Former Hephzibah player James Carpenter, of Seattle, is lost for the season

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Seattle starting right offensive tackle James Carpenter, a rookie out of Alabama who is from Hephzibah, has a torn anterior cruciate ligament and is out for the season.

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Carpenter’s injury happened during practice on Wednesday when he went down during a pass rush drill. He was taken off the practice field on a cart and an MRI Wednesday night confirmed the extent of Carpenter’s injury. Seattle assistant head coach Tom Cable said it was the first time in his coaching career that he had a player suffer such a serious injury in a pass protection drill.

49ERS: Frank Gore returned to practice Thursday and didn’t mince words.

“Yeah I’ll play. I’ll play good,” Gore said of his status for Sunday’s game between the host 49ers (8-1) and Arizona Cardinals (3-6).

A day earlier, Gore missed his first practice since reporting to training camp, the result of a knee injury that sidelined him the second half of Sunday’s 27-20 win over the New York Giants.

The two-time Pro Bowl running back said his injured right knee has healed and he expects to revive his chase of San Francisco records Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals, the same team that ended his season last year with a fractured hip.

“Things happen for a reason,” Gore said. “I’m back and I’ll be ready.”

EAGLES: Michael Vick didn’t practice for the second consecutive day because of broken ribs, and it remains uncertain whether the Pro Bowl quarterback will play when the Philadelphia Eagles visit the New York Giants on Sunday night.

PACKERS: Suspended defensive lineman Johnny Jolly was sentenced to six years in prison Thursday for violating the terms of his probation for a drug conviction.

In Houston, State District Judge Denise Bradley imposed the sentence despite tearful pleas from Jolly and his mother, Phyllis Jolly, to allow the 6-foot-3, 325-pound lineman to be treated for his addiction to codeine instead of going to prison.

Jolly’s aunt, agent and drug counselor also testified on his behalf.

LIONS: The NFL has fined Detroit defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch $7,500 for hitting Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte while he was on the ground, a league source said Thursday.

It is expected to be the first in a series of fines to stem from Sunday’s contentious game against the Bears, who won 37-13 in Soldier Field.

Officials review all plays involving potential violations, even if not penalized during the game, and they are referred to Ray Anderson and Merton Hanks, executive vice president and vice president of football operations, respectively.

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