St. Louis Rams outside linebacker Dexter Coakley will miss the rest of the season after dislocating his left ankle and breaking his leg in a 24-9 loss to the Redskins.

Coakley was hurt pursuing on a running play with 1 minute 1 second to go in the first quarter and got rolled over from behind. He was down for several minutes, and among those who came over to check on his status was interim coach Joe Vitt.

Vitt said Coakley could undergo surgery today. . . .

Browns rookie wide receiver Braylon Edwards will undergo an MRI exam after suffering a possible season-ending knee injury in the fourth quarter against Jacksonville.

* TAGLIABUE IS DELAYED: NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue was prevented from attending the Tampa Bay-New Orleans game in Baton Rouge, La., because of snow and ice in New York that delayed his flight.

The commissioner still planned to fly to New Orleans last night so he could take part in a meeting with south Louisiana business leaders today, followed by a tour of the Superdome and the Saints' training headquarters in suburban Metairie.

* HOLMGREN CENSURED: Seattle Seahawks Coach Mike Holmgren has been told he cannot speak to members of the league's officiating department about debatable calls during games for two weeks, an NFL source said. The two-week ban is a punishment for publicly revealing details of his talks with the officiating department about two controversial touchdown catches by the New York Giants during a game last Sunday that the Seahawks won in overtime.

* LIONS' ROGERS SITS: Wide receiver Charles Rogers was healthy and ready to play after what he thought was a good week of practice, but before the Detroit Lions lost to Minnesota, 21-16, interim coach Dick Jauron chose to deactivate Rogers.

"I was a little shocked," Rogers said.

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