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EMOTIONAL BYRD HAS NUMBER RETIRED BY JETS

Fighting back tears and surrounded by some former teammates, Dennis Byrd walked to the middle of the MetLife Stadium field as his No. 90 jersey was retired by the Jets.

Byrd, briefly paralyzed 20 years ago in a game against Kansas City, became the fifth former Jet player so honored — joining Joe Namath, Don Maynard, Joe Klecko and Curtis Martin.

"What an amazing honor," Byrd told the fans, nearly all of them standing. "Thank you so much."

Byrd, 46, a former defensive lineman, was introduced as the final member of New York's defense. He walked onto the field with slight assistance.

PINK FLAGS: The Dolphins-Jets game also saw officials using pink flags instead of yellow after a letter from Dante Cano, 11, of Marlboro, N.J., to commissioner Roger Goodell suggested the idea. The league uses pink on hats, cleats and uniforms during October for breast cancer awareness. Cano was invited to attend and presented Goodell and game officials with the flags.

COLTS: CB Vontae Davis sprained his left knee on the opening drive.

COWBOYS: TE Jason Witten broke his team record with 18 catches, going for 167 yards. … LB Dan Connor, replacing the team's injured leading tackler, Sean Lee, left with a strained neck in the second quarter.

JAGUARS: QB Blaine Gabbert had his first 300-yard day in the NFL, going 27 of 49 for 303 yards.

JETS: LB Bart Scott (toe) was inactive, ending his streak of consecutive games played at 119.

LIONS: S Louis Delmas injured his left knee, which was surgically repaired in August, and left in the third quarter. "It's the same knee, but I don't know that it is the same injury," coach Jim Schwartz said.

RAMS: RT Barry Richardson was cleared of a concussion after leaving in the fourth quarter.

REDSKINS: LB London Fletcher's consecutive-game streak stretched to 232, longest in the league. The veteran had been questionable because of head and hamstring injuries. … CB DeAngelo Hall was ejected in the fourth quarter after getting in the face of an official and cursing.

STEELERS: S Ryan Clark (concussion) left in the third quarter.

TITANS: The team had two offensive linemen hurt on one play. RT David Stewart and RG Leroy Harris hurt their right knees on a play where QB Matt Hasselbeck was sacked. Stewart missed a few plays and returned; Harris' status is unknown. … Rod Bironas took the franchise lead with 201 field goals. Al Del Greco had 200 for the Oilers/Titans.

Times wires

.TONIGHT

49ers at Cardinals

8:30, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.

TV/radio: ESPN, ESPN Deportes; 98.7-FM, 1010-AM

NFL news and notes 10/29/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 29, 2012 12:44am]

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