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published October 30, 2002

FB to do community service for break-in

MIAMI -- Packers fullback Najeh Davenport agreed Tuesday to do community service to settle charges he broke into a university dormitory and defecated in a sleeping woman's closet.

Details of his service were not released during his court appearance. He must sign up for the program by Nov. 12. If he completes the program, a felony charge of second-degree burglary and a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief will be dropped.

After Tuesday's hearing, Davenport continued to deny breaking into the Barry University dormitory.

"Where's the evidence? Where's the manure?" Davenport said. "I know I didn't do it; I just wanted to get it over with."

Prosecutor Jonathan Schwartz said he couldn't comment on specific evidence because the case could go back to court if Davenport fails the diversion program.

But, he added: "If there was no evidence in the case, we wouldn't have brought any charges."

Hilliard out for season

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Giants receiver Ike Hilliard will miss the rest of the season with a dislocated right shoulder sustained on a hit by Eagles All-Pro safety Brian Dawkins.

An MRI disclosed a tear in Hilliard's labrum and pectoralis muscle. He likely will have surgery in about a month and at some point be placed on injured reserve.

The normal rehabilitation period for the surgery is three months.

"Ike's been a playmaker for us," coach Jim Fassel said. "He does an outstanding job on third down. He's been a guy that has been one of our consistent players.

"He has continually played well in all the games. We're going to miss him."

Fassel said he asked referee Bill Carollo whether Dawkins should have been ejected following the hit deep in Philadelphia territory Monday night during the Eagles' 17-3 win. Fassel said Carollo told him the official who made the call didn't believe it warranted a disqualification. Dawkins was called for a personal foul.

"That type of hit is covered under the rules," Fassel said. "Guys get penalized. Whether the league does anything else or not, I don't know."

Meanwhile, Fassel may be considering calling plays for an offense that has scored seven touchdowns in as many games.

Fassel wouldn't say Tuesday whether he would take over the play-calling from offensive coordinator Sean Payton. However, his silence after Monday's loss was a clear indication he was thinking about it.

Payton has called the plays for Fassel since midway through the 1999 season.

BRONCOS: Denver released 10-year veteran punter Tom Rouen and signed punter-kicker Micah Knorr.

CHARGERS: The NFL upheld safety Rodney Harrison's one-game suspension for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Oakland's Jerry Rice. Harrison will miss Sunday's home game against the Jets and lose $111,764.

COWBOYS: Right tackle Javiar Collins is out up to six weeks after an MRI revealed a strained ligament in his right knee.

PANTHERS: Quarterback Tim Hasselbeck was waived exactly one week after being signed to provide immediate depth. The 24-year-old Hasselbeck became expendable when Chris Weinke was cleared to resume playing.

SAINTS: General manager Mickey Loomis signed a contract extension through the 2006 season.

SEAHAWKS: Seattle, needing help at quarterback after Trent Dilfer's season-ending torn Achilles' tendon, signed veteran Jeff George to back up Matt Hasselbeck.

STEELERS: Running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala will miss the next two weeks after tearing a chest muscle against the Ravens.

VIKINGS: Defensive tackle Talance Sawyer was placed on injured reserve, ending his season. Sawyer has been slow to heal since a knee injury sustained Sept. 15.

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