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© St. Petersburg Times, published October 9, 2000


Hit to head sends Fryar to hospital

PHILADELPHIA -- Redskins receiver Irving Fryar was to be hospitalized overnight after injuring his neck and shoulder in the third quarter of Sunday's game against the Eagles.

Fryar appeared to take a shot to the helmet from safety Tim Hauck while attempting to block in Washington's 17-14 victory.

The 38-year-old slowly walked off, then collapsed on the sideline after the next play, a missed field-goal attempt.

The game was stopped for several minutes while medical personnel attended to Fryar. He left on a stretcher with his neck immobilized, but he had movement in his arms and legs.

"Irving has a neck and shoulder injury. I don't know how severe," Washington coach Norv Turner said.

Redskins cornerback Darrell Green led the team in prayer as several players crowded around Fryar while he lay on the field.

"There's never been a more difficult situation than watching a player lay flat on the field and trying to stay focused," defensive end Bruce Smith said.

Fryar, who played three years in Philadelphia before coming out of retirement to join the Redskins last season, had one reception for 9 yards.

VINNY SIDELINED: Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde was knocked out of the game on the first offensive play against Pittsburgh with a pinched nerve.

Testaverde, who tore an Achilles' tendon in the first game last year and missed the rest of the season, was hit hard on the left shoulder and neck by linebacker Jason Gildon as he threw.

"I had this pinched nerve for about three weeks, but it wasn't as severe as it is now," Testaverde said. "He hit me right on the exact spot. My whole left side from the shoulder to the hand went numb. It's not as bad, but my hand is still numb as I speak."

The former Buc hopes to play Sunday at New England, but he said he will have to see how practice goes during the week.

CARRUTH CASE: Prosecutors want notes written by Rae Carruth's slain girlfriend to be introduced into evidence during this month's murder trial of the former Panthers receiver in Charlotte, N.C.

The three pages of notes were written by Cherica Adams, and some of the writing is barely legible.

Prosecutors also said they plan to use statements Adams made to a nurse and a police investigator the day of her shooting.

Adams was driving in Charlotte on Nov. 16 when she was shot four times. The 24-year-old was pregnant with Carruth's child, but doctors saved the baby before her death Dec. 14.

BEARS: Marcus Robinson, the team's leading receiver with 25 catches, was declared inactive for the game with New Orleans two days after spraining his left ankle in practice.

FALCONS: Quarterback Chris Chandler, plagued by injuries throughout his career, was knocked out of the game against the Giants in the second quarter after several hard hits. Linebacker Pete Monty, on a blitz, drove Chandler into the turf with 6:36 left in the quarter. Chandler had the wind knocked out of him, forcing him to kneel for a few seconds before struggling to the bench.

TITANS: Offensive guard Bruce Matthews, who has started 202 games in a row, the longest active streak in the NFL, sprained a ligament in his right knee during the second quarter and didn't return. He was sidelined during a game for the second time in his 18-year career.

Injury report

CHRIS CHANDLER: Falcons QB, rib injury, questionable for next week.

IRVING FRYAR: Redskins WR, neck and shoulder injuries after shot to helmet, did not return.

BRUCE MATTHEWS: Titans G, twisted knee, did not return.

VINNY TESTAVERDE: Jets QB, pinched nerve in neck, did not return.

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