Favre, whose head bounced off the grass, sat out two plays
before returning to throw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Javon Walker
on fourth-and-5. After celebrating the touchdown with Walker, Favre
was summoned to the sideline, where medical personnel said he
displayed signs of a concussion.
Coach Mike Sherman acknowledged he shouldn't have sent Favre
back into the game.
"Well, he was standing there on the sideline. I said, 'Are you
OK?' He said yes. So, I put him back in," Sherman said. "He threw
the touchdown pass and then the doctors told me after that they
didn't want him back in the ballgame.
"The doctors hadn't necessarily cleared him, so I was in error
in putting him back in there."
Favre's TD, however, extended his streak to 29 consecutive games
with at least one scoring pass, third-longest in NFL history behind
Dan Marino's 30 and Johnny Unitas' 47.
Tomlinson had 147 yards against Tennessee, giving him 4,979 in
his four-year career. He broke Lowe's mark on a 5-yard run in the
Lowe played with the Chargers from 1960-68.
Dunn left the game late in the third quarter, and his return was
Dunn rushed 16 times for 76 yards through the first three
quarters, and had a 38-yard scoring run in the first period.
McNair, who shared the NFL's MVP award last season with Peyton
Manning, bruised his sternum in last week's loss to the
Jacksonville Jaguars. He was listed as questionable on the injury
report and said it still hurt when he breathed.
Volek made just his second start in five NFL seasons. In his
only other start, he led the Titans to a 28-26 win over Buffalo
last season, passing for 295 yards and two touchdowns, and running
for another score.
If a team uses its No. 3 quarterback in the first three
quarters, the other two QBs can't go back in. If the No. 3 goes in
during the fourth quarter, the other two would still be available.
Teague did not return after hurting his left knee early in the
second quarter. Jennings was knocked cold following a
helmet-to-helmet hit by Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork in
the third quarter.
Wilfork appeared to blindside Jennings, who was standing in the
Bills' backfield shortly after Drew Bledsoe completed a pass over
the middle to Eric Moulds. Jennings lay face down and motionless
for a few minutes before finally being revived by the training
staff. Jennings was escorted to the sideline and then to the locker
room in the fourth quarter.
The Bills also lost starting cornerback Troy Vincent, who did
not return after hurting his right knee in the first quarter.
Vincent was hurt on the opening drive as he pushed Bethel
Johnson out of bounds following a 17-yard reception. Vincent had
his right leg twisted beneath him as the two players tumbled at the
sideline. Vincent limped off the field and was carted to the Bills'
Patriots receiver Troy Brown did not return after sustaining
what the team said was an arm injury in the first quarter.
Smart jumped in the air to catch the ball near the goal line,
but his knee buckled when he landed. He crumpled to the ground and
lay on Carolina's 1-yard line before he was downed by Michael Jenkins with 10:07 left in the first half.
Smart was helped off the field and put no weight on his left
leg. He was carted to the locker room a few minutes later. His
return was questionable.
The injury is another blow to the Panthers' special teams.
Carolina lost wide receiver Steve Smith, who also returned punts,
to a broken leg in the season opener.
Pearson was injured in the third quarter of a 24-17 loss to
Indianapolis when Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney's leg whipped
into the side of his knee.
Pearson fell to the ground in pain and had to be helped off the
field. He was in a leg brace and using crutches after the game.
Tests will determine the extent of the damage.