When Dwight Freeney limped to the sideline in Sunday’s game, coach Tony Dungy knew something was wrong.

Now the Colts are waiting to see if their defensive anchor, a three-time Pro Bowler, can play in next week’s critical AFC South showdown with Jacksonville.

“It’s some muscle in the leg, but I don’t know if it’s a hip flexor or a hamstring or what it is,” Dungy said Monday. “I really don’t know if Dwight will be out any length of time.”

Dungy said Freeney, receiver Brandon Stokley and kicker Adam Vinatieri all were awaiting MRI results. Stokley aggravated a sprained left ankle that kept him out most of training camp, all the preseason and the season-opener against the Giants. He apparently reinjured the ankle when he tiptoed the end line on his 10-yard touchdown catch.

Vinatieri hurt his groin during Sunday’s 43-24 victory over Houston and did not kick the extra point or kick off after the Colts’ final scoring drive.

Branch should be ready for Giants

Deion Branch will make his Seahawks debut Sunday against the Giants. And he won’t be the only new member of Seattle’s so-far skittish offense.

Coach Mike Holmgren said Monday his 2-0 team will activate Branch, the 2005 Super Bowl MVP acquired in a trade last week from the Patriots after a long contract holdout.

But Holmgren is already scheming how Branch will divide plays at split end with Nate Burleson, the offseason free agent arrival from Minnesota who has struggled. Flanker Darrell Jackson and slot receiver Bobby Engram’s roles will remain the same.

Left guard Floyd Womack suffered a serious knee injury in the win over Arizona that could keep him out six weeks. Chris Spencer, the team’s top draft choice in 2005 as a center, will start for Womack as Seattle continues to look for a consistent replacement for All-Pro Steve Hutchinson. Hutchinson signed a $49 million free agent contract with Minnesota last spring.

Eagles trying to get over loss, injury to Kearse

The Eagles completely outplayed the Giants for three quarters on Sunday, only to waste a 17-point lead and lose 30-24 in overtime. A victory would’ve given Philadelphia an early two-game advantage over the defending NFC East champions and could’ve provided further proof last year’s dismal 6-10 record really was a fluke, and the fault of injuries and turmoil. But the Eagles fell apart with the game on the line. Questionable play-calling, poor execution and a dumb penalty cost Philadelphia its first win over a division rival since Week 15 of the 2004 season.

“One of the things we need to do, obviously, from this game is to finish better and be more detailed in that part of it,” coach Andy Reid said Monday. “Cut down on some of the mistakes and make sure we stay aggressive, both as coaches and as players.”

To make it worse, the Eagles lost star defensive end Jevon Kearse for the rest of the season after he badly sprained multiple ligaments in his left knee.

Dolphins’ line takes another hit

Miami right guard Bennie Anderson could miss the rest of the season with a torn triceps muscle, adding to the Dolphins’ bizarre run of injury woes at that position.

Already, the Dolphins have seen guards Seth McKinney, Joe Toledo, Joe Berger and Anderson get hurt, with McKinney (neck surgery) and Toledo (sprained knee ligament) being placed on injured reserve.

Anderson could join them; an MRI was scheduled Monday to determine the extent of the tear suffered in the 16-6 loss Sunday to the Buffalo Bills.

“He’s out indefinitely. … I don’t think it looks good,” Miami coach Nick Saban said.


Kendyl Jacox filled in after Anderson got injured in the first half, and would likely start this Sunday against Tennessee.

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