Tony Gonzalez is now second on the NFL’s career receptions list.
The Atlanta tight end caught five passes Sunday in Detroit, passing both Cris Carter and Marvin Harrison.
He finished the game with 1,104 catches – two more than Harrison and three more than Carter.
“Those numbers mean I’m getting old, mostly,” the 35-year-old Gonzalez said. “They feel great, but I can’t take the credit. That goes to all the guys I’ve played with and all the great quarterbacks and all the coaches.”
“Trust me, Jerry Rice will never be caught,” Gonzalez said. “I’m very happy with second place.”
Gonzalez was also the first tight end to reach 1,000 catches and 12,000 yards receiving.
Gonzalez played 12 seasons in Kansas City and is in his third with the Falcons. Gonzalez also moved past Irving Fryar for 13th place on the career list in yards receiving Sunday.
Rams lose two to head injuries
Rams right tackle Jason Smith and backup defensive tackle Darell Scott were expected to fly back to St. Louis with the team after they were taken to the hospital because of injuries sustained during the first half against the Dallas Cowboys.
Smith was accidentally kicked in the head during the first quarter. After a long delay to treat him, he was seen moving his limbs before being placed on a backboard and driven to the locker room for further evaluation.
Scott bounced his head on the turf during a kickoff return seconds before halftime. He was able to get up sit in the back of a cart as he was driven off.
Texans’ Manning injures left leg
Houston safety Danieal Manning is hoping he’ll be out only a few weeks after hurting his left leg trying to pick off a pass from Matt Hasselbeck in Houston’s win over the Titans in Nashville, Tenn.
Manning told a Houston radio station he broke his tibia but needed more X-rays and an MRI to know the extent of the damage.