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AROUND THE NFC

BEARS: T Marc Colombo, the team's first-round draft pick in April, dislocated his left kneecap in the first half Monday night.

COWBOYS: S Darren Woodson probably will miss more than Sunday's Jacksonville game with an abdominal injury. "It's a significant injury," coach Dave Campo said when asked if Woodson would miss a game or more.

49ERS: The team made no decision on the fate of Jose Cortez, who missed a potential winning kick for the second time in three weeks. The team gave a $330,000 signing bonus and a three-year contract to Florida rookie Jeff Chandler before Cortez won their battle during training camp, but the team kept Chandler on the roster. "If I was the general manager of this team, I wouldn't have two kickers on this team," QB Jeff Garcia said. "That's part of the issue that began way before this season."

GIANTS: C Chris Bober (biceps) is out for the season and DT Cornelius Griffin (ankle) will miss 1-2 games. Coach Jim Fassel said the Giants are "certainly not a better team" in terms of talent after their personnel losses, but that their attitude has improved: "I think this team all of a sudden the last three weeks has a resolve that, "Hey, we're going to do this.' " They face three currently sub.-500 teams in the five games before the Dec. 28 rematch with the Eagles.

LIONS: WR Az-Zahir Hakim will not need surgery for his season-ending hip injury. He is expected to have an MRI exam on his dislocated and fractured left hip, coach Marty Mornhinweg said. DT Luther Elliss has a sprained right ankle and will be reevaluated throughout the week.

PANTHERS: Rodney Peete's four turnovers against the Bucs won't cost him his job as starting quarterback. Coach John Fox said he plans to stick with the 36-year-old Peete for Sunday's game against Atlanta. Starting LB Dan Morgan is expected to return to practice Wednesday and likely will play this weekend.

RAMS: RB Marshall Faulk was scratched from Monday night's game with a strained tendon in his left foot and a sprained right ankle. Rookie Lamar Gordon got his first career start in place of Faulk.

REDSKINS: S Sam Shade was placed on injured reserve with a neck injury that could force him to retire. He has a herniated disc, which he injured Nov. 10 against Jacksonville.

SAINTS: RB Deuce McAllister, the NFC's leading rusher, is questionable for Sunday's game against Cleveland because of a sprained right ankle. "I saw him and he wasn't moving very well," coach Jim Haslett said.

SEAHAWKS: RB Shaun Alexander gained 18 yards on 11 carries.

VIKINGS: Randy Moss broke Jerry Rice's record for yards receiving in his first five seasons with 6,160.

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