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Jaguars' Collier still in critical condition after shooting

Associated Press / September 4, 2008
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Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Clint Ingram spent about 14 hours at the hospital Tuesday, waiting with teammates, coaches, and Richard Collier's family and friends.

He didn't get any of the answers he wanted.

"I just really want to know how he's feeling, you know, and go in there and maybe whisper something in his ear to let him know we're behind him," Ingram said yesterday.

Collier remained in critical condition a day after getting shot in the front seat of his Cadillac Escalade. The Jaguars, meanwhile, returned to practice still thinking about their teammate who was fighting for his life.

The 26-year-old offensive tackle and former teammate Kenneth Pettway were waiting for two women outside an apartment complex early Tuesday when a gunman fired into the vehicle, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Collier was shot several times, but it was unclear where the 6-foot-7-inch, 345-pound lineman was hit. Pettway was not injured.

Collier had surgery at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center, and updates on his condition have been scarce because family members requested privacy. Coach Jack Del Rio said yesterday that Collier was still in critical condition.

Del Rio also said the Jaguars were trying to get back into their routine in preparation for Sunday's season opener at Tennessee.

"We've got to handle it and then we've got to move on," Del Rio said. "That's what we're going to do, that's what we have to do."

He's no bellhop

Detroit running back Rudi Johnson said the player who was waived to make room for him on the Lions' roster - Tatum Bell - took his luggage from team headquarters.

"All this happened when he got released," Johnson said. "He came in to get some stuff out of his locker and that's when he scooped up the bags."

After being cut by the Bengals, Johnson came to Detroit to work out for the team and meet with Lions president Matt Millen Monday. During the meeting, which ended with Johnson agreeing to a free agent contract, the two Gucci bags that he had received as a Pro Bowl gift were taken from inside the team's headquarters.

Team security director Ricky Sandoval showed Johnson footage from the team's surveillance system Tuesday.

"I got the bags back - empty," Johnson said. "So he's got a bunch of my underclothes. What he's going to do with that, I don't know."

Johnson said he was also still missing about $200 in cash along with his ID and the credit cards.

Boller goes on IR

Kyle Boller was placed on injured reserve by the Ravens, ending his season and raising the question of whether the quarterback will throw another pass for the team. Boller has been sidelined since hurting his shoulder in the second exhibition game. Boller, who's in the final year of his contract, has started 42 games in five seasons with Baltimore . . . Brett Favre was voted one of the Jets' offensive captains despite being with the team for less than a month. "I feel like I need to earn it," Favre said . . . Panthers backup quarterback Matt Moore is out indefinitely after X-rays revealed a broken left fibula . . . Keith Davis re-signed with the Cowboys, nearly six months after the safety signed a two-year, $3.5 million free agent deal with the Dolphins, who cut him last weekend.

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