- The Washington Times - Monday, September 28, 2009

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore left the game Sunday against Minnesota with a right ankle injury. The team said X-rays showed no broken bones, and he did not return.

Gore has been bothered by the injury since last week against Seattle. He rushed for 207 yards on 16 carries in the game but did not play for most of the fourth quarter after getting hurt.

He left the game after rushing for 4 yards on one carry on the second possession of the game for San Francisco. Gore limped to the sidelines and tried to walk it off for several minutes before taking a cart to the locker room.

Glen Coffee filled in for Gore and had 54 yards on 24 carries.

CHARGERS: Outside linebacker Shawne Merriman left Sunday’s game against Miami because of a groin injury.

Merriman tried to play with the injury, which he suffered a week earlier in a loss to Baltimore, but was forced out early in the third quarter.

DOLPHINS: Miami quarterback Chad Pennington was knocked out of Sunday’s game against the Chargers with an injury to his right shoulder.

Pennington was thrown to the ground after throwing an incomplete pass on third-and-7 from the Miami 40. He was slow to get up, then once he got to the sideline took off his helmet and shoulder pads and had a bag of ice on his shoulder.

The Dolphins didn’t know the extent of the injury. Pennington, who has a history of shoulder surgeries, said he was in a “state of shock.”

RAMS: Quarterback Marc Bulger, wide receiver Laurent Robinson and safety James Butler left Sunday’s game against Green Bay with injuries.

Bulger left late in the first quarter with a bruised right shoulder after a sack by Aaron Kampman.

St. Louis honored David “Deacon” Jones during a ceremony before Sunday’s home opener against Green Bay, retiring his No. 75 jersey.

Jones was part of the “Fearsome Foursome” of the Los Angeles Rams team that included fellow defensive linemen Merlin Olsen, Lamar Lunday and Rosey Grier.

BILLS: Buffalo’s defensive backfield was suddenly depleted by injuries following its loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Starting cornerback Leodis McKelvin did not return after aggravating an ankle injury in the first half. Also unable to finish were starting safeties Donte Whitner, who hurt his thumb, and Bryan Scott, who also hurt his ankle in the second half.

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