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Alexander practices, could play vs. Bucs

Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander practiced Friday and could play Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Coach Mike Holmgren said it will be a game-time decision, based on how Alexander feels. He is listed as questionable with a bruised right knee.

"I think Shaun moved around well enough to play," Holmgren said after Alexander's first practice of the week. "We'll have to see now how he responds to this. We'll see."

Holmgren said backup Maurice Morris will start if Alexander can't.

Alexander bruised the knee Sunday in Seattle's 21-7 win over New Orleans. He rushed for 135 yards in that game, scoring three touchdowns.

The 27-year-old Alexander has not missed a game in his five-year career. He has played in 65 consecutive games, making 44 starts.

Panthers lose star back

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ Panthers running back Stephen Davis, who rushed for a team-record 1,444 yards last season, is scheduled for arthroscopic surgery on his right knee and miss at least two weeks.

Davis, 30, was injured in practice. Davis had an MRI exam that showed a small tear in the cartilage.

"It is not season ending by any stretch," coach John Fox said. "Historically, it has been anywhere between two and five weeks, depending on the guy."

Davis had nine carries for 26 yards in Monday's 24-14 season-opening loss to Green Bay. DeShaun Foster, who rushed for 429 yards last season, will replace Davis starting Sunday at Kansas City.

BENGALS: Receiver Chad Johnson is saving his first touchdown celebration of the season for the Dolphins.

Johnson got off to a strong start in Sunday's 31-24 season-opening loss to the Jets with five receptions for 99 yards, including a 53-yard touchdown. But in light of the NFL's new taunting rules, Johnson didn't celebrate his score in a fashion like last season, when he made such gestures as a throat slash, pretending to pose for a photograph with teammate Peter Warrick and holding up a preprinted sign that read, "Dear NFL: Please don't fine me again."

"I'm going to do things within the rules," said Johnson, who tallied $70,000 in overall fines in 2003. "That's all. You've just got to bend them a bit."

JETS: Defensive tackle Josh Evans is out for Sunday's game against the Chargers with a back injury.

Evans hasn't practiced all week, and coach Herman Edwards ruled Evans out. There is a possibility Evans will need season-ending back surgery.

"At this point, we'll probably know something next week," Edwards said. "I can't say that's absolute.

Evans, a backup to Dewayne Robertson, was limited in the opener against Cincinnati, finishing with no tackles.

As a precaution, the Jets signed tackle Daleroy Stewart and waived running back Johnathan Reese. Stewart played in 15 games last season for the Cowboys and had 17 tackles and 1{ sacks. He was released by Dallas on Tuesday.

VIKINGS: Already missing injured starting running back Michael Bennett, the Vikings will be without short-yardage specialist Moe Williams for Monday's game against the Eagles. Williams started Minnesota's season opener, but left in the fourth quarter with sprained right ankle. "I think we'll just plan to hold him out until next week, and just move forward with the rest of the gang," coach Mike Tice said.

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