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Saints RB out for 4-5 weeks

Saints running back Deuce McAllister sat in the locker room Monday, his foot in a heavy orthopedic boot, saying he thought he'd be able to play soon, maybe even this weekend.

He won't.

"He'll probably be out four to five weeks," coach Jim Haslett said.

McAllister was injured on his third carry in the Saints' 30-27 victory over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. San Francisco defensive tackle Bryant Young grabbed McAllister's right ankle and the pain was immediate, causing McAllister to drop the football.

"I felt it pop," said McAllister, who set franchise records in 2003 for yards from scrimmage (2,157) and rushing yards (1,641) and has 58 yards on 19 carries this season. "That's why I dropped the ball."

X-rays on Sunday were negative and an MRI exam Monday showed a sprain, a stretched ligament where the shin bone meets the ankle.

COWBOYS: Rookie running back Julius Jones broke his left shoulder and is expected to be out about two months. Coach Bill Parcells said he didn't know exactly when Jones was injured during a 19-12 win over Cleveland on Sunday. Parcells said Jones probably will not need surgery. But if Jones is likely to miss more than half of the season, the team might put him on injured reserve. In his debut, Jones had five carries for 16 yards and caught two passes for 14 yards against the Browns.

PACKERS: Green Bay will limit center Mike Flanagan's snaps during the week in hopes of helping him avoid knee surgery or at least delaying it until after the season. Flanagan missed most of training camp with tendinitis in his left knee and coach Mike Sherman replaced him with backup Grey Ruegamer for the final series of Green Bay's 21-10 loss to Chicago on Sunday. Flanagan banged his knee early in the game and had trouble running off the field late in the fourth quarter. James Lee, who started in place of nose tackle Grady Jackson (knee) sprained his left knee and wouldn't reveal the results of an MRI.

REDSKINS: Struggling quarterback Patrick Ramsey probably will start next week in place of Mark Brunell , who has a strained hamstring. And, defensive end Phillip Daniels is out at least two weeks with a strained groin. Ramsey threw three interceptions and continued to look as if he has been put out of kilter by the switch from departed coach Steve Spurrier's Fun 'n' Gun offense to Joe Gibbs' more conservative approach.

_ TIMES WIRES

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