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Jets take another run at back, obtain Barlow

The New York Jets acquired running back Kevan Barlow from the San Francisco 49ers yesterday for an undisclosed 2007 draft choice, their second attempt in a week to shore up the position.

The deal is contingent on Barlow passing a physical.

Last Monday, the Jets traded for Browns running back Lee Suggs, hoping to get help with Curtis Martin out. But Suggs failed his physical Tuesday and the deal was voided. The Jets are in desperate need of help at running back. Martin has been on the physically-unable-to-perform list since training camp opened with a lingering knee injury.

Though the 33-year-old Martin hopes to play again, his future is uncertain. The Jets have refused to disclose when Martin could return. Without him, the Jets have relied on Derrick Blaylock, Cedric Houston, and rookie Leon Washington. The three played well in their exhibition game Friday against Washington.

Blaylock ran for 46 yards on 10 carries, while Houston had 53 yards on 14 carries. The 6-foot-1-inch, 234-pound Barlow has 3,614 yards and 24 touchdowns in his career.

Shell wins homecoming
Art Shell's first game coaching in Oakland, Calif., gave the Raiders' fans plenty to cheer about. Aaron Brooks threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Doug Gabriel on Oakland's opening drive, and Andrew Walter led two second-half scoring drives to lead the Raiders to a 23-7 victory over the 49ers. Oakland improved to 3-0 in preseason under Shell, who was brought back to return the team to its glory days after three straight losing seasons. Shell won two Super Bowls as a Hall of Fame tackle with the Raiders and led the team to three playoff berths in 4 1/2 seasons as coach when the team played in Los Angeles . . . Peyton Manning was nearly perfect in the first quarter. Seattle made sure the Colts' backups weren't even close the rest of the game. Leonard Weaver rushed for one touchdown, Mike Green returned an interception for another score, and Josh Brown kicked three field goals, leading the Seahawks to a 30-17 victory at Indianapolis. The Colts have lost eight straight preseason games, including twice this season, and nine of their last 10. Manning connected on six of his first seven passes, producing a perfect 158.3 rating in the first quarter. He finished 6 of 9 for 140 yards with one touchdown and a 146.8 rating.

Palmer status up in air
Carson Palmer said he expects to play in the Cincinnati Bengals' exhibition game a week from today against Green Bay, provided he doesn't have any swelling this week in his surgically rebuilt knee. Coach Marvin Lewis was noncommittal earlier about when his starting quarterback would get on the field for the first time. Later, Palmer said he plans to be under center against the Packers. ``I'm preparing to play. I'm practicing to play," Palmer said. ``That's been part of the plan, part of the schedule. I'll see how I feel later in the week, but right now I'm expecting to play." Anthony Wright has started the first two preseason games in place of Palmer, with Doug Johnson next in line . . . Buffalo Bills receiver Peerless Price missed practice, two days after he was held without a catch for the second consecutive exhibition game. Coach Dick Jauron was unavailable for comment following the light workout, but will address the situation today. Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said that Price was ``absent."

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