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NFL briefs

November 16, 2004

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Titans' safety out

Nashville, Tenn. -- Tennessee strong safety Tank Williams will miss the rest of the season after an MRI exam Monday confirmed he had torn left knee ligaments, and tackle Brad Hopkins will miss at least one game and possibly three with broken bones in his right hand. These latest injuries mean the Titans, who already had lost four players for the season, will be without six starters for Sunday's game against Jacksonville.

Bears' Urlacher ailing

Lake Forest, Ill. -- Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher will miss four to six weeks because of a lower-left-leg injury. Urlacher, out for the entire preseason and two regular-season games because of a hamstring problem, had a surgical procedure done early Monday morning on his leg, coach Lovie Smith said. There was some internal bleeding.

Ravens punter hurt

Owings Mills, Md. -- Baltimore's stirring comeback victory over the New York Jets came at a price: The Ravens lost punter Dave Zastudil for three to four weeks because of a separated shoulder. Zastudil hurt his left shoulder while being blocked after a second-quarter kick. He was replaced by backup quarterback Kordell Stewart, whose initial practice punt missed the net and traveled 45 yards over the Baltimore bench.

Vikes' Moss still out

Eden Prairie, Minn. -- Randy Moss probably will miss at least one more game. The All-Pro receiver hasn't caught a pass in a month because of a strained right hamstring. Coach Mike Tice said Monday that Moss was progressing well, but wouldn't be allowed to play again until he completes a week of practice. The Vikings (5-4) have lost three straight.

Colts guard hurts ankle

Indianapolis -- Starting guard Tupe Peko has a high-ankle sprain and could miss two to three weeks. Peko was injured during Sunday's 49-14 rout of Houston. Coach Tony Dungy said Peko had an MRI on Monday, but the results were not available.

Giants' Manning to start

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Stop referring to Eli Manning as the New York Giants' quarterback of the future. The job is his, now and for seemingly years to come. The No. 1 pick in the NFL draft was given the starting job Monday after Tom Coughlin benched two-time MVP Kurt Warner following losses in three of the last four games. Manning will face the Atlanta Falcons (7-2) on Sunday at Giants Stadium in a game New York (5-4) needs to win to renew its playoff hopes.

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