Originally created 11/16/02

Pro football roundup



ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Rams running back Marshall Faulk did not practice Friday but could play Monday night against Chicago.

Faulk sprained his right ankle and strained a tendon in his left foot against San Diego last Sunday and is listed as questionable.

Rookie Lamar Gordon will start if Faulk isn't able to play. Coach Mike Martz said Wednesday that Faulk was getting better.

Defensive tackle Damione Lewis, who sat out most of Thursday's drills with a strained foot, participated in Friday's practice. Lewis received a cortisone shot on Wednesday.

COLTS: Indianapolis running back Edgerrin James went through a full practice Friday and is expected to play this weekend against the Dallas Cowboys.

James missed the last two games with a strained hamstring and torn rib cartilage.

"He did well," coach Tony Dungy said. "He said that he feels well. He's running well, so right now it looks optimistic."

James, who missed most of last season with a knee injury, likely will share playing time with backup James Mungro on Sunday.

DOLPHINS: Miami receiver Cris Carter was released from a hospital on Friday and watched his team practice for the first time since being sidelined with kidney problems.

Carter, who had been hospitalized since Nov. 9, said he hopes to begin practicing within two weeks.

"I'm feeling a lot better," Carter said. "We're going to take it slow. I need my kidneys to recover."

A variety of factors, including fatigue, dehydration and the flu, contributed to the kidney problems, Carter said.

Coach Dave Wannstedt is targeting the Dolphins' Dec. 1 game at Buffalo for Carter's return.

"It's good to see him out of the hospital and with a smile on his face. We'll probably have another meeting with the doctors on Monday or Tuesday," Wannstedt said. "But we're optimistic."

RAVENS: Baltimore coach Brian Billick is expected to make a game-time decision on whether linebacker Ray Lewis will play against the Miami Dolphins this weekend.

Lewis was upgraded to questionable Friday. The All-Pro has missed five straight games with a partially left dislocated shoulder.

"Ray had a good week. We'll see how he is come Sunday," Billick said.

Lewis participated in practice Thursday and a walkthrough Friday but said his shoulder was sore.

Cornerback Chris McAlister was downgraded from questionable to doubtful with an ankle injury and Chris Redman will miss another week with back spasms.