New York Jets quarterback Chad Pennington will be sidelined for the remainder of the season after re-injuring his right shoulder during Sunday's overtime loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, a source familiar with the situation said last night.
Pennington, who underwent offseason surgery for a torn rotator cuff, plans to visit orthopedist James Andrews this week in Birmingham for a second opinion and might have another operation, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Jets did not announce Pennington's status. Pennington received the news after undergoing an MRI exam yesterday that showed his rotator cuff was torn again, the source said.
The extent of the injury first was reported by the NFL Network. Jets Coach Herman Edwards said during a news conference earlier yesterday that he planned to start third-string quarterback Brooks Bollinger on Sunday in Baltimore. Backup Jay Fiedler also underwent an MRI exam yesterday after hurting his shoulder during the Jaguars game.
Edwards said the Jets would consider signing a quarterback. Quincy Carter won two of his three starts for the Jets last season when Pennington was sidelined, but was not re-signed in the offseason and remains out of the league.
Time on Patriots' Side
The NFL said that game officials made a clock-management error during the New England Patriots' 23-30 triumph at Pittsburgh on Sunday that lengthened the game by 52 seconds. Mike Pereira, the league's director of officiating, said in a written statement that the officials improperly reset the clock to 14 minutes 51 seconds instead of 13:59 after a penalty early in the fourth quarter.
The Patriots won on a field goal by kicker Adam Vinatieri with one second left, having moved into position for Vinatieri's kick after the Steelers tied the game with a touchdown with 1:21 to go. . . .
Patriots safety Rodney Harrison suffered torn ligaments in his left knee in Sunday's game and will miss the rest of the season, an NFL source said last night. New England also could be without left tackle Matt Light for the remainder of the season because of a knee injury he suffered Sunday . . . .
The Philadelphia Eagles likely will be without kicker David Akers for at least a week because of a torn right hamstring muscle, Coach Andy Reid said. The Eagles probably will promote kicker Todd France from their practice squad.
Akers's 23-yard field goal with nine seconds left gave the Eagles a 23-20 triumph Sunday over the Oakland Raiders at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles had signed France to their practice squad last week after Akers got hurt during a win over the San Francisco 49ers in which linebacker Mark Simoneau was forced to kick an extra point and tight end Mike Bartrum was pressed into service as a kickoff specialist. But the Eagles didn't promote France to their 53-man roster, and Akers aggravated his injury on the game's opening kickoff Sunday.
The Eagles might have an even bigger concern with the health of quarterback Donovan McNabb, who played Sunday but was in obvious discomfort because of what the team is calling a strained abdominal muscle. The Eagles had referred to McNabb's ailment last week as a groin injury, but there is speculation that it could be a torn abdominal muscle or a sports hernia. Reid said during his news conference yesterday that McNabb also has a bruised shin but he expects the quarterback to play Sunday at Kansas City. . . .
Buffalo lost linebacker Takeo Spikes for the rest of the season because of a torn Achilles' tendon suffered during Sunday's defeat to Atlanta. . . .
Tennessee tailback Travis Henry was suspended for four games by the league for a violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
Wire service reports are included.