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Thursday, November 03, 2005

Thursday news/notes

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers. Roethlisberger had surgery Thursday to have some cartilage cleaned up. He's definitely out this week and will be assessed again next week. Charlie Batch will start in his place.

Jerome Bettis, RB, Steelers. Bettis is out this week with a quad injury. Duce Staley will see his first substantial time backing up Willie Parker in Bettis' stead.

Julius Jones, RB, Dallas. Jones is expected back in practice this week. The Cowboys are off this week, however.

Donovan McNabb, QB, Philadelphia. McNabb missed his second practice this week with a rib injury. If he doesn't practice Friday, he's unlikely to play Sunday.

Terrell Owens, WR, Philadelphia. Owens was back at practice Thursday, but was limited. He's still doubtful to play this week.

Priest Holmes, RB, Kansas City. Holmes took some reps in practice Wednesday, but sat out Thursday. Holmes has yet to be cleared by the team's medical staff after suffering a concussion last week.

William Green, RB, Cleveland. Green was in a walking boot Thursday, leaving Rueben Droughns, who was arrested for a DUI earlier this week, as the team's only healthy running back.

Chris Simms, QB, Tampa Bay. If Simms struggles again this week, he could be replaced by Tim Rattay.

Domanick Davis, RB, Houston. Davis missed practice for the second consecutive day Thursday.

Eric Parker, WR, San Diego. Parker was downgraded to questionable Thursday with an ankle injury.

Ken Dorsey, QB, San Francisco. Dorsey was upgraded to probable Thursday and should play Sunday against the Giants.

Stephen Davis, RB, Carolina. Davis returned to practice Thursday after sitting out Wednesday with a knee injury.

T.J. Duckett, RB, Atlanta. Duckett practiced Thursday but is still questionable to play with an ankle injury.

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