Dolphins keep surging

NFL Notes

three TDs for Williams

Vikings reward Childress with contract extension

November 20, 2009|By From Sun news services

He may be 32, but Ricky Williams is far from done. And even without Ronnie Brown, the once written-off Miami Dolphins are back in the playoff picture.

Williams rushed for 119 yards and scored three touchdowns, and the visiting Dolphins beat the Carolina Panthers, 24-17, on Thursday night for their fourth win in six games.

A day after learning Brown is lost for the season, the Dolphins (5-5), who had lost their first three games of the season, continued their surge behind Williams. The 2002 NFL rushing champion had a receiving and rushing touchdown in the same game for the first time in a career that included a couple of seasons lost to a brief retirement and a drug-related suspension.

It was enough to beat the Panthers (4-6) when Jake Delhomme's desperation pass into the end zone was knocked down as time expired.

Off the field
VIKINGS: The man who brought Brett Favre to the Minnesota Vikings will be sticking around for a while.

The Vikings signed Brad Childress to a contract extension Thursday, nine games into what is shaping up as a promising season for the men in purple. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. ESPN.com cited anonymous sources in reporting that the extension will carry through the 2013 season.

"Brad has done a tremendous job leading this football team, and we value the positive environment he has created for the Minnesota Vikings on and off the field," Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said in a statement issued by the team.

REDSKINS: Running back Clinton Portis will miss his second consecutive game as he recovers from a concussion.

Coach Jim Zorn ruled Portis out for Sunday's game at Dallas.

Zorn says defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth remains a game-time decision with a sprained left ankle. The coach says Haynesworth is "coming along" and that the ankle's swelling is starting to go down.

BILLS: Quarterback Brian Brohm rejected an offer to stay in Green Bay to pursue a fresh start in Buffalo with a team that is losing confidence in Trent Edwards.

The Bills plucked Brohm off the Packers' practice squad Thursday, signing the 2008 second-round draft pick to a two-year deal.

BRONCOS: Quarterback Chris Simms took snaps with the starters again.

That makes it increasingly likely Simms will start against San Diego on Sunday in place of Kyle Orton, who sprained his left ankle last week against Washington.

GIANTS: After missing the first nine games with a severe hamstring strain, cornerback Aaron Ross is poised to make his 2009 debut Sunday against the Falcons.

FORUM: Former coach Tony Dungy will lead a new NFL player advisory forum that will meet with players about league policies, programs and issues that affect their lives on and off the field.

Those subjects will include player health and safety, personal conduct, game rules and procedures, career transition and player development.

OBITUARY: The wife of former NFL and Ohio State star Chris Spielman has died after a lengthy battle with cancer.

WBNS radio in Columbus, where Chris Spielman co-hosts a show, says 42-year-old Stefanie Spielman died Thursday at the family's home in Upper Arlington. Miami 0 14 0 10-24 Car. 3 0 0 14-17First quarterCar-FG Kasay 29, 9:31. Second quarterMia-Williams 14 pass from Henne (Carpenter kick), 3:57. Mia-Williams 1 run (Carpenter kick), :57. Fourth quarterCar-FG Kasay 33, 14:21. Mia-FG Carpenter 37, 7:39. Car-S.Smith 27 pass from Delhomme (D.Williams run), 5:18. Mia-Williams 46 run (Carpenter kick), 3:55. Car-FG Kasay 48, 1:41. A-73,475. MiaCarFirst downs1722Total net yards326383Rushes-Yards31-15427-182Passing172201Punt returns2-303-20Kickoff returns4-1055-117Int.-Ret.1-00-0Cmp.-Att.-Int.17-29-019-42-1Sacked-Yds. lost0-04-26Punts6-50.25-42.0Fumbles-Lost2-00-0Penalties-Yds.5-304-35Time of poss.30:3329:27Rushing-Miami, Williams 22-119, Hilliard 4-24, Polite 4-11, Henne 1-0. Carolina, D.Williams 13-122, Stewart 12-43, Delhomme 2-17. Passing-Miami, Henne 17-29-0-172. Carolina, Delhomme 19-42-1-227. Receiving-Miami, Bess 6-63, Ginn Jr. 4-32, Hartline 2-47, Williams 2-19, Hilliard 2-7, Camarillo 1-4. Carolina, S.Smith 7-87, Rosario 4-40, Muhammad 3-27, Barnidge 2-46, Sutton 2-18, D.Williams 1-9.

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