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Broncos' Kennison to retire

Broncos receiver Eddie Kennison intends to retire, the team said Sunday.

Coach Mike Shanahan said Kennison came to him Saturday night and said he had lost his desire to play. Kennison, who became a starter when Ed McCaffrey suffered a season-ending leg injury in Week 1, was inactive for Sunday's game against the Chargers.

"I've never had a guy retire the night before a game," Shanahan wrote on the team's Web site. "It caught me by surprise. He said his heart was not in it and he wanted to retire. I'll be honest with you, I think he was man enough to say that he didn't want to play, that he didn't just want to collect a paycheck."

Kennison played in eight games and started six and was fourth on the Broncos with 15 catches for 169 yards and one touchdown. The 28-year-old signed with Denver in April after leading the Bears with 55 catches in 2000.

BILLS: Quarterback Rob Johnson injured his right shoulder and left in the fourth quarter of a 21-11 loss to New England. Team spokesman Scott Berchtold said Johnson would be checked when the team returns to Buffalo by today. Fullback Larry Centers became the second back in league history with more than 6,000 yards receiving when he caught three passes for 30 yards, giving him 6,027. Ronnie Harmon of San Diego was the first with 6,068.

BROWNS: Safety Earl Little was immobilized and carried off on a stretcher after sustaining a concussion on a hard hit during the second quarter against Pittsburgh. The team said X-rays on Little's neck were negative.

CHARGERS: Safety Rodney Harrison sprained his left knee midway through the first quarter against the Broncos. Kick returner Ronney Jenkins (sprained neck), cornerback Alex Molden (left ankle), running back Terrell Fletcher (left ankle) and linebacker Orlando Ruff (stinger) also left the game.

COLTS: Coach Jim Mora criticized the officials after a 27-24 loss to Miami and predicted he would be fined. Mora cited two calls in particular, a challenge of Sam Madison's interception in the first half that was not reversed, and a noncall on a third-down pass with 5:30 left. If interference had been called, the pass from Peyton Manning to Marvin Harrison would have given Indianapolis a first down inside the Dolphins 15. "I thought he got grabbed," Mora said of Harrison. "I thought the officiating was below average today, and I'll take a fine for that."

DOLPHINS: Cornerback Sam Madison sprained his back midway through the first half against the Colts when Harrison wrestled him to the ground after an interception near the Miami goal line. Madison was helped to the locker room and did not return. The team said the extent of Madison's injury likely won't be known until today.

PANTHERS: Defensive end Sean Gilbert will miss 4-6 weeks after spraining his left knee in a 48-14 loss to the Rams. Gilbert was hurt in the second quarter. Jay Williams has been Gilbert's backup.

SEAHAWKS: Defensive tackle John Randle was listed as inactive against the Raiders because of a sprained left knee. It was the first game he has missed in his 12-year career. Randle, 33, had played in all 183 games in his career, including 140 consecutive starts. He was injured in the fourth quarter of a loss Nov. 4 at Washington.

_ TIMES WIRES

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