- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington may miss the rest of the season after suffering a shoulder injury in Sunday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.

Pennington, who has had surgery on his throwing shoulder twice, had an MRI that indicated a tear that would end his season, the Miami Herald reported.

The team has not commented on the severity of the injury, which occurred in the third quarter of the 23-13 loss to the Chargers in San Diego.

Second-year quarterback Chad Henne, a second-round draft choice out of Michigan by Miami, took over from Pennington and completed 10 of 19 passes for 92 yards.

49ERS: Running back Frank Gore is expected to miss three weeks because of a right ankle strain.

The 49ers said that the strain was revealed during an MRI.

Gore injured the ankle on his only carry during Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He left the game after a four-yard gain and did not return.

The team says it is not related to the ankle sprain he sustained during his 207-yard rushing performance against the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 20.

RAMS: Quarterback Marc Bulger has a bruised rotator cuff on his right throwing arm but has not been ruled out for next week’s game at San Francisco.

Whether Bulger or backup Kyle Boller starts, winless St. Louis will be without wide receiver Laurent Robinson, who leads the Rams with 13 catches. He will miss the remainder of the season with a high right ankle sprain and a fractured fibula.

BILLS: Cornerback Leodis McKelvin is out indefinitely with a broken bone in his leg, while safety Donte Whitner had surgery to repair an injured thumb, leaving Buffalo’s limping defense minus two more starters.

Coach Dick Jauron said McKelvin’s injury is the most serious and he isn’t sure when the player will return after he was hurt in the first half of a 27-7 loss to New Orleans on Sunday.

GIANTS: Starting right tackle Kareem McKenzie has a sprained right knee, and his status for this weekend’s game in Kansas City against the winless Chiefs is uncertain.

Also, Starting left guard Rich Seubert injured his right shoulder in the 24-0 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, but coach Tom Coughlin thinks he will play.

UNION: The NFL and the players union will hold a negotiating session Tuesday, with NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith hopeful of getting a formal proposal from the owners.

The NFL opted out of the collective bargaining agreement last year, although the contract won’t expire until after the 2010 season. That season will not have a salary cap under the current CBA, and Smith says he is hopeful of having an agreement before then.

BROWNS: Players union spokesman George Atallah confirmed Sunday that the NFLPA has filed a formal grievance over Mangini fining a player $1,701 for not paying a hotel for a $3 bottle of water.

However, Eric Mangini says there’s nothing unusual about a player protesting a fine.

“Grievances are common. People grieve with every single team,” Mangini said. “It’s not unique at all. I guess what would be more surprising is if 90 percent of fines aren’t grieved. That’s not just with us. That’s any team.”

JETS: David Clowney might think twice before tweeting from now on.

New York’s speedy wide receiver was benched by coach Rex Ryan for the team’s game against Tennessee on Sunday after Clowney complained on Twitter about a lack of playing time.

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