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Fall from pickup truck injures Bengals' Henry

CHARLOTTE - Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chris Henry suffered serious injuries after falling out of the back of a pickup truck during a domestic dispute with his fiancee, police said Wednesday.

Henry was found in the road in south Charlotte "apparently suffering life-threatening injuries," according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. Henry was transported to Carolinas Medical Center, the local trauma unit, but spokesman Scott White said he was not listed in hospital records and had no other information.

Police spokesman Robert Fey said officers were stationed near the 26-year-old Henry's hospital room, but had no information on his condition.

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.

"The domestic situation continued between the operator and Mr. Henry," the police said in a statement. "At some point while she was driving, Mr. Henry came out of the back of the vehicle."

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 report that a man was down.

Henry's agent, Kenneth Rush, did not immediately return phone and e-mail messages. Fey wouldn't name the woman and said no charges would be filed on Wednesday.

Henry was away from the team after braking his left forearm during a win over Baltimore on Nov. 8. He had surgery and was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Charlotte is home to his fiancee's parents, the Bengals said.

Team spokesman Jack Brennan said he had little information other than Henry was badly hurt.

"We are aware he was in an accident and that his injuries are very serious," Brennan said. "We are obviously staying in touch with the situation and are ready to offer whatever assistance we can."

Henry is in the final year of his contract with the Bengals, who let him go after his fifth arrest following the 2007 season. Owner Mike Brown then brought him back a few months later, signing him to a two-year deal, and Henry had stayed out of trouble since his return.

A deep threat, he was fourth among Bengals receivers this season with 12 catches for 236 yards and two touchdowns at the time of his injury.

The Bengals' third-round pick from West Virginia in 2005, the speedy Henry was a key part of Cincinnati's playoff team as a rookie. He's caught 119 passes for 1,826 yards and 21 touchdowns in five seasons, but has also been plagued by off-field woes.

He was suspended for two games by the league in 2006 and the first eight games of 2007. The Bengals released him following his fifth arrest that offseason, but Brown decided to bring him back during training camp over the objections of coach Marvin Lewis.

Henry had to miss the first four games of 2008, his punishment for the offseason arrest on an assault charge. The charge was dropped after his trial ended in a hung jury.

Falcons receiver Eric Weems facing DUI charge. Atlanta Falcons receiver and return specialist Eric Weems is facing a charge for driving under the influence last month near Atlanta.

According to DeKalb County jail records, Weems was arrested on Nov. 16 and charged with DUI. He was booked and released on $1,100 bond on Nov. 17, five days before he had a 4-yard touchdown catch at the New York Giants.

The DeKalb County police report was not immediately available.

Falcons coach Mike Smith said he became aware of Weems' arrest Tuesday.

"We don't like these kinds of incidents and they're disappointing," Smith said.

Weems was not available for interviews on Wednesday. He issued an apology in a statement released by the team.

"I am embarrassed about the situation and I sincerely apologize to the entire Atlanta Falcons organization and our great fans," Weems said.

Another Falcons player, Jonathan Babineaux, is facing a felony marijuana possession charge following his arrest last week.

Browns await Holmgren's decision. Mike Holmgren left Cleveland after an extended stay without accepting a job to become boss of the Browns.

His aura lingered.

The former Seattle and Green Bay coach's flirtation with the team dragged on Wednesday with little word from either side. Holmgren spent two days talking with the Browns about assuming control of their football operations, but hasn't decided if Cleveland will be his next NFL stop.

"I don't want to comment on the specifics of the discussions," Browns spokesman Bill Bonsiewicz said of the meetings. "Both sides got to know each other and there is no timetable for a decision."

It appears Holmgren is weighing his options, which could include several other teams in the days and weeks ahead. He wants to talk to the Seahawks about coming back following general manager Tim Ruskell's recent resignation.

Big Ben: Players may not 'fess up about head hits. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger supports the NFL's stricter policies on allowing players back on the field after sustaining head injuries. But will players comply?

Speaking to reporters in Green Bay on a conference call Wednesday, Roethlisberger said he believed league officials have players' best interests in mind. But Roethlisberger suspects players won't be "completely honest" about injuries because they want to keep playing.

"All of us want to be fathers and husbands someday. In that sense, I think it's good," Roethlisberger said. "I think it does run the risk that we are tough guys, we want to play through things and I think guys will not be completely honest, for fear that they can't get back in the game. I think it's kind of a double-edged sword."

Roethlisberger sat out the Steelers' Nov. 29 loss at Baltimore because of a concussion.

Young sits out practice, remains day to day. Vince Young wants to play Sunday against the Miami Dolphins. Whether the Tennessee quarterback's right hamstring is healthy enough to let him remains to be seen.

Young didn't practice Wednesday, instead watching with the hood of his sweat shirt over his head most of the time. A quick healer, Young said he feels much better than when he strained the back of his right leg in last weekend's 47-7 win over St. Louis, and Sunday is a crucial game for the Titans (6-7) to keep their faint playoff hopes alive for another week.

Fitzgerald limited in practice, expects to play. Larry Fitzgerald has missed just four games in his six NFL seasons. He doesn't expect to make it five this weekend.

The All-Pro receiver for the Arizona Cardinals went through a limited practice on Wednesday and expressed confidence he will be in the lineup Sunday at Detroit.

Fitzgerald bruised a bone and sprained his right knee when San Francisco's Dashon Goldson landed on his leg in the third quarter of the Cardinals' 23-9 loss to the 49ers on Monday night.

Ochocinco says he wants to fight Shawne Merriman. Chad Ochocinco says he wants to fight Shawne Merriman.

The Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver said he has a personal beef with the San Diego Chargers outside linebacker, which apparently was flamed by a Twitter exchange the two had earlier in the year.

Ochocinco told San Diego reporters during a conference call on Wednesday that he wants to "beat Shawne's head in right now."

The Chargers (10-3) play the Bengals (9-4) Sunday in San Diego, with the winner getting a playoff spot.

Ochocinco copied Merriman's "Light's Out" sack dance during a game against San Diego in 2006. Merriman wasn't even at that game due to a steroid suspension.

Merriman brushed off Ochocinco's comments, saying if he gets a chance to get in a good hit Sunday, he'll keep it legal.

Las Vegas ads allowed on postseason telecasts. The NFL will allow advertising for Las Vegas on game telecasts this postseason, including the Super Bowl.

Under the modified policy, tourist destinations that allow gambling, such as Las Vegas, Reno or Lake Tahoe in Nevada, will now be permitted to advertise during NFL games from Jan. 4, 2010, to Feb. 28, 2010. After that, the league will determine whether to extend the new rules into next season or go back to the old ones banning such ads.

The NFL regular season ends Jan. 3. The Super Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 7 in Miami.

The league will still prohibit ads for specific hotels, casinos and other institutions. Also, the new ads may not contain any gambling references or imagery.

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