Jags' Taylor may miss rest of '08 season

The Jacksonville Jaguars might be without running back Fred Taylor for the rest of the season.

Taylor was getting a second opinion on his injured left thumb today before deciding whether to go on injured reserve. Taylor, 16th on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 11,271 yards, tore ligaments in his thumb Sunday at Chicago. The thumb was purple, red and swollen at first, but Taylor said it has gotten consider better since and felt like a bad sprain.

He said he would like to play, especially because this could be his final season in Jacksonville, but doesn't want to do anything that would make the injury worse.

The Jaguars also placed fullback Greg Jones (ankle) on injured reserve today, and coach Jack Del Rio said the team also could be without receiver Jerry Porter (groin).


Detroit quarterback Daunte Culpepper was not in drills open to the media, adding to doubt his shoulder will be healthy enough to play for the winless Lions at Indianapolis.

Culpepper stretched, then left the field and had to avoid a blocking sled a teammate was hitting toward him.

He had an MRI on his shoulder Monday, a day after being hurt in a loss to Minnesota.

Drew Henson, Drew Stanton and Dan Orlovsky participated in drills led by quarterbacks coach Scot Loeffler. Orlovsky has been out for a month with an injured wrist and Stanton has been sidelined for two weeks with a concussion.

The Lions (0-13) seem destined to be the NFL's first 0-16, closing against the Colts, New Orleans and Green Bay.


Denver dipped into their past again when it signed free agent tight end Jeb Putzier, who was jettisoned following the AFC championship game three years ago.

The Broncos also waived safety Herana-Daze Jones, who was signed last week and didn't play in a game. The team also signed running back Steve Baylark to its practice squad.

Putzier is a seventh-year player who played in Denver from 2002-05 after the Broncos made him a sixth-round draft pick out of Boise State. He played in six games, starting once, for Seattle this year before the Seahawks waived him on Nov. 26.

He also spent two years with Houston from 2006-07.

In 67 games, including 17 starts, in his career, Putzier has 96 catches for 1,251 yards and three touchdowns. He also has 10 catches for 159 yards and a TD in the playoffs, all in Denver.

He's the second former player the Broncos have tapped in the last month. They recently brought back tailback Tatum Bell, who was hawking cell phones at a local mall, after a spate of injuries in their backfield. Bell has emerged as the starting tailback with Peyton Hillis going on injured reserve Tuesday.


The Redskins added their third offensive linemen in two days, signing D'Anthony Batiste. Batiste started four games at guard for the Falcons in 2007. He was originally signed by Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2006.

Batiste joins tackle Devin Clark and guard Will Montgomery as the new additions along the offensive line, which this week lost Chris Samuels and Justin Geisinger to season-ending injuries. Also, right tackle Jon Jansen is nursing a knee injury.

The Redskins had a spare roster spot after releasing defensive end Erasmus James on Tuesday.

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