RB Charlie Garner might miss the 49ers' regular season finale next Monday in Atlanta because of bruised ribs.

Garner ran 16 times for 129 yards in San Francisco's 26-20 overtime loss to Washington Sunday night.

He hurt his ribs in the first half and aggravated the injury near the end of the third quarter when he took another big hit.

Coach Steve Mariucci acknowledged Garner refused medical treatment after coming off the field in the fourth quarter, but the coach also said it wouldn't have done any good at that point anyway because the game was nearly over.

"Obviously, some frustration set in," Mariucci said.

* ARREST: Broncos S Darrius Johnson was arrested on assault charges for striking a topless dancer, police said yesterday. Johnson was arrested Sunday night after he was accused of hitting the dancer on the side of the face at a nightclub in Glendale, Colo., an incorporated city surrounded by Denver.

Johnson was taken to the Glendale Police Department and released with a summons. He is scheduled to be arraigned Feb. 14.

* COSLET IN: Bruce Coslet will return as Bengals coach next season after weeks of speculation about whether the team would bring back its coach. Coslet said team president Mike Brown informed him in a meeting he would be back.

"It's not really a point of keeping me. It's a point of honoring my contract," Coslet told WCPO-TV. "We're going to go forward."