Jaguars starting quarterback Byron Leftwich broke a bone in his left ankle yesterday early in the first quarter against the Arizona Cardinals.

"He's got a crack in the ankle," Coach Jack Del Rio said after his team's 24-17 victory. "The best-case scenario is about a month out, depending on how quickly he heals, and it could be worse. We just won't know until we see how the injury heals."

The injury occurred on the Jags' first offensive play. Leftwich stayed in the game for four more plays, then was carted off the field for X-rays. . . . .

Packers tight end Bubba Franks left against Philadelphia with a neck injury. He was taken off on a cart but had movement in all his extremities.

* IRVIN ARRESTED: Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin was charged with misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia after Plano, Tex., police officers searched his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Irvin, an ESPN analyst and semifinalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame, told the Associated Press late last night that the drug pipe found in his car belonged to a friend of 17 years who left a Houston rehab center and came to Irvin's home in Carrollton for Thanksgiving. Irvin wouldn't reveal his friend's name.

Irvin said he put the pipe in his car because he didn't want it in his house where his children might find it. He said he planned to drive somewhere the next day, like a grocery trash bin, and throw the pipe away, but forgot.

"It's a situation that is not as it seemed," said Irvin, whose voice was choked with emotion during the telephone conversation. . . .

The Philadelphia Eagles have filed a tampering complaint against the Cowboys after Dallas owner Jerry Jones suggested on a radio show that his team is often interested in players such as suspended wide receiver Terrell Owens.

-- From News Services