- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Rev. Al Sharpton wants the NFL to block conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh from bidding on the St. Louis Rams.

Sharpton sent a letter to NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Monday. He said Limbaugh has been divisive and “anti-NFL” in some of his comments.

Limbaugh said last week he is teaming up with St. Louis Blues hockey team owner Dave Checketts in a bid to buy the Rams. He has declined to discuss details of the offer, citing a confidentiality agreement.

In 2003, Limbaugh worked briefly on ESPN’s NFL pregame show. He resigned after saying Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb was overrated because the media wanted to see a black quarterback succeed.

COLTS: Peyton Manning’s left knee may be sore, but it doesn’t appear to be a serious problem for undefeated Indianapolis.

One day after Manning led Indianapolis to a 31-9 victory at Tennessee, coach Jim Caldwell said he had not received a doctor’s report regarding the knee, something he would have expected had there been concerns.

“We have doctors that are there all the time. They certainly have taken a look at it,” Caldwell said.

BROWNS: The NFL is investigating Cleveland rookie running back James Davis’ season-ending shoulder injury.

On Sunday, ESPN.com reported that Davis was injured during a recent post-practice “opportunity period” when he was hit by a Browns linebacker. According to the report, witnesses said Davis was not wearing shoulder pads while the unidentified defender who hit him had them on.

49ERS: Two San Francisco defenders with concussions could be done for the season.

Safety Michael Lewis sustained his third concussion of the season during Sunday’s 45-10 loss to Atlanta and was to have further testing during the off week. Linebacker Jeff Ulbrich, who suffered a concussion on the opening kickoff against St. Louis on Oct. 4, is scheduled to be seen by a neurologist Wednesday.

In other news, top return man Allen Rossum was released by the 49ers on Monday, creating roster room for newly signed rookie receiver Michael Crabtree.

BILLS: Buffalo coach Dick Jauron says middle linebackers Kawika Mitchell and Marcus Buggs will miss the rest of the season because of knee injuries.

Both were hurt in a 6-3 loss to Cleveland on Sunday, and Jauron said both require surgery.

Meanwhile, a chain saw carving of former Buffalo running back Thurman Thomas is missing from a parking lot across from Ralph Wilson Stadium a day after it was unveiled.

The project’s creator, Therese Forton-Barnes, says the 8 1/2-foot statue weighs more than 1,000 pounds and would have taken several strong people with a flatbed truck to remove it. It’s unclear when it disappeared. Orchard Park police are investigating.

TITANS: Tennessee cornerback Nick Harper will be out up to six weeks after surgery on a broken right forearm.

LIONS: Detroit put cornerback Eric King on injured reserve with an injured left shoulder.

PACKERS: Green Bay signed veteran tackle Mark Tauscher after bringing him in for a workout last week. Tauscher started at right tackle for most of the previous nine seasons for the Packers, but he tore a ligament in his left knee last December.

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