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Saints, Rams have a special Sunday

Robert Bailey and Tyrone Hughes ran all the way into the record book when the Saints and Rams met.

New Orleans' Hughes, who led the league in punt returns and was second in kickoff returns as a rookie last year, had a record 347 yards in punt and kickoff runbacks. Touchdowns of 92 and 98 yards accounted for 190 of his 304 kickoff-return yards, 10 more than the previous NFL record for a game. He tied the record for kickoff TDs.

Bailey became the first NFL player to return a punt more than 100 yards _ 103, to be exact.

"When I looked back, everybody was walking off the field," Bailey said. "The ball was still rolling; I knew it was still alive. I just picked it up and started running."

Grabbing a second chance: Cincinnati stopped Cleveland's Eric Metcalf when Lee Johnson punted from deep in Bengals territory, but there was an ineligible man downfield. Metcalf ran the re-kick back 73 yards for a score.

Running along: Natrone Means is the first San Diego running back with three straight 100-yard games since Chuck Muncie in 1982. Barry Sanders needs 111 yards to become the second player in NFL history to run for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first six seasons.

Collision with Cards puts out Aikman

Quarterback Troy Aikman suffered a concussion and chin and tongue lacerations on the eighth play of a nine-play, 67-yard drive that put Dallas ahead of Arizona 7-0.

Aikman rolled to his left, and Arizona defensive tackle Michael Bankston cut him off at the Cardinals' 10. Bankston and Wilber Marshall crashed into Aikman simultaneously.

Aikman then threw a 15-yard TD pass to Alvin Harper but did not return. He later walked to the locker room. Cowboys coach Barry Switzer said he expects Aikman to play next week at Cincinnati.

More battered QBs: Vinny Testaverde left Cleveland's win over Cincinnati early in the third quarter, complaining of headaches and blurred vision. The ex-Buc's injury was diagnosed as a mild concussion. Mark Rypien, Super Bowl MVP with Washington in the 1991 season, replaced him. Meanwhile, the Bengals lost David Klingler to a sprained knee and Don Hollas to a shoulder injury.

Take a seat: Atlanta coach June Jones kept Andre Rison out for the first quarter for undisclosed disciplinary reasons.

Bad trips: The Bengals have lost 15 straight on the road.

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