BY THE NUMBERS

76

Points allowed this season by the top-rated Jaguars' defense, which is on pace to set a record for fewest allowed in a 16-game schedule.

5

Turnovers forced by Carolina against the Eagles. Before Sunday's game, the Panthers had five takeaways in seven previous games.

NEWS & NOTES

Galloway to End Holdout

Holdout WR Joey Galloway, after missing eight games during his contract dispute, plans to report to the Seahawks today, he said on Fox Sports Net.

"We decided that going in, playing some football and getting the last year of the contract over with would be the best move," Galloway said. He added that he believes he has been "calling the shots all along."

By returning to Seattle, Galloway can spend the minimum 30 days on the roster needed to count this as a full season. It would give him five seasons and thus make him eligible for free agency, if the Seahawks don't label him their franchise player.

"The first purpose is to play football. That's what I do, that's what I love doing," Galloway said.

Galloway has been fined more than $200,000 for his absence, plus missing his game pay. Galloway said it would be nice to avoid the fines but, he said, "I can't imagine them dropping those fines, so I'll probably have to pay them."

Galloway began his holdout because he wanted a five-year contract worth $25 million, plus a $10 million signing bonus. The Seahawks offered a seven-year deal worth $35 million, plus a $7 million signing bonus.

Muhammad's Wife Dies

Nichole Muhammad, the wife of Colts DB Steve Muhammad, died yesterday after giving birth to a stillborn baby.

Colts Coach Jim Mora led off his postgame news conference with the announcement of Nichole Muhammad's death. The hospital said later that the baby was stillborn.

Mora said Muhammad, 30, went into the hospital Saturday and that her husband, who was declared inactive for the game, spent the night at the hospital.

The couple's baby was stillborn at 5:50 a.m. Sunday, and Muhammad died at 1:30 p.m., hospital officials said. They gave no other details. The couple has three other children.

Hurting Quarterbacks

Bears QB Cade McNown sprained his right knee and was lost for the game early in the first quarter of the Bears' meeting with the Packers. The injury didn't appear to result from one particular hit. McNown could be seen flexing his knee during the Bears' second drive of the game, and he was examined by doctors after Chicago was forced to punt with 9:19 left in the first quarter.

The Bears lost starter Shane Matthews late in last week's 48-22 loss to the Redskins when he reaggravated a pulled hamstring. Jim Miller is now the only healthy quarterback remaining on the Bears' roster.

Detroit QB Charlie Batch injured a finger on his throwing hand and had to leave the Lions' game against the St. Louis Rams in the third quarter. He was hurt during Detroit's first series of the second half, and was replaced by Gus Frerotte.

It was the second time Frerotte relieved Batch because of an injury this season. On Oct. 17, after Batch bruised his right arm against Minnesota, Frerotte led a late drive for a field goal that gave the Lions a 25-23 win.