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Updated: October 13, 2003, 10:23 AM ET
By By Darrell Trimble | ESPN Insider
Denver Broncos: LB Ian Gold tore his right ACL during the first quarter of Sunday's 17-14 win over the Steelers, and will be lost for the season. He will undergo surgery later this month and spend the next six to eight months rehabbing. The injury could be very costly to Gold, who was scheduled to be a free agent at the end of this season. According to the Denver Post, second-year LB Donnie Spragan will start Sunday in Minnesota.

Green Bay Packers: DE Joe Johnson left Sunday's game at the end of the first quarter with a strained right thigh and did not return. According to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Johnson was walking with the aid of crutches after the game, though he said they were just for precaution. Neither Johnson nor coach Mike Sherman gave any indication to the seriousness of the injury and tests will be done today on the thigh for an accurate prognosis. The Packers have had bad luck with d-linemen and thighs. Both Santana Dotson and Steve Warren suffered torn thigh muscles in 2000 and were lost for the year.

Washington Redskins: Coach Steve Spurrier might want to get on the phone with TE Zeron Flemister, who was released just a few days ago, and offer him his old job back. That's because the Redskins may have lost TE Robert Royal for the remainder of the season. Royal may have fractured his right femur trying to block DE Simeon Rice on the opening possession. He is scheduled to undergo tests today, but Steve Spurrier said he is prepared to turn to Byron Chamberlain, who was signed in place of Flemister, as the starter. "I think he played pretty decent in there. He's our starter now," Spurrier told the Washington Post. The Skins suffered other significant injuries Sunday. RB Trung Canidate suffered a mild high ankle sprain, though it's uncertain how long the injury could keep him out of action. CB Fred Smoot bruised his sternum early in the third quarter and was taken to the locker room for X-rays. They showed no fractures, he said, but he could undergo further tests this week.

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