Patriots fine 2 players for absences last week


October 16, 1990

Irving Fryar and Hart Lee Dykes were fined yesterday by the New England Patriots for missing team meetings and practice Wednesday after an early-morning altercation outside a nightclub. The team said the fines against the starting wide receivers were identical. Each fine was believed to be about $1,000.

Dykes, who suffered an injured left eye in the incident, was expected to miss Thursday night's game at Miami. Fryar, who reportedly came to his teammate's aid, had a gash on his head but was expected to play.

Meanwhile, William Earley, the nightclub bouncer, was ordered held at state prison in Rhode Island by state District Court Judge Richard Israel on a charge he violated his probation. Earley, who was using a crutch the day of the incident, was arrested Thursday night and charged with felony assault on Dykes. Earley was on parole from robbery convictions in 1981 and 1982.

* RAIDERS: Coach Art Shell said it is possible Bo Jackson could play Sunday against the San Diego Chargers, but he is not sure about running back Greg Bell. Bell suffered a sprained ankle in the second period of Sunday's victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

"Bo will work in practice and we'll see how it goes," Shell said.

"Bell's ankle is a little sore, but there wasn't any swelling overnight, which is good news," Shell said. "We're not sure whether we'll have him this week. Ankles are strange things. It doesn't necessarily have to have swelling to be a big problem."

* JETS: Cornerback Dennis Price, who has been idle with a sprained shoulder, was acquired from the Los Angeles Raiders for linebacker Alex Gordon. Gordon has not played this season because of a hamstring injury.

"The Raiders were looking for a linebacker," general manager Dick Steinberg said. "We asked what they thought might be able to help us. They mentioned Price. He's a good cover guy, tall with long arms. He can press his man and runs in the 4.4 range."

* FALCONS: Quarterback Chris Miller's knee injury isn't as serious as first thought.

"Structurally, Chris' knee is sound and there is no cartilage or ligament damage," Dr. John Garrett said. "His medial collateral ligament is sprained."

Coach Jerry Glanville said Miller, injured midway through the final quarter of Sunday's 45-35 loss to the San Francisco 49ers after throwing three touchdown passes, might be able to play in next Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Rams.

Glanville said Miller told him, "If I can walk and waddle, I'll be there."

* COLTS: Eric Dickerson passed a physical examination and was cleared to begin practice today. Dickerson, who had threatened to retire from football and was suspended and on the NFL's non-football injured reserve list the past six weeks, signed a four-year contract extension for a reported $10.75 million Saturday.

* STEELERS: Quarterback Bubby Brister credits several changes, including rookie Eric Green at tight end, for the big change in the offense. Brister also points to offensive coordinator Joe Walton's simplifying a complex system and a change in the way signals are relayed to the quarterback.

"Green's as big as a house," Brister said. "He's so big, he can screen off a defensive back when he's in the end zone. If he's open, it's my fault if I don't get him the ball."

Coach Chuck Noll also simplified the process by which plays are transmitted to the quarterback. Rather than having a messenger bring in the entire play, which can run 15 words in length, the formations are now flashed directly to Brister. Sometimes, he calls the play.

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