Sports Shorts

Thursday, February 15, 2001 at 1:00am

RB Thomas calls it quits

After 13 NFL seasons, running back Thurman Thomas is calling it a career and hopes to retire as a Buffalo Bill, according to his agent Leigh Steinburg. Thomas played last year with the Miami Dolphins, who cannot officially release him until Feb. 22 in accordance with league rules. He played sparingly last season as the third-down back, rushing for 136 yards and 117 receiving yards. Steinburg said the 34-year-old would like to sign with the Bills, where he played his first 12 seasons, and retire officially after one day. Thomas will finish ninth on the career all-time rushing list with 12,072 yards and sixth in all-purpose yards with 16,532. With Thomas, the Bills reached four straight Super Bowls between 1990-93.

Sirotka has torn rotator cuff

The Toronto Blue Jays announced that pitcher Mike Sirotka, acquired last month from the Chicago White Sox in the David Wells trade, has been found to have a partially torn rotator cuff and damaged shoulder. Upon examination, renowned specialist Dr. James Andrews of Birmingham, Ala., confirmed the injury to the pitcher

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