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'Skins top WR Westbrook out for year

Michael Westbrook, who led the Washington Redskins in receiving yards last season, is out for the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee in Sunday's 15-10 loss in Detroit.

Westbrook, who had 69 receptions for 1,191 yards and nine touchdowns last season, was hurt in the third quarter. He will be replaced by a combination of James Thrash and Irving Fryar along with undrafted rookie Zeron Flemister.

"It still comes down to the teams that handle adversity the best," coach Norv Turner said. "Other teams have lost players. You have to find a way to overcome it."

ELAM OUT 3-8 WEEKS: Jason Elam's futile pursuit during a kick return will cost him at least three weeks on the sideline.

The Broncos kicker is expected to miss 3-8 weeks after breaking parts of two vertebrae in his lower back while trying to make a tackle Sunday against Atlanta.

Elam was chasing Darrick Vaughn down the sideline when he was leveled by a powerful block from Johndale Carty.

"They're sitting ducks and most of the time, defenders are way bigger," Broncos safety Billy Jenkins said. "They're coming 1,000 mph and kickers are sitting ducks. They're pretty vulnerable."

MCNAIR STILL HOSPITALIZED: Tests show Steve McNair only has a bruised sternum, but the Titans took the precaution of keeping the quarterback in the hospital a second night. Coach Jeff Fisher insisted the extra hospital time was a precautionary move and said McNair would be released today after some rest and treatment.

DOTSON MAY RETIRE: Packers right tackle Earl Dotson's chronic back injury might force him to retire. Results of an MRI exam weren't announced. The team said Dotson's plans would be revealed today.

COACHING GREAT RECUPERATING: Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman remains hospitalized near San Diego nearly six weeks after surgery for an aortic aneurysm, but his wife said he's making excellent progress. Gillman, who turns 89 next month, was working with a personal trainer doing weight training and stretching at his home Aug. 3 when he passed out.

BROWNS: Left guard Jim Pyne was placed on injured reserve with a torn ACL in his right knee. Rookie wide receiver JaJuan Dawson, the team's leading receiver, is expected to miss 8-10 weeks with a broken collarbone.

COWBOYS: Coach Dave Campo adamantly stated there is no quarterback controversy, saying Troy Aikman will start when he's ready to return from a concussion. Randall Cunningham was 24-of-34 for 243 yards and three touchdowns as his replacement against Arizona. Linebacker Dat Nguyen will miss at least two games with a sprained left knee.

LIONS: Middle linebacker Stephen Boyd is questionable for Sunday's game against the Bucs because of a lower back strain.

RAVENS: Wide receiver Quadry Ismail is out for at a least a week with a sprained left MCL.

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