The best and worst from yesterday's games:


Testaverde Out For Season

Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde ruptured his Achilles' tendon in the first half of yesterday's game against the Patriots and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Testaverde crumpled to the turf untouched after making a quick cut to the ball when Curtis Martin fumbled in the second quarter of the season opener against New England. Testaverde immediately grabbed his left leg in pain.

The 35-year-old quarterback limped off the field, using one leg and two teammates for support before he stopped and had to be carried off. The team announced at the start of the second half that Testaverde will miss the rest of the season.

He was taken to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and was to stay overnight and undergo surgery.

Said Coach Bill Parcells: "What? I'm going to put up the white flag? No, I'm not going to do that. You know what? Nobody cares. ... We just have to try and adjust and go forward."

Williams Sidelined

Ricky Williams's NFL debut was interrupted when his injured left ankle sent him to the sideline before halftime of the Saints' game against the Panthers.

X-rays revealed a slight strain in a slightly different location from the one that sidelined Williams for most of the preseason, team officials said. Williams had eight carries for 37 yards in the first quarter, but was hurt on an eight-yard run at the end of the period.

He returned, but made only two more carries.

And Even More Injuries

Lions wide receiver Herman Moore's streak of 107 consecutive games with at least one reception ended when he suffered a sprained left knee against Seattle. He likely will miss 4 to 6 weeks.

Bills running back Thurman Thomas hurt his ribs on the first play of their game with the Colts when he was hit while trying to catch a pass. X-rays were negative. ... Titans cornerback Denard Walker sprained his right shoulder. ... The Bengals lost their starting left cornerback as rookie Charles Fisher sprained his left knee.

Lions to Sanders: Give Us the Money

The Lions filed a grievance with the NFL to get back $5.5 million of the signing bonus paid to Barry Sanders in 1997, his agent said.

David Ware said he had been negotiating with the club concerning the $11 million bonus Sanders got when he signed a six-year contract. But he said talks ended without resolution.



Combined amount of time remaining when the winning points were scored in victories by the Packers (:11), Titans (:08), Patriots (:03) and Cardinals (:00).

4 & 107

First downs and total yards for the Giants, who nevertheless defeated the Buccaneers, 17-13, as their defense scored two touchdowns.


Yards rushing by Bills quarterback Doug Flutie, who was Buffalo's leading rusher in a loss to the Colts.