Archive for Monday, December 31, 2001

Atlanta QB knocked out again; four Dolphins hurt

December 31, 2001


Atlanta quarterback Chris Chandler was knocked out of a game for the fourth time this season, hurting a nerve in his right elbow during the first half of a 21-14 loss in Miami on Sunday.

Four Dolphins were injured: Linebacker Zach Thomas strained his neck, center Tim Ruddy sprained his right knee, safety Shawn Wooden sprained both ankles, and wide receiver James McKnight got a concussion and cut his lip.

Chandler, who threw for a team-record 431 yards last week, left with the score 7-all in the second quarter. Chandler dropped back and was hit on his right arm as he was throwing by blitzing safety Antonio Freeman.

Chandler (7-of-11, 51 yards) remained on the ground for several minutes and grimaced as trainers tended to him on the bench. He was taken to the locker room.

Michael Vick, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, replaced Chandler and completed 11 of 20 passes for 214 yards. Vick also gained 63 yards on five carries.

Chandler also was sidelined this season by a concussion, a sprained ankle and a rib injury. Coach Dan Reeves declined to say whether Vick might start next weekend against St. Louis even if Chandler is healthy.

Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas missed Philadelphia's 24-21 victory over the visiting New York Giants after breaking his foot in pregame warmups, while 49ers cornerback Ahmed Plummer pulled a hip muscle during a 27-21 road loss to Dallas.

Three Vikings were hurt in Minnesota's 24-13 loss at Green Bay. Cornerback Dale Carter left in the first half after pulling a hamstring, fullback Jim Kleinsasser injured and ankle, and receiver Chris Walsh hurt his groin.

The Bills also lost three players FS Travares Tillman (sprained knee), rookie DT Tyrone Robertson (pinched nerve in the neck), and backup CB Chris Watson (mild concussion) in their 14-9 victory at the Jets.

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