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More Ram woes: CB Williams out

Compiled from Times wires
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published October 21, 2002

ST. LOUIS -- Rams cornerback Aeneas Williams was scheduled for surgery late Sunday after breaking a bone in his left leg and spraining his ankle in a 37-20 win over Seattle.

Williams was carted off with 1:46 left after his leg got tangled between players as he tried to tackle Maurice Morris. The Rams said Williams won't need surgery to repair his broken fibula, but will have a screw inserted to stabilize his ankle.

Williams, a seven-time Pro Bowl pick, hadn't missed a game in 12 seasons until two weeks ago, when he sat out because of turf toe.

"That hurts to see him go down like that," defensive end Leonard Little said. "He's a leader on this defense and this whole team.

Backup cornerback Dexter McCleon aggravated a hamstring injury but coach Mike Martz said he'll probably play Nov. 3 at Arizona.

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BEARS: Chris Chandler, starting in place of an injured Jim Miller, extended his league record (since the 1970 merger) by starting for his seventh team. ... Cornerback R.W. McQuarters sat out with a hamstring injury.

BROWNS: Defensive end Courtney Brown hyperextended his right elbow in the third quarter. Cornerback Corey Fuller strained a hamstring in the first half and didn't return.

CHIEFS: With first-half field goals of 41 and 32 yards, Morten Andersen moved past Minnesota's Gary Anderson as the league's career leader. Andersen has 479; Anderson, who didn't hit any in the Vikings' loss, has 478.

COWBOYS: An already depleted offensive line lost starting guard Matt Lehr with a sprained right knee in the first quarter.

DOLPHINS: Numerous players were injuried but none was believed to be serious. The list included Ricky Williams (right knee bruise), Zach Thomas (dislocated finger), Patrick Surtain (left knee inflammation), Dedric Ward (right calf bruise), Rob Burnett (right knee bruise), Robert Edwards (knee sprain) and Todd Perry (abdominal strain and right ankle sprain).

49ERS: Linebacker Saleem Rasheed strained his right quads and running back Garrison Hearst hurt his hamstring.

JAGUARS: T.J. Slaughter made his first start after being suspended for the first four games for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

LIONS: Team president Matt Millen apologized for calling one of his players a "devout coward." Millen, speaking after Detroit's win over Chicago, said he was "completely wrong" for making the comments about an unidentified player Thursday on Mike Ditka's Chicago radio show. "I knew it was a mistake about a nanosecond after the words came out of my mouth," Millen said. "It was careless and I've learned a lesson. It was also wrong -- you can't be a coward and play in the National Football League." ... Tight end Mikhael Ricks (groin) and receiver Bill Schroeder (knee) sat out.

PACKERS: Starting defensive backs Darren Sharper (pulled hamstring) and Mike McKenzie (strained groin muscle) missed the game against Washington.

RAIDERS: Rookie cornerback Phillip Buchanon left in the second quarter with a broken left wrist. Buchanon, the team's top draft pick out of Miami, has been starting since four-time Pro Bowl pick Charles Woodson broke his right shoulder Sept. 15. Woodson was listed as probable Sunday but did not play. ... Kick returner Terry Kirby broke his right leg in the third quarter and is out for the season. He and Woodson had surgery after the game.

RAVENS: A 13-foot statue of Johnny Unitas was unveiled at the main entrance of Baltimore's stadium and he was inducted into the team's Ring of Honor. He never played for the franchise but was a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Colts when they were in Baltimore. Unitas died at 69 on Sept. 11.

SAINTS: Linebacker J.R. Johnson and defensive tackle Norman Hand injured their hamstrings.

TEXANS: Cornerback Pat Dennis sprained his left knee in the second quarter covering a punt.

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