Quarterback Brian Griese and running back Terrell Davis will not start Sunday when the Denver Broncos play host to the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Mike Shanahan was hopeful on Friday that both players will be able to assume backup roles to Gus Frerotte and Mike Anderson, respectively.
Griese missed his third straight day of practice because of torn cartilage in his throwing shoulder. Earlier in the week, Shanahan said the best-case scenario was for Griese to rest his shoulder and try to throw on Friday, but the league's top-rated passer was held out of the drills -- partly because of cold, drizzly weather.
Frerotte, a seven-year veteran who has not thrown a pass this season, will get his first start since the Detroit-Washington NFC playoff game last January.
Davis, who has missed the past two games with a sprained left ankle, practiced on a limited basis and showed some improvement Friday. But Anderson, a sixth-round draft choice who has rushed for 131 and 187 yards in Davis' absence, will get his third consecutive start.
Shanahan said two other injured players, defensive tackle Trevor Pryce (knee) and tight end Dwayne Carswell (shoulder), will start.
"Gus will start, but hopefully Brian will be able to play in a backup role if it's feeling better," Shanahan said. "We'll give it a couple days of rest to see how he's able to throw before the game."
If Griese isn't recovered, rookie Jarious Jackson will be Frerotte's backup. Raymont Harris would back up Anderson if Davis can't go.
"I've prepared like I'm going to start," Frerotte said. "I feel real good. I've had a good week of practice."
Davis, whose steady recovery from reconstructive surgery on his right knee last October was slowed by the ankle injury he suffered in the season opener, ran hard on Friday.
"He looked pretty good today," Shanahan said. "It's the best he's looked. Hopefully, he'll get some playing time if he keeps on improving."
Galloway charged with assault
WHEELING, W.Va. -- Dallas Cowboys receiver Joey Galloway has been charged with assaulting a police officer in a hotel melee in May.
Ohio County Magistrate Daniel Tennant signed a complaint Thursday charging Galloway with a misdemeanor. Tennant, reached at home Friday evening, said he believes his office has scheduled an initial court hearing Oct. 11.
Shawn Trell, the agent and lawyer for Galloway, said the receiver is in Dallas and has not received the complaint.
"He will absolutely, vigorously defend himself," Trell said.
Trell said Galloway was not directly involved in the melee during a May 14 party. The party erupted into a fight involving more than 100 people. No one was seriously injured and no arrests were made.
Galloway, 28, tore a ligament in his left knee against Philadelphia this month and is out for the rest of the season. The Cowboys acquired him in a trade with Seattle in February.
Johnson apologizes for gesture
TAMPA, Fla. -- Keyshawn Johnson expressed regret Friday for making an obscene gesture to a TV cameraman Thursday at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers' practice.
CNN/Sports Illustrated aired the footage Thursday night, showing Johnson making a gesture similar to one the NFL fined Cleveland's Chris Gardocki $5,000 for extending toward Pittsburgh's bench during a game last week.
The Bucs' receiver said he used poor judgment, but was not trying to be disrespectful of the cameraman.
"You've got to understand who I am. Any time I do anything at all, it's going to make national news," Johnson said after practice Friday.
"For my part, it was a mistake. I never should have flipped the cameraman off. In my mind, I should have thought: 'What if this guy takes it back and tries to make a bigger story out of it than it was worth.' Realistically, it was very harmless."
Johnson said he was running around, hiding behind teammates, joking "like I normally do" with reporters, and "all of a sudden I just turned around and flipped the bird to him."
Coach Tony Dungy discussed the incident with Johnson before practice, but would not say if the team had taken disciplinary action.
NFC information manager Chris McCloskey said the league is looking into the incident.
Around the league
Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair took part in a full-speed practice Friday for the first time since bruising his sternum, and might start this weekend. He was injured in a victory over Kansas City on Sept. 10. The Titans, who had a bye last week, play Pittsburgh on Sunday.
Washington Redskins defensive lineman Dana Stubblefield faces a hearing Oct. 4 on a charge that he assaulted his wife. If there is a trial, it would take place several weeks later. Stubblefield is eligible to play Sunday against the New York Giants.
Redskins center Cory Raymer reinjured his right knee, possibly delaying his return. Raymer, on injured reserve since mid-August, was running during practice Thursday when he damaged cartilage in his knee. Raymer, the starting center in 1998 and 1999, seemed ready to rejoin the lineup when the Redskins play Tampa Bay on Oct. 1.
Oakland Raiders receiver Andre Rison surrendered to Jackson County, Mo., authorities on four charges of writing $158,000 in bad checks to a jewelry store. Rison, who spent the last three seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, posted $10,000 bond and was released. His initial court appearance is scheduled for Wednesday.
Chicago Bears left offensive tackle Blake Brockermeyer was hospitalized with a skin infection on his right arm and probably will miss the game against Detroit on Sunday. The team said it did not know how Brockermeyer's arm got infected.
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Terrence Wilkins will start Monday against Jacksonville, his first action since suffering a concussion in an Aug. 12 preseason game against the New Orleans Saints.