Archive for Monday, October 29, 2001

Bucs’ Johnson bruises knee

October 29, 2001

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost Keyshawn Johnson to a bruised knee in the first half of their game Sunday and still won easily.

The Bucs can hardly afford any more injuries on offense, though. Running back Warrick Dunn (right hamstring) and receiver Jacquez Green (left groin) were inactive for Tampa Bay's 41-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Elsewhere Sunday, Emmitt Smith sprained his right knee as Dallas ran out the clock in a 17-3 win over the Arizona Cardinals, while the Chicago Bears produced a 37-31 overtime victory over San Francisco after quarterback Jim Miller left early with a bruised hip.

Johnson will have an MRI exam today. He went in to Sunday's game as the NFC leader in receptions and yards receiving, but already was playing with a sore right hip that limited him in practice last week.

He hurt his knee in the closing seconds of the first half, one play after his 21-yard reception gave Tampa Bay a first down at the Vikings 5. Brad Johnson threw behind Keyshawn Johnson at the goal line and safety Kenny Wright hit the receiver as he tried to adjust to catch the ball.

Johnson remained on the ground, then stood and walked off the field to the locker room.

Three other Buccaneers defensive tackle Anthony McFarland (sprained right knee), safety Eric Vance (bruised lower back), and linebacker Nate Webster (sprained right shoulder) also left the game and did not return.

Vikings quarterback Daunte Culpepper broke his nose in the first quarter but stayed in.

Smith, the NFL's second-leading career rusher, walked off the field without help and expects to play next week against the New York Giants.

Cowboys coach Dave Campo said Smith would be re-evaluated today.

Chicago's Miller had just released a pass late in the second quarter when 49ers linebacker Derek Smith hit him hard in the chest. Miller was lifted off his feet by the blow.

He stayed on the ground for a couple of seconds and then got up, limping. He tried to walk to the sidelines, but took only a few steps before dropping to his knees.

Miller was replaced by Shane Matthews, who was 25-of-31 for 166 yards.

Baltimore center Mike Flynn left its game in the fourth quarter with a torn ligament in his thumb.

Jacksonville played the second half without starting running back Elvis Joseph, who was sidelined after being poked in the eye.

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