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FAULK MISSES ANOTHER DAY OF PRACTICE

Marshall Faulk missed practice Friday with a bruised right knee for the third straight day and might sit out Sunday's game against the New York Jets.

Faulk, the NFL's Most Valuable Player last year, was limited to using a treadmill Friday. Coach Mike Martz said he plans to use rookie Trung Canidate on Sunday.

But Martz left the door open just a bit, saying Faulk felt better than "even he had anticipated," and that a final decision will be made today.

"He'll let me know in the morning," Martz said. "He feels real good right now. His comment to me today was 'You know, I've played with this before, these types of injuries.' "

Faulk, who has had two operations on the knee since November, declined to comment.

Martz said Faulk could set his recovery back if he tries to return to the field too quickly.

"You keep playing on that thing, you keep pounding it, you just make it worse and worse," Martz said.

The Rams' upcoming schedule won't affect whether or not Faulk plays Sunday, the coach said. The Rams play the Saints next week and then have a bye.

"It's the old coach's thing -- you take each one a game at a time," Martz said. "The length of the season does play into it. You don't want to lose him for an extended period of time."

Quarterback Kurt Warner said he would be surprised to see Faulk carrying the ball against the Jets.

"I don't think he's going to play," Warner said. "I don't expect him to be on the field. I'm sure it's going to be a little bit different, but we're just going to play. I can't worry about who's back there."

Eagles assistant has tumor removed

PHILADELPHIA -- Eagles defensive line coach Tommy Brasher had a malignant tumor removed from behind his right ear, head coach Andy Reid said.

The tumor was on the main salivary gland, called the parotid gland. Doctors at Pennsylvania Hospital had to remove the gland to get to the tumor, Eagles athletic trainer Rick Burkholder said.

"We think right now, it won't affect his daily living," Burkholder said. "You have other salivary glands that will make up for it."

Burkholder said it appears the cancer was contained in the one gland, though doctors won't know for sure until they receive test results in two weeks.

Glenn could sit out Sunday

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Patriots receiver Terry Glenn could miss Sunday's game against the Colts with a hamstring injury.

Glenn, suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy, left practice early Thursday and was listed as questionable on Friday's injury report.

In Sunday's game against the Chargers -- his first of the season -- Glenn caught seven passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.

Status of Allen, Dixon up in air

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Starting cornerback Will Allen and kickoff returner Ron Dixon are battling ankle injuries and New York Giants coach Jim Fassel isn't sure whether they will play against the Eagles.

Neither player practiced much Friday, and Fassel said he probably won't decide whether they will play until just before Monday night's game.

Fellow rookie Will Peterson would probably replace Allen, with either Emmanuel McDaniel or Dave Thomas playing in the nickel packages.

Defensive tackle Keith Hamilton, whose shoulder popped out of its socket in last week's game with the Rams, practiced Friday and plans to play Monday. "He's sore," Fassel said. "He's a tough guy. He'll play. I won't play him unless he's fine."

Two Vikings fined by the league

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- Vikings receiver Cris Carter and safety Henry Jones were fined $5,000 each by the NFL.

Carter taunted opponents after a 4-yard catch in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 31-26 victory over Detroit.

Jones had a helmet-to-helmet hit on Lions quarterback Charlie Batch in the second quarter. Carter and Jones have 10 days to appeal the fines, league spokesman Chris McCloskey said.

Cowboys may build new home

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys are interested in building a new stadium as part of a sports and entertainment complex near Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

Owner Jerry Jones will meet next week with officials in Grapevine to discuss the facility. Jones also plans presentations to other cities, including Arlington and Irving, where Texas Stadium is located.

But Jones likes Grapevine's proximity to the airport, its location midway between population bases in Fort Worth and Dallas, and its access to major highways and rail lines.

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