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Saints lose McAllister for season

Deuce McAllister leaves the field after hurting his knee Monday night and said he could 'feel it kind of giving way a little bit.' Deuce McAllister leaves the field after hurting his knee Monday night and said he could "feel it kind of giving way a little bit." (ALEX BRANDON/ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Saints running back Deuce McAllister will miss the rest of the season after tearing a knee ligament in Monday night's game against the Titans.

McAllister said an MRI yesterday confirmed his worst fears: He tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in New Orleans's 31-14 loss to Tennessee.

"I didn't want to believe, but just taking that walk to the locker room you could feel it just kind of giving way a little bit," he said.

"And that was just kind of reminiscent of how the other one felt," he added, referring to a 2005 injury.

The reeling Saints (0-3) also said starting cornerback Jason David will miss 4-6 weeks after fracturing his left forearm Monday night.

Coach Sean Payton said he hasn't decided who will start in David's place when New Orleans returns to action at home against the Panthers Oct. 7.

McAllister's latest injury occurred when he landed awkwardly after catching a short pass from Drew Brees in the second quarter. McAllister said there was also some damage to his medial collateral ligament.

Five games into the 2005 season, McAllister tore his right ACL during a run in Green Bay. After reconstructive surgery, he returned to rush for 1,057 yards in 2006, helping the Saints to the NFC South title and starring in their playoff victory over Philadelphia.

The 28-year-old McAllister can only hope he can come back again and regain the form that made him the Saints' all-time leading rusher with 5,678 yards and 44 touchdowns.

"Will you ever be the same? Will you ever be the back that you once were? Those are the different thoughts that obviously run through your mind as a player," McAllister said.

Vick indicted

As expected, Michael Vick and three co-defendants were indicted by a grand jury in Sussex, Va., on state charges related to a dogfighting ring operated on Vick's property.

Vick, who already pleaded guilty in federal court to a dogfighting conspiracy charge and is awaiting sentencing Dec. 10, was indicted on one count of beating or killing or causing dogs to fight other dogs and one count of engaging in or promoting dogfighting. Each count is a felony, punishable by up to five years in prison.

Surry County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter asked that the four be arraigned Oct. 3 and requested that each be released on a $50,000 personal recognizance bond.

"We are disappointed these charges were filed in Surry County since it is the same conduct covered by the federal indictment for which Mr. Vick has already accepted full responsibility" and pleaded guilty, Billy Martin, one of Vick's attorneys, said in a statement.

Martin said Vick's legal team would examine the charges "to ensure that he is not held accountable for the same conduct twice."

Grossman may be benched

Rex Grossman reportedly will be benched by the Bears for Sunday's game at Detroit, with Brian Griese starting at quarterback. Citing unidentified sources, NFL.com, the Chicago Tribune, and the Chicago Sun-Times reported the beleaguered Grossman will sit when the Bears (1-2) visit the Lions. Grossman threw three interceptions as the Bears fell to the Cowboys, 34-10, Sunday night . . . Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris is expected to miss Sunday's game and could be out up to a month with a sprained knee, his agent told the Tribune. The agent, Bill Horn, said an MRI Monday revealed Harris had sprained his knee in Sunday's game. Linebacker Lance Briggs and cornerback Nathan Vasher also left the game, with groin injuries, while an ankle injury sidelined offensive lineman Ruben Brown.

Chambers in plea deal

Driving while impaired and reckless driving charges against Dolphins receiver Chris Chambers will be dismissed after a plea deal was reached in Charlotte, N.C. He was arrested July 14 after being pulled over south of the city . . . Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward has a sprained right knee and is doubtful for Sunday's game at Arizona, although coach Mike Tomlin hasn't ruled him out . . . Veteran cornerback Jerametrius Butler, cut by the Redskins in August, signed with the Bills in the team's latest attempt to plug a leaky and banged-up defense. Buffalo (0-3) released running back and special-teamer Josh Scobey . . . The Cowboys released kicker Martin Gramatica from their injured reserve list, so he's free to look for work if his balky hamstring allows him.

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