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Kidney test sidelines Cris Carter

Compiled from Times wires
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published November 10, 2002

MIAMI -- Dolphins receiver Cris Carter will be sidelined indefinitely after tests revealed kidney function abnormalities, the team said Saturday.

Carter, who came out of retirement three weeks ago, missed practice this week because he felt ill. When he was re-evaluated Friday by team physicians, tests disclosed the abnormalities.

Carter is scheduled for further testing. He won't play tonight against the Jets and didn't accompany the Dolphins on their flight Saturday.

CBS.SportsLine.com quoted Rick Spielman, Miami's senior vice president of football operations/personnel, as saying, "He's been throwing up all week but he actually gained seven pounds due to some kind of fluid buildup."

Spielman said Carter would remain in Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale until the situation stabilized.

Carter retired in the spring after 15 NFL seasons, then signed with the Dolphins to reinforce an injury-depleted receiving corps.

The eight-time Pro Bowl receiver struggled in his first game with Miami, a 24-10 loss Monday night at Green Bay. He lost a fumble after his first catch and failed to catch a pass that was intercepted. He finished with three receptions for 31 yards.

James McKnight will start against the Jets in place of Carter, who turns 37 on Nov. 25.

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