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Bruce Smith apparently still at odds with Spurrier over status

Published Sep. 2, 2005

Steve Spurrier and Bruce Smith talked, but it didn't seem to clear the air.

The Redskins coach and 40-year-old defensive end met during the players' day off Tuesday to discuss Smith's displeasure at not starting in Sunday's 21-14 loss to Dallas. It was the first time since 1986 that Smith played in a game he didn't start.

"I said, "We're okay.' He thought we were trying to single him out because we hadn't had much pass rush," Spurrier said. "I told him that after talking to the defensive coaches, he was back starting again based on performance."

Smith was less upbeat about the meeting. Asked Wednesday if everything was okay between Spurrier and him, Smith answered: "Everyone's searching for answers. I'm searching for answers myself. This is certainly not what I expected, that we would be 3-5."

Spurrier later backtracked on Smith's status, saying only that there is a good chance Smith would start against the Seahawks, and the defensive coaches will make the final call.

BILLS: Running back Willis McGahee was activated even though the first-round pick out of Miami isn't ready to play his first NFL game. McGahee, who tore ligaments in his left knee during the Hurricanes loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl in January, called it "a good day" at practice but wasn't sure when he'd be ready either.

CARDINALS: The team activated offensive lineman Raleigh Roundtree, who has not played all season after surgery to remove his spleen.

CHARGERS: Former Jaguars wide receiver Micah Ross signed to fill the spot left vacant when Eric Parker was put on injured reserve.

COLTS: Kick returner Brad Pyatt will miss about six weeks with a minor fracture in a vertebra. He was injured on Miami's first punt Sunday.

FALCONS: Coach Dan Reeves named Kurt Kittner his starting quarterback against the Giants Sunday, three days after benching him during a 23-16 loss to the Eagles. This will be Kittner's third start since replacing Doug Johnson. He is 27-for-64 for 246 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions.

JETS: Wayne Chrebet sustained a concussion against the Giants, the latest in a line of head injuries for the veteran receiver, and will not play Sunday against the Raiders. He is listed as week to week.

RAIDERS: Coach Bill Callahan met with cornerback Charles Woodson after being criticized by the four-time Pro Bowler. "It was very positive," Callahan said of the meeting. "We're moving forward." Woodson had said Callahan was stubborn and had lost control of his team, and that the 2-6 Raiders were falling apart.

Meanwhile, injured backup quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo was placed on injured reserve with a completely torn medial collateral ligament in his left knee.

RAMS: Marshall Faulk is ready to return to the backfield, and teammates are tickled even though they went 4-1 without him. Faulk broke his left hand Sept. 21 and had surgery on his right knee, which turned out to be the more serious of the two injuries. He dressed for the past two games, but didn't play behind undrafted rookie Arlen Harris.

SLAUGHTER CASE: Prosecutors dropped charges against former Jaguars linebacker T.J. Slaughter after he agreed to surrender his gun and make a $500 charitable donation. He was accused of pointing the gun at two men in a passing car while he was driving in Jacksonville on Oct. 27. The team released him the next day and he hasn't been signed.

WIDOW SENTENCED: The widow of running back Fred Lane was sentenced to nearly eight years in prison for shooting her husband to death three years ago as he walked in the front door in Charlotte, N.C. Deidra Lane had pleaded guilty in August to voluntary manslaughter.