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Former Lions coach Clark dies

Monte Clark, who coached the Detroit Lions for seven years and led them to the playoffs in 1982 and 1983, has died. He was 72.

Clark died Wednesday night at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, the team said Thursday. He had a bone marrow malignancy associated with lung and liver disease.

Clark was the offensive line coach for the Miami Dolphins team that went 17-0 in 1972. He became Detroit’s coach in 1978.

“Monte will always be remembered as a consummate football man,” Lions president Tom Lewand said. “He knew football inside and out, and had a passion for it. He played the game at a high level and had success wherever he coached.”

Under Clark, the Lions went 43-63-1 and made back-to-back postseason appearances for the first time since their three straight playoff runs from 1952-54. The Lions lost both games.

Colts’ WR out eight weeks

Anthony Gonzalez may be out longer than the Indianapolis Colts first feared.

Coach Jim Caldwell said the third-year receiver could miss up to two months after spraining ligaments in his right knee during Sunday’s 14-12 victory over Jacksonville.

To take Gonzalez’s place, Indy has signed former Philadelphia receiver Hank Baskett.

Losing Gonzalez for an extended period is a big blow to the Colts, who expected their 2007 first-round draft pick to replace Marvin Harrison, the franchise’s career receiving leader, in the starting lineup this season. Harrison was let go in a cost-cutting move in February.

Ex-receiver Rogers arrested

Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Charles Rogers was arraigned Thursday on charges of operating while intoxicated and operating without a valid license after he was stopped Wednesday in Novi, Mich. Rogers, the second overall pick in the 2003 draft, was ordered held on $50,000 bond and didn’t have an attorney on record with the court.

Extra points

The Philadelphia Eagles will honor former quarterback Randall Cunningham by adding him to the team’s honor roll at halftime of their game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The four-time Pro Bowl quarterback played for the Eagles from 1985-95. … Houston Texans cornerback Dunta Robinson has been fined $25,000 by the team for the “pay me Rick” shoes he wore during Sunday’s game. The shoes targeted general manager Rick Smith, with whom Robinson has been unable to reach a long-term contract despite signing his franchise tender more than a week ago. … Lawyers for Ben Roethlisberger claim in new court documents that the woman accusing the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback of raping her at a Lake Tahoe hotel-casino concocted the story in part to try to shield herself from possible layoffs at the resort. Roethlisberger is a friend of Harrah’s executives.

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