Updated: September 15, 2003, 12:54 PM ETBy By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: WR Joe Jurevicius injured his knee in a collision with FB Mike Alstott in the third quarter Sunday, and the resulting sprain will keep him out of action for at least four weeks. Jurevicius was carted off the field after Alstott's helmet hit his knee. "Joe's an incredible weapon,'' CB Ronde Barber told the Tamap Tribune. "He definitely means a lot to this team. Somebody's got to step up and play for him.'' WR/KR Karl Williams was moved to Jurevicius' No. 3 spot and should remain there while he is out. The Bucs likely will add another receiver to the roster during Jurevicius' absence. This is the last thing the Bucs wanted to hear since their offense has been struggling to find its rhythm and Jurevicius always seems to provide them with critical catches, but Williams did his best to pick up the slack and caught a 43-yard pass on the Bucs game-tying drive. Philadelphia Eagles: On the first play of the fourth quarter, backup DT Paul Grasmanis suffered a torn left Achilles tendon and eventually was carted off the field. "He'll have an MRI [today]," coach Andy Reid told the Philadelphia Inquirer, "but he has a torn Achilles tendon." Without Grasmanis and with Darwin Walker having moved from tackle to end, the Eagles are down to Corey Simon, Hollis Thomas and Sam Rayburn as healthy defensive tackles. The problem could be helped by the return of DEs Brandon Whiting and Jerome McDougle, allowing Walker to move back to tackle. Whiting missed yesterday's game because of a hamstring injury, and McDougle has missed the first two games with various injuries. Luckily the Eagles have an open date this week to give Whiting and NcDougle extra time to heal. Jacksonville Jaguars: On Jacksonville's final series, rookie QB Byron Leftwich got his first pro game-time and he responded by leading the Jaguars to a 90-yard scoring drive. He completed 7 of 8 passes for 92 yards, though his production should be somewhat tempered by the fact that the Bills were playing second-stringers. Still, he finished with a gaudy 154.2 passer rating. "It was nice to finish the game with a touchdown, but it really doesn't mean anything when it comes in a loss like that," Leftwich told the Orlando Sentinel. "I wasn't nervous." But given the nature of his success, it's far too early to expect him to replace starter Mark Brunell, who still gives this team its best chance to win.
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