Bucs may lose Garner for year with knee injury

Nfl Gameday

Week Three

Nfl Notes

September 27, 2004

Tampa Bay running back Charlie Garner is likely lost for the season after tearing the patella tendon in his right knee during last night's loss to the Oakland Raiders.

"We lost a couple of key players," coach Jon Gruden said. "We probably lost Charlie for the season."

It wasn't immediately known whether Garner would need surgery.

Tampa Bay starting tight end Rickey Dudley didn't return after halftime with what team officials said was a broken right thumb.

Garner was carted off in the second quarter. He carried the ball on first-and-10 and slipped and appeared to twist his right leg. A teammate and a Raiders defender also tripped over him.

TITANS: Quarterback Steve McNair was admitted to a hospital for the night after bruising his sternum late in the fourth quarter.

A team spokesman said additional tests at the hospital came back negative, but doctors wanted to keep McNair there to make him more comfortable.

Team doctors examined McNair on the bench and even used a stethoscope. X-rays were negative, but McNair had so much pain in his chest that he stayed in the trainer's room more than an hour after the game ended.

Trainers would not let the quarterback talk with reporters because he was having trouble taking deep breaths. Then he was taken to a hospital.

BEARS: Quarterback Rex Grossman scored on a 6-yard scramble at the two-minute warning, but sprained his right knee on the play and left the stadium wearing a brace and using a crutch.

Also, star middle linebacker Brian Urlacher missed his first career game with a pulled hamstring.

VIKINGS: Pro Bowl center Matt Birk sprained his left ankle in the second quarter, and the team lost two starting linebackers to first-half injuries -- Chris Claiborne (strained left calf) and Maryland alumnus E.J. Henderson (sprained left knee).

LIONS: Running back Kevin Jones (right ankle) and fullback Cory Schlesinger (hamstring) were sidelined early.

DOLPHINS: Running back Lamar Gordon was sidelined in the first quarter with a left shoulder injury after a jarring tackle.

RECORD: The Vikings' Morten Andersen broke George Blanda's NFL record for games played when he missed a 46-yard field goal in the first quarter.

Andersen, 44, made his 341st appearance. He has kicked for the Saints, Falcons, Giants, Chiefs and now the Vikings in his 23-year career.

HURRICANE: The NFL said it would donate $1 million to the United Way Disaster Relief Fund to assist hurricane victims in Florida. Wives and girlfriends of Dolphins players collected donations for the fund at stadium entrances before the game.

BRONCOS: Quarterback John Elway, who became the first Denver player inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August, received his ring during a halftime ceremony.

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