Rookie cornerback Darrent Williams, who has started nine games for the Denver Broncos and established himself as one of the top first-year defenders in the league, could miss the balance of the season with a groin injury sustained in Sunday's win over the Ravens. The second-round pick underwent an MRI examination Monday for what was diagnosed as a strained right groin and, while results were not yet available, it is believed Williams has at least a small tear. A source close to Williams said he will miss at least two weeks and could be sidelined substantially longer, perhaps for six weeks. Under that worst-case scenario, Williams, who has lent stability and playmaker skills at the right cornerback spot and teamed with veteran Champ Bailey to provide Denver an excellent coverage tandem, would not return until around the time of the AFC title game. Fellow rookie Domonique Foxworth, a third-round choice who has logged considerable playing time, will replace Williams at right cornerback.
December 2005 - Denver Broncos Wiretap
Garcia Likely To Start Against Packers
It appears Jeff Garcia will be back under center when the Detroit Lions play Sunday evening at Green Bay. Though he would not confirm Garcia as the starter, interim coach Dick Jauron said Thursday he expects the 35-year-old veteran to recover from a lackluster performance in last weekend's 21-16 loss to Minnesota. "I think he'll play significantly better," Jauron said. "He's had a pretty good week. "Practice is important to us. That's all you've really got to go on as a coach."