- The Washington Times - Friday, November 21, 2008

From combined dispatches

The mystery surrounding injured Dallas Cowboys rookie Felix Jones has been solved, and the running back will not play again this season.

Jones has a torn ligament beneath his left big toe, suffered two weeks ago while doing rehabilitation on the left hamstring he hurt Oct. 12. The hamstring is healed, but he will need surgery on the toe and up to six months to fully recover.

“Obviously disappointed, certainly for him and us,” coach Wade Phillips said. “But long term, he’s going to be all right.”

Until Thursday, when announcing that Jones will be placed on injured reserve, the Cowboys had not reported the toe injury. The practice report released by the team Wednesday, after Jones had limited participation, listed only the hamstring.

The Cowboys now say Jones, one of the team’s two first-round draft picks, practiced then so they could evaluate his ability to play with the toe injury.

BROWNS: General manager Phil Savage has apologized to a fan he sent a profane e-mail to following Monday night’s game against Buffalo.

Savage used an expletive in his response to the fan, who criticized the GM in several e-mail exchanges.

“It happened after the game,” Savage wrote in an e-mail to the Associated Press. “We have both apologized to each other since. The Browns’ fans have overwhelmingly been supportive of me over the past 3-plus seasons and I appreciate that greatly.”

Also, coach Romeo Crennel revealed that quarterback Brady Quinn broke his right index finger in the first half of Monday night’s win.

Quinn, though, stayed in the game and is expected to play Sunday when the Browns host Houston.

GIANTS: Receiver Plaxico Burress missed practice because of a hamstring injury.

Coach Tom Coughlin was short in discussing Burress’ injury, saying time would tell whether Burress plays Sunday against the Cardinals in Arizona.

NFL NETWORK: There will be no quick resolution to the NFL’s long-running battle to force Comcast Corp. to carry the NFL Network on Comcast’s popular digital cable TV package.

In an order released Thursday, Arthur Steinberg, an administrative law judge at the Federal Communications Commission, pushed back a 60-day timeline to rule on the dispute. That time frame had been set in an order by the FCC in October.

NFLPA: The search committee seeking a replacement for the late Gene Upshaw to run the NFL Players Association has narrowed the field to a little more than a dozen candidates, some with no previous ties to the union or the NFL, a person with knowledge of the search told the Associated Press.

The committee met this week with representatives of Reilly Partners, the search firm seeking candidates to replace Upshaw, who died in August. The union hopes to select its new executive director at its annual meeting in Hawaii in March.

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