Surgery will end season for Colts tight end Clark

Associated Press
Saturday, October 23, 2010

Dallas Clark, the Indianapolis Colts' Pro Bowl tight end, was put on injured reserve Friday 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.

"It's unfortunate, but it's been confirmed that surgery is necessary to repair the injury to my wrist," Clark said in a statement. "I look forward to supporting my teammates the rest of this season and rehabilitating my wrist back to full strength for next season."

Clark ranks 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.

l LEAGUE 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 on Sunday. Edwards was cited as a repeat offender; he was previously fined Aug. 28 for roughing the passer and Sept. 26 for unnecessary roughness.

l TITANS: Coach Jeff Fisher excused Kenny Britt from practice Friday and is giving him the benefit of the doubt while Fisher 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," Fisher said. "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 he hasn't ruled out the possibility that Britt won't play Sunday when the Titans host the Philadelphia Eagles. . . .

Quarterback Vince Young missed a third straight practice with a sprained left knee and ankle and is questionable for Sunday's game.

l JAGUARS: Jacksonville ruled out starting quarterback David Garrard for Sunday's game at Kansas City because of a concussion and listed backup Trent Edwards as questionable with a badly sprained thumb on his throwing hand.

Coach Jack Del Rio declined to name a starter Friday, but Todd Bouman, who hasn't started a game in five years, got the majority of repetitions during practice all week and teammates expect him to get the nod.

l RAIDERS: Quarterback Jason Campbell's injured left knee is improving, and he is expected to be able to start against Denver if he has no setbacks.

Coach Tom Cable said the final decision on whether Campbell can start against the Broncos will likely be made just before game time. Kyle Boller will probably start if Campbell can't go.

Starter Bruce Gradkowski's injured right shoulder is improving but Cable says it is "very questionable" if he can play this week,

l PANTHERS: Wide receiver Steve Smith has practiced for a third straight day and is probable for Sunday's game against San Francisco. Smith has been out since spraining his left ankle against New Orleans on Oct. 3. He sat out Carolina's loss to Chicago a week later and the Panthers had a bye last week.

l DOLPHINS: First-round draft pick Jared Odrick has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season. The team made the move Friday, two days after the defensive end 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.

l GIANTS: Defensive end Justin Tuck sat out practice on Friday with a sprained ankle that he has battled through the past two games. He indicated he would be ready for Dallas on Monday. "I'll be out [at practice] tomorrow," Tuck said. "I'll play."

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