Fassel seemed to defer to Shockey, saying the tight end told him he would play.
* Cleveland Browns owner Al Lerner was remembered as a loving husband and father, a keen businessman and "man of towering strength" during a 2-hour funeral. Lerner, 69, a self-made billionaire who donated millions to charity as well as brought the NFL back to Cleveland after the original Browns moved to Baltimore, died Wednesday following a long illness.
Hundreds of mourners, including business and civic leaders, NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell, Browns coach Butch Davis and his entire team, attended the service at Temple-Tifereth Israel.
* Miami wide receiver Dedric Ward has been dismissed from a lawsuit filed in Las Vegas by a woman who claims he and three other NFL players raped her in May 2000.
* Falcons running back T.J. Duckett missed his third straight practice with a sore foot, and it will be a game-time decision tomorrow whether he can play against New Orleans.
* Buccaneers defensive tackle Warren Sapp still is bothered by a sprained left knee, but is probable for tomorrow's game against Carolina.
* Carolina rookie running back DeShaun Foster is out for the season with a left knee injury and was placed on injured reserve. Quarterback Chris Weinke was declared out for the game against the Buccaneers.
* Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis practiced for the first time in 3 weeks, but his status for tomorrow's game against Pittsburgh remains questionable. Lewis partially dislocated his left shoulder Oct. 6. *