Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry is "battling for his life" after falling out of the back of a pickup truck yesterday during what police described as a domestic dispute with his fiancee.

Henry was found in the road in south Charlotte, N.C., "apparently suffering life-threatening injuries," according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Police spokesman Robert Fey said officers were stationed near the 26-year-old Henry's hospital room. He had no information on Henry's condition, but said he was alive.

Agent Andy Simms of PlayersRep Sports said in a statement: "Chris is indeed battling for his life."

Henry was away from the Bengals after suffering a broken left forearm during a win over Baltimore on Nov. 8. He had surgery and was placed on injured reserve.

Police said a dispute began at a home just before noon and Henry jumped into the bed of the pickup truck as his unidentified fiancee was driving away from the residence.

Henry was found on a residential street about a half mile away from the home when police were called to the scene after a medic's report that a man was down.

Fey would not name the woman and said no charges would be filed yesterday.

Raiders. Charlie Frye will start at quarterback over former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell when Oakland visits Denver on Sunday, coach Tom Cable said.

The move has led to speculation that Oakland is looking to sever its ties with Russell, who signed a six-year contract in 2006 that included more than $30 million in guarantees.

Browns. Jim Donovan, the team's play-by-play announcer, reported that Cleveland owner Randy Lerner has offered former Seattle and Green Bay coach Mike Holmgren between $8 million and $10 million per season to take over football operations.

Bills. Buffalo claimed guard Richie Incognito off waivers a day after the former starter was released by St. Louis.

Injuries. Larry Fitzgerald, the all-pro receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, went through a limited practice and said he expected to be in the lineup Sunday at Detroit despite a sprained right knee. . . . Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware has made substantial progress and could play Saturday night in New Orleans, less than a week after a hit that left him sprawled on the field with a strained neck, coach Wade Phillips said. . . . Mark Sanchez was back on the field taking snaps for the Jets, but remains day-to-day with a sprained right knee.

Nate Burleson has a high ankle sprain and may not play again this season, Seattle coach Jim Mora said. . . . Cincinnati's tight end, Chase Coffman, had surgery to remove bone spurs from his left ankle.