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Edwards out for year

Browns' WR tears ligament

Just as Braylon Edwards was showing signs of becoming a special first-round pick for the Cleveland Browns, he became another broken one. Edwards will miss the rest of the season because of a torn knee ligament, yet another setback for one of Cleveland's top picks. The third overall selection in the 2005 draft, Edwards tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while trying to make a leaping catch in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 20-14 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Of the seven players Cleveland has selected in the first round since 1999, only center Jeff Faine is currently starting. The others -- Tim Couch, Courtney Brown, Gerard Warren, William Green, and Kellen Winslow -- are either out of football (Couch), playing elsewhere (Brown and Warren in Denver), or injured.

Missed manners?

Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher said he thinks the undefeated Colts might want to spend a little time on their football etiquette. Fisher wasn't happy about the way Peyton Manning and the Colts concluded the first half of their 35-3 victory over the Titans Sunday. With 24 seconds left and the Colts leading, 14-3, Manning knelt down, then handed the ball to an official and started toward the locker room. Then Manning and the Colts reversed field, seemingly hoping for one last play. That set off confusion on a field filled with players and coaches, and Fisher said yesterday that he thought it was ''absurd" and ''ridiculous."

Donahoe under fire

Bills president Tom Donahoe's job status became the hot topic of debate in Buffalo, a day after the team collapsed in a 24-23 loss at Miami. Should Buffalo (4-8) miss the postseason, it will mark the sixth straight campaign -- and fifth under Donahoe -- in which the team has failed to make the playoffs.

Donahoe declined an interview request from the Associated Press, but later in the day had a testy reaction when a caller to his weekly radio show asked if he ''could save Bills' fans a little pain by possibly resigning." Said Donahoe: ''We really do not encourage those kind of calls on this show. There's certainly other radio stations in this town that you can call if you want to act like a jerk."

Second chance for Fitzpatrick

Harvard graduate Ryan Fitzpatrick will get his second start for the Rams, interim coach Joe Vitt said, even though the rookie quarterback struggled (163 yards, no touchdowns) in his first one, a 24-9 loss to the Redskins. . . . Gus Frerotte is expected to practice and play this week for the Dolphins after suffering a concussion Sunday against Buffalo. Sage Rosenfels replaced Frerotte and rallied Miami to a 24-23 victory, but coach Nick Saban said Frerotte remains the No. 1 quarterback. . . . Vitt said Rams linebacker Dexter Coakley's left leg injuries could threaten his career. . . . Titans receiver Roydell Williams had surgery on a broken right wrist and will miss the rest of the season. . . . According to a source close to the NFL Players Association, Packers wide receiver Javon Walker has officially parted ways with agent Drew Rosenhaus. Walker had a tumultuous offseason in which he boycotted workouts. . . . The NFL hopes the Saints can play at least some of their 2006 schedule at the Louisiana Superdome. . . . Stevie Wonder reportedly will perform during the Super Bowl pregame show at Detroit's Ford Field. . . . This Sunday's games to be televised in the Boston area: Patriots-Bills at 1 p.m., followed by Chiefs-Cowboys on Ch. 4, and Giants-Eagles on Ch. 25 at 4 p.m.

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