FOXBORO, Mass. -- The Patriots were off Tuesday. When they gathered Monday, the blue metal folding chair Ty Law sits in at his dressing stall stood upright and unused.
It figures to stay that way for a long time.
Pro football is a game of huge, fast men and vicious collisions. But sometimes, the injuries that bring down a man -- and his team -- occur when he is running untouched. That's what Law was doing with five minutes left in the first quarter Sunday in Pittsburgh when he sustained the worst injury of his 10-year career.
Law's agent, Carl Poston, told the Boston Globe that Law has a broken bone in his left foot and will be out four to six weeks. When Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, who usually stonewalls when asked about injuries, was asked Monday whether he thought Law would play again before December, he said, "I don't know."
"Ty Law is the best (cornerback) in the league," said Patriots safety Rodney Harrison. "You lose him, it hurts. It definitely has a huge impact on your team."
Law was replaced by rookie Randall Gay, who also was hurt later in the game. Gay was beaten o n a 47-yard TD pass two plays after replacing Law.
Leftwich may play
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jaguars quarterback Byron Leftwich might not miss any action despite spraining his lateral collateral ligament in his left knee, coach Jack Del Rio said.
Sports orthopedist James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala., examined Leftwich on Tuesday and determined the quarterback will not need surgery. Leftwich has been told to rest the injury, suffered in Sunday's 20-6 loss to Houston.
Some players with the same injury have required four to six weeks of rest, but Del Rio said that rest during this week's bye might be enough. The Jaguars (5-3), in first place in the AFC South, host Detroit on Nov. 14.
"We'll re-evaluate Monday and have a better sense of when Byron will be able to join us," Del Rio said Tuesday.
Leftwich was hurt just before halftime on a tackle by Texans linebacker Kailee Wong and defensive lineman Gary Walker. Leftwich missed two plays before putting himself back in to finish the game -- without the coaches' consent.
If Leftwich cannot play, David Garrard, who has thrown just 60 passes in his three-year NFL career, would start.
Leftwich's agent, Tom Condon, sent the quarterback to Andrews after he developed pain late Monday afternoon.
Seau may be done
DAVIE, Fla. -- Miami Dolphins linebacker Junior Seau will miss the remainder of the season with a pectoral muscle injury, two sources told the Miami Herald.
The injury, which might eventually require surgery, will force the team to place Seau on the injured reserve list later this week and could call into question whether the former Pro Bowl linebacker, 35, will play again.
Seau will be replaced by second- year player Eddie Moore.
Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt did not confirm or deny Seau would miss the remainder of the season at his day-after news conference Tuesday.
"I'm going to visit with Junior in the morning, and we'll have an update for you at that time," Wannstedt said. "He is still being evaluated, and we'll have some definite information tomorrow."
Center Jason Ball was waived by the Dolphins after he failed his physical.
Ball was claimed last week by Miami, but is still hampered by an ankle injury suffered last season. He was released Oct. 26 by the San Diego Chargers following clashes with management.
Jordan OK with role
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- LaMont Jordan is OK with being in a Jets uniform.
The Jets have never been happier to oblige him.
"I'm glad I'm here for this season," Jordan said after he rushed for a career-high 115 yards on 14 carries in relief of Curtis Martin in the Jets' 41-14 victory over Miami on Monday. "Not necessarily because we're winning, but because of the lessons I learned this offseason. I could have just given up, quit . . . but I didn't do that."
Jordan got the increased workload against the Dolphins only because Martin bruised his right knee with 8:14 left in the third quarter when he was tackled for a 1-yard loss. To that point, Jordan had carried the ball twice for 15 yards. With Martin on the sideline for the rest of the game as a precaution, Jordan carried 12 times for 100 yards to finish off the Dolphins.
"I would love to play for Herman Edwards the rest of my career," Jordan said. "Whether or not that happens, I have no idea, but I'm going to enjoy what time I have left."
Martin is expected to practice when the team resumes on-field work Thursday, and he could have gone back in the game if the Jets needed him, Edwards said.