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COLTS RECEIVER IS OUTLONGER THAN EXPECTED

INDIANAPOLIS - Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez might miss up to two months because of the sprained ligaments in his right knee sustained Sunday against the Jaguars, coach Jim Caldwell on Thursday said

Initial reports said he would not miss more than six weeks.

Caldwell did not provide any new details about the injury other than to say, "It could be ... between six and eight weeks." But he confirmed the signing of former Eagles receiver Hank Baskett.

"Since Anthony's going to be out a while, hopefully we can catch him up as soon as possible," quarterback Peyton Manning said. "It's a lot of offense to learn in a couple of days. But he's a veteran, so he could help us."

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'Pay me Rick' costs Texan corner $25,000

HOUSTON - Texans cornerback Dunta Robinson was fined $25,000 by the team for wearing shoes with "Pay me Rick" written on them on Sunday.

The shoes targeted general manager Rick Smith. Robinson, who signed a one-year tender after being designated the franchise player, is upset over not getting a long-term contract.

He says he won't appeal but wants to talk to Smith about the money being donated to a Boys and Girls Club or needy family.

Chargers: Running back LaDainian Tomlinson, center Nick Hardwick and guard Louis Vasquez missed their second straight practice. Hardwick and Tomlinson have sprained ankles, Vasquez a sprained knee. The team said it will update their status today.

Eagles: There is still hope that quarterback Donovan McNabb can play Sunday. McNabb, who broke a rib on a touchdown run Sunday, made a brief appearance at practice but did not participate in drills.

Giants: Defensive tackle Chris Canty missed practice with a calf injury and is uncertain for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

Blackouts: The Jaguars' home opener will not air in Jacksonville for the third time in six seasons because it won't sell out. The Jaguars, who lost 17,000 season-ticket holders after last season, didn't ask the league for an extension. The league did give the Chargers and Lions extensions until today to avoid blackouts. The Lions said they have about 1,700 tickets left, the Chargers 1,100 left.

Roethlisberger case: Lawyers for Ben Roethlisberger claim in new court documents that the woman accusing the Steelers quarterback of rape at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino concocted the story in part to shield herself from layoffs at the resort. The woman filed a civil suit in July. Roethlisberger denies the allegation. The woman's lawyer did not immediately return calls.

Ex-Lion arrested: Former Detroit receiver Charles Rogers was arrested on a drunken-driving charge Wednesday in Novi, Mich. Police say Rogers, 28, the No. 2 overall pick in 2003, refused a Breathalyzer test and results of a blood test are pending. Earlier this year, he served 15 days in jail rather than stay in a counseling program after violating probation in a domestic violence case.

Obituary: Monte Clark, who coached the Lions to the playoffs in 1982 and 1983, died in Detroit. Mr. Clark, who was 72, had a bone marrow malignancy associated with lung and liver disease. He was the offensive line coach for the 1972 Dolphins team that went 17-0 in 1972. From 1978-84, he went 43-63-1 with the Lions. The consecutive playoff berths were Detroit's first since 1952-54.

FAST INTERVIEW

Talking in non sequiturs

Broncos WR Brandon Marshall spoke for the first time since the team suspended him last month. Thursday's "interview" lasted 100 seconds:

Where's your head at after coming back?

We're going on two weeks into the season, going against a really good Cleveland Browns defense. So we're going to do our best to prepare for that defense.

Have you knocked off the rust? How are you feeling physically?

I'm feeling good. I'm doing everything I can to prepare for this defense. They're really physical. They're smart. They fly all around the field.

Did you have a lot of making up to do with your teammates after your insubordination and suspension?

Well, I mean, this week, you know, in preparing for Cleveland ... It's going to be tough. We know that. And we're going to do our best to give it our best shot.

How close are you to being the Pro Bowl receiver who had back-to-back 100-catch seasons?

Uh, I think (Browns coach Eric Mangini) is doing a great job with the guys, just getting them to do what they're supposed to do, do their job, and it's making it tough on opposing offenses.

Did you not hear the question? How do you feel you're doing?

Oh, I'm doing good. I think I was 100 percent a long time ago. I'm just taking the time now just to prepare myself for each week. And this week is Cleveland.

How long until you become a starter again?

"Last question!" a public relations staffer interrupted. And with that, Marshall walked away.

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