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Injury Could End Conway's Career

September 10, 2002|From Associated Press

Brett Conway's career could be over because of a torn leg muscle.

Conway hurt his leg kicking a field goal in the first half of the Washington Redskins' 31-23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday. He arrived at Redskins Park on Monday holding a large white envelope that contained his MRI exam results.

"It shows a lot of tears in it," Conway said. "It's probably the worst I've seen."

The tears are in the quadriceps muscle, and it's the fourth major injury in Conway's career. Last month, he was sidelined because of a hip flexor. At 27, he realizes his career is in jeopardy.

"The hardest thing is finding out why this keeps happening to me," Conway said. "We can't even figure that part out. It's tough. As an athlete, you never want an injury to force you out of the game. You want to be able to walk away from the game and retire on your own, but sometimes that's not the case."

In six NFL seasons, Conway has made 55 of 72 field-goal attempts. He also is 83 of 84 on extra-point attempts.

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Despite cries from irate fans who want Dwayne Rudd released, Cleveland Coach Butch Davis said his linebacker has been forgiven for throwing his helmet and costing the Browns a season-opening victory.

"First of all, he's not going to be cut," Davis said. "Guys make mistakes, and he made one."

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Tennessee defensive end Jevon Kearse had a screw inserted into his broken left foot and could return in six weeks.

"It was not a serious fracture," Titan Coach Jeff Fisher said. "The screw was placed there just to stabilize it and speed up the healing process."

The three-time Pro Bowl defensive end has never missed an NFL start in his first three seasons, a stretch that reached 49 games Sunday. He has had 36 sacks, which trails only Michael Strahan of the New York Giants (37) during the last three seasons.

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Cincinnati quarterback Gus Frerotte had the thumb on his passing hand tightly wrapped a day after he was knocked around in the Cincinnati Bengals' 34-6 loss to San Diego.

Frerotte slightly sprained the thumb during a third-quarter sack, one of four by the Chargers. He finished the game, and the thumb swelled overnight.

He expects to be able to play against the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday. If the thumb is too sore, Jon Kitna would be next in line to play.

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Minnesota tight end Byron Chamberlain has a strained left knee that could sideline him for a few weeks.... Oakland running back Zack Crockett has been cleared by team doctors to play at Pittsburgh on Sunday after injuring his neck against Seattle.

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