Indianapolis Colts owner Robert Irsay apologized yesterday for referring to a cable television analyst as a "little Jewish boy."
ESPN's Fred Edelstein had reported that Colts coach Ron Meyer would be fired at the end of the season and replaced by Mike White, an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Raiders.
Asked to comment on that report, Irsay said Sunday night after the Colts' 17-14 victory over the New York Jets, "Edelstein's a little Jewish boy and he doesn't know what he's talking about."
The Colts issued a statement from Irsay yesterday in which he said the Colts' season "has been filled with erroneous and unsubstantiated reports regarding our coaching staff."
"In the frustrating midst of this unfounded speculation, I regret my remark in response to one of these reports. I sincerely apologize to Mr. Fred Edelstein and to all offended parties for my inappropriate statement Sunday evening," Irsay said.
* BUCCANEERS: Vinny Testaverde, benched three weeks into Tampa Bay's current five-game losing streak, will return as starting quarterback Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
The move came a day after Testaverde said he felt "cheated out of my position" and Chris Chandler threw for only 125 yards while being sacked seven times in a 31-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
* 49ERS: Cornerback Eric Wright, an eight-year veteran and two-time Pro Bowl selection, sprained his left knee in the victory over Tampa Bay and will be out at least two games while doctors consider whether surgery is needed. Rookie Eric Davis will replace Wright.
* SAINTS: Coach Jim Mora said his team's problem is with the people trying to cover the receivers, not with the scheme for covering them, and he feels "comfortable with our plan and our philosophy regarding that."
The Washington Redskins kept a tight end, and frequently a back, to block the Saints pass rush in Sunday's 31-17 victory, generally assigning seven people to block four or five. On a handful of occasions, Mora said, the Saints blitzed a sixth player. The result was four receivers against six defensive backs, but the secondary made errors, he said.
* BEARS: Cornerback Lemuel Stinson will have surgery on the right knee he injured in Sunday's 16-13 overtime victory at Denver. It's the same knee Stinson injured last year when he had arthroscopic surgery. He will be out for the rest of the season.
"We took out a lot of blood," said trainer Fred Caito. "He will have the knee 'scoped. Then he will be on crutches for two weeks. With aggressive rehabilitation, we'll have him running in four to five months. He's not big and that will be in his favor."
* PACKERS: A Magnetic Resonance Imaging test on quarterback Don Majkowski's right shoulder yesterday revealed no tear to the rotator cuff, coach Lindy Infante said. Majkowski was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's 24-21 victory over the Phoenix Cardinals and will sit out another game.
Anthony Dilweg, who started the first two games while Majkowski was getting caught up after a 45-day holdout, came off the bench Sunday and threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes to rally the Packers from a 21-10 deficit and put the Packers (5-5) back in the playoff picture.