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Brother of Colts' James shot, critically injured

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 10, 2000

IMMOKALEE -- The brother of Indianapolis Colts running back Edgerrin James was in critical condition after being shot in the back early Monday.

Cherron James, 24, was flown to Lee Memorial Hospital with a bullet wound that entered his back and exited his chest, Collier County Sheriff's spokeswoman Tina Osceola said.

"He was in a vehicle and they flagged down an ambulance and said he had been shot," Osceola said.

Investigators are trying to sort out what happened, but they believe James was shot outside an apartment building about 2 a.m. He gave a conflicting story to police.

"He was very evasive to say the least. He was shot of course, and that was one problem," Osceola said. "At first what he told us is that a man in a black ski mask come up from behind him and then later he was able to say a certain suspect did it, but we're not sure what happened."

Police have a suspect, but no arrests have been made. Police recovered a casing from the bullet they believe struck James, Osceola said.

More salvage work for Lucas?

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Ray Lucas engineered the Jets' rebound from a 1-6 start to an 8-8 finish last season after Vinny Testaverde was hurt. On Monday, he said he felt responsible for the team's first loss after Testaverde went down again.

"I had to deal all night with the way I played, and I didn't sleep very well at all," Lucas said in the locker room. "I was glad to see the sun come up. I can't play any worse than I did."

Testaverde was knocked out on New York's first offensive play with a pinched nerve. Lucas passed for 99 yards, was intercepted twice and lost a fumble in the loss to the Steelers.

"Football is not all roses and chocolate, and yesterday there were a lot of dead roses and stale chocolate," Lucas said. "There is no excuse for the way I played, but I still have confidence in myself. I proved myself last year, but I have to prove myself all over again."

Testaverde was not available for comment, and coach Al Groh shed little light on his status for Sunday's game at New England.

COACHING GREAT GILLMAN GOES HOME: Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman returned home Saturday to Carlsbad, Calif., after being hospitalized for more than two months after surgery for an aortic aneurysm.

OBITUARY: Dr. Tony Adamle, a linebacker for the Cleveland Browns before becoming a physician, died Saturday in Kent, Ohio, after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 76.

BILLS: Quarterback Rob Johnson will start Sunday against San Diego after injuring his arm against Miami, coach Wade Phillips said. ... Tight ends coach Max Bowman was hospitalized as a precaution for dizzy spells.

CHARGERS: Coach Mike Riley wouldn't announce a starting quarterback for Sunday's game at Buffalo. Mike Harbaugh and Ryan Leaf have combined for 12 interceptions and four touchdowns.

COWBOYS: Linebacker Dat Nguyen, who has missed three games with a sprained left knee, is expected to return to the starting lineup Sunday against the Giants.

DOLPHINS: Guard Mark Dixon is expected to miss 3-4 weeks after surgery to repair an injured left elbow. ... Receiver O.J. McDuffie and defensive tackle Daryl Gardener may return from injuries for the next game Oct. 23 against the Jets.

EAGLES: Running back Duce Staley, who injured his right ankle Oct. 1, is scheduled for an examination today. If the test is negative, Staley's foot will be placed in a cast and he could return in about six weeks. If surgery is necessary, Staley will be out for the season.

JAGUARS: After some waffling, coach Tom Coughlin said Mark Brunell still is his starting quarterback. Brunell was benched for Jamie Martin in the fourth quarter against the Ravens after throwing interceptions on consecutive possessions.

PANTHERS: The team plans to rest receivers Muhsin Muhammad (pulled left hamstring) and Donald Hayes (sprained ankle) this week, hoping they will be able to face New Orleans.

REDSKINS: Wide receiver Irving Fryar was diagnosed with a bruised nerve in his right shoulder after being hit in the helmet and is expected to miss at least 2-3 weeks.

SAINTS: Owner Tom Benson has stopped payment on Mike Ditka's three-year, $7.5-million contract, claiming the fired coach is violating terms of their agreement by not reporting current income, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

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