Tim Carter, the New York Giants' best deep-threat wide receiver, might miss the rest of the season with a hip injury.

"We're very disappointed," Coach Tom Coughlin said yesterday. "He did so many things. He gave us so many opportunities to press the coverage."

The team may put Carter on injured reserve, although it is not clear if he will need surgery for a possible fracture in the hip area, Coughlin said.

Coughlin believed the injury happened when Carter and a defender went sprawling after a ball in the end zone in New York's win Sunday at Dallas.

Carter has had each of his three seasons cut short by injury. He appeared in five games as a rookie before being sidelined with a torn Achilles' tendon. He played 12 games last year, starting two, but missed the end of the season with a concussion.

Carter has 12 receptions for 182 yards (15.2 average, best on the team) and a 38-yard touchdown catch.

Rookie Jamaar Taylor, a sixth-round draft pick from Texas A&M, is getting "strong consideration" to replace Carter, Coughlin said.

* DOLPHINS: Jay Fiedler has a cracked rib and A.J. Feeley has a concussion, so Miami may have to turn to third-string quarterback Sage Rosenfels when it plays Buffalo on Sunday in a matchup of the NFL's last two winless teams. Rosenfels has not played this year. He is 4 for 9 for one touchdown in four NFL seasons.

Fiedler has a 50-50 chance of playing Sunday at Buffalo, agent Brian Levy said, adding Fiedler was experiencing pain.

Fiedler first hurt his rib against the Jets on Oct. 3, then was injured again late in Sunday's 24-10 loss at New England when he was sacked by safety Rodney Harrison.

* LIONS: Detroit wide receiver Roy Williams may be available for the team's game next Sunday with Green Bay.

The rookie is day-to-day after spraining his left ankle in Sunday's 17-10 victory over the Atlanta Falcons. Williams had an ultrasound yesterday morning, which showed the injury was not a high ankle sprain. He will be evaluated again tomorrow.

Williams, Detroit's first-round pick from Texas, caught three passes for 18 yards against Atlanta, hurting his ankle on the last one. He leads the Lions with 20 catches for 295 yards and four touchdowns.

* PANTHERS: Running back DeShaun Foster will be out six to 10 weeks after breaking his collarbone Sunday against Denver.