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PATS SUSPEND GLENN, AGENT SEEKS REINSTATEMENT

Terry Glenn's troubled season apparently ended Wednesday when he was suspended by Patriots coach Pete Carroll, who said the flu-ridden receiver ignored club requests to meet with medical personnel.

Glenn's agent, James Gould, said he requested an expedited arbitration hearing at which Glenn could be reinstated for New England's season finale Sunday against Baltimore.

Glenn was excused from practice last Friday and Saturday because of the flu but was told to report to the team hotel Saturday night to have his condition checked, Carroll said.

The wide receiver didn't show and was told by Carroll not to go to last Sunday's home game against Buffalo. Then, Carroll said, Glenn didn't report to Foxboro Stadium on Monday and Tuesday to be seen by trainers.

"We intend to fight this," Gould said. "To make him the scapegoat is not the way it's going to go down."

The Patriots (7-8) have lost six of their last seven games and are out of playoff contention. Carroll's job is in jeopardy even though he has two years left on his five-year contract.

After learning of the suspension, Glenn cleaned out his locker, got into his Range Rover and left the stadium without commenting.

Brunell is optimistic

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Another day of healing has Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell believing he'll be back to near full health by playoff time.

Brunell strained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. An MRI revealed a sprain, but no significant damage.

While he's not participating in practice this week and won't play against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, Brunell said Wednesday that the injury wasn't as serious as some first suspected.

"I think I could be very close to 100 percent by playoff time," Brunell said.

Coach Tom Coughlin says the team is gearing Brunell for a comeback the weekend of Jan. 15, the second week of the playoffs. A victory this weekend would clinch the AFC Central and a first-round bye.

Around the league

Former Carolina Panthers player Rae Carruth is the father of Cherica Adams' 6-week-old son, sources told the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer. DNA tests conducted this week show that Carruth, charged with murdering Cherica Adams, is the father of Chancellor Lee Adams, the sources said.

Cecil Collins of the Miami Dolphins, awaiting extradition to Louisiana for a probation violation, has been accused of harassing and stalking two more women. The Davie (Fla.) police department said it is investigating the two cases. A violation of probation could result in four years in prison.

Tennessee Titans safety Marcus Robertson could miss the first round of the playoffs after needing 150 stitches to close facial cuts received in a motorcycle accident.

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