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NFL: WEEK 11

Lewis has new concern

Ankle injury may sideline Raven

For the second game in a row, the Patriots' opponent might be without a star running back.

Priest Holmes, the NFL's rushing and scoring leader before injuring his knee last month, didn't play for the Chiefs against the Super Bowl champs last night.

Next week, the Ravens may be without Jamal Lewis when they visit Gillette Stadium.

Lewis, who ran for 2,066 yards last year, hurt his right ankle in the first quarter of Sunday's 30-10 victory over Dallas and did not return. He underwent tests yesterday, and his status will be determined later in the week.

Coach Brian Billick said it's possible that Lewis, who ran for 2,066 yards last year, could be lost for two weeks. He would be replaced by Chester Taylor, who filled in earlier this season while Lewis served a two-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy.

Soon after Lewis left Sunday, third-stringer Musa Smith broke his right leg and was lost for the season.

Strength conditioning
Retired running back Ricky Williams has turned up in an unlikely spot -- at a Northern California school for holistic medicine.

Williams, 27, who abruptly retired from the Miami Dolphins before the season because he disagreed with the NFL over a disputed drug test, is now a student of the ancient Indian medical system known as Ayurveda. Williams is about a month into a 17-month course at the California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley.

"I realized a while back that I have an innate ability to be compassionate," he told the San Francisco Chronicle, "and I saw that the strength of compassion is something that healers have and healers use."

Put me in, coach
Byron Leftwich expects to return to the starting lineup when the Jacksonville Jaguars play at Minnesota this weekend. But coach Jack Del Rio isn't as sure about the status of the quarterback, who has missed the last two games with a knee injury. The Jags have seen their pass production under backup David Garrard fall to a combined total of 299 yards in the two games Leftwich has missed . . . Randy Moss is expected to get on the field for about 25 plays this weekend for the Vikings, provided his strained right hamstring doesn't swell . . . Browns right tackle Ryan Tucker is done for the season after tearing a left knee ligament during Sunday's loss to the Jets. Quarterback Jeff Garcia is day to day after injuring his right (throwing) shoulder Sunday . . . Jets quarterback Chad Pennington will start throwing this week for the first time since straining his right rotator cuff, but his return to the lineup is uncertain . . . Titans cornerback Andre Woolfolk had surgery to repair his dislocated right wrist a day after rookie safety Justin Sandy broke his left ankle. Both are lost for the season . . . Indianapolis safety Bob Sanders will miss the next 3-6 weeks with a knee injury suffered against Chicago . . . Seahawks receiver Koren Robinson was suspended without pay for the next four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy . . . Seattle linebacker Chad Brown had arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee, and could miss up to six weeks . . . Bills coach Mike Mularkey shrugged off St. Louis coach Mike Martz's accusations that Buffalo players took cheap shots during their win over the Rams. After the game, in which St. Louis lost three cornerbacks to injuries, Martz accusing the Bills of intentionally attempting to hurt his players by going after their knees. Starting cornerback Travis Fisher and backup DeJuan Groce both left the game with knee injuries and did not return. Another backup, Kevin Garrett, did not return after sustaining a concussion.

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