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Raiders coach mum on rumors of fight

NAPA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable declined to comment Monday about reports he punched defensive assistant Randy Hanson in the jaw and caused injuries that required treatment at a hospital earlier this month.

According to AOL Fanhouse, Cable hit Hanson on Aug. 5 for unknown reasons. A report filed with the Napa Police Department describes an unnamed 41-year-old assistant coach being treated at the Queen of the Valley Hospital for a jaw injury, which the victim alleges was caused by an unidentified member of the Raiders coaching staff.

Cable, who replaced Lane Kiffin as Oakland’s head coach four games into the 2008 season, repeatedly sidestepped questions Monday about the incident and declined to discuss his involvement.

“It’s an internal issue that we are dealing with, and that’s all I’m going to say,” said Cable, who repeated the phrase when questioned if he was involved.

Cable spoke for less than 60 seconds regarding the incident. He answered four questions before reporters were cut off by a member of the Raiders’ public relations department.

T.O. returns to Bills’ practice

Terrell Owens is back on the practice field after the Buffalo Bills receiver missed a week nursing a sprained toe.

After taking part in a full-team autograph-signing session before Monday night’s practice in Pittsford, N.Y., Owens took the field in full gear and began stretching with his teammates. A buzz quickly circulated through the stands as fans noticed No. 81 at the Bills’ training camp facility.

Owens missed four days of practice and a 27-20 win over Chicago in a preseason game Saturday after jamming his foot in a 21-18 loss to Tennessee in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 9.

Ex-Dolphin helps beat old team

Wide receiver Ernest Wilford needed only one catch to surpass his productivity for the Miami Dolphins last season.

Seeking to shake the label of free-agent bust, Wilford caught a 33-yard touchdown pass against his former team for the game’s lone touchdown Monday night, and Miami beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 12-9.

Late fumble dooms Panthers

Tommie Hill scored on a bizarre 18-yard fumble return as time ran out and the New York Giants got a 24-17 win over the Carolina Panthers.

The Giants’ Jeff Feagles punted 56 yards to the Carolina 18 with 10 seconds to play. Hunter Cantwell went back to pass on the next play and his arm was hit by Leger Douzable. The ball went in the air and Hill grabbed it and scurried into the left corner of the end zone.

Extra points

St. Louis Rams quarterback Marc Bulger has fractured the pinkie finger of his throwing hand and could be out for two weeks. Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said Bulger will not play in Friday’s preseason game against Atlanta. ... New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis was suspended without pay Monday for the team’s regular-season opener and fined $100,000 by the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy. ... Arizona Cardinals rookie wide receiver Michael Ray Garvin will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee. ... Dallas Cowboys receiver Roy Williams returned to practice Monday with his sprained left wrist protectively taped. Cornerback Terence Newman was back as well. Newman had been sidelined by a slight groin strain since Aug. 8. ... San Francisco 49ers All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis was back Monday after missing 22 practices with injuries.

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