|RICHARD COLLIERNot clear where he was hit|
Collier critically wounded
Jaguars' tackle shot outside an apartment
Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier was shot and critically wounded outside an apartment building early yesterday as he and a former teammate waited for two women they had met at a nightclub, Jacksonville police said.
Collier, 26, and former Jaguars defensive end Kenneth Pettway were waiting in a Cadillac Escalade when a gunman fired into the vehicle, said a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman. Collier was shot several times, but it wasn't clear where he was hit.
Collier was in critical condition at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said. Later a spokesman said the hospital was no longer giving updates on Collier's condition.
Several Jaguars, including running back Maurice Jones-Drew, offensive tackle Khalif Barnes, and linebackers Mike Peterson and Clint Ingram gathered at the hospital.
"The guys are in shock," Pro Bowl running back Fred Taylor said. "You see this kind of thing happen all the time on TV, but you never expect it in your own back yard. He's a good dude. I just pray for him and his family and wish the best for them. I'm sure he'll pull through."
The motive behind the attack was unknown. Pettway, who was released in final cuts Saturday, was not injured.
In another team development, Taylor maintained Monday that he wasn't arrested for disorderly conduct over the weekend in Miami Beach but simply was cited.
However, a police report released yesterday said Taylor was ordered out of his car at gunpoint, patted down, and handcuffed while a K-9 unit searched his vehicle for drugs.
Taylor yelled at officers repeatedly and was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, after they advised him three times to quiet down, according to Miami Beach Police.
Superdome readyThe Louisiana Superdome will be ready for some football Sunday, and the New Orleans Saints say they're looking forward to celebrating the end of a stressful week with their storm-weary fans.
Forced to flee to Indianapolis ahead of Hurricane Gustav, the Saints will be able to open their regular season at home as scheduled against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the team announced.
"We will once again showcase to a national audience that the city of New Orleans is made up of resilient people and that we are ready to stand our city back up as quickly as possible, put this storm behind us, and move on with our lives," Saints owner Tom Benson said.