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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 27, 2000


Rams' Warner set to stake his claim

ST. LOUIS -- Kurt Warner is ready to reclaim his starting job.

The St. Louis quarterback, who missed 5 1/2 games with a broken little finger on his throwing hand, said after Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Saints that he will be back next week.

"I'm tired of losing, just like everybody else," Warner said. "I want to do my part. It's tough to sit on the sideline when you're not winning."

Warner was injured on an awkward center snap near the end of the first half of a 54-34 loss at Kansas City on Oct. 22.

Warner was the NFL's MVP last season when he had 41 touchdown passes. He has 18 touchdown passes in 6 1/2 games this season, leads the NFL with a 111.6 passer rating, and said he feels like he could have made a difference during the Rams' slide.

"If you're a competitor and you feel like you can't make a difference in the game, you're in the wrong business," Warner said. "I just want to go in there and do my part."

JUMP TO IT: Fernando Bryant figured a groundbreaking win over Tennessee deserved a high-flying celebration. He named it the Jaguar Jump.

Bryant's post-game antics were as memorable as Mike Hollis' winning kick.

Bryant needed help getting over the high wall on the north side of Alltel Stadium. The fans gave him a lift, and the second-year cornerback danced in the stands, as the Jaguars finally celebrated a big win in a season of disappointments.

"They were talking about how this is their house, how they own us," Bryant said of the Titans. "You take that to heart. They're coming in and talking about how this is their second home and everything. Jacksonville is my home. Those are my fans. More than disrespecting us, they're disrespecting our fans. You take that seriously."

Last season, Titans coach Jeff Fisher likened Alltel to Tennessee's home away from home, and for good reason. The Titans brought a three-game Alltel winning streak to town, including a 33-14 thumping in last season's AFC title game.

SEAHAWKS QB EXITS: Seattle starter Brock Huard left after bruising a kidney on a first-quarter sack.

Huard completed the series after he was hit by Denver linebacker John Mobley, but he was replaced by Jon Kitna in the second quarter.

Huard is scheduled to have a CAT scan today.

"It may be more serious," Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren said.

Huard returned to the lineup Sunday after missing three games because of a concussion sustained Oct. 22 in Oakland.

BROTHERS IN ARMS: Brock Huard and brother Damon, who started for Miami, became the first brothers to start at quarterback in NFL games on the same day.

COACH TALK: The Houston Chronicle said it appears that, by mutual agreement, Redskins coach Norv Turner will leave after the season. Team sources say owner Dan Snyder has Florida's Steve Spurrier and Miami's Butch Davis first and second on his list.

The paper reported Snyder is prepared to make Spurrier the highest-paid coach in the NFL and give him total control of personnel decisions. Holmgren is the highest-paid coach at more than $4-million a year.

DISHMAN RELEASED: The Vikings released veteran cornerback Cris Dishman and signed linebacker Pete Bercich. Dishman, 35, started nine games for the Vikings this season and played in two others.

Dishman was involved in the final play of the Vikings' 26-20 overtime loss at Green Bay on Nov. 7. Brett Favre lofted a pass along the right sideline that Dishman knocked down, but the ball fell onto Antonio Freeman's back as he was on the ground, and the receiver pulled the ball in, got up and sprinted 15 yards for the winning touchdown.

COACH TALK: The Houston Chronicle said it appears that, by mutual agreement, Redskins coach Norv Turner will leave after the season. Team sources say owner Dan Snyder has Florida's Steve Spurrier and Miami's Butch Davis first and second on his list.

The paper reported Snyder is prepared to make Spurrier the highest-paid coach in the NFL and give him total control of personnel decisions. Holmgren is the highest-paid coach at more than $4-million a year.

WIN ONE FOR DADDY: It has been a long season for San Diego linebacker Junior Seau. Nobody knows that better than his three children.

"When you're putting your kids to bed and their prayer at night is "God, please let daddy win, sometime,' you know it's getting bad," Seau said.

Seau and his children got their wish Sunday against Kansas City.

QUOTABLE: "Now we have to start scoreboard watching. We've got to figure out all these little scenarios: Can we still possibly win the division? We have to worry about getting in the playoffs, first and foremost. We took away any possible cushion we had. It's gone." -- Redskins left guard Keith Sims after Washington's loss to Philadelphia.

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