); LB Rufus Porter (neck); G Jim Pyne (groin). PROBABLE: RB MlkS Alstott (shoulder). INDIANAPOLIS (1-12) AT NEW YORK JETS (8-5) - Colli: OUT: CB Dedrlc Malhis (knee). QUESTIONABLE: LB Ellah Alexander (ankle); S Robert Blackmon (thigh); LB Stephen Grajlt (neck); CB Carlton Gray (hand); QB Paul Justin (knee); RB Lamont Warren (ribs). PROBABLE: WR Aaron Bailey (thigh); S Ray McElroy (shoulder). Jets: OUT: T Jumbo Elliott (Achllles-inlured reserve); T David Wll-liarrn (back). QUESTIONABLE: CB Aaron Glefin (knee). DOUBTFUL: QB Glenn Foley (knee). PROBABLE: DT Jason Ferguson (shoulder). MINNESOTA (8-5) AT SAN FRANCISCO (11-2) t Vikings: OUT: QB Brad Johnson (neck). DOUBTFUL: OL Scott Dill (back); CB Leonard Wheeler (ankle). QUESTIONABLE: WR Chris Walsh (thigh). PROBABLE: DE Fernando Smith (groin); S Orlando Thomas (hamstring). 49ers: OUT: RB Garrison Hearst (clavicle); WR Jerry Rice (knee). PROBABLE: G Kevin Go-ganilknee); CB Morquez Pope (foot); CB Fran-kle Smith (knee); S Rod Woodson (shoulder); DT Bryant Young (ankle). NEW ENGLAND (8-5) AT JACKSONVILLE (9-4) - Patriots: QUESTIONABLE: WR Terry Glenn (hamstring); WR Dietrich Jells (knee). PROBABLE: WR Shawn Jefferson (ankle); CB Steve Lofton (hamstring); RB Curtis Martin; (shoulder); DT Henry Thomas (knee). Jaguars: DOUBTFUL: C Michael Cheever (back). PROBABLE: T Tony Boselll (ankle); DE Tony Brackens (ankle); LB Kevin Hardy (hamstring); RB Natrone Means (ankle); DT Esera Tuaolo (ankle); G Rich Tylskl (quadrlcep). NEW YORK GIANTS (7-5-1) AT PHILADELPHIA (64-1) - Glints: OUT: C Derek Engler (ankle); DE Cedric Jones (leg); LB Ryan Phillips (knee). DOUBTFUL: S Brandon Sanders (tjroln). QUESTIONABLE: RB Rodney Hampton (knee). PROBABLE: RB Tiki Barber (thigh). Eagles: QUESTIONABLE: G Ian Beetles (fool); WR Chris T. Jones (knee); CB Randy Kinder (ankle). PROBABLE: DT Edward Jasper (asthma); DE Greg Jefferson (back); DE Ndukwe Kalu (thumb); CB Troy Vincent (hip). OAKLAND (4-9) AT KANSAS CITY (10-3) -Raiders: QUESTIONABLE: G Lester Holmes (back); CB Albert Lewis (knee); DE Anthony SmHh (quadrlcep). PROBABLE: LB Rob Fre-derlckson (foot); T Pat Harlow (back). Chiefs: OUT- QB Elvis Grbac (shoulder). QUESTIONABLE DE John Browning (calf). PROBABLE: RB Kimble Anders (ankle); WR Lake Dawson (knee); LB Oonnie Edwards (thumb); CB Wows' (' T NEW ORLEANS (5-8) -Rams: QUESTIONABLE: DE Leslie O'Neal (foot). PROBABLE: TE Ernie Conwell (back); G Zach Wlegert (shoulder). Saints: QUESTIONABLE' TE John Farquhar (ankle); LB Mark Fields' (neck); WR Eric Guilford (concussion); S Anthony Newman (neck); TE Nicky Sevole (ankle). PROBABLE: C Jerry Fontenot (neck); DT Wayne Martin (shoulder); DT Pio Sagapo- IUSMnL?b(6-7) AT BALTIMORE (44-1) -Seahawks: OUT: T Howard Ballard (arm); RB Reoaie Brown (knee); DT Cortez Kennedy (ankle); CB Shawn Springs (thumb); P Rick Tuten fnelvls) DOUBTFUL: LB Joe Cain Mel' G Derrick Graham (neck). QUESTIONABLE- CB Jeremy Lincoln (ankle). Ravens: OUT- G Leo Goeos (chest). DOUBTFUL: CB Eugene Daniel (thigh). QUESTIONABLE: S Rondell Jones (groin); S Slevon Moore (knee); RB Tony Vinson (thigh). PROBABLE: RB Joy Graham (ankle); CB DeRon Jenkins (back); CB Antonio Langham (back); QB Vinny Testa-verde (knee); DE Keith Washington (calf). WASHINGTON (6-6-1) AT ARIZONA (3-18) -Redskins: OUT: RB Terry Allen (ankle); DT Chris Mlms (abdomen). PROBABLE: WR Hen-rv EMard (groin); G Tre' Johnson (shoulder); DT Rvan Kuehl (ankle); RB Marc Logan (oroln); C Jeff Uhlenhake (Knee); WR Michael Westbrook (knee), Cardinals: Reports no new Inluries. Monday CAROLINA (6-7) AT DALLAS (6-7) - Panthers: OUT: WR Mark Carrier (hand). DOUBTFUL' WR Raghib Ismail (shoulder). PROBABLE: LB Michael Barrow (groin); WR Rae Carruth (knee); QB Kerry Collins (concussion); S Damon Plerl (foot). Cowboys: OUT: RB Daryl Johnston (neck); T Mark Tuinei (knee) DOUBTFUL: CB Delon Sanders (rib). QUESTIONABLE: S Darren Woodson (shoulder) PROBABLE: QB Troy Aikman (back); DT.eTony Casllles (anklehj' Tony Hutson (orcfn); S Slngor Mobley (anTe); G Nate Newton (knee); RB Emmltt Smith (shoulder); T Erik Williams (ankle). I t I I I ii By Ethan J. Skolnick Palm Beach Post Staff Writer DAVIE The Lions are backed into a corner. Actually, two corners. Rookie cornerbacks Bryant Westbrook and Kevin Abrams will start for Detroit on Sunday night, but Lions coach Bobby Ross said that won't cause him to toss and turn too much under the covers. Dolphins notebook "I could sit and think and not sleep at night," Ross said. "But I'm not going to do that. I've got to sleep. Am I concerned? Yeah, big-time." Westbrook, the fifth overall pick in the draft, won the starting left cornerback job in training camp, and has started 11 games. The 5-foot-8 Abrams was a second-round pick who didn't get his first start until last Thursday, in a win against the Chicago Bears. He will start again Sunday, with Corey Raymond still nursing a sore foot. Abrams blew the coverage on Erik Kramer's 78-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Proehl. Later, Chris Penn beat Abrams for a 33-yard catch to help set up a field goal. Dolphins coach Jimmy Johnson said, "their corners have a lot of ability. Westbrook was exceptional last year, and Abrams has tremendous speed." B Plans for Phillips: Jimmy Johnson is hedging publicly, yet privately he has related his plans to play newly acquired running back Lawrence Phillips quite a bit this season, if not this week. Phillips practiced again Thursday, and was slowed a bit by soreness in his left knee. Johnson announces his first four of eight inactives today, and Phillips is unlikely to be one of them. "He thinks it's bursitis," Johnson said of Phillips' knee. "I think there's more there." Yet Johnson does not believe any surgery will be necessary until after the season. B Seeking support: Reaction to the Dolphins' signing of Phillips keeps coming in. Tyrone Williams, a Green Bay Packers cornerback who served 126 days at a Nebraska correctional facility earlier this year for a misdemeanor weapons charge, was a Nebraska teammate of Phillips'. "It's good to have a nucleus to depend on," Williams said. "Here we have guys who I can go and talk to. I don't know if he had that situation in St. Louis. "I think he's gotten a bad rap, but there are some things that he has to control himself and can fix. It's up to him. ... He needs to surround himself with some good guys who can kind of guide him along." B Secondary shake-up: Starting strong safety Shawn Wooden has a slight tear in his right forearm, and starting right cornerback Sam Madison has a sore ankle. Both are expected to play Sunday. Just in case, Calvin Jackson has been working at his old cornerback position, and Corey Harris and George Teague are switching off at free safety. B No blackout: Miami's ABC affiliate, WPLG-10, and Office Depot agreed to guarantee the purchase of any remaining unsold tickets by game time. That means the game will be televised in Dade and Broward counties. 57 703 But not all the critics. "Everywhere I'd been, I was well-thought-of and liked as a player," Mitchell said. "And (in Detroit) was really the first time in my life when people questioned whether I could play, questioned everything about me. It has made me a better person. It kind of gets me fired up now. You just learn that this life isn't about what happens to you, but it's about what you do about what happens." with 12 yards on a fake. George carried only five times for 11 yards overall, his lowest totals in two NFL seasons. B Baltimore Ravens: Coach Ted Marchibroda named reserve quarterback Eric Zeier the starter for Sunday's game against Seattle, replacing Vinny Testa-verde, who has not recovered from a knee injury. Chicago Bears: The team has allowed an NFL-high 377 points. If they give up three more Sunday to Buffalo, the Bears will be the most scored-upon team in 78 years of Chicago football. t Denver Broncos: If both Denver and Kansas City finish 13-3, the Chiefs win the AFC West and get home field for the playoffs because they would have one division loss to two for the Broncos. That would make Denver the fourth seed in the AFC, behind the other two division winners. B Kansas City Chiefs: The team signed free agent corner-back Bucky Brooks to a two-year contract. Brooks, 27, had three special teams tackles in three games with Green Bay before being released Nov. 25. He also . had two tackles for Jacksonville in three games this season. B New York Giants: Coach Jim Fassel said he won't hesitate to replace struggling quarterback Danny Kanell with Dave Brown in Sunday's key game at Philadelphia. "I don't like to pull quarterbacks, but he's a young quarterback and he's learning how to play," Fassel said of Kanell, a former FSU standout who has thrown four interceptions and been sacked 12 times in the past four games. "We're also in a playoff race, and I need to do whatever I can to win games." B San Diego Chargers: The team will place quarterback Stan Humphries on the injured reserve list today, officially ending Humphries' season. He hasn't played since suffering a concussion Nov. 2 at Cincinnati, his second in 18 days. nil nuaiUKt 7 rii TCP U H UrlLlLii " ii,rfoc rpfill Of UDI0 1 n5;stenHM0W-30oil 99 1 U Most vehicles. ! 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Cincinnati (5-9) has scored 114 points in its past three games with 36-year-old Boomer Esiason starting at quarterback. He threw for 253 yards Thursday. But it was Dillon who won the crowd's cheers and a place among the NFL's top running backs. The second-round draft choice out of Washington stiff-armed the Oilers (7-7) while breaking one long run after another, scoring on runs of 2, 31, 1 - and 2 yards and moved ahead of Tampa Bay's Warrick Dunn for most yards by a rookie running back this season. n With just under 2:00 to play, Dillon broke Brown's 1957 rookie record of 237 yards. He took a handoff from Esiason, bolted right and bulled for 10 yards while the crowd cheered his name. Dillon brutalized a defense that was ranked third in the league against the run and had a lot of motivation. The Oilers were coming off a 27-14 victory over Dallas on Thanksgiving Day and needed another win to stay in playoff contention. The two-prong attack of Esiason throwing and Dillon running shredded the same defense that stopped Troy Aikman and Em-mitt Smith so easily only a week earlier. The game was decided by half time, when the Bengals had 321 total yards Dillon had 152 rushing and Esiason 161 passing and a 28-0 lead. Unable to rely on Eddie George and their ball-control ground game, the Oilers were at a loss to move the ball against a defense that had allowed 922 yards in the last two games. Punter Reggie Roby was their leading rusher at half time Critics haven't MITCHELL From 1C Achilles' tendon in 1993, Mitchell started seven games and threw for 1,173 yards. Just in time for his free agency. Had Marino not been injured, Mitchell said, "I'd probably still be (with the Dolphins). It's hard to do when you're a backup when you play behind a guy like Marino, who never got hurt and always played and you just knew you were going to sit on the bench. "I watched a lot of other guys who were drafted before I was, a lot of guys that had already been given chances to play, and a lot of them are out of the league now. And it's because when they got their spot, they didn't take advantage. I just knew I had to make it work when I got in there." But when he got to Detroit he learned a quarterback can also be a target for criticism. "He appears to handle it well, but he's a fcuman being, like all of us," Lions coach Bobby Ross said. sacked Lions' Mitchell Mitchell's recent games How Scott Mitchell has fared in the Lions' current three-game winning streak (a 99.8 QB rating in those games): OPPONENT An. C0MP. YARDS TD INT Minnesota 29 21 271 2 0 Indianapolis 28 16 150 0 0 Chicago 31 20 282 2 1 TOTALS 88 "You hear that kind of thing, it's got to be bothersome to him. I'm quite certain of that. I've tried to get him to ignore it. I hear it, too. It's very quick to happen." The previous three years, Mitchell took abuse along with coach Wayne Fontes, who constantly tinkered with his variations of the run-and-shoot. Mitchell said the curnpnt system keeps defenses more off guard. K 1 J I 71 1 1 I "jaaVJaan.

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