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Running back Garrison Hearst acknowledged his comments about gay players were insensitive. In an interview with the Fresno Bee three weeks ago, Hearst used a slur to describe gays and said he wouldn't want a gay player as a teammate. Hearst toned down his opinions, but didn't take anything back. "I realized it was a little insensitive, some of the stuff I said," Hearst said. When asked if he regretted his comments, Hearst was noncommittal. "I don't know. If I hurt somebody's feelings, I hate that I did it."

RAMS: Marshall Faulk's availability for this week won't be decided until St. Louis visits Washington on Sunday. He met with doctors and didn't practice, and coach Mike Martz said Faulk won't practice for the rest of the week.

SAINTS: Trying to shore up the team's struggling run defense, coach Jim Haslett will start tackle Kenny Smith in place of Norman Hand against the Browns.

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