Share this article

print logo

INFANTE SEES GAME WITH BILLS AS 'GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY'

Another game, another frustrating loss. Now coach Lindy Infante calls a Monday Night Football date for the winless Indianapolis Colts a "golden opportunity" for redemption.

The Colts, who fell to 0-6 Sunday night with a 24-22 loss at Pittsburgh,, will be on national television for the second straight week when the Buffalo Bills visit next Monday night.

"It was a great opportunity to go out and show the world we can play good football, and for the most part we did," Infante said.

The Colts' last chance for victory at Pittsburgh ended when Cary Blanchard hooked a 42-yard field goal attempt with 2:44 to play.

"We've got another golden opportunity. . . . We're looking forward to going out and playing Buffalo and showing the world how we can play," Infante said. "It's a great opportunity to turn the thing around. . . . I'm looking forward to it. I think it would be exciting for the players."

The Colts will be without defensive end Tony Bennett against Buffalo. Bennett, who has three of the Colts' nine sacks, aggravated an old injury to his left knee against Pittsburgh and was having it examined Monday.

"The anticipation and the prognosis is that he'll be back in a week or two," Infante said. "They feel that it's a loose body and that if it is removed, it will be a couple of weeks."

Infante said he hopes starting linebackers Elijah Alexander and Stephen Grant will be ready for the Buffalo game.

Grant has missed the last two games with a neck injury and Alexander missed the game at Pittsburgh after being sidelined by a groin injury on the second play of the previous game.

The Colts have lost four games by a total of 14 points, including one at Buffalo when the Bills overcame a 26-point deficit for a 37-35 triumph.

"The difference between this team and the team the last couple of years is we figured out a way to win those close games," Infante said. "We're doing just enough wrong to not be able to step over that hump. . . . We're not as bad as our record indicates."

Wannstedt defends decision

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Was Dave Wannstedt fearless or foolish? Did he give his team its best chance for victory or condemn it to yet another defeat? Was his call a bold show of confidence or a misguided display of desperation?

Just why did the Chicago Bears' coach go for two?

To do everything he could to defeat the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, he said. To show his players, beaten down by a season of failure, that he has confidence in them.

"To win the game," Wannstedt said Monday, the day after his Bears lost, 24-23, after a failed two-point conversion pass with 1:54 remaining.

"You know that (the Packers) are going to get the ball back," he said. "We wanted to be able to send our defense on the field with the lead knowing that if we can stop them for four plays, we can win the game. That was the bottom line -- win the game."

It clearly was a nothing-to-lose call for a team that has done nothing but lose.

Chicago (0-7), the only NFC team without a victory, has matched the worst start in the franchise's 78-year history.

Fox loses at name game

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn -- After Minnesota Vikings kicker Eddie Murray broke the NFL record Sunday by making his 235th consecutive extra-point kick, a Fox TV camera focused on a man and woman in the Metrodome crowd, and the announcer, Paul Kennedy, identified them as Murray's wife "Chris" and his father.

Only there was a problem.

His wife is named Cindy, and she was home in Detroit, watching television. And his father has been dead for more than 20 years.

"It's pretty wild to make that stuff up without actually asking," Murray said. "The woman who they called my wife is a friend of (punter) Mitch Berger's girlfriend."

Murray's wife, Cindy, is white. The woman identified as Murray's wife is black.

On Monday evening, Fox admitted the mistake and offered an apology to Murray and his family.

ESPN showed highlights of the game and made a similar mistake. "ESPN called them family members," Murray said.

Sid Rubin, a close family friend from Detroit, was the man incorrectly identified as Murray's father.

Around the league

The Miami Dolphins released Fred Barnett, a week after the veteran wide receiver lost his starting job. They also released defensive back Clayton Holmes, whose career had been troubled by drug use. With 17 catches on the year, Barnett ranked second on the Dolphins behind O.J. McDuffie.

Bam Morris, jailed for a probation violation last week in Texas, practiced with the Baltimore Ravens and is preparing to play the rest of the season despite the threat of having his probation revoked.

An MRI showed Carolina quarterback Steve Beuerlein suffered a strained medial collateral ligament against Minnesota. His status for Sunday's game against New Orleans remains uncertain.

Danny Wuerffel was a college football hero in Florida, leading the Gators to a national championship. He can become a hero in New Orleans, just by helping the Saints win a few games. Saints coach Mike Ditka has named Wuerffel the starter for Sunday's game against Carolina. He replaces Heath Shuler.

The New York Jets apparently violated the NFL's injury policy when they failed to report center Roger Duffy's knee sprain last week. Duffy was injured last Thursday during practice. His backup, J.R. Conrad, said he was told that day he would start Sunday against Miami. But Duffy's name never appeared on the league's injury report. In 1994, the Dallas Cowboys were fined $10,000 for not reporting Troy Aikman's thumb injury prior to a game against San Francisco.

The St. Louis Rams have released rookie punter Will Brice and replaced him with veteran Mike Horan, 38.

There are no comments - be the first to comment