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Raiders’ Moss ailing

Receiver ‘hit pretty good’ in loss

October 17, 2005

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Oakland receiver Randy Moss injured his groin and bruised his ribs in a 27-14 loss to San Diego on Sunday when he crashed hard to the ground after trying to make a leaping catch.

Moss was hurt late in the first quarter when Kerry Collins underthrew him on a deep pass. Moss leaped between two defenders before falling awkwardly to the ground. Moss was attended to by trainers and limped off the field. He played only one more play the rest of the game, finishing with no catches.

He underwent X-rays, and Raiders coach Norv Turner didn't know what Moss' status would be for next week's game against Buffalo.

"He got hit pretty good, so he was in pain," Turner said.

Elsewhere, Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme, linebacker Dan Morgan and defensive end Julius Peppers all were hurt in the Panthers' 21-20 victory against the Lions.

Delhomme was shaken up and left the game in the fourth quarter, Morgan hurt his shoulder early in the second half and Peppers injured a hand and returned later in the game. Coach John Fox said Delhomme's injury wasn't serious.

Bucs quarterback Brian Griese sprained a knee and left Tampa Bay's 27-13 victory against Miami. He later was taken to a hospital for tests. Dolphins DE Jason Taylor missed part of the first quarter with a foot injury, but was able to return. Tampa Bay running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams missed his second straight game with a sprained left foot.

Baltimore safety Ed Reed, the 2003 defensive player of the year, left the Ravens' 16-3 victory over Cleveland because of a sprained ankle. Ravens fullback Ovie Mughelli and wide receiver Mark Clayton also left because of ankle injuries. Cleveland LB Nick Speegle sustained an ankle injury.


Oakland wide receiver Randy Moss grimaces after injuring his groin during the first quarter against the Chargers. The Raiders fell, 27-14, Sunday in Oakland, Calif.

Oakland wide receiver Randy Moss grimaces after injuring his groin during the first quarter against the Chargers. The Raiders fell, 27-14, Sunday in Oakland, Calif.

Butch Hannah, the umpire knocked down by a blow from Tampa Bay's Ronde Barber last week, sprained a knee ligament in the game and will be out three to four weeks.

In Dallas, Cowboys receiver Patrick Crayton left the locker room with a cast on his right foot, and coach Bill Parcells said the ankle might be broken. Cowboys running back Julius Jones (ankle) was inactive.

Cincinnati receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh missed a second straight game because of a hand injury when he was deactivated against Tennessee. Titans receiver Drew Bennett dislocated his thumb, and defensive tackle Randy Starks sprained his right ankle in the game.

In Pittsburgh, Steelers WR Hines Ward (hamstring) and Jaguars running back Fred Taylor (sprained ankle) were inactive. Ward had played in 116 consecutive games since his rookie season. Steelers cornerback Deshea Townsend injured a hamstring.

Jets center Kevin Mawae injured his elbow against Buffalo, and coach Herman Edwards said Mawae would have X-rays to determine the extent of the injury. Cornerback Ty Law was also hampered all day with back and groin problems. Backup CB Derrick Strait (mild concussion) and backup S Oliver Celestin (knee) also were hurt but returned to the game.

Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey left early in the third quarter against New England when the sore left hamstring that kept him out of the last two games flared up.

In Seattle, the Houston Texans lost starting offensive guard Zach Wiegert and linebacker Kailee Wong in the first seven minutes against the Seahawks.

Wiegert injured his right ankle on Houston's first possession, and Wong hurt his right knee on a 21-yard run by Seattle's Shaun Alexander. The Texans were already without starting defensive end Gary Walker and wide receiver Andre Johnson, both inactive.

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