Bills' Moulds is suspended

NFL notes

December 09, 2005

Buffalo Bills receiver Eric Moulds, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, was suspended without pay for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, apparently for a sideline dispute with an assistant coach during last week's loss to the Miami Dolphins.

"Eric hasn't practiced this week so he won't be ready to play Sunday. He is suspended for one game without pay," owner Ralph Wilson said yesterday after a meeting with Moulds and head coach Mike Mularkey. "From there on, he'll be back and will play the final three games of the season, which I hope we'll do better than we have so far."

Moulds' adviser, Greg Johnson, said the dispute occurred when Moulds left the field after experiencing pain in his Achilles' tendon. Moulds wanted to have the tendon examined by a trainer when receivers coach Tyke Tolbert asked Moulds to get back on the field, Johnson said. Moulds declined and was benched for most of the final three quarters.

Lions -- Though he would not confirm Jeff Garcia as the starter for Sunday night's game at Green Bay, interim coach Dick Jauron said he expects the 35-year-old quarterback to recover from a lackluster performance in last weekend's 21-16 loss to the Vikings. "I think he'll play significantly better," Jauron said.

Titans -- Quarterback Steve McNair sat out a second straight practice with a sore lower left leg, but coach Jeff Fisher said he expects him to play Sunday against the Texans.

Jaguars -- Center Brad Meester, who has started a franchise-record 92 straight games, will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn left biceps.

Rams -- Cornerback Terry Fair, whose comeback bid was stalled by a neck injury, was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

Jets -- Quarterback Jay Fiedler, who has been out since September, will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.

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