Saints get Walsh for high picks
The New Orleans Saints, with one quarterback, Bobby Hebert, a no-show and John Fourcade struggling, traded their Nos. 1 and 3 choices in 1991 and a No. 2 pick in 1992 yesterday to get Steve Walsh from the Dallas Cowboys. To make room for Walsh, the Saints cut backup quarterback Tommy Kramer, signed during training camp after the Minnesota Vikings had left him unprotected under Plan B.
Coach Jim Mora said Fourcade will remain No. 1 on the depth chart for now. After two losses, the Saints defeated the Phoenix Cardinals, 28-7, Sunday when Fourcade threw his first touchdown pass of the season. Walsh completed 110 of 219 passes for 1,371 yards last season. This season, Walsh was 4-for-9 for 40 yards.
Lawrence Taylor's hamstring injury does not seem to be as serious as first believed. But coach Bill Parcells said he still did not know whether the All-Pro outside linebacker would play Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, and the matter might not be clarified until game day. Taylor injured his left hamstring on the final play of Sunday's 20-3 victory over the Miami Dolphins.
Ron Wolfley, a four-time Pro Bowl player on special teams, has a severe right shoulder sprain but is not expected to miss Sunday's game against the Washington Redskins. Wolfley was injured while blocking on a kickoff return in the second half of the 28-7 loss at New Orleans on Sunday.
Coach Jerry Burns said Ron Jaworski, who has played with several teams since leading Philadelphia to the Super Bowl in 1980, is interested in a backup quarterback role, but Burns and general manager Mike Lynn said they probably won't add older free agents. Meanwhile, Rich Gannon, who has thrown only 21 career regular-season passes, will replace Wade Wilson, will who miss at least a month after undergoing thumb surgery. Former Canadian Football League player Sean Salisbury will be No. 2.