Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Highlights, Lowlights

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NFL Highlights, Lowlights

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Mora! Mora! Mora!

The Saints are 0-5 for the second successive year. Coach Jim Mora hasn't guided them to a winning record since 1992, and his contract expires at the end of this season. So speculation about Mora's future is widespread, but G Jim Dombrowski said the players can't listen.

"If you start worrying about the coach's job, you're focusing on the wrong thing. And when you do that, you're not going to perform," he said. Injury Update Panthers RB Tshimanga Biakabutuka suffered a sprained left knee in the first quarter and did not return and QB Steve Beuerlein left late in the game after suffering a knee injury. . . . Bucs TE Jackie Harris aggravated a neck injury in the fourth quarter and did not return. . . . Packers WR Robert Brooks suffered a concussion on the opening play of the game and did not return. . . . Bears DT Jim Flanigan left (calf strain) in the fourth quarter. Raiders RB Napoleon Kaufman suffered a sprained ankle. . . . Steelers T Justin Strzelczyk was hospitalized after the game (staph infection, elbow). Write Your Own Script The Vikings seemingly were ripe to be upset after getting off to their best start (4-0) since winning 10 in a row at the start of 1975. And they did lose, to the lowly Giants. "You write whatever you want," annoyed receiver Cris Carter said when asked if the Vikings might have have suffered a letdown. No Cornfields Here Steelers DE Brentson Buckner could be heard yelling to Oilers RB Eddie George, the Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State, "You're not running against Iowa any more." What A Week It was a gut-wrenching week for Giants cornerback Phillippi Sparks. He received two telephone calls from his native Arizona, long-distance messages of senseless violence and loss. Two childhood friends, two separate nights, two separate incidents, one dead, the other lying in a hospital bed, bullets riddling both of them on South Phoenix streets. "He asked us to pray for him. So that's what we did," teammate Jason Sehorn said. Sparks quotes Bible verses freely, he stands witness to his faith unabashedly. He said he was inspired by former Dallas coach Tom Landry, a guest at the team chapel service, who instructed the players gathered to act by faith and not by sight, and it made perfect sense to Sparks. …

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