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AFC: Knee injury puts Dolphins receiver out for season

By wire services
Published August 7, 2004

HOUSTON - Miami coach Dave Wannstedt raved about receiver David Boston after a practice against Houston on Friday morning.

Wannstedt found himself talking about Boston again after the afternoon practice, but for a different reason.

Boston, acquired from San Diego in March to complement Chris Chambers, will miss the season after injuring a tendon in his left knee. He tore the same tendon on his right knee in 2002, leading to season-ending surgery.

The initial diagnosis was a strained patellar tendon, but an exam later revealed a more severe injury.

Boston was running a route when his left knee buckled.

Wannstedt praised Boston's work in the morning session.

"He caught a ton of balls," he said. "And he's keeping his weight down."

BENGALS: Tight end Reggie Kelly had surgery to reattach a tendon in his thumb. It was torn this week during practice. Kelly, who had 13 catches for 81 yards and a touchdown last season, is expected to return for the second preseason game.

Also, linebacker Khalid Abdullah likely is out for the season. He was diagnosed with a dislocated his right ankle after getting hurt during a goal-line drill Thursday.

BRONOCS: The trial on misdemeanor simple battery charges for former tight end Shannon Sharpe was scheduled for Wednesday. He is accused of lifting the mother of his child and removing her from his house against her will.

BROWNS: Linebacker Brant Boyer is out indefinitely after breaking his right foot during practice against Buffalo. Surgery to insert a screw will be scheduled.

CHIEFS: Backup tight end and special-teams regular Billy Baber injured his left knee in practice against Minnesota. He was sandwiched by safeties Corey Chavous and Brian Russell after catching a pass and came down awkwardly after Russell drove his shoulder into him. Coach Dick Vermeil said preliminary tests show a sprain, but his status is unknown.

The injury sparked a couple of brief squabbles. No one was hurt, but a few punches were thrown and helmets ripped off.

JETS: Guard Pete Kendall, released Sunday by Arizona, signed. Brent Smith, last season's starter at right guard, moved to the left to replace Dave Szott, who retired. And Brandon Moore, the projected starter at right guard, is a former defensive lineman who played in only three games late last season.

Also, receiver Santana Moss will skip today's practice against the Giants because of a sore hamstring. Coach Herman Edwards said it is for precautionary reasons.

Safety Reggie Tongue (left calf) and linebacker Eric Barton (left hamstring) also will sit. Linebacker and first-round pick Jonathan Vilma (left calf) is questionable, but defensive end Josh Evans will play after sitting out a few days with a sore left knee.

TEXANS: Tight end Deitan Dubuc, signed this week, sprained his ankle, leaving Mark Bruener as the only healthy veteran tight end. Dubuc's status is unknown.

[Last modified August 6, 2004, 23:55:17]


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