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Kearse should be OK

Tennessee defensive end Jevon Kearse has a high sprain of his left ankle, good news for the Titans because he heard clicking in the joint after being hurt in their 10-3 victory over Jacksonville.

"The encouraging part about what we saw this morning was we didn't see a great deal of swelling," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said yesterday. "We did the MRI, and the MRI revealed a high ankle sprain. We're going to have to treat him very aggressively. It's way too early to speculate on whether he'll be able to play this week. We'll have to wait and see."

The MRI showed no damage to the joint, and Fisher said Kearse traditionally has been a quick healer with such injuries.

The Titans (8-2), tied with Indianapolis atop the AFC South, visit Atlanta Sunday.

The Henry watch

The Bills hope running back Travis Henry won't miss any time after he cracked a bone in his lower right leg but kept playing in their 12-10 loss to Houston. Henry was wearing a protective boot yesterday but was walking without a limp, and his condition will be monitored throughout the week. His teammate, starting right tackle Mike Williams, says he's fortunate to come away from his one-car accident Sunday with only a few scrapes and a strained left shoulder. While feeling a little sore, Williams doesn't expect to miss this week's game when Buffalo hosts Indianapolis. The accident occurred as Williams was on his way to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the game against the Texans . . . Fred Taylor underwent tests on both knees after twisting one and getting hit on the other in the Jaguars' loss to Tennessee. Taylor sat out most of the fourth quarter, and was not in the game during the final drive, which ended on downs at the Tennessee 2 with Jacksonville seeking the tying touchdown. Coach Jack Del Rio said the running back's injuries were not serious, but Taylor said he doubted he could practice by tomorrow . . . The Broncos lost a third linebacker for the season when rookie Terry Pierce was placed on injured reserve with a torn chest muscle. Pierce's playing time had increased with injuries to starters Ian Gold and John Mobley.

Ramsey ailing

Washington Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey has been playing all season with a broken bone in his right foot, an old fracture that's hampering his mobility. Coach Steve Spurrier revealed the injury yesterday, a day after Ramsey had one of his worst games of the season in a 20-17 loss at Carolina. Ramsey said the foot started hurting during training camp. An X-ray disclosed an old fracture. Ramsey has no idea when or how it happened, but said he expects to keep playing . . . Jets safety Jon McGraw will miss the rest of the season after reinjuring his right shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Colts. McGraw played for the first time in a month after sitting out four games with a partially dislocated shoulder. With the open roster spot, the Jets activated tackle Josh Evans, who was reinstated to the team Nov. 4 after missing the first nine weeks of the season for violating the league's substance-abuse policy . . . San Diego Chargers wide receiver Tim Dwight remained hospitalized in Denver with a partially collapsed lung sustained Sunday in the 37-8 loss to the Broncos. The team didn't know Dwight's long-term prognosis . . . Minnesota Vikings rookie defensive tackle Kevin Williams was arrested last week on a drunken driving charge, police in Edina, Minn., said. The Vikings' first-round pick was arrested by Edina police Thursday.

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