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REPORTS: BLEDSOE MAY BE LOST FOR THE SEASON

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Drew Bledsoe spent his second day in the hospital Monday and the Patriots said they expect him to miss at least two games because of bleeding in his chest following a tackle.

Some reports say the New England quarterback could be lost for the year.

Boston's WBZ-TV reported Monday night that Bledsoe has a collapsed lung -- in addition to internal injuries disclosed by the team -- that might require season-ending surgery. ESPN reported that Bledsoe lost two pints of blood and probably will be out at least six weeks and possibly the whole season.

Bledsoe was in stable condition after being taken to Massachusetts General Hospital on Sunday night. Doctors used a chest tube to alleviate the bleeding.

"They could hold him for observation another day or they could choose to release him today," Patriots spokesman Stacey James said today. "I'm waiting for an update from the hospital today."

A hospital spokeswoman referred all questions to the Patriots.

Bledsoe was knocked out of the game by Jets linebacker Mo Lewis in the fourth quarter of New York's 10-3 win.

"He got hit hard, he was on the ground, he was dazed. He certainly could not have stood back up and gone back in the game," coach Bill Belichick said.

Belichick said he didn't know how many games the quarterback would miss.

"My guess is that he would not play for at least a couple of weeks," he said.

Tom Brady played the final series, with the Patriots needing to score a touchdown to tie or go ahead.

Brady was 5 for 10 for 46 yards and brought New England to the New York 29 before he threw four incompletions to end the game.

Brady, who leapfrogged over the more experienced Damon Huard in training camp to be the No. 2 quarterback, will start Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

He was drafted in the sixth round of the 2000 draft out of Michigan. He threw three passes last season, completing one.

Tagliabue, NADA talking

NEW ORLEANS -- Officials from the National Automobile Dealers Association are again considering moving the date of their annual convention to allow the NFL to keep this season's Super Bowl in New Orleans.

NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue met for an hour Monday with the group's president, Phil Brady, at NADA headquarters in McLean, Va. They agreed to continue their talks today.

"It's premature to be pessimistic or optimistic about the outcome," NADA spokesman David Hyatt said. "It's clear that the league has done its due diligence, and now they're ready to discuss the nitty-gritty details."

The NFL, which postponed its Week Two games in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, wants to delay the Jan. 27 Super Bowl a week to allow for a full slate of playoff games. The NADA's convention is scheduled for Feb. 2-5, and New Orleans cannot host both events simultaneously.

In case no agreement can be reached with the NADA, the NFL has contacted officials from Pasadena, Tampa and Miami about hosting the game.

"I think it's very likely that (the Super Bowl) will be Feb. 3 instead of Jan. 27, in one way or another," Tagliabue said Sunday. "I believe we'll be able to pick up the week that we've lost and play the entire postseason schedule."

No change in penalties

The impression in the two weeks worked by replacement officials was that they seemed reluctant to throw flags. Yet the difference is negligible between the first week of the regular season, when replacements worked, and Sunday with the regulars back.

In 15 games in Week One, there were 161 accepted penalties, or an average of 10.7 per game. On Sunday, there were 142 in 13 games, or 10.9 per game.

Each week, there were large swings from game to game.

In Week 1, there were 21 penalties for 205 yards in the Miami-Tennessee game, and just five for 48 yards in Seattle-Cleveland. The Seahawks had just one penalty for 5 yards in that one.

On Sunday, there were just four penalties for 25 yards in the Giants-Chiefs game, 24 for 165 in Cleveland-Detroit and 27 for 192 in Buffalo-Indianapolis. The Bills alone were flagged 19 times for 133 yards.

Around the league

Minnesota strong safety Robert Griffith will miss at least six weeks with a broken leg, ending his steak of 70 straight starts.

Jacksonville running back Fred Taylor has a groin injury that will keep him out at least three weeks. Tests revealed a tendon had partially detached from the bone in the groin area. Coach Tom Coughlin said Taylor's status would be re-evaluated in the week before the Jaguars face the Bills in a Thursday, Oct. 18 game.

Chicago quarterback Jim Miller was named the Bears' starter for their next game, Oct. 7 in Atlanta, a reward for leading the team past the Vikings after replacing the injured Shane Matthews.

Throwing seven interceptions was not enough to cost Ty Detmer his job as the Detroit Lions' starting quarterback.

"I have evaluated the film, and we'll go on about our business with Ty," Lions coach Marty Mornhinweg said Monday.

The Lions (0-2) have a bye this week and will play St. Louis (2-0) at home on Monday night, Oct. 8.

Duce Staley might play against Dallas on Sunday despite a cartilage tear in his right shoulder. Cornerback Troy Vincent's injured shoulder was diagnosed as a sprain, and coach Andy Reid said Vincent may play against Dallas.

Carolina benched running back Tim Biakabutuka after he fumbled on his fifth carry Sunday. It was his second fumble this season in 10 carries and he didn't touch the ball the rest of the game. He has been replaced by Nick Goings and coach George Seifert said he will decide in a few days if the change will be permanent.

Tight end Greg Clark was to undergo surgery on his right hamstring today, further delaying his first game with the San Francisco 49ers this season. The 49ers don't know when he'll return.

Steve McNair threw for the first time since being knocked out of Tennessee's season opener, and coach Jeff Fisher said he thinks the quarterback should throw in practice this week. Surgery is a possibility if McNair doesn't heal.

Oakland Raiders center Barret Robbins injured a ligament in his right knee and will miss at least one game.

Dallas Cowboys receiver Raghib Ismail is expected to be out 2-to-4 weeks, although test results on his injured right knee won't be available until today.

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