Maurice Stovall's season ended yesterday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed the receiver on injured reserve. The team promoted receivers Brian Clark and Chad Lucas from the practice squad to the active roster.

Stovall, a second-year pro who starred at Archbishop Carroll High in Delaware County and Notre Dame, had 10 receptions for 86 yards and a touchdown this season. He broke his right arm during Sunday's 21-19 loss at San Francisco.


With their playoff matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers sealed, the 10-5 New York Giants have nothing to gain or lose in Saturday's game with the unbeaten New England Patriots. But coach Tom Coughlin says all of his usual players will start, and there is no plan to remove them early.

"Our objective is to win," Coughlin said. "That's what we work for, that's what we prepare for, that's what we practice for. And it will be no different this week."


Eleven Indianapolis players, including eight-time Pro Bowl receiver Marvin Harrison, missed practice.

Harrison, the former Roman Catholic High standout, has not played since Oct. 22 because of a left-knee injury and may miss his 10th consecutive game Sunday.

Anthony Gonzalez, Harrison's replacement, also sat out yesterday with a concussion.


Carolina placed defensive end Julius Peppers on injured reserve with a sprained ligament in his right knee. The injury forced Peppers to miss Saturday's loss to Dallas, ending his consecutive-games streak at 78.


Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and center Kevin Mawae sat out a short practice with six other players.

"I expect everyone to have a chance to practice at some time during the week and play," coach Jeff Fisher said.

Tennessee signed cornerback Chidi Iwuoma to replace Eric King, who had surgery on his left forearm Monday.


Defensive tackle Warren Sapp said he did not expect to be suspended by the NFL after being ejected from Sunday's 49-11 loss to Jacksonville.

Sapp defended his actions and blamed the officiating crew for the situation, which resulted in Oakland's getting hit with four unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties late in the first half, three against Sapp.

Referee Jerome Boger said Sapp bumped umpire Garth DeFelice during an argument, which was why he was ejected, a claim the seven-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman vehemently denied.

League spokesman Greg Aiello said a decision should come by tomorrow.


Paul Ernster's return to Denver lasted just one week. The punter was waived after a poor showing at San Diego on Monday night.


Cleveland signed 13-year veteran Bobby Hamilton to patch up its banged-up defensive line.

Hamilton, who won two Super Bowl rings with New England, hasn't played this season. He was waived at the end of training camp by the New York Jets.

Quarterback Ken Dorsey, who has served as a mentor for Derek Anderson and Brady Quinn, signed a three-year contract extension.


Cornerback Andre Goodman was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury, and Miami signed guard Ikechuku Ndukwe off Baltimore's practice squad.


Running back DeDe Dorsey, center Eric Ghiaciuc, and safety Madieu Williams were placed on injured reserve.

Cincinnati signed free-agent running back Quincy Wilson and promoted guard Nate Livings off its practice squad.