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NFL briefs

October 23, 2003

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Rams' Turley hoping to play this week

St. Louis -- St. Louis Rams offensive tackle Kyle Turley plans to play this week, although Wednesday he still was feeling the effects of a concussion.

"Preliminary tests so far have been fine, so I don't see why I shouldn't be cleared to play on Sunday," Turley said. "But you never know. This is a unique situation and you don't want to treat it too lightly."

Turley, in his sixth season, sustained the first concussion of his career when he was accidentally kicked in the back of the head on the last play of the third quarter of Sunday's 34-24 victory over the Packers.

Running back Lamar Gordon, who missed most of Sunday's game because of a high ankle sprain, was listed as questionable. Gordon said Wednesday he was still having trouble pushing off with the injured leg, and likely won't practice until Friday.

Rams coach Mike Martz said third-stringer Arlen Harris would start against the Steelers. Harris had 85 yards on 18 carries and a three-yard touchdown run against the Packers.

Browns' coach Davis mum on starting QB

Berea, Ohio -- Browns coach Butch Davis isn't saying if he's going to start the quarterback with the broken leg or the one with the battered confidence.

Davis wouldn't announce Wednesday whether Kelly Holcomb or Tim Couch will be the starter Sunday at New England.

"We'll have an update probably some time, 12 o'clock on Sunday," Davis said. "Stay tuned."

Holcomb, who made his first appearance in a game last week since breaking his right leg Sept. 21 at San Francisco, came off the bench to relieve Couch late in the third quarter of Sunday's loss to San Diego.

Arrington lashes out at teammates' attitudes

Ashburn, Va. -- His voice rising in anger, Washington Redskins linebacker LaVar Arrington Wednesday criticized teammates for not taking the team's losing streak seriously enough.

"The guys that are laughing and joking and hollering like this doesn't mean anything, they need to re-evaluate why they play ball," the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker said.

Arrington said he confronted teammates whose attitudes he didn't like on the team bus following Sunday's 24-7 loss at Buffalo, the Redskins' third straight defeat. He said he did it with an attitude of "love me or hate me, I want to win."

"If I'm playing my heart out and guys are laughing and joking and we just lost? You do the math," Arrington said. "I'm ready to run the game back. I'm not laughing and joking about that. I'm not laughing and joking about life after I lose a game."

Arrington did not name specific players.

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