The NFL suspended Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams without pay for one game yesterday after his third illegal "horse collar" tackle of the season.

Williams, whose use of the tactic led to the league's passing a rule making it a 15-yard penalty, used a horse-collar tackle to bring down Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb in Sunday's 10-6 loss. He will miss Saturday night's game at Carolina, which will cost him one game's salary of $37,187.

"He's real strong, especially with his hands. You go to your strength, so he's going to grab somebody with his hands," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said, before the punishment was announced. ". . . He hasn't been able to break that habit, obviously."

This was the fourth violation of the rule by Williams in the last two seasons.


Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey broke his left leg Sunday in the second half of a 22-10 loss to the Washington Redskins and will likely be sidelined for the rest of the season.

He was hurt when teammate Amani Toomer rolled into the back of his leg from behind at the end of a running play. The injury was diagnosed as a broken left fibula, the smaller of two bones in the lower portion of the leg.

One of Shockey's replacements could be rookie Kevin Boss, who had two catches for 31 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown, against Washington. Rookie Michael Matthews also could see an expanded role.


Linebacker Rocky McIntosh is out for the season - and possibly all of next season - with torn ligaments in his left knee.

McIntosh suffered torn anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments during the win over the Giants. The rehabilitation time for such an injury is usually nine to 12 months.


New York coach Eric Mangini was noncommittal about whether Kellen Clemens or Chad Pennington would start at quarterback Sunday at Tennessee, saying he will have to see how Clemens' injured rib feels.

Clemens was hurt on his first pass against New England on Sunday, when he was hit hard by Richard Seymour and landed directly on his left shoulder. The pass was intercepted by Eugene Wilson and returned for a touchdown. Clemens never returned to the game.


Running back Chris Henry returned after serving his four-game suspension for violating the NFL's policy on anabolic steroids and related substances.


After a loss in Cleveland knocked them out of the wild-card race, the 7-7 Bills were forced by a blizzard into an unscheduled overnight stay.

They had to take a bus home yesterday after their chartered plane got stuck in mud off a runway in Cleveland.

"It seems like when it rains, it pours. But in this case, it's snow," defensive end Chris Kelsay said. "It's definitely been an odd weekend."


Coach Brian Billick said he would start Kyle Boller at quarterback for the Ravens against the Seattle Seahawks instead of promoting rookie backup Troy Smith, last year's Heisman winner.

Ticketmaster deal.

Ticketmaster plans to launch a Web site next year on which people can resell tickets to NFL games.

The company signed a multiyear deal with the league that includes branding and promotion for the site, Ticketmaster said in a statement that will be released today. Terms were not disclosed.

Ticketmaster already operates separate ticket-exchange sites for 18 NFL teams, allowing ticket holders to resell their game tickets online.


Richard Desrosiers of Exter, N.H., who became a Pittsburgh Steelers fan at an early age, never made it to Heinz Field to watch his beloved team play. However, his widow, Kathleen, helped him fulfill his dream in death.

She attended Sunday's 29-22 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars, bringing an urn with some of her late husband's ashes as well as his ring and two pictures of him. Desrosiers died in March of a brain tumor.


A former NFL offensive lineman was one of five men arrested over the weekend in Somerville, N.J., in connection with an Internet gambling operation.

Todd Burger, 37, of Freehold, N.J., allegedly collected gambling debts for suspect Anthony "Cheese" Pecoraro, 34, of nearby Colts Neck. A former Penn State lineman, Burger played for the New York Jets and Chicago Bears from 1993 to '98.