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McNabb has options

Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb met with a specialist in Houston on Wednesday for a second opinion on his broken right ankle.

McNabb, injured on the third play of Sunday's 38-14 victory over Arizona, is considering surgery or letting the broken bone heal on its own. The Eagles expect him to miss the rest of the regular season and possibly the playoffs.

McNabb said he plans to return this season.

Surgery would involve having a plate or pins inserted to reinforce the broken right fibula. It would allow McNabb to work out while the bone heals, possibly allowing him to return sooner.

If McNabb chooses to wear a cast, he'd face extra rehabilitation time, which might prevent him from returning in the postseason.

BILLS: Defensive end Marcus Jones, signed this week, was placed on injured reserve and is expected to have surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee as early as this week. The Bills, who signed Jones after he was cut by the Bucs, fully anticipated not having him available this season. Coach Gregg Williams said Jones should be ready for next spring's minicamps.

BRONCOS: The swelling in Brian Griese's sprained left knee has subsided enough that the quarterback hopes to return for the Dec. 1 game against the Chargers.

CHIEFS: Former Arena League star R-Kal Truluck was added to the roster from the practice squad.

DOLPHINS: Wide receiver Cris Carter says his kidney function slipped to 20 percent when he was in the hospital earlier this month, but he's back near 100 percent and may soon return to practice. Defensive end Adewale Ogunleyewas was named AFC defensive player of the week.

49ERS: Jeff Chandler, a fourth-round draft pick from Florida who has been inactive all season, will make his NFL debut Monday against Philadelphia. Jose Cortez, who missed a 41-yard field goal in overtime in a 20-17 loss to the Chargers, will remain on the active roster.

PACKERS: Defensive end Keith McKenzie signed a one-year, $525,000 contract. McKenzie will fill a roster spot created earlier in the day by the release of defensive lineman Jared Tomich. Najeh Davenport had surgery to repair his fractured left eye socket and was placed on injured reserve.

PANTHERS: Steve Smith, Carolina's leading receiver, was suspended for one game after a fight that sent teammate Anthony Bright to the hospital. Bright broke his nose in the altercation, which came during Monday's film session, spokesman Charlie Dayton said. The team also released offensive tackle Chris Terry, who was arrested for failing to appear in court on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting his wife. Free-agent wide receiver/kick returner Nate Jacquet signed.

RAIDERS: Defensive end Regan Upshaw, who is recovering from knee surgery, was activated from the physically unable to perform list and could play Sunday against the Cardinals.

RAMS: Marshall Faulk may return this week after missing the Chicago game Monday night with ankle and foot injuries. Coach Mike Martz, who called off practice, said he hoped Faulk would play Sunday in Washington.

RAVENS: Ray Lewis has another injury besides his ailing shoulder _ soft tissue damage in his left leg, which could sideline him Sunday when Baltimore plays Tennessee. The linebacker did not practice and was listed as doubtful.

REDSKINS: Danny Wuerffel will start Sunday and get the chance to play the entire game when Washington hosts the Rams. It is the fourth quarterback change made by coach Steve Spurrier this season. Wuerffel, making his second start, was 8-for-14 for 82 yards with two interceptions and a rating of 34.5 before injuring his shoulder Oct. 6 against the Titans.

SAINTS: Running back Deuce McAllister, the NFC's leading rusher, did not practice and is questionable for this week's game against the Browns because of a sprained right ankle.

SEAHAWKS: Four weeks after his frightening postgame seizure, receiver Darrell Jackson is likely to play when the Chiefs visit Sunday. Coach Mike Holmgren said Jackson has passed all the neurological tests he was administered since having a seizure following an Oct. 27 game in Dallas.

ARENA FOOTBALL: The Storm signed unrestricted free agents Gary Compton, Lawrence Samuels and Josh Rawlings and agreed to terms with Freddie Solomon and Carl Bond. Compton, a wide receiver/linebacker, ranks third in league history in receptions and receiving yards. Samuels, a wide receiver/linebacker, spent eight of his nine seasons in Tampa Bay and led the Storm with 771 receiving yards last season. He ranks second in team history in tackles and third in receptions. Former Storm wide receiver/defensive back Clinton Hart was signed to the Philadelphia Eagles' practice squad as a free safety.

_ Times staff writer Frank Pastor contributed to this report.

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