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PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : AFC

Bengals' Brumfield Vows to Play Again

November 09, 1996|Associated Press

The collision with a teammate that knocked out Scott Brumfield and left him temporarily unable to move won't keep him from returning to pro football, he says.

"I'm living a dream right now playing in the NFL," the Cincinnati Bengals' lineman said Friday. "It'll take more than that to turn me away. It's something that was a freak accident, a one-in-a-million thing."

Later, the Bengals put Brumfield on the injured reserve list, meaning he is through for the season. The team filled his roster spot by signing offensive lineman Trent Pollard.

Brumfield was motionless on the ground for 20 minutes after the collision with tight end Troy Sadowski in Sunday's game at Baltimore.

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John Elway may be on the sidelines Sunday when the Denver Broncos play the Chicago Bears if there is any doubt about his injured hamstring, Coach Mike Shanahan said.

"He's got to be able to feel he can play without re-injuring his hamstring," the coach said. "Until we get closer to game time, I don't think we'll know for sure. If I've got doubts, then he won't play."

If he doesn't play, he'll be replaced by Bill Musgrave.

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Charger quarterback Stan Humphries hasn't had any setbacks in his return to practice from a dislocated shoulder and should start in Monday night's home game against the Detroit Lions.

"I'd say it looks pretty good right now," Humphries said. "I get a little tired, but it feels pretty good," Humphries said after practice.

Center Courtney Hall, who sat out three games to let knee and shoulder injuries heal and his status was upgraded from out to doubtful.

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