Originally created 10/12/06

Manning misses Colts practice to attend grandmother's funeral

Carolina Panthers linebacker Dan Morgan will miss the rest of the season as he struggles to recover from at least the fifth concussion of his career.

"He did meet with the medical people and they felt it was in his best interest not to play the remainder of the season," coach John Fox said Wednesday.

Morgan was injured after his head hit the turf in the season-opening loss to Atlanta and hadn't played or practiced since. He has met with several specialists.

Meanwhile, Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams will not play this Sunday against Baltimore. Williams sprained his right ankle last Sunday against Cleveland.

CHARGERS: Linebacker Steve Foley was charged Wednesday with drunken driving stemming from a September confrontation with an off-duty Coronado police officer that resulted in Foley being shot three times.

His arraignment on two counts of misdemeanor DUI was scheduled for Oct. 18, but he is not required to attend. His attorney can enter a plea for him.

COLTS: Two-time MVP Peyton Manning missed the first regular-season practice of his nine-year career Wednesday so he could attend his grandmother's funeral in Mississippi.

Manning was one of three Colts' Pro Bowl players excused from the workout. The others were defensive end Dwight Freeney and safety Bob Sanders also were not on the field because they were getting treatment for injuries.

SEAHAWKS: League MVP Shaun Alexander will not play Sunday in Seattle's NFC West showdown at St. Louis despite recent tests that show the crack in his foot has diminished.

Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren declared Alexander out on Wednesday. Holmgren called him "iffy" on Monday after a new round of pictures of the left foot Alexander cracked Sept. 24 during a win over the New York Giants showed some healing.

BRONCOS: Defensive end Courtney Brown will miss the rest of the season and undergo another operation on his troublesome left knee.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 draft by Cleveland, Brown had knee surgery in August and hoped to return for the season opener. But he's been inactive for Denver's first four games and on Wednesday was placed on injured reserve.

JETS: The New York Jets released defensive back Derrick Strait and signed cornerback Hank Poteat.

Strait played in all five games this season, mainly as the nickel back, and started at safety against Indianapolis two weeks ago.


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