While there has been no such concession from team officials, Oakland Raiders running back LaMont Jordan (Maryland) has acknowledged that his 2006 season is over, ended by the torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee, an injury suffered last week according to an ESPN.com report.
Jordan told the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times that his focus now is on rehabilitating for the 2007 season. The acknowledgement confirms what league sources and people close to Jordan have hinted much of the week.
"I have to get ready to return to the football team next year," Jordan said. "Not to be selfish, but right now, I have to take care of myself, and make sure that I'm in the best position to help this team win next year."
The injury occurred in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, at the end of a 12-yard run.
Medial collateral ligaments typically do not require surgery, only rest and treatment, to heal. It is believed Jordan's injury is limited to the medial collateral ligament, and that there is no structural damage to other ligaments or to cartilage. If that is the case, the rehabilitation should last several months.
Oakland has not yet placed Jordan on the injured reserve list.
In nine games this season, including eight starts, Jordan has carried 114 times for 434 yards and two touchdowns. He also has 10 receptions for 74 yards. Those numbers are well below Jordan's 2005 production. Last season, in his first year with the Raiders, he rushed for 1,025 yards and nine touchdowns and had 70 catches for 563 yards.
Dolphins -- Running back Ronnie Brown injured his left hand early in the third quarter against the Lions and did not return. He had 68 yards rushing on 15 carries. On his last carry, linebacker Ernie Sims' helmet hit Brown's hand. Brown shook his left hand as he headed up the tunnel toward Miami's locker room and returned to the sideline with his left hand heavily wrapped and his helmet off. His hand was X-rayed, but Miami coach Nick Saban would not say if it was broken.
Bills -- Coach Dick Jauron was "guardedly optimistic" Willis McGahee will play against Jacksonville on Sunday after the running back took part in his first practice in full pads yesterday. It was McGahee's second straight day of practice after breaking three ribs in a 24-10 win against the Green Bay Packers on Nov. 5. Jauron said McGahee was involved in some contact and described the player as moving well while wearing added padding to protect his ribs. McGahee, who leads the Bills with 579 yards rushing, is still listed as questionable on the team's injury report. Jauron cautioned that a decision on whether he'll play will come down to game time Sunday when the Bills (4-6) host the Jaguars (6-4).
Chargers -- Running back Michael Turner injured a hamstring and wasn't able to finish practice. He is listed as day-to-day. Two other Chargers who didn't practice appear set to go Sunday when the Chargers host the Raiders. Outside linebacker Shaun Phillips was running so well during individual drills that it wasn't apparent he has a sore calf. And free safety Marlon McCree, who also has a calf injury, said he will practice today.
Cardinals -- Defensive end Bertrand Berry was placed on injured reserve and fullback John Bronson was promoted from the practice squad.