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Giants' Sehorn down for third straight year

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published October 17, 2000


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The injury bug has gotten Jason Sehorn again.

The New York Giants cornerback, who is engaged to Law & Order star Angie Harmon, broke a rib below his right collarbone while making an interception on the first play from scrimmage Sunday and will be sidelined for two to four weeks, the team said Monday.

Sehorn would miss one or two games. The Giants have a bye week following their 19-14 win over Dallas and don't play again until Oct. 29 against the Eagles.

Sehorn, who has had season-ending injuries the past two years, landed on the back of his right shoulder after jumping in front of Raghib Ismail to intercept Troy Aikman's pass.

He left the field for X-rays and returned late in the first quarter without his jersey and shoulder pads. He stood on the sideline as Giants orthopedic surgeon Russell Warren held up the X-rays.

Sehorn led the Giants with 43 tackles and seemed to be getting back to the form that made him one of the NFL's top cornerbacks.

He missed the 1998 season after hurting his knee returning a kickoff in a preseason game. He played in 10 games last season, when he was sidelined early with a hamstring injury and for the season Dec. 5 after breaking his leg.

BANKS TO START: Coach Brian Billick said quarterback Tony Banks clearly isn't throwing as well as he was last season, when he became the starter in Week 7 and won six of 10 games down the stretch. But Banks will remain in the lineup Sunday when the Ravens host Tennessee in a battle for first place in the AFC Central.

"I think it comes down to confidence," Billick said. "Maybe he's pressing a little bit, like a batter in a slump."

Banks has gone 14 quarters without a touchdown and has completed 49 percent of his passes over the past three games. He is 51-of-104 for 458 yards and two interceptions over that span.

He passed for 135 yards as Baltimore endured a third straight game without a touchdown and lost 10-3 to Washington.

FLUTIE BACK IN CHARGE: For the third time in three seasons, Bills quarterback Doug Flutie has re-claimed the starter's job, taking over after Rob Johnson separated his right shoulder against the Chargers.

Johnson will miss 2-4 weeks after going down hard on a hit from Neil Smith on the final play of the opening drive in overtime.

Flutie relieved for the second straight week, marching the Bills 31 yards to set up Steve Christie's 46-yard game-winning field goal.

If Flutie was excited about his new role, he wasn't speaking. Bills officials said he was hunkered down watching film in preparation for Sunday's game against Minnesota.

BRONCOS: Offensive guard Mark Schlereth is having surgery for the 28th time in his career and the 14th time on his left knee. Schlereth was scheduled for arthroscopic surgery to remove loose particles that have bothered him for weeks. Coach Mike Shanahan said backup cornerback Darryl Pounds also was scheduled for an operation to place a pin in his broken right thumb.

49ERS: Pro Bowl defensive lineman Bryant Young is questionable for Sunday's game at Carolina after injuring his ribs during San Francisco's loss to Green Bay. Young was kicked in the ribs during the third quarter and didn't return. Coach Steve Mariucci said Young tore cartilage where his ribs meet his sternum.

RAMS: Former Kansas City placekicker Pete Stoyanovich could return to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday as a Ram, SportsLine.com reported. Agent Drew Rosenhaus told the Web site that Stoyanovich arrived in St. Louis to talk with team officials about providing at least a temporary solution to the Rams' kicking woes. St. Louis lost kicker Jeff Wilkins for an indefinite period when he strained a quadriceps on the opening kickoff Sunday against the Falcons.

REDSKINS: Darrell Green's streak of 125 games played is in jeopardy. The 40-year-old cornerback strained his calf muscle against the Ravens, and coach Norv Turner thinks Green probably won't play Sunday against Jacksonville. "And then it would be a week-to-week thing after that," Turner said. "Realistically he could miss two or three weeks."

STEELERS: Fullback Jon Witman had surgery after injuring his right leg against the Bengals, the team said. Witman, 28, was injured when a defender rolled into his leg during a run by Jerome Bettis in the fourth quarter. Team spokesman Ron Wahl wouldn't disclose details of the injury or a timetable for his return. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that Witman probably will miss the rest of the season.

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