Denver Broncos offensive lineman Dwayne Carswell was in critical but stable condition yesterday after he was seriously injured in a five-car accident.
Broncos General Manager Ted Sundquist told KCNC-TV in Denver that Carswell, 33, tore his diaphragm and had internal bleeding in his chest.
Team spokesman Jim Saccomano said Carswell was undergoing surgery but declined to release any details. Hospital spokeswoman Beverly Petry said Carswell was in surgery, five hours after the crash, in critical but stable condition.
Officer Tony Guzman said Carswell -- a former tight end in his 12th year in the NFL -- was in one of three cars traveling south when two northbound cars collided and veered into the southbound lanes. Several of the cars were extensively damaged, Guzman said. A woman also was taken to the hospital. Her name was not released.
"In no shape or form was [Carswell] the one that caused the accident," Guzman said.
Reebok Drops Hall
Atlanta Falcons cornerback DeAngelo Hall lost his endorsement deal with Reebok after wearing cleats with the Nike swoosh during a Monday night game.
"Effective immediately, DeAngelo Hall will no longer be a Reebok-endorsed athlete," John Lynch, vice president of sports marketing for Reebok, said in a statement.
The company, headquartered in Canton, Mass., declined further comment yesterday on Hall's multiyear deal. Hall's agent, Joel Segal, did not immediately return calls from the Associated Press.
Hall, who leads the Falcons with four interceptions this season, was supposed to be wearing Reebok shoes in Atlanta's 27-14 victory over the New York Jets on Monday night. He signed with Reebok after he was drafted No. 8 overall last year from Virginia Tech.
The NFL has a 10-year endorsement deal with Reebok that began with the 2002 season. It requires players from all teams to wear Reebok apparel from head to toe, with the exception of shoes, league spokesman Brian McCarthy said.
An agreement with Nike allows players to choose Nike shoes or Reeboks. And some, including Hall, have contracts to wear one brand or the other. Players can wear shoe brands other than Nike or Reebok only if the logos are covered with tape or paint.
McCarthy said it was "relatively rare" for an apparel maker to cancel an endorsement deal because of an athlete's failure to wear required gear.
DUI for Saints' Watson
Courtney Watson of the New Orleans Saints has been charged with drunken driving.
Police said the 25-year-old linebacker was driving on Interstate 10 in San Antonio when he was pulled over early Wednesday for erratic driving. They said an open bottle of beer was found in the front cup holder of the car.
A team spokesman said the team's security department is investigating. The police report said Watson was "combative" and failed a field sobriety test but refused a breathalyzer sample.
He was released on $1,000 bond pending arraignment on Dec. 5.