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Around the NFC

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 24, 2002

BEARS: Running back Anthony Thomas had his first 100-yard rushing day of the season with 111 on 27 carries. ... James "Big Cat" Williams, who practiced sparingly all week because of a sore hip, started his 121st straight game at right tackle.

CARDINALS: The crowd of 28,986 was the smallest for a home opener since the team moved to Arizona in 1988.

COWBOYS: Reggie Swinton's kick return touchdown was the first against the Eagles in the regular season since 1992.

EAGLES: Safety Rashard Cook is scheduled today for surgery on his right knee after tearing cartilage. ... Defensive tackle Corey Simon (high ankle sprain) probably will sit out Sunday against Houston.

FALCONS: The team presented game balls to first-year owner Arthur Blank and former President Jimmy Carter, a guest of Blank's, after its 30-3 win over the Bengals.

49ERS: Starting guard Dave Fiore is probably out for the season after tearing a ligament in his oft-repaired right knee. Linebacker Jamie Winborn (knee) will miss up to eight weeks.

GIANTS: Sunday was the team's first game in which no touchdowns were scored since Oct. 18, 1987, a strike replacement game when Buffalo beat New York 6-3.

LIONS: Linebacker Brian Williams has a broken right leg and could miss the rest of the season. Running back Aveion Cason (knee) and defensive lineman Shaun Rogers (hand) won't play against New Orleans.

PACKERS: Third-year running back Rondell Mealey made his first start in place of the injured Ahman Green but had 7 yards on five carries; Najeh Davenport (22-84) got most of the work. ... Starting defensive end Vonnie Holliday (torn pectoral muscle) will miss 6-8 weeks and safety Antuan Edwards (broken arm) is out 3-4 weeks.

PANTHERS: Cornerback Terry Fair will likely miss the rest of the season with a broken right ankle.

RAMS: Going into Monday the team's high-scoring offense was held to 17, 16 and 21 points in its past three games including Super Bowl XXXVI.

REDSKINS: The team gained 41 yards rushing. Stephen Davis rushed for 59 yards and caught four passes but had 12 yards rushing and one catch in the second half.

SAINTS: Sunday's rally from a 20-0 deficit was the second-biggest in franchise history. New Orleans trailed 24-3 but beat Cincinnati 41-24 on Dec. 20, 1987.

SEAHAWKS: Defensive tackle John Randle missed his third straight game with a knee injury.

VIKINGS: Tight end Byron Chamberlain (left knee), out for two games, could play Sunday at Seattle.

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