- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 30, 2008

From combined dispatches

Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier, who was shot earlier this month, is paralyzed below the waist and has had his left leg amputated, his doctors said Monday.

They said Collier, who had 14 bullet wounds, is now in stable condition after being previously listed in critical condition.

Collier and former teammate Kenneth Pettway were waiting for two women outside an apartment complex early Sept. 2 when a gunman fired into the vehicle, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. Pettway was not injured.

The motive behind the attack on Collier is unknown, but investigators said earlier he appeared to be targeted.

BENGALS: Quarterback Carson Palmer expects to be limited in practice this week by a sore elbow on his passing arm, but insists he’ll be ready for the next game against the Dallas Cowboys.

Palmer sat out a 20-12 loss to Cleveland on Sunday, the first game he missed since the end of the 2004 season. He hurt his elbow a week earlier in a loss to the Giants, but stayed in that game and practiced for two days last week despite pain in the elbow.

PACKERS: Coach Mike McCarthy said Monday quarterback Aaron Rodgers sprained his shoulder but intends to play against Atlanta on Sunday.

Packers coaches will spend this week monitoring Rodgers’ progress in practice and preparing rookie backup Matt Flynn to start, just in case.

“Speaking with Aaron this morning, he has every intention on playing,” McCarthy said. “But I think Wednesday’s practice will be a pretty good indicator for us. It’s just something we’ll have to continue to rehab and see where we are on Wednesday.”

Rodgers was injured on a scramble in the third quarter of Sunday’s 30-21 loss at Tampa Bay. He stayed in the game and threw a touchdown pass to Greg Jennings, but sat out part of the fourth quarter.

JETS: Safety Eric Smith was suspended for one game by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Anquan Boldin.

Smith was also fined $50,000 by the league for what it called a flagrant violation of player safety rules. In a statement, the NFL said Boldin was in a defenseless position at the time contact was made.

Boldin was resting at home one day after being carted off the field following the scary collision in the Cardinals’ 56-35 loss to the Jets at the Meadowlands.

GIANTS: The team and suspended star receiver Plaxico Burress are close to an agreement that will cut his fine for missing a team meeting last week. Burress still will have to sit out the team-mandated one-game suspension against Seattle on Sunday.

SUPER BOWL: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band will perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show in Tampa, Fla., continuing a run of major talent that has lately included the Rolling Stones, U2, Paul McCartney, Prince and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.

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