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RB Martin: Injury not too serious

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published September 9, 2002

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Jets running back Curtis Martin does not think the ankle injury that forced him out of Sunday's regular-season opener against the Bills is serious.

"This is just one of those times we felt it best to play it safe," Martin said. "Fortunately, this is something that's not too serious."

Though X-rays were negative, Martin said he will have further tests today once the team returns to New York.

Martin, who gained a career-high 1,513 yards last season, hurt his left ankle at the end of a 16-yard catch just before halftime when linebackers Keith Newman and London Fletcher converged to hit him hard.

Martin was on the sideline at the start of the second half before going to the locker room with a team trainer and did not return.

BEARS: Defensive end Phillip Daniels (ankle) and defensive back R.W. McQuarters (knee) were forced out in the second quarter.

BRONCOS: Ed McCaffrey waited nearly a year for this moment, and he didn't disappoint.

Overcome by emotion to the point of being breathless in the first quarter, the receiver made a triumphant return after a potentially career-ending injury.

McCaffrey, who broke both bones in his lower left leg in last season's opener, caught a 23-yard touchdown from Brian Griese with 5:55 left in Denver's 23-16 win over the Rams.

"It felt great just to be back here as part of the team again," McCaffrey said. "Sitting around for a year, every day you're kind of biding your time until you get back on the field. Until you're actually there, you can't realize that dream of coming back.

BROWNS: Right tackle Ryan Tucker, one of the club's big free agent signings, sprained his left knee in the first quarter and didn't return.

CHARGERS: ESPN.com and the San Diego Union-Tribune reported that holdout cornerback Quentin Jammer agreed in principle to a contract that includes $10.5-million in bonuses.

Jammer, the fifth pick overall in April's draft out of Texas, could sign today if the paperwork is completed. He missed the opener at Cincinnati.

EAGLES: Guard John Welbourn broke his left leg on the opening possession against the Titans.

PACKERS: Tight end Tyrone Davis was cut before Saturday's deadline that would have made the team responsible for his entire $650,000 salary. Green Bay would like to re-sign him this week and owe him $152,942 or 4/17ths of his salary.

Also, defensive end Vonnie Holliday extended his deadline for reaching a contract extension beyond opening kickoff.

RAMS: Receiver Eric Crouch, last year's Heisman Trophy winner, was inactive. He has been out three weeks with a deep thigh bruise.

TITANS: Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end Jevon Kearse broke his left foot on the second play from scrimmage. He is scheduled for surgery today, and will be out 6-8 weeks.

VIKINGS: Owner Red McCombs said Bryant McKinnie's agents, Jim Steiner and Ben Dogra, are doing a disservice to the offensive tackle and are the reason he is not with the team. McKinnie is one of two rookies, along with Arizona defensive lineman Wendell Bryant, the No. 12 pick, holding out.

"I'm disappointed and bewildered that the agents are, in my opinion, directly harming (McKinnie) in many ways," McCombs said. "We are concerned that he isn't here, and we think the agents are keeping him out."

McCombs said McKinnie will not get as much as the team's previous offer because the season has begun. The offer had been for five years, $13.1-million with a bonus of $8.1-million.

QUOTABLE: "You don't see that too often," Chargers receiver Curtis Conway said of quarterback Drew Brees, who threw a block to spring Conway on a reverse against the Bengals. "That's one of the big things about him. He's a football player, not one of those wimpy quarterbacks."

ALSO QUOTABLE: "I think this is probably as good as we've played all season," Chargers coach Marty Schottenheimer said after winning his debut handily. Everyone laughed but him.

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