Cleveland nose tackle Ted Washington’s season ended Wednesday when the Browns placed the massive 17-year veteran on injured reserve. Washington began the season as a starter, but was inactive for two games as Ethan Kelly started in the 39-year-old’s spot. The Browns said Washington has an injured left knee.
Terrell Owens expects nothing but affection from Philadelphia fans Sunday night. He just figures it will come disguised as boos. “They still love me, I don’t care what they say,” Owens said. “Those boos, they ain’t really boos, man. There’s a lot of love in those boos. They ain’t got no choice but to boo me because I’m on the other side.
Detroit Lions quarterback Jon Kitna and his wife dressed up as a naked man and a fast-food drive-through attendant at a teammate’s Halloween party, depicting an embarrassing moment for one of the team’s assistant coaches. Now Kitna is getting some flak on local TV and in a newspaper column. Kitna said he was just trying to have fun, but regrets the scrutiny the costumes created.
John Lynch said he felt optimistic Wednesday that the stinger he suffered Monday night was unrelated to his 2004 neck surgery — but the concerned look on his face and the worry in his voice belied that brave front. “I’m feeling all right, obviously not too well when you’ve got to come out of a game.
The Indianapolis Colts held out of Wednesday’s practice Pro Bowl players defensive end Dwight Freeney and wide receiver Marvin Harrison, and starting guard Ryan Lilja. All three were listed as out for the practice because of a team decision. Harrison, an eight-time Pro Bowler and the franchise’s career receiving leader, has missed two of the last three games with a bruised left knee although coach…
Matt Schaub was still feeling the effects Wednesday of a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit against San Diego, and coach Gary Kubiak said he probably wouldn’t play Sunday against Oakland. Schaub, who has started every game for the Texans since an offseason trade with Atlanta, said his health has improved dramatically since Sunday.
Jets wide receiver Laveranues Coles has a concussion and it was uncertain Wednesday if he’ll play in New York’s game against Washington this weekend. Coach Eric Mangini addressed Coles’ injury during a conference call with Redskins beat writers. Mangini didn’t mention Coles in his earlier news conference with Jets writers.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Lamar Odom sustained a slight concussion in an automobile accident, team spokesman John Black said Wednesday. The two-car crash happened Tuesday morning when Odom was driving to the Lakers’ morning shootaround before their season-opening game against the Houston Rockets. Odom, sitting out the first few games of the season while recuperating from shoulder surgery, attended…
Pacers forward Jermaine O’Neal sat out Indiana’s regular-season opener against Washington on Wednesday night because of a hyperextended left knee. O’Neal, a six-time All-Star, was hurt Oct. 8 when he collided with Shawne Williams during practice. “Jermaine practiced today, but he’s not ready to play,” Pacers coach Jim O’ Brien said.
The Houston Rockets on Wednesday extended guard Luther Head’s contract through the 2008-09 season. The 6-foot-3 Head has averaged 9.8 points and 2.6 assists since the Rockets drafted him 24th overall in the 2005 draft. Last season, Head shot 44 percent from 3-point range (177-for-401), the third-best single-season percentage in team history.
WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Ticker) — Speedway mogul Bruton Smith plans to have some extensive discussions with top NASCAR executives about changes he thinks the sanctioning body needs to make, according to a report Wednesday on the Winston-Salem Journal’s web site.
Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher will undergo surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee and will miss two to four weeks. The 35-year-old Hatcher, who had his streak of 107 consecutive games recently snapped because the knee was bothering him, said he aggravated the injury lifting weights. “I’ve had problems with it the past 10 years probably,” Hatcher said after the Flyers practiced…