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Shockey out for 6-8 weeks

New York Giants tight end Jeremy Shockey might miss the rest of the season with a sprained knee.

He will not need surgery but the recovery is 6-8 weeks, coach Jim Fassel said. An MRI yesterday showed a partial tear of the posterior cruciate ligament.

Fassel refused to say which knee Shockey hurt, although it appeared he was favoring his left knee. Shockey stepped on a defender's foot while running a fourth-quarter pass pattern in a 27-7 loss to Atlanta Sunday.

Elsewhere on the injury front, Baltimore Ravens rookie quarterback Kyle Boller probably will miss the rest of the season after injuring his left leg in Sunday night's loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Boller tore his quadriceps just above the knee in the second quarter of the Ravens' 33-22 defeat. The injury could require surgery.

Chris Redman will start Sunday against the Miami Dolphins and Anthony Wright will move up the depth chart to No. 2.

Meeting for Wannstedt

After losing for the third time in four games, Miami coach Dave Wannstedt gets a chance to convince his boss the Dolphins can turn around their season. Wannstedt said yesterday that owner Wayne Huizenga asked to meet with him this week. "He's probably disappointed, but I think he's got confidence that we can get this turned around and going in the right direction," Wannstedt said. Huizenga might want to know how a team with so much talent on defense and the NFL's leading rusher a year ago (Ricky Williams) looked so helpless in a 31-7 loss at Tennessee Sunday, which dropped the Dolphins to 5-4 . . . Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer expects to play against San Diego this week after testing his broken left foot in practice and experiencing no problems. Plummer has missed four games with that injury and one to his shoulder.

Colts sign Wilkins

Indianapolis signed Terrence Wilkins to replace the AFC's leading kickoff returner, Brad Pyatt, who has a minor fracture in his vertebrae and was placed on injured reserve Saturday . . . The Panthers are reviewing their entertainment procedures after a fan taunted the Buccaneers when he was given a microphone late in the game Sunday. The man, who was being broadcast live on the stadium scoreboard, didn't hesitate to address the Bucs and Simeon Rice's guarantee that they would beat Carolina. "Simeon Rice and Warren Sapp, you guaranteed a win," he yelled. "Well, we guarantee we're going to kick your butt." The crowd went wild, the Panthers looked stunned, and Rice and Sapp pointed at the scoreboard. Rice then registered two sacks, the momentum swung toward Tampa Bay and the Bucs quickly took a 24-20 lead. Carolina rallied for the 27-24 victory in the closing minutes . . . Athletes issuing guarantees became stale a long time ago, but perhaps Chad Johnson of the Bengals should talk with Rice about how idiotic you can look if you promise a win and then don't deliver. After a 34-27 triumph over Houston Sunday, Johnson guaranteed the 4-5 Bengals will beat the 9-0 Chiefs Sunday.

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Bills 4 5 0 .444 16.6 17.6
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