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Patriots MLB Johnson may be out for season

MLB Ted Johnson missed the end of last season with an injury to his right biceps. He may miss this season with an injury to his other arm.

Johnson, recovering from surgical procedures on his shoulder and right biceps muscle, appeared to suffer a severe injury to his left biceps on a running play during an intrasquad scrimmage Saturday.

"It looks like he did the same thing that he did to his other arm," coach Pete Carroll said. "It's unbelievable that it could happen like that, it wasn't even a full-speed hit. I feel so sick for the kid. He works so hard, he's the hardest working kid in the whole program."

Johnson, in his fifth season, led the Patriots in tackles in 1996 and 1997 and finished with a career-high 142 last season despite missing the last three games of the regular season. He ruptured his right biceps Dec. 6 at Pittsburgh.

Carroll said the extent of Johnson's injury was not known immediately. An MRI exam is pending.

Falcon falls from golf cart

When the Falcons practiced in Jacksonville last summer, coach Dan Reeves said a solid morning session "set the tempo" for an NFC championship season.

In practices with the Jaguars in Greenville, S.C., the tempo was set when starting tight end O.J. Santiago fell off a moving golf cart on his way to the practice fields.

He badly bruised himself on the left side from the butt to his calf, and might have sprained his knee.

No structural damage is feared, but that clearly annoyed Reeves on a day when 13 players missed all or part of camp with injuries.

"Any time something moves, you can get hurt," said Reeves, who earlier in training camp nearly ran over Furman president David Shi in a golf cart while Shi was jogging.

"Our guys were running a little bit late, they get in a hurry, and all of a sudden a guy falls off the cart."

Allegedly, the accident occurred when several carts were weaving among each other on an incline.

Asked if he went flying when the cart cornered too fast, Santiago said, "It was something like that. I'm not going to say much.

"It's from my ankle all the way up the hamstring. I'll be out there as soon as possible."

COLTS: Indianapolis has eight players left from coach Ted Marchibroda's team that went to the 1995 AFC title game, although Marchibroda is back as a radio color analyst.

EAGLES: QB Bobby Hoying, the starter last year, is in danger of losing the No. 3 job to Koy Detmer.

GIANTS: There continue to be spirited exchanges between the offensive and defensive units. Friday, RB LeShon Johnson and LB Jessie Armstead had to be separated after a running play up the middle. Armstead is one of the team's top trash talkers, but Johnson is perhaps the team's most quiet and serene player. But after Armstead said he was going to test Johnson on the next play, Johnson answered, "I'll be back." When Johnson carried on the next play, LB Corey Widmer put a crunching hit on him. Johnson kept his feet and raced downfield _ with his offensive teammates applauding.

JETS: One day after being criticized by coach Bill Parcells for lackluster play early in training camp, key members of the Jets' explosive offense showcased tremendous plays in the club's first intrasquad scrimmage. In limited action, QB Vinny Testaverde threw for 145 yards, including sensational TD throws of 19 yards to a diving Wayne Chrebet and 31 yards to Keyshawn Johnson, who fought off a physical defense to snare the pass with his left hand. Testaverde finished 8-for-16 passing, with no interceptions, with Johnson catching three passes for 100 yards and Chrebet two for 33. Veteran special-teams player and WR Dwight Stone, 35, was signed.

PACKERS: QB Brett Favre showed up to training camp weighing 214 pounds and sporting streaks of blond hair. The weight loss was the result of Favre's decision to stop drinking beer and add protein to his diet. But what about the hair? "My daughter (Brittany), she made me put lemon juice in my hair," Favre said. "She said, "We're going to go blond this year.' My wife wasn't too happy." DT Gilbert Brown, who has been criticized for his weight problems, has lost significant weight, coach Ray Rhodes said. Neither Brown nor Rhodes is saying exactly how much.

VIKINGS: Coach Dennis Green said injuries to his receivers won't cause him to reconsider his annual intrasquad scrimmage. Jake Reed and Robert Tate sustained shoulder separations and Matthew Hatchette came out with a high ankle sprain Friday. All are expected to be back for the regular-season opener Sept. 12 against Atlanta.

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