Browns plan more work for Pagel


September 25, 1990

Cleveland Browns backup quarterback Mike Pagel will get more work in practice this week, as coach Bud Carson attempts to find a solution to the team's offensive slump.

Carson said, however, that starting quarterback Bernie Kosar is not the problem.

"Right now, I don't see any change. But there are times when a relief pitcher is in order," Carson said. "If we had had protection [in Sunday's 24-14 loss to the San Diego Chargers] and Bernie had had a horrible day, then we may have been receptive to Pagel. But we're just not giving Bernie a lot of time. People are blitzing us more and more."

* VIKINGS: Quarterback Wade Wilson will be sidelined for at least four weeks because of a thumb injury. Wilson suffered a torn ligament in the thumb on his right (passing) hand on the Vikings' final offensive play in Sunday's 19-16 loss to the Chicago Bears. The Vikings said he would undergo surgery today and would be placed on injured reserve.

Rich Gannon, a fourth-year pro who has thrown only 21 career passes, including none last season, will be the starter. Former Canadian Football Leaguer Sean Salisbury is the third-stringer.

* FALCONS: Coach Jerry Glanville said he saw little purpose in rehashing a call that cost Atlanta a last shot at the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.

The play came with four seconds remaining when the officials ruled that Falcons quarterback Chris Miller muffed an exchange from the center rather than grounded the ball to stop the clock. The 49ers recovered the fumble on their 29 and ran out the clock for a 19-13 victory.

Glanville said the grounding call is difficult for a referee to make, since he also is responsible for making sure the quarterback isn't roughed after releasing the ball.

"I know that crew," he said of the officials. "[Referee] Jerry Seeman would never make a call that he didn't think he was being correct when he called it. I don't think the man has a chance to make both calls."

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