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Bronco may miss 3 months

Holdman suffered spinal cord injury

Warrick Holdman should be out of Denver's linebacker picture for a while. Warrick Holdman should be out of Denver's linebacker picture for a while. (FILE/DAVID ZALUBOWSKI/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Denver Broncos linebacker Warrick Holdman has been advised by doctors not to play football for three months after suffering a spinal cord concussion in a collision with a teammate.

Holdman was injured Aug. 2 when he was trying to tackle running back Mike Bell, who lowered his left shoulder and struck the 243-pound linebacker in his helmet. Holdman went numb for about 40 seconds before regaining feeling in his extremities.

After being hospitalized overnight, Holdman said he was eager to return to practice to fight for the strong-side linebacker job, but he never made it back onto the field.

Coach Mike Shanahan said subsequent tests led doctors to advise Holdman not to risk playing football for a while.

Walker ends silence
Broncos wide receiver Javon Walker says he still has the bloodied shirt from the night teammate Darrent Williams died in his arms after a drive-by shooting on New Year's Day.

In his first public comments about Williams's unsolved killing, Walker told HBO's "Real Sports" in a segment to be aired Tuesday night that he keeps the shirt as a reminder of his friend and of the fragility of life.

Williams was a rising 24-year-old star who had just completed his second season in the NFL when the stretch limousine in which he was riding was sprayed with bullets after leaving a nightclub in downtown Denver where there had been an altercation between people in Williams's group and suspected gang members.

Hargrove suspended
Buffalo Bills defensive end Anthony Hargrove was suspended four regular-season games without pay by the NFL for violating the league's substance abuse policy . . . Adam "Pacman" Jones can appear at a wrestling show today, with a couple of provisions: The suspended Titans cornerback won't be allowed to touch or be touched, use or be hit by any object or anything else that could injure him. But, in an arrangement approved by a Tennessee judge, he can be in the building for a Total Nonstop Action Wrestling pay-per-view event . . . Tennessee quarterback Vince Young sat out last night's 14-6 exhibition loss to visiting Washington for violating an unspecified team rule . . . New quarterback Trent Green struggled in his Dolphins debut, underthrowing receivers and managing just 60 yards on 6-for-15 passing with one interception in host Miami's 18-17 exhibition win over Jacksonville . . . Neither Ben Roethlisberger (whose fumble ended Pittsburgh's first drive) nor Brett Favre (2 of 7, 7 yards) did much, but Packers backup Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass and led two other scoring drives in visiting Green Bay's 13-9 exhibition victory . . . Taye Biddle caught touchdown passes of 23 and 85 yards in visiting Carolina's 24-21 win over the Giants . . . The Seahawks signed free agent tight end Andy Stokes, who was cut by the Patriots in 2005, and released cornerback Gerard Ross.

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