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Saints' Deuce back, won't play vs. Bucs

By wire services
Published October 7, 2004

NEW ORLEANS - Saints running back Deuce McAllister was back in pads Wednesday, but it's unlikely he'll see any playing time Sunday against Tampa Bay.

McAllister, who has a high ankle sprain, ran a few plays with the team during practice and appeared to have pain on his carries. He injured his ankle early in the San Francisco game Sept. 19 and began running again Monday. Coach Jim Haslett said McAllister was eager to return and asked to work with the team.

'Fins react to Williams

DAVIE - With running back Ricky Williams ready to reverse directions and come out of retirement, his former Dolphins teammates were mixed in their reaction.

Defensive end David Bowens said he would like to see Williams rejoin the Dolphins, in part because they're 0-4. But Pro Bowl linebacker Zach Thomas said he doubted that help from Williams is on the way.

"He will not be playing for the Dolphins," Thomas predicted. "He's got too many things with the fans and too much with the media, and that's the reason he ran from it in the first place. He wouldn't come back here."

BEARS: Two months after surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck, Pro Bowl kick returner Jerry Azumah is ready to play again. Azumah has resumed practicing and hopes to play Oct. 17 when Chicago faces the Redskins.

BENGALS: Former Baltimore and Jacksonville safety Anthony Mitchell signed. Mitchell, released Sept. 5 by the Jaguars, played in 16 games in each of his four NFL seasons before this year. ... Defensive end Justin Smith apologized to teammates and fans for his drunken driving arrest. Smith, 25, was stopped by a Montgomery County sheriff's deputy who saw his truck weaving in a Dayton suburb early Tuesday.

BILLS: Offensive linemen Jonas Jennings and Chris Villarrial accused Patriots lineman Vince Wilfork of taking cheap shots at them. Jennings said he was still feeling a little lightheaded after sustaining a concussion, the result of a helmet-to-helmet hit from Wilfork. ... Center Trey Teague was held out of practice with an undisclosed injury to his left knee.

CARDINALS: Defensive tackle Wendell Bryant came off the suspended list after a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

CHARGERS: Running back LaDainian Tomlinson didn't practice because of a groin injury but is listed as probable for Sunday.

COLTS: Kicker Matt Bryanted work out but was not signed. Mike Vanderjagt is listed as questionable with a strained right hamstring.

GIANTS: Despite missing all three field goal attempts last week, veteran Steve Christie apparently is going to remain the kicker this week against Dallas.

JAGUARS: Former Falcon Bob Whitfield could see action at offensive tackle on Sunday, just five days after being signed by the team.

PACKERS: Brett Favre skipped practice, still feeling the effects of a concussion to go along with a softball-sized bruise on his left leg and a loose left shoulder. Backup Doug Pederson, who has a cracked bone in his back, a broken rib and a torn muscle in his side, said he'd consider retirement after the season if he's placed on IR.

PATRIOTS: The team signed defensive back Je'Rod Cherry and wide receiver Kevin Kasper, put Adrian Klemm on injured reserve with a foot injury and signed left tackle Matt Light to a six-year contract extension.

RAIDERS: Rich Gannon had a doctor's appointment in New Jersey, one of two evaluations the quarterback will have this week on the broken vertebra in his neck. The 38-year-old Gannon, who's out at least eight weeks and probably for the season, will rejoin the team this weekend in Indianapolis, where Oakland plays the Colts on Sunday. The Raiders are waiting until further tests are done on Gannon's neck before determining whether to place him on injured reserve for the second straight season.

[Last modified October 7, 2004, 00:30:24]

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