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Smith, Payton, Sanders other players to reach mark

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Jets running back Curtis Martin became the fourth NFL player to rush for 14,000 yards, reaching the mark with a 23-yard run in the first quarter of New York's 21-19 loss to New Orleans on Sunday night.

Martin, in his 11th season, joined Emmitt Smith (18,355), Walter Payton (16,726) and Barry Sanders (15,269) as the only players to reach the milestone. He needed just 19 yards coming in and finished with 91 to give him 14,072.

On a first-down play on the New York 24, Martin went up the middle and then bounced out to the right sideline for the big run on the Jets' third offensive series. It was Martin's fourth carry of the game after sitting out the Jets' second series. He appeared to have been banged up during an earlier run and was seen walking gingerly on the sideline.

Martin also joined Smith and Payton as the only players with 3,500 rushing attempts, reaching the mark with his 21st carry -- a 3-yard run late in the fourth quarter. He ended the game with 24 carries, giving him 3,503. Smith had 4,409 career rushes, while Payton had 3,838.

Martin has 706 yards rushing this year and has five games to become the first player to start his NFL career with 1,000 yards rushing in each of his first 11 seasons.