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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 3, 2000

'Skins starting guard may be out for season

ASHBURN, Va. -- Tre Johnson, Washington's starting right guard, might be lost for the season with a torn left knee ligament.

Johnson left Sunday's game against Tampa Bay in the first quarter with what was described as a knee sprain. But coach Norv Turner said an examination Monday showed Johnson had a torn ligament. He will be out at least two weeks while the swelling goes down, but Turner said he expected Johnson to need surgery and be lost for the season.

Hobbling on crutches Monday, Johnson said it was frustrating to be on the sideline.

"It's what you have to live with," Johnson said. "All I can do is what I can do."

Keith Sims, who has a sore Achilles' tendon, and Jay Leeuwenburg will start. Turner said he would look outside the organization for help.

RHETT MAY BE FINISHED: Browns running back Errict Rhett will be out for at least six weeks and might be done for the season after spraining the top of his left foot while making a cut during the second quarter.

With Rhett out, rookie Travis Prentice will start.

Browns linebacker Jamir Miller, meanwhile, denied his involvement after a woman claimed in a civil lawsuit that she was raped. The woman named Miller and former cornerback Antonio Langham, alleging they and others sexually assaulted her on a boat over the summer.

OWENS ADMITS "MISTAKE': Terrell Owens returned to the 49ers somewhat chastened by his weeklong suspension for his touchdown celebrations in Dallas.

Owens didn't apologize for his flamboyant actions at Texas Stadium on Sept. 24, but for the first time he said he made "mistakes."

"What I did against the Cowboys, it was excessive," Owens said. "I've just got to move forward. ... Everybody makes mistakes. The thing is just not to repeat the same mistakes."

RAIDER OKAY AFTER APPENDECTOMY: Fullback Jon Ritchie felt awful all through Oakland's bye week. His stomach hurt, he wasn't getting any sleep and aspirin wasn't helping.

Saturday night, Ritchie drove to a hospital. Within a few hours, his appendix had been removed.

"Some bye, huh?" he said at the Raiders' training facility.

Coach Jon Gruden said Ritchie was listed as questionable but doubted he would play.

CHMURA REQUEST DENIED: Former Packers tight end Mark Chmura was denied in his request to have charges against him dismissed in his sexual assault case in Waukesha, Wis. He has pleaded innocent to charges of child enticement and sexual assault.

LANE'S WIFE INDICTED: Deidre Lane, the widow of running back Fred Lane who is charged with shooting him to death, was indicted in Charlotte, N.C., on charges she and a friend conspired to steal money from a bank.

DOLPHINS-BEARS TRADE: Miami acquired tight end Alonzo Mayes from Chicago for an undisclosed late-round draft choice. Mayes started 28 games for the Bears, including three this season, and had 33 receptions for 339 yards with one touchdown.

EBAY PARTNERSHIP: EBay Inc., the largest Internet auction site, is teaming with the NFL to sell autographed footballs, jerseys and other memorabilia as it seeks to increase visitors and revenue. EBay's NFL Auctions page will sell items certified as authentic.

BENGALS: Running back Michael Basnight, who broke a bone in his right wrist in a training camp scrimmage in July, was placed on injured reserve.

BRONCOS: Running back Terrell Davis, who reinjured his left ankle Sunday, might not play against San Diego. ... Placekicker Jason Elam, who missed three games after breaking two transverse process bones in his lower back against Atlanta on Sept. 10, resumed kicking last week and is expected to play. ... Calling the condition of the field at Mile High Stadium a "complete joke" and worse than a high school field, coach Mike Shanahan said he will meet with Denver officials to seek a remedy.

CHARGERS: Linebacker Junior Seau is day-to-day after straining a hamstring.

COLTS: Running back Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury.

EAGLES: Running back Duce Staley is doubtful for Sunday's game against the Redskins because of a sprained right foot sustained against Atlanta.

RAVENS: Pro Bowl tackle Jonathan Ogden, hindered by a sprained right ankle, could miss Sunday night's game against the Jaguars.

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