Houston running back Steve Slaton, the Conwell-Egan graduate who starred at West Virginia, is out for the season because of a nerve problem in his neck.
Slaton, who ran for 1,282 yards last season, learned that the injury was more serious than initially believed after he saw a specialist Tuesday. He ran for 437 yards this season.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak said yesterday that the specialist believes the problem will heal on its own in four to six weeks, but surgery could be an option.
The Texans will rely on Chris Brown and former Eagle Ryan Moats.
Cowboys. Dallas left tackle Flozell Adams was fined $50,000 for shoving New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck in the back Sunday.
League spokesman Randall Liu said the fine was for unnecessary roughness, Adams' fifth such infraction this season.
Adams already has been docked $25,000 for incidents in three other games.
Patriots. Wide receiver Randy Moss and three teammates were sent home by New England coach Bill Belichick after showing up late for an 8 a.m. team meeting.
Belichick declined to comment on their absence. The others were linebackers Adalius Thomas, Gary Guyton, and Derrick Burgess.
Quarterback Tom Brady was not spotted during the media availability period, but his wife, Gisele Bundchen, gave birth to a boy Tuesday.
Raiders. Randy Hanson, who accused Oakland head coach Tom Cable of assault after a training-camp scuffle, returned to work in the team's personnel department.
Hanson had been an assistant defensive-backs coach before the Aug. 5 incident.
Cable denied any wrongdoing, and Napa County District Atytorney Gary Lieberstein did not pursue charges.