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Colts’ Clark done for season

TE to undergo wrist surgery

DALLAS CLARK 100 catches in ’09 DALLAS CLARK
100 catches in ’09
Associated Press / October 23, 2010

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Colts tight end Dallas Clark was put on injured reserve yesterday and will have season-ending wrist surgery. Clark said he met with three surgeons before the decision and plans to return next year for a ninth season.

Clark ranked third on the team with 37 catches for 347 yards after catching 100 passes for 1,106 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, when he made the All-Pro team. The Colts did not say how or when Clark was hurt, but he appeared to grab at his left wrist during a play in the Oct. 17 win at Washington.

Clark, 31, and quarterback Peyton Manning have developed into one of the most prolific quarterback-tight end combinations in NFL history. Earlier this season, they connected on their 44th touchdown pass, second only to Drew Bledsoe and Ben Coates (45).

It’s rough: More fines
The NFL fined 12 more players, mostly for unnecessary roughness in games last weekend, sending another strong message that violent conduct wouldn’t be tolerated.

Minnesota defensive end Ray Edwards was fined the most, $20,000, for spearing Dallas running back Marion Barber. Edwards was cited as a repeat offender; he was fined Aug. 28 for roughing the passer and Sept. 26 for unnecessary roughness.

“I just got fined $20,000 for a spear that really wasn’t a spear,’’ Edwards said. “If you look at the last play, [Dallas tackle Marc] Colombo speared Jared [Allen] and I don’t believe he got fined. If you’re going to fine people, fine everybody. Don’t just fine defensive guys.’’

The league did not fine Colombo.

Earlier this week, huge fines were given for flagrant fouls by Pittsburgh’s James Harrison ($75,000), Atlanta’s Dunta Robinson, and the Patriots’ Brandon Meriweather (both $50,000). The league also promised suspensions for players who make illegal hits on defenseless opponents.

The 15 fines were unusually high for one week, a signal of the NFL’s resolve to police violent play. Generally, either a $5,000 or $10,000 fine is handed out for roughness. In this week’s total all but two were for roughness.

Included in the latest penalties:

■New Orleans cornerback Malcolm Jenkins was fined $10,000 for two hits, one to the head area of Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Freeman and one out of bounds.

■Tennessee defensive end William Hayes was fined $10,000 for a late hit, while teammate Dave Ball was given a $5,000 fine for roughing the passer with a hit to the head or neck area against Jacksonville.

■Three Houston players were fined $5,000: guard Wade Smith for a leg whip, defensive end Adewale Ogunleye for a late hit on Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel, and safety Bernard Pollard for hitting a Chiefs player out of bounds.

■Philadelphia quarterback Kevin Kolb was fined $5,000 for a horse-collar tackle on Atlanta’s William Moore while Moore was returning an interception. It is believed to be the first time a quarterback has been fined for the offense.

Harrison, who threatened to retire after the NFL’s crackdown, was fined for his tackle of Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi, who suffered a concussion. Harrison also had a hard hit on former Kent State teammate Joshua Cribbs.

Cribbs told his friend not to change the way he plays, and that Harrison’s job is to simply “knock people out.’’

“You’re a player, so play,’’ Cribbs said he told Harrison. “Let refs ref. Let the NFL administration, let everyone do their jobs. If you get fined, just try to tailor yourself, but play the game. Don’t try to change who you are.’’

Cribbs returned to practice yesterday for the first time since suffering a concussion when he was knocked out last Sunday by Harrison.

IR for Miami’s Odrick
Defensive end Jared Odrick, the Dolphins’ first-round draft pick, was placed on injured reserve, two days after he hurt his left foot in practice. The injury occurred with the defensive end on the verge of rejoining the lineup after missing four games because of a broken right leg . . . The Jaguars ruled out starter David Garrard because of a concussion and listed backup Trent Edwards as questionable with a badly sprained thumb on his throwing hand. That leaves journeyman Todd Bouman as the healthiest and most knowledgeable option on the roster for tomorrow’s game at Kansas City. Although Bouman is in his 11th season, he is only 1-5 in his six career starts. His last start came at the end of the 2005 season with New Orleans . . . Tennessee quarterback Vince Young missed his third straight practice with a sprained left knee and ankle and is questionable for tomorrow’s game against the Eagles . . . Jason Campbell’s injured left knee is improving and the Raiders quarterback is expected to start tomorrow against Denver.

Bills getting weaker

Starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams is questionable to play at Baltimore tomorrow, leaving the winless Bills already porous run defense with a big hole to fill. Williams missed his second straight practice because of a bruised bone and an inflamed ligament in his left ankle. He was hurt when a teammate rolled up on his leg in practice Wednesday. Buffalo’s allowed a league-worst 912 rushing yards, 15 more than Oakland even though the Raiders have played one extra game . . . The Packers may have sacks leader Clay Matthews back for tomorrow night’s game against Minnesota after he missed last week’s loss to Miami with a hamstring injury . . . The NFL still is investigating allegations that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre sent lewd photos and inappropriate text messages to a New York Jets game hostess two years ago, with the door open to a conversation between the woman and league officials.

Good excuse: Bar fight
Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher excused Kenny Britt from practice and is giving him the benefit of the doubt while he gathers information about a bar fight the coach says the wide receiver tried to break up. “My understanding at this point is that he was at the wrong place at the wrong time. There was an altercation, but he was one of those that was trying to break it up. That’s my understanding right now, and I’m still gathering facts,’’ Fisher said.

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