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Testaverde hurts Achilles tendon, leaves game

ATLANTA -- New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde
injured his right Achilles tendon and left Monday night's game
against the Atlanta Falcons late in the third quarter.

The 41-year-old Testaverde, who fumbled three times in the first
half, appeared to get hurt trying to escape a heavy rush. He threw
an interception on the next play.

Brooks Bollinger took over on the next possession with the Jets trailing 27-7.

Testaverde was 11-of-18 for 140 yards. The Jets lost 27-14.

"You spot 17 points," Testaverde said, "and it's hard to get back. That's no way to play football."

Testaverde was signed by the Jets after Chad Pennington and Jay
Fiedler, their top two quarterbacks, went down with injuries. He
was 11-of-18 for 139 yards with the four turnovers against the
Falcons.