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Seattle: Site for Smith's record?

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published October 23, 2002

KIRKLAND, Wash. -- Chad Brown has been victimized in a history highlight before. He hopes Emmitt Smith doesn't nab him again.

Smith needs 93 yards to break Walter Payton's career-rushing record, and he's going for it Sunday when Dallas faces Seattle, the league's worst defense against the run. The Seahawks have allowed 189.5 yards rushing a game.

"I'm sure they're looking at film and going, 'This is the week,' " Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said.

This is nothing new for Brown. Four years ago, he chased Terrell Davis, who became the fourth running back to gain 2,000 yards in a season.

"You see the guy running across the field, then that was me making the tackle," the Seattle linebacker said. "You want to be remembered, but not like that."

The Seahawks (1-5) are off to the worst start in Holmgren's 11 seasons as a coach. In last week's loss to the Rams, Marshall Faulk ran for 183 yards and three touchdowns.

Stopping Smith would be a good place to begin addressing some problems.

"Emmitt Smith is a great running back and he has been for a long time," cornerback Willie Williams said. "If he gets the record against us, so be it. We've just got to focus on stopping the run."

Smith wants to get the record at home, and the Cowboys have two road games after Seattle.

"I hope the guy accomplishes it, but I'd hate for it to come against us," said linebacker Anthony Simmons, who expects to return after missing six weeks with an ankle injury.

"Especially as a linebacker, you hate, hate, hate, hate for a running back to set any kind of record against you."

MORE COWBOYS: Chad Hutchinson, who never has taken a snap in an NFL regular-season game, says he's ready to be the starting quarterback.

Hutchinson, the 25-year-old rookie whose last regular-season game was as a college sophomore five years ago, gets his chance Sunday when he replaces two-year starter Quincy Carter.

"I've prepared myself all season to step in there. I wouldn't say I expected this," Hutchinson said. "I was here to support Quincy and be the best backup that I could be, but it's a coaches' decision."

Punter, kicker and holder Micah Knorr was released along with safety Keith Davis.

BILLS: Cornerback Marcus Floyd, who was released by the Jets, was signed to the practice squad.

CARDINALS: Middle linebacker Ronald McKinnon signed a two-year contract extension.

DOLPHINS: Pro Bowl cornerback Sam Madison became the latest to complain about the treatment of teammate Oronde Gadsden, saying the veteran receiver should have been offered more money to keep playing.

Gadsden will miss the rest of the season because of a torn ligament in his left wrist. He decided to have surgery rather than risk playing with the injury when the Dolphins rejected the terms he sought in a contract extension. His deal expires after this season.

Quarterback Ray Lucas missed practice with a sore left hip. Lucas is expected to return to practice next week. Miami plays Green Bay on Nov. 4.

EAGLES: Defensive tackle Darwin Walker signed a six-year contract extension. Defensive end Michael Sinclair was released, and linebacker Tyreo Harrison was added to the roster.

FALCONS: Running back Maurice Smith, who has played the past two seasons, was signed to replace injured Travis Jervey.

JAGUARS: Kicker Hayden Epstein was waived, a move coach Tom Coughlin foreshadowed when he wouldn't call on the shaky rookie for routine field goals in Sunday's loss to Baltimore. The Jaguars didn't sign anyone to take Epstein's place, although Tim Seder and Richie Cunningham, both formerly of the Cowboys, worked out for the team.

LIONS: Linebacker Richard Jordan is out for the rest of the season, placed on injured reserve. Linebacker Josh Thornhill was signed to the active roster.

PANTHERS: Thin at quarterback since Chris Weinke sustained a concussion, the team signed Tim Hasselbeck to the practice squad.

STEELERS: Running back Jerome Bettis and center Jeff Hartings will not need surgery after being injured Monday night against the Colts. Bettis sprained a ligament in his left knee and isn't likely to play Sunday at Baltimore.

Also, tight end Matt Cushing was re-signed. This is the third time in four years Cushing has signed with the Steelers during the season. To make room for Cushing, second-year linebacker Justin Kurpeikithe was released.

VIKINGS: Running back Doug Chapman was resting comfortably but will be kept in the hospital another day or two for observation as he recovers from an abdominal injury.

HIRING BLACK COACHES: If attorneys Johnnie Cochran and Cyrus Mehri are successful, teams could gain -- or lose -- draft picks based on the racial diversity within their organizations. At meetings in New York on Oct. 30-31, owners will discuss the proposal, the "Fair Competition Resolution," which calls for teams that have openings for coaches to submit a "racially diverse final-candidate slate" to the commissioner's office before hiring.

Failure to do that would result in the loss of a first-round draft pick if the vacancy was for a head coach, and a third-round pick if the opening was for an assistant or coordinator.

In Indianapolis, the Black Coaches Association said it will publicize the hiring practices of various universities for recruits to use when they decide to make a college choice.

ARENA FOOTBALL: The Storm selected former Toronto Phantoms wide receiver and defensive back Kahlil Carter with the fifth pick in the dispersal draft.

Carter caught 10 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown and had 14 solo tackles, 5 assists, 2 pass break-ups and 1 fumble recovery last season.

Tampa Bay did not lose any players in the expansion draft, which stocked the expansion Denver franchise.

The New York Giants signed former Storm safety Johnnie Harris, the Arena League's Defensive Player of the Year in 1998. Harris spent the past three seasons with the Oakland Raiders.

-- Times staff writer Frank Pastor contributed to this report.

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