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published September 24, 2002

BENGALS: Tight end Sean Brewer is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery today to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and could miss 3-4 weeks. Also, offensive lineman Mike Goff (cut knee) will miss Sunday's game against the Bucs and defensive end Vaughn Booker (sprained right ankle) was downgraded from probable to doubtful.

BILLS: Fullback Larry Centers has caught a pass in 139 straight games, the third-longest streak in the league.

BRONCOS: Brian Griese has thrown a touchdown in 18 straight games, the longest active streak in the league.

BROWNS: Kicker Phil Dawson made 21 consecutive field goals, the second-longest streak in club history, before missing a 52-yarder in the second quarter against the Titans.

CHARGERS: Center Cory Raymer had surgery on his ruptured left Achilles' tendon and is out for the season.

CHIEFS: Cornerback Eric Warfield (leg) could miss Sunday's game against the Dolphins. His backup, Ray Crockett, has a sore hamstring.

COLTS: The team hasn't allowed a touchdown in six quarters and is 2-0 in division road games.

DOLPHINS: Miami has rushed for 556 yards, its highest three-game total since gaining 635 in games 7-9 in 1984. "It's the first time since I've been here we've got answers on offense," offensive tackle Mark Dixon said. "We're part of the solution, and no longer part of the problem."

JAGUARS: Coach Tom Coughlin gave his players the bye weekend off and will resume practice today.

JETS: Curtis Martin, who rushed for 11 yards in the first two games, gained 43 on 16 carries against Miami.

PATRIOTS: Kicker Adam Vinatieri, who hit the winner against the Chiefs, is 8-for-8 this season and has converted his past 11 attempts.

RAIDERS: Rookie Phillip Buchanon or veteran Terrance Shaw will start Sunday at left corner against Tennessee in place of Charles Woodson, who broke his right shoulder last week against Pittsburgh.

RAVENS: The team signed tackle Damion Cook off of Miami's practice squad.

STEELERS: Since 1999, 26 teams have begun the season 0-2 and only one made the playoffs, last season's Patriots. But Pittsburgh has done it twice in the past 13 seasons, in 1993 and 1989.

TEXANS: Sunday marked the first outdoor NFL game in Houston since 1967 when the Oilers beat San Diego at Rice Stadium. The Reliant Stadium roof was closed for the Texans' win over the Cowboys in their opener.

TITANS: Until Cleveland's Dennis Northcutt did it, Tennessee hadn't allowed a punt return for a touchdown since Sept. 10, 1995, when Andre Hastings did it for Pittsburgh.

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