49ers Barlow expects to play

San Francisco 49ers: Running back Kevan Barlow has a sprained ligament in his right knee, but the 49ers' leading rusher is expected to play Sunday.

Barlow hurt his knee during the third series in Sunday's 30-27 loss at New Orleans. He played the rest of the game, rushing for
114 yards and two touchdowns. An MRI on Wednesday revealed that
Barlow has a sprained MCL.

He left Wednesday's practice early, but wasn't concerned about being ready for Sunday's game at Seattle.

"It felt like regular soreness, and I thought I'd run it off," Barlow said. "But I was out running, and I couldn't explode like I
wanted. I felt like I could have practiced, but we were just being

Barlow won't practice Thursday, but should play Sunday, team spokesman Jason Jenkins said.

Atlanta Falcons: Atlanta running back Warrick Dunn didn't practice Wednesday and was questionable for the unbeaten Falcons' game against Arizona.

Dunn sprained his left knee in last weekend's 34-17 victory over
St. Louis. The Falcons are 2-0 for the first time since 1998.

"It was pretty stiff on Monday, but it feels pretty good
today," he said. "I'm pleased that I was able to walk and jog
around a little bit. We'll see how it goes tomorrow."

Dunn, who has rushed for 106 yards and four touchdowns, will
probably do some limited work on Thursday, according to coach Jim

Detroit Lions: The Lions signed cornerback Vernon Fox and released cornerback Chris Kern, one day after cutting running back Olandis Gary, who was on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.

Detroit signed receiver David Kircus to its practice squad after cutting him from the active roster on Monday.

Gary rushed for 384 yards and two touchdowns last season after joining the Lions in a preseason trade with Buffalo. He ran for 1,159 yards as a rookie for Denver in 1999 but had the next two seasons ruined by injuries.

Fox, who played the past two seasons with San Diego, was released by the Chargers on Aug. 31. Kern made the Lions this year after being signed to the practice squad toward the end of last season.

Cleveland Browns: Tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. will miss at least two months with
a broken right leg, but coach Butch Davis is still optimistic the first-round
pick will be able to help this season.

Winslow had surgery Tuesday and Davis said while doctors
inserted screws to stabilize the fracture, they did not find any
ligament damage. If all goes well, Winslow could be walking in two
weeks and Davis is holding out hope he'll have the former
University of Miami star back in November.

The Browns have discussed placing Winslow on injured reserve for
the rest of the season, but want to hold off as long as possible.

Browns banged up for Giants: Nine players missed all or some of Cleveland's
practice. A new addition to the Browns' injury report
was cornerback Anthony Henry, who sustained a concussion in
Sunday's loss at Dallas.

Henry is listed as questionable for this week's game against the
New York Giants, as is cornerback Daylon McCutcheon, who had three
pins surgically inserted on Tuesday into a broken middle finger.

McCutcheon didn't practice on Wednesday, but Davis said he has
been cleared to play.

Houston Texans: Quarterback David Carr missed practice with a case of the stomach flu that has made the rounds at Reliant Park, coach Dom Capers said. "We felt it was important for him to stay home," Capers said. Carr is expected to return Thursday.

Right tackle Zach Wiegert (elbow) and running back Tony Hollings (knee) both were upgraded to questionable from doubtful, meaning there's a 50-50 chance they'll
play. Hollings, Domanick Davis' backup, did some running Wednesday.

Tennessee Titans: The Titans finally got some good news about an injured linebacker Wednesday.

Starting middle linebacker Rocky Calmus was deactivated in the
Titans' 31-17 loss to Indianapolis last week because of a back
problem and weakness in his left leg. But Calmus visited Dr. Craig
Brigham in North Carolina, and the specialist agreed with the
Titans' opinion that the injury is only minor.

"He's just got some minor nerve issues that are starting to
clear up," coach Jeff Fisher said. "He could be better tomorrow.
He might be better in a week from now. We just have to keep
treating him the way we are."

Green Bay Packers: The Packers can't keep their nose tackles healthy.

James Lee, who made his first NFL start last week after Grady
Jackson dislocated a knee cap in the opener, had surgery Wednesday
to repair torn cartilage in his left knee and is expected to be out
four to six weeks.

Cletidus Hunt slid over to nose tackle at practice, with Cullen
Jenkins replacing him at tackle along with Kenny Peterson, who
returned to action after sitting out both of Green Bay's
games with a sprained ankle and sore knee.

The Packers might activate Colin Cole off their practice
squad or take another look at free agent Larry Smith when he's
recovered from a torn thigh muscle as they await the return of
Jackson, who guesses he'll miss another three weeks.

Arizona Cardinals: Coach Dennis Green has brought in old friend Carl Hargrave as a consultant to help revive the moribund offense of the Cardinals.

Hargrave was an assistant with the Minnesota Vikings from 1994
until Green left at the end of the 2001 season, working as running
backs coach most of that time. He also was an assistant to Green at
Northwestern from 1981-85.

Green has been upset with his team's lack of offense in a system
he says he invented with the Vikings.

"I don't think we are implementing I think the best offensive
system in the National Football League like we could, and I don't
think we've been playing like we will," Green said. "So to do
that, I brought Carl Hargrave in."

New York Jets: Jets defensive end Josh Evans had back surgery and was placed on injured reserve, ending his season.

Evans got hurt about three weeks ago and played sparingly in the season opener against Cincinnati before missing last weekend's game at San Diego.

The Jets also signed center Drew Caylor, who was drafted by Pittsburgh in the sixth round in April, as insurance should starter Kevin Mawae not be able to play next week against the Dolphins. Mawae broke a bone in his right hand, and his status is questionable.

Minnesota Vikings: Right tackle Mike Rosenthal and tight end Jim Kleinsasser were placed on injured reserve.

Rosenthal broke his right foot in Monday night's game at Philadelphia. Kleinsasser will have surgery to repair damage to his right knee sustained in the opener against Dallas on Sept. 12.

The Vikings now have seven players on injured reserve, including cornerback Ken Irvin -- who ruptured his right Achilles' tendon while warming up before the Cowboys game.

Tight end Sean Berton, who made the team as an undrafted rookie last year but was cut in training camp, was signed to replace Kleinsasser. Berton, a reliable blocker, will share time at the position with rookie Richard Owens. Rookie Jeff Dugan will back them up.

Minnesota also filled three vacancies on the practice squad by signing safety Oliver Celestin, tight end John Paul Foschi and guard Brandon Newton.

Backing a candidate: Running back Mewelde Moore (shoulder) was added to the injury
report, and he's listed as probable. Running back Michael Bennett (knee) and running back Moe Williams (ankle) are both questionable, but Williams is expected to play and Bennett isn't.

The Vikings would rather give their starter an extra week to
heal, with their bye looming on Oct. 3, and bring him back full
speed against Houston on Oct. 10.

"Obviously you'd love to be out playing and helping your
teammates," Bennett said. "I can't say that I'm 100 percent, but
I'm progressing well. Things are looking good for me, and that's
all I can hope for."

Adding one to the ring: Bill Brown, the third-leading rusher
in Vikings history, will join the team's Ring of Honor in
a halftime ceremony on Sunday.

Brown, who played for the Vikings from 1962-1974, becomes the
13th person to be recognized with a banner on the facade of the
Metrodome's upper deck. The Ring of Honor was started by owner Red
McCombs when he bought the team in 1998.

"It's really appreciated, and I think I'll enjoy this," Brown

Brown was a star at Illinois who was drafted by the Chicago Bears -- Minnesota's opponent Sunday -- in 1961. He was traded to the
Vikings the next season and wound up rushing for 5,757 yards --
behind only Robert Smith and Chuck Foreman on the team's all-time

Cincinnati Bengals: End Carl Powell had arthroscopic knee surgery, leaving the Bengals thin on the defensive line that needs to contain Jamal Lewis on Sunday.

Coach Marvin Lewis didn't give an indication how long Powell will be sidelined.

Powell is part of the Bengals' defensive line rotation. He
appeared in their first two games as a reserve and started three of
their 16 games last year.

The Bengals' priority against Baltimore will be containing
Lewis, who has rushed for at least 100 yards in each of his six
career games against Cincinnati.