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NFL: WEEK 14

Foot injury derails Lions' Jones

Detroit RB could miss all of 2007

The Detroit Lions think running back Kevin Jones has a Lisfranc fracture dislocation, a mid-foot injury that requires surgery and a lengthy recovery period. Jones could be back in time for training camp or he could miss part -- or all -- of next season, the Detroit Free Press reported yesterday.

Lions linebacker Teddy Lehman took a year to recover from the Lisfranc injury he suffered last season, and he still has pain and stiffness in the foot.

"I've heard that it can take as long as two years to feel right," Lehman said. "Some guys never play with it again. It's a real serious injury."

Jones, who has rushed for 689 yards this season and caught 61 passes for another 520 yards, went down in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 30-20 loss to Minnesota, when he planted his left foot and hit a wall of defenders just short of the end zone. He lay on the ground for a long time, and didn't put any weight on the foot as he was helped to the sideline.

Coach Rod Marinelli didn't give many details at his news conference yesterday because the Lions were still collecting data. They planned to send Jones to a specialist in Charlotte, N.C. But asked if a Lisfranc injury was the worst-case scenario, Marinelli said: "Oh, I think it would be."

The Lisfranc area of the foot is named for Jacques Lisfranc, a field surgeon in Napoleon's army who came up with an amputation technique -- following a route of joints in the foot to avoid cutting through bone.

Seahawks' Jackson out
First it was Shaun Alexander, then Matt Hasselbeck sidelined with injuries. Now, just as Alexander and Hasselbeck are getting healthy, it's leading receiver Darrell Jackson. Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said that Jackson will not be able to play Thursday night against San Francisco, another blow for Seattle's injury-riddled offense. Jackson has turf toe, suffered on his last reception in Sunday's 27-21 loss at Arizona. Holmgren had no timetable for when Jackson, Seattle's leader with 63 catches for 956 yards and a league-high 10 receiving touchdowns, might return. Nate Burleson will start for Jackson. The Seahawks also announced defensive tackle Craig Terrill will be placed on injured reserve after injuring ligaments in his knee . . . Brian Russell's staph scare isn't over but his season has ended. Cleveland's safety remained hospitalized with an elbow injury, a likely recurrence of a skin staph infection that doctors believed they had removed from his arm during surgery more than three months ago. The team said last night that Russell was placed on injured reserve, ending his 2006 season. Russell has been in the Cleveland Clinic since Thursday, when the Browns sent him home after he traveled with the team for a game in Pittsburgh. His right elbow had become swollen, raising concerns that staph was still present and team physicians didn't want to take any chances of the infection worsening. The club also announced that defensive tackle Orpheus Roye will miss the final three games with a knee injury . . . Colts receiver Brandon Stokley may be lost for the season with an injured right Achilles' tendon . . . Oakland receiver Randy Moss is questionable for the Raiders' game against St. Louis after twisting his ankle in Sunday's 27-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Dunn, Norwood ailing
The Atlanta Falcons may be without their two top tailbacks next week as they continue to pursue a wild-card playoff spot. Warrick Dunn and Jerious Norwood were lost with calf and knee injuries respectively in Sunday's 17-6 win at Tampa Bay. Coach Jim Mora provided no updates on either player's status yesterday after saying Sunday the two would be listed as questionable. The Falcons survived against Tampa Bay by moving fullback Justin Griffith to running back. Griffith ran for 57 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown. Dunn has 997 yards rushing to lead the Falcons, who at 7-6 are tied with the New York Giants and Philadelphia for the NFC wild-card lead. Norwood the rookie speed threat, has added 550 yards rushing while averaging 6.5 yards per carry. If either is ruled out of one or more games, the Falcons will almost certainly sign a running back. Quarterback Michael Vick has rushed for 934 yards, 35 away from Bobby Douglass's 34-year-old record for most rushing yards by a QB in a season. He needs 66 to become the first quarterback to run for 1,000 in a season . . . Special teams standout Steve Gleason likened the Saints' welcome home to a Mardi Gras parade, except that it happened on a dark and normally quiet airport access road around 2:30 a.m. yesterday. A throng of jubilant fans set up along the road with coolers as they would on St. Charles Avenue during Carnival, leaving only enough room for players' cars to creep past single file. "There must have been between 500 and 1,000 fans going crazy. We couldn't get our cars out of the parking lot. It was like a parade pace," Gleason said. "I went through that crowd, and I was like, 'Man, this is such a special time for us, because this is such a special town in such a special situation.' For us to be able to bring that kind of joy to this community, I couldn't be more grateful." New Orleans, which has not been to the playoffs since 2000, is now 9-4 and can clinch the NFC South Division title by beating the Washington Redskins next Sunday . . . Jets rookie Kellen Clemens was promoted to second-string quarterback for Sunday's game against Minnesota. Patrick Ramsey was demoted to third-string.

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