Dolphins, Jaguars Running on Empty

The Dolphins lost one of their key players yesterday when running back Cecil Collins broke his leg in the second quarter against the Bills. Miami went on to lose, 23-3.

Collins fractured his left fibula running the ball on a second-and-six play from the Miami 34 with about 10 minutes left in the first half. Entering the game, Collins led the Dolphins with 414 yards on 127 carries and had six catches for 32 yards. He led Miami in rushing six times this season but had four carries for no yardage yesterday.

Meantime, the Jaguars lost running back Fred Taylor to a hamstring injury. With a healthy Taylor in the lineup the last two weeks, Jacksonville had scored 41 and 30 points, but managed only six against the Ravens.

Galloway Returns

Joey Galloway, who ended his season-long contract holdout last week, was in a Seahawks uniform for their game against the Broncos. In the Seahawks' victory, Galloway had four receptions for 88 yards.

Galloway, the team's leading receiver last season, lost $1.047 million in salary and fines during a 100-day holdout that ended when he reported Tuesday.

After rejecting a $35 million, seven-year offer, Galloway returned to play for what was left of his $1.585 million salary for the final season of a five-year contract.

Seattle's best player on offense, Galloway caught 65 passes for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns last season.

Unexpected Help

A rule designed to prevent teams from faking injuries to stop the clock late in games ended up penalizing the wrong team yesterday.

With the Browns driving for the winning field goal against the Steelers, Browns tackle Lomas Brown was injured on Tim Couch's seven-yard swing pass to Terry Kirby.

Because the Browns were out of timeouts, they were assessed a 10-second penalty, cutting the time remaining from 1:23 to 1:13.

But because the Browns were trying to run down the clock before Phil Dawson kicked his game-winning 39-yard field goal on the final play, the 10-second penalty actually helped them secure the 16-15 victory.

"I was very concerned with leaving time on the clock," Browns Coach Chris Palmer said. "I wanted to be in the situation where we won or lost the game with the kick."



Consecutive games lost by the 49ers, their longest losing streak since dropping eight in a row in 1980.


Times Browns rookie quarterback Tim Couch has been sacked this season, including six yesterday by the Steelers.


Yards passing by Chicago's Jim Miller, making just the second start of his six-year career. He completed 34 of 48 passes against the Vikings and threw for three touchdowns in a 27-24 overtime loss.