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Notebook: James could miss Colts’ game against New Orleans

The Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS — Edgerrin James did not practice Wednesday because of a bad back and the Indianapolis Colts running back could miss Sunday’s game at New Orleans.

James also was held out of practice Monday because of the injury, and Colts coach Tony Dungy said the team was closely watching the two-time NFL rushing champ.

“Hopefully, he’ll be ready to go, but we’ll see how it goes,” Dungy said. “He was a little more sore today than we expected. We had hoped that he would be farther along. Right now, it’s 50-50, but we’re hoping that he’ll be back and we’ll see if it loosens up in the next day or so.”

James, who has 263 yards and a touchdown on 72 carries this season, was injured Sunday against Jacksonville. He had been listed as probable on the team’s injury report, but Dungy said the injury was worse Wednesday, and James was downgraded to questionable.

James was slowed last season as he returned from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in the 2001 season, and only gained 989 yards rushing.

MCNAIR PRACTICES WITH BAD FINGER

Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair practiced yesterday with his right ring finger wrapped in a splint, and coach Jeff Fisher said the knee McNair injured in the season opener is no longer a problem.

McNair wore a brace on his left knee, which he didn’t realize he sprained until the day after the Titans’ season-opening victory over Oakland. He missed practice last week because of swelling and pain in the finger he dislocated in Tennessee’s loss at Indianapolis on Sept. 14.

CHARGERS DISCIPLINE BOSTON

The San Diego Chargers sent wide receiver David Boston home before practice yesterday as a disciplinary measure.

Boston was sent home after a morning meeting with coach Marty Schottenheimer.

Schottenheimer was guarded in his comments about Boston, who signed a $47 million contract as a free agent in March.

“David and I had a discussion and in the course of the discussion, thought we ought to have this day (off), and he’s been excused for a matter that is not related to the medical part of it,” Schottenheimer said.

HENRY WILL PLAY

Travis Henry intends to play Sunday despite bruised ribs.

Listed as questionable yesterday, the Buffalo Bills running back said the decision to play is his. And Henry added that torn rib cartilage isn’t going to prevent him from lining up when the Bills host Philadelphia this weekend.

FAULK UNDERGOES KNEE SURGERY

St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk had surgery yesterday to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.

Faulk also has two broken bones in his left hand, injured in Seattle last Sunday. He is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with that injury.

MCALISTER APOLOGIZES

Chris McAlister returned to the Baltimore Ravens’ defensive backfield yesterday after receiving a lecture from coach Brian Billick and apologizing to his teammates.

McAlister was withheld from the Ravens’ game against San Diego last Sunday after missing curfew and skipping a team meeting. The Ravens fined their star cornerback the maximum amount allowed by the league, and he was warned by Billick about the repercussions of a repeat violation.

AROUND THE LEAGUE

Browns wide receiver Dennis Northcutt has a broken rib and is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Cincinnati Bengals. … Mark Brunell missed practice yesterday and was listed as questionable on the injury report, furthering the chance that rookie Byron Leftwich will make his first career start this weekend for the Jacksonville Jaguars. … Running back Clinton Portis may not play this weekend against Detroit because of a chest injury and strong safety Kenoy Kennedy is also hobbled by a left ankle sprain.


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