Illness caused Casillas'absence

October 23, 1990

Atlanta Falcons nose tackle Tony Casillas, who missed Sunday's 44-24 loss to the Los Angeles Rams after failing to catch the team flight, showed up at the team's training complex late yesterday, but the National Football League club had no statement after Casillas met with coach Jerry Glanville.

Casillas' agent, John Maloney, said the player missed the team's charter flight to Los Angeles on Saturday after he became ill on his way to the airport.

"From what I understand, Lisa [Casillas's wife] was driving Tony to the airport Saturday, he got sick and they had to pull off the road," Maloney said. "He still tried to make the flight, but he was too late."

* BILLS: Coach Marv Levy was not sure about running back Thurman Thomas' status for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots, but believed Thomas suffered only a bruised knee when he slammed his right knee into the turf while making a tackle following an interception in Sunday's 30-27 victory over the New York Jets.

"We just hope it's a bruise and that it'll be all right," said Levy. "There's some fluid there, which a bruise will cause, I understand, but there's no instability in the knee."

* SAINTS: Running back Dalton Hilliard tore a ligament in his right knee in the third quarter in Sunday's loss to Houston and will miss at least this Sunday's game against Detroit, coach Jim Mora said.

. "He just sort of landed on it [the knee]," he said. "He hit on the turf and just sort of pushed the lower part of his leg back, is what our trainer tells me. When he got up, he was limping a little, but he did play some."

* OILERS: All-Pro guard Bruce Matthews won't say how much his new four-year contract extension is worth, but the Houston Chronicle reported the agreement eventually would make Matthews the Oilers' first $1 million-a-year lineman.

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