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McGahee returning to practice today

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Published October 15, 2003

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bills running back Willis McGahee will practice today, nearly 10 months after reconstructive surgery on his left knee.

His participation in practice opens the possibility for the first-round pick to play within three weeks. McGahee was cleared after the training staff and team doctor John Marzo examined him, Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold said.

Marzo okayed McGahee after he worked out in front of president Tom Donahoe and coach Gregg Williams. McGahee also worked out Monday and his injured knee showed no sign of swelling.

FALCONS: Cornerback Juran Bolden, arrested over the weekend for marijuana possession and driving a stolen car, will practice today if his injured knee holds up.

JETS: Starting safety Jon McGraw will miss 2-4 weeks with a partly dislocated right shoulder, coach Herman Edwards said.

PACKERS: Defensive end Joe Johnson's season is over after surgery to repair his right thigh.

Also, team president Bob Harlan has had surgery to remove cancerous lesions on his skin, he announced in a letter on the team's Web site.

RAIDERS: The family of a team co-founder who hired Al Davis claims in Alameda County court that he has plundered the franchise for perks. A suit was filed against Davis by the McGah family, which claims Davis has mismanaged team finances and compromised the family's one-third ownership in the team.

OBITUARY: Joe Santoni, who named the Pittsburgh Steelers in a contest in 1940, died at 82.

LATE MONDAY: Two years after an NFC title, the Rams appear to be back in championship form. But is it their skill or the ineptitude of the Falcons that's responsible? Coach Mike Martz doesn't know for sure and a day after a 36-0 victory over Atlanta, he didn't care.

"Last year at this time we were 0-5," Martz said. "I would have taken a win against Christian Brothers High School."

The Rams allowed 209 yards, Aeneas Williams had two takeaways and Travis Fisher returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown.

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