As if losing tackle Matt Light and safety Rodney Harrison weren't enough, the New England Patriots also have to deal with the loss of running back Kevin Faulk.
Faulk, one of quarterback Tom Brady's most reliable receivers, injured his foot in Sunday's win at Pittsburgh. It was unclear yesterday how many games he would miss.
Harrison, the team's strong safety, tore ligaments in his knee and is out for the year. Light, the left tackle, hurt his right leg and is out indefinitely.
Faulk is the 10th-leading receiver in franchise history with 217 receptions for 1,935 yards and eight touchdowns. This season, he's tied for third on the team with 13 catches.
Despite fumbling twice in Pittsburgh, Faulk was a force in the passing game with seven catches for 71 yards. He had a 23-yard gain on a screen pass and appeared to injure himself on a 17-yard gain on the first play of the Patriots' winning drive in the final minutes.
As Faulk's replacement, the Patriots signed former Steelers and Raiders running back Amos Zereoue on Wednesday.
Zereoue, a seventh-year pro, has averaged 40 catches a year over the last three seasons.
* GIANTS: Starting cornerback William Peterson, listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against St. Louis, has a potentially season-ending back injury.
Peterson said the team's medical staff diagnosed a fracture of his lower back after he had an MRI exam last week. He experienced pain while playing against the Chargers on Sunday night, and said further tests this week showed the injury to be more serious.
"Right now it doesn't look good for this weekend and it doesn't look good for this season," Peterson said.
Peterson is scheduled to meet with Frank Cammisa, the team's spine specialist, on Monday. . . .
The Giants and the New York Jets have reached an agreement to build a football stadium near the one they currently share in East Rutherford, N.J.
New Jersey Governor Richard Codey told WFAN radio in New York that the teams will sell naming rights and that the new stadium should open by 2009.
Codey, Giants Executive Vice President John Mara and Jets owner Woody Johnson were to attend a news conference last night at Giants Stadium to discuss the details of the agreement.
Giants Stadium opened in 1976, and the Jets moved there in 1984. The Jets had planned to move into a new stadium on the west side of Manhattan that would have been used for the 2012 Olympics, which were awarded to London. New York's Queens Borough also had been a possible Jets stadium site.
* RAMS: Richie Incognito agreed to a four-year contract with St. Louis. The offensive guard was the second of the Rams' two third-round picks, and the 81st overall pick.
Coach Mike Martz said running back Steven Jackson, questionable with a chest injury, would play Sunday against the Giants in New York.
* LABOR: Representatives of the league and the players' association resumed their labor negotiations but made little headway toward completing an extension of the collective bargaining agreement, participants in the meeting said.