Injuries mounting for Jags


Published: Thursday, August 1, 2002 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 1, 2002 at 12:00 a.m.
JACKSONVILLE - Backup receiver Micah Ross of the Jacksonville Jaguars injured his right knee in practice Wednesday.
Coach Tom Coughlin said he didn't know the severity of the injury. Ross was a backup last season. He returned eight kickoffs for 150 yards.
"Hopefully, it's not much," Coughlin said. "At first we thought it was patella tendonitis, which he has had. We'll see."
Offensive lineman Mike Pearson, a former Florida Gator, was off crutches, but did not practice. Pearson sprained his left ankle Monday, but Coughlin said he was hoping the second-round draft pick could return by early next week.
"Mike says he's doing well," Coughlin said. "He's definitely improving. The swelling is going down."
On Tuesday, defensive lineman Stalin Colinet had an operation to repair a knee injury he suffered last week. Coughlin hopes he can be back within four weeks.
  • BEARS: Free safety Mike Brown's timing last season was impeccable. Twice he intercepted deflected passes and returned them for touchdowns to give Chicago back-to-back overtime wins.
    On the first week of training camp for a new season, Brown broke a small bone in his right hand and could miss the first two preseason games.
    "If there's no problems healing, then I'll be all right," the third-year safety said Wednesday, wearing a protective cast over his hand.
    Brown was hurt during practice Tuesday but wasn't sure how.
  • GIANTS: First-round draft pick Jeremy Shockey, a former Miami Hurricane, was involved in a dining room fight with linebacker Brandon Short on the tight end's first night in training camp, New York Giants coach Jim Fassel said Wednesday.
    "I'm not overly concerned," Fassel said after practice. "In fact, I kind of like them feisty. I'd rather calm them down than kick them in the butt."
    The altercation happened during dinner, a little less than three hours after Shockey finished his first practice.
    Shockey was asked to sing after arriving at the dining hall and reportedly told veterans to wait until after he finished eating.
  • CHIEFS: Offensive tackle John Tait will miss two weeks of Kansas City's training camp after a fight with a rookie teammate left him with cuts that needed 17 stitches to close.
    Tait, the starting right tackle, also had his nose broken in the fight with defensive lineman Eddie Freeman on Tuesday, and emerged from the scuffle bleeding from his eyebrow and nose.
    "He had my helmet and hit me with it. It wasn't his fist," Tait said Wednesday. "It's common knowledge he had my helmet in his hand and he swung it back and hit me with it."
    Freeman has been involved in several scuffles since the Chiefs opened practice last Friday.
    The Associated Press New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey was involved in a dining room fight in his first week.
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