Betts has broken arm

Updated: October 20, 2003, 7:47 PM ET

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins running back Ladell Betts has a broken left forearm and "could be out a couple of weeks," according to coach Steve Spurrier.

Betts' arm was hit by a helmet as he carried the ball during the first half of Washington's 24-7 loss at Buffalo.

Betts said Monday he would have to immobilize the arm and had no timetable for his return. The Redskins have two weeks before their next game, Nov. 2 at Dallas.

Betts made his first NFL start against the Bills, replacing Trung Canidate, who sat out the game with a sprained right ankle. Betts had eight carries for 11 yards.

Canidate's availability against Dallas also is uncertain, leaving return specialist Chad Morton and undrafted rookie Sultan McCullough as the team's only healthy tailbacks. Morton and fullback Rock Cartwright got most of the carries in the second half against the Bills.

"We'll get Sultan ready to play," Spurrier said. "He's more in the mix of things."

Quarterback Patrick Ramsey left the game in the fourth quarter with a bruised right (throwing) hand and a bruised hip. X-rays were negative.

"Both are pretty swollen, but I think they're both going to be fine," Ramsey said. "It's not anything but a bruise. I should be ready to go by the end of the week."

Three other players also will use the bye week to recover from injuries from the Bills game: defensive tackle Martin Chase (strained calf), receiver Darnerien McCants (sprained ankle) and tackle Chris Samuels (pinched nerve in neck).

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