HURT AGAIN: For the third time in five pro seasons, RB Ki-Jana Carter may have a season-ending injury.

Carter, the Bengals' No. 1 draft choice in 1995, dislocated his right kneecap Sunday at the Panthers. He was injured with 7 minutes 27 seconds left in the first quarter of the Bengals' 27-3 loss and didn't return.

Bengals trainer Paul Sparling said it appears Carter will need surgery.

GALLOWAY UPDATE: The Seahawks took their $35 million contract offer to Joey Galloway off the table yesterday and told the holdout wide receiver he must play under terms of his existing pact if he wants to play at all.

FINE: The NFL has fined Saints S Chris Hewitt $7,500 for a helmet-first hit on 49ers QB Steve Young.

Hewitt was blitzing and hit Young just as he threw a fourth-down incompletion. That penalty, along with two others, kept San Francisco's game-saving drive alive as the 49ers won, 28-21, Sept. 19.

CHMURA WON'T RETIRE: Mark Chmura said he will play football again, even though his season is over.

The Packers put their Pro Bowl tight end on injured reserve Saturday. After a bulging disk in his neck was discovered during training camp, Chmura experienced numbness in his arms and hands three times in six weeks and played in just two games this season. He is being evaluated by doctors.

OVERDOSES: Four men overdosed on drugs during Sunday's game between the Broncos and Buccaneers but were expected to survive, police said. The men, who were attending the Bucs' 13-10 victory at Raymond James Stadium, were believed to have overdosed on gamma hydroxy butyrate, or GHB.