Patriots' Leap Injures Woman at Club

Times Wire Services

Drew Bledsoe and two of his New England Patriot teammates jumped from a nightclub stage, leaving a female patron injured when struck by offensive lineman Max Lane, sources told the Associated Press.

The woman was hospitalized with neck, shoulder and arm injuries and was in stable condition after the incident at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Thursday night. Bledsoe, Lane and backup quarterback Scott Zolak were invited on stage by the group Everclear, and the players leaped into the crowd.

"Drew went to a concert and, following the custom of his generation, he jumped into the crowd," said Leigh Steinberg, the agent for Bledsoe, 25. "I'd prefer he not jump off stages. . . . I don't think it's something you'll see again soon.


The San Diego Chargers put quarterback Jim Everett on injured reserve because of a partially torn flexor tendon in his right elbow and signed former Florida State standout Casey Weldon.

Craig Whelihan will be the starter and Todd Philcox, who hasn't taken a regular-season snap since 1993, will be his backup Sunday night against Oakland.

Stan Humphries has symptoms from a concussion, and the team wants him to sit out for a month.


Massachusetts officials produced a bill to allow the Patriots to renovate Foxboro Stadium. The proposal calls for the state to spend $52 million in improvements to the land surrounding the stadium. In return, the bill asks team owner Robert Kraft to spend at least $50 million improving the stadium.

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