Originally created 09/19/06

Pollack is gone for season; Carolina has faith in Foster



CINCINNATI - Linebacker David Pollack is out for the season with a neck injury, the most serious setback for the banged-up Cincinnati Bengals heading into a highly anticipated game against Pittsburgh.

Pollack, a first-round draft choice from Georgia in 2005, is one of three starters hurt during a 34-17 victory Sunday over the Cleveland Browns. The former first-round draft pick was injured tackling Reuben Droughns on Cleveland's second play.

He was taken to a hospital and placed in a halo brace that immobilizes the neck. Coach Marvin Lewis said Monday that Pollack has full feeling in his arms and legs and is expected to make a full recovery without surgery.

"At this point, it's not career-threatening," Lewis said. "There is no damage to the spinal cord at all."

The Bengals placed Pollack on injured reserve Monday, making him ineligible to play this season.

PANTHERS: DeShaun Foster will remain Carolina's No. 1 running back, coach John Fox said.

Rookie DeAngelo Williams had a better game Sunday in a 16-13 overtime loss at Minnesota, rushing for 74 yards on 13 carries. Foster had 26 yards on 13 carries.

Foster has averaged only 2.9 yards per carry in two games after starting the season as a No. 1 running back for the first time in his career.

EAGLES: Jevon Kearse's season is over because of a severe knee injury the star defensive end sustained in Philadelphia's overtime loss to the Giants on Sunday.

Kearse badly sprained multiple ligaments in his left knee when his leg knocked against Mike Patterson while the two brought down Eli Manning on New York's first possession of the extra period.

Treatment options have yet to be determined, though surgery is likely.

COWBOYS: Terrell Owens had a plate and three more screws put into his broken right ring finger during an operation Monday evening. His recovery time is estimated at two to four weeks, but he's likely to do all he can to rejoin the Dallas Cowboys in 20 days for his much-anticipated return to Philadelphia.

The Cowboys are off this Sunday, then play at Tennessee before the game against the Eagles.

RAIDERS: Aaron Brooks will miss two to four weeks with a strained pectoral muscle, making second-year player Andrew Walter starting quarterback.

VIKINGS: Defensive end Erasmus James will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

James got hurt on a running play late in the fourth quarter against Carolina.