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PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : AFC : Miami Loses Lineman Gray for Season

<i> Times Wire Services</i>

Miami Dolphin guard Chris Gray will have surgery on his left ankle Friday and is expected to sit out the rest of the season.

The team said Tuesday the operation to repair ligament damage will be done in Gainesville, Fla.

Bert Weidner will replace Gray in the starting lineup Monday night against San Francisco. Gray hurt his ankle in Sunday’s loss to New England.

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Mike Pritchard of the Denver Broncos pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from a car accident last month in Boulder, Colo., in which he had been drinking and injured two women.

The wide receiver pleaded guilty in Boulder County Court to careless driving and driving while impaired.

He received 18 months probation and was ordered to do 100 hours community service and attend an alcohol rehabilitation program, and was fined $600 plus $500 court costs.

Police said Pritchard told them he had been drinking before his Porsche jumped a curb in the early morning of Oct. 29 and struck two University of Colorado students, injuring one seriously.

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Police said tests showed Pritchard had a blood alcohol level of .079, considered to be driving while impaired but not intoxicated.

“You assume you might be OK to drive . . . you assume alcohol won’t impair your ability to drive an automobile, but it will,” Pritchard said. “It was irresponsible.”

Pritchard was initially arrested on suspicion of vehicular assault. Conviction on that charge carries a prison term of up to six years.

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Dan Turk of the Oakland Raiders has been fined $7,500 for an illegal chop block during a Nov. 5 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the NFL said.

Turk, an 11-year veteran, dove at the legs of Bengal defensive lineman John Copeland, who wasn’t injured on the play.

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Cleveland pleaded its give-us-back-our-Browns case in Washington, D.C., and came away with promises of legislation, from Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, and Rep. Martin Hoke, R-Ohio, that would limit the movement of sports franchises.

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