Packers’ Flanagan lost for season

Packers’ Flanagan lost for season

Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl center Mike Flanagan will undergo surgery on his left knee and miss the rest of the season.

Coach Mike Sherman made the announcement after practice Friday, meaning for the second time in three years the Packers have to deal with an early season loss on their offensive line.

The surgery to repair the patella tendon in Flanagan’s left knee will be performed in the next week to 10 days, and the timetable for his recovery is about six months, Sherman said.

Flanagan has had patella tendinitis since an offseason minicamp in June. The ninth-year veteran missed all but the final week of the preseason and started the first three regular-season games, though he wasn’t able to finish two.

McNair making progress

Steve McNair stretched and ran Friday, but he didn’t throw any passes. Yet he’s looking healthy enough that Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher won’t rule him out against San Diego.

After the quarterback bruised his sternum in last week’s 15-12 loss to the Jaguars, sending him to the hospital for two nights, Fisher said he didn’t think McNair would be able to play against the Chargers.

Fisher said Friday that McNair has “improved significantly.”

“We are going to have a walkthrough out there tomorrow, and we will see how he is tomorrow,” Fisher said.

McNair said he wasn’t sure if he will play and that it depends on how he feels Sunday.

“It’s still hard to breathe, take a deep breath. That’s my main concern,” McNair said. “If I have to scramble, if I have to go out and come back, can I call the play?”

Fullback back on Eagles

From unemployment to the starting lineup — it hasn’t been a bad week for Philadelphia Eagles fullback Josh Parry.

Coach Andy Reid said Friday that Parry likely will be the starting fullback against Chicago, filling the void created by Jon Ritchie’s season-ending knee injury. It’s the first career start for Parry, who has been cut twice already this year by the Eagles.

“It’s going to be exciting,” Parry said. “I’ve got to control my emotions and not get too excited and do what I did in the preseason. It’s going to be tough. It’s a whole different level. It’s going to be fun.”

A four-year starter at San Jose State, Parry first signed with the Eagles as a free agent in 2001. He was cut that summer, re-signed later in the year and played with Frankfurt of NFL Europe. He again was released during training camp in 2002, but re-signed in 2003.

Parry caught five passes for 68 yards this preseason, but was among the final cuts on Sept. 1. He returned to the practice squad but was cut last week, only to come back Monday.

“You’re always one play away. It just really hit home this weekend,” Parry said.

Lewis in plea talks

Lawyers for Jamal Lewis are in plea negotiations with federal prosecutors in the Baltimore Ravens running back’s drug conspiracy case, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Friday.

Citing unidentified lawyers familiar with the case, the newspaper reported federal prosecutors have offered a deal in which Lewis would receive a sentence of less than one year in prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Sally Yates and a lawyer for Lewis declined to comment on the report when contacted by The Associated Press on Friday.

Last week, when asked about the possibility of a plea deal for Lewis, one of his lawyers, Jerome Froelich, told the AP that lawyers in the case were preparing for his trial, which is set to start Nov. 1.

Lewis, 24, is accused of helping broker a cocaine deal for a childhood friend, Angelo Jackson, during conversations with a government informant in Atlanta during the summer of 2000. Both Lewis and Jackson have pleaded not guilty.

Around the league

* Giants: The NFL fined three New York defenders a total of $20,000 for illegal hits during last weekend’s game with the Cleveland Browns. Rookie safety Gibril Wilson and cornerback Terry Cousin were each fined $7,500 for helmet-to-helmet hits, and linebacker Barrett Green was docked $5,000 for hitting quarterback Jeff Garcia in the back with the crown of his helmet. The players have 10 days to appeal the fines, and all three said they would.

* Packers: A woman sued Green Bay Packers fullback Najeh Davenport, saying he invaded her privacy by breaking into her dorm room and defecating in her closet. Mary McCarthy was seeking more than $15,000 in damages for emotional distress and invasion of privacy in a lawsuit filed Thursday in Florida Circuit Court. Criminal charges were settled in October 2002 when Davenport agreed to perform community service. He denied breaking into the Barry University dormitory.

— From news services

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