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Palmer limits throwing in practice

CINCINNATI — Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer will limit his throwing during practice this week to rest his sore elbow, hoping to be ready for the Jets on Sunday.

Palmer strained his right elbow in a loss to the Giants on Sept. 21, when his arm was hit while he threw a pass. He then sat out a 20-12 loss to Cleveland, when backup Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions and fumbled.

He didn't participate in passing drills the first two days of practice last week, giving the elbow time to heal. He threw on Friday and played in a 33-21 loss at Dallas that left the Bengals (0-5) at the bottom of the NFL. Palmer said his elbow came through that game without a problem.

"Probably go with the same approach as last week and hopefully be ready to play," Palmer said Wednesday. "Throw as little as possible and let it rest as much as possible, and make a decision later in the week and see what the doctors say."

He didn't fully participate in practice Wednesday. Left tackle Levi Jones missed practice entirely with a bad back.

Palmer went 23-for-39 for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns with one deflected interception against the Cowboys. Several of his passes were uncharacteristically off the mark. Palmer said the elbow injury didn't affect his throwing, but it made him more cautious about what he tried to do.

"There were a couple times where I didn't have the confidence I normally have, just because my arm's not the same as previous to the injury," he said. "As far as throwing balls, I felt like I missed a couple of throws I shouldn't have missed. ... I saw holes (in the coverage) in certain spots that I kind of held back on and moved on to the next guy."

Police: Jones in fight

Dallas — Cowboys cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones was involved in a fight with one of his bodyguards, according to Dallas police, the night before attending a previously scheduled team meeting with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

No one was arrested, and no one will be charged in connection with the fight late Tuesday night at The Joule, an upscale downtown hotel.

Jones missed all of last season for Tennessee while serving an NFL suspension for off-field incidents.

The incident report lists no names, and Dallas police spokesman Jerry Monreal said he did not know whether Jones was involved in the fight, which was first reported by Dallas-Fort Worth TV station KTVT.

But the details of the incident and Jones' involvement were confirmed to The Dallas Morning News by Deputy Chief Vince Golbeck, who is a commander of the central patrol division, which responded to the call.

Jones' agent, Warrick Robinson, said he had spoken with Jones on Wednesday but declined to discuss the details of their conversation.

Team spokesman Rich Dalrymple did not immediately respond to e-mail and voice mail messages left by The Associated Press.

McNabb calls meeting

PHILADELPHIA — Donovan McNabb decided it was time to speak up.

After a pair of disheartening losses dropped the Eagles to 2-3 and the bottom of the competitive NFC East, the veteran quarterback called a team meeting earlier this week.

"I tried to let them know that it's easy for us to sit and say we could be undefeated right now or we should be 4-1, whatever it may be, but we're not," McNabb said. "So, in order for us to correct that and put these four or five games behind us, we have to do it right now."

On his blog, McNabb wrote Tuesday that he was "embarrassed" by the team's performance.

McNabb did not single out any teammates for criticism, saying only that he didn't do enough to win.

"I'm better than this and I'll prove it," he wrote. "I know my team is too. Now we have to prove it."

Around the league

Lions: Executive vice president Tom Lewand confirmed in a Booth Newspapers report Wednesday night that an arbitrator ruled Charles Rogers has to give the Lions about $8.5 million of the more than $14 million he received in bonus money.

The Lions filed a grievance late in the 2005 season, claiming Rogers diminished his value to the team by failing a drug test earlier that season.

Packers: Quarterback Aaron Rodgers will once again be playing through the pain of a sprained right shoulder on Sunday. At least now he knows he can do it, leaving "no doubt" that he'll be on the field in Seattle.

Colts: Coach Tony Dungy said starting cornerback Kelvin Hayden won't play against Baltimore on Sunday because of a left-knee injury. Dungy said Tim Jennings will replace Hayden, and Dante Hughes will be the nickel back.

Saints: New Orleans placed kicker Martin Gramatica on injured reserve and re-signed sixth-round draft pick Taylor Mehlhaff.

Rams: Wide receiver Dane Looker is scheduled for additional medical tests after a CAT scan revealed a spot on his brain. Looker said the abnormality is unrelated to a concussion he sustained Sept. 28.

The Rams re-signed Eddie Kennison, who was released on Tuesday.

Patriots: Quarterback Tom Brady underwent surgery on his left knee this week, The Boston Globe reported. Patriots spokesman Stacey James declined to comment.

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