Originally created 12/16/00

NFL notes



Denver Broncos running back Terrell Davis, who played collegiately at Georgia, will miss the final two games of the regular season and could be out for the playoffs because of a stress reaction in his left leg.

The decision came Friday after doctors examined the results of an MRI and a bone scan on Davis' lower leg.

The team said Davis will continue to wear a protective boot on his injured leg for three more weeks before being re-examined.

Davis, coming off a season-ending knee injury in 1999, has missed four straight games because of the onset of a stress fracture in his shin. He was sidelined for five other games earlier in the season with a sprained left ankle, which caused problems in his left foot.

Davis has worn a protective boot for the past 2« weeks to help treat the stress reaction.

PACKERS: Quarterback Brett Favre and the team are talking about an extension that would add three to seven years to his current contract and would include a signing bonus of between $10 and $20 million. Favre has three years remaining on a seven-year, $47.25 million contract.

DOLPHINS: Quarterback Jay Fiedler took most of the snaps in practice and was upgraded to probable for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

CARDINALS: Quarterback Jake Plummer, sidelined two of the past three games with sore ribs, will start for Arizona against Baltimore on Sunday.

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS: All the playoff slots could be filled this weekend, although not necessarily the division titles.

Four AFC teams are in - Tennessee, Baltimore, Miami and Oakland. The Dolphins and Jets need only to win to complete the field.

In the NFC, only Minnesota and Philadelphia are in.

The New York Giants will clinch the NFC East if they beat Dallas on Sunday night, and could have a playoff spot before then if any one of several teams lose. New Orleans can clinch the NFC West if it beats Atlanta at home and St. Louis loses in Tampa on Monday night. Both the Rams and Saints can secure at least wild-card berths with wins.