Updated: September 8, 2003, 2:27 PM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Miami Dolphins: You can question the effectiveness of bulletin board material as a motivating factor for opposing teams, but the comment DE Jay Williams made to some of his friends on the Texans prior to the game certainly did help fire up the second-year team. In the warm-ups today before game Williams ended a conversation with three of his former teammates by saying, "I'll see you guys after this practice." They were only all to willing to share with the rest of the team that the Dolphins viewed the game as a way to keep themselves busy while notching a sure win, and then they went out and shocked the NFL world by beating the heavily favored Dolphins. "It was a slip of words on my part," Williams told the New York Times. "Obviously I meant to say 'game.' But if I gave them extra motivation, I accept that. We still should have played better." New York Giants: RB Dorsey Levens was upset when he learned that RB Delvin Joyce had earned the backup job to Tiki Barber, but apparently Levens is even behind kick returner Brian Mitchell. With the Giants up 13-6 late in the third quarter, they handed the ball to Mitchell on first-and-goal from the one. Mitchell was being used as the third-down back, but apparently he's also the short-yardage back. Levens had the pleasure of watching it all unfold in street clothes, as he was a healthy inactive ...LT Luke Petigout left the game in the first half with back spasms, but coach Jim Fassel does not believe it will be a lingering problem. Green Bay Packers: The Packers wide receiving corps took a big hit Sunday, when starting WRs Donald Driver and Robert Ferguson, and backup Karsten Bailey were all injured against the Vikings. Despite the grotesque way that Donald Driver landed on his face, the fact that he suffered only a neck strain is nothing short of miraculous. But he is listed as week-to-week and his return date is a mystery. Ferguson injured his right ankle and knee three plays after Driver was carried off the field on a stretcher. Ferguson got his leg caught under him as he was dragged backward. "Hopefully, it's just a sprain and it will be nothing but the normal (amount) of time," Ferguson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "That's what I'm hoping." Bailey suffered a pulled hamstring, and all three will be evaluated further today. It's possible that the Packers could be without three of their top four wideouts this week, but WR Antonio Freeman, who is still a free agent, might be contacted if these injuries are slow to heal.
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