The Washington Redskins put offensive tackle Ed Simmons on the injured-reserve list yesterday and claimed Scott Beavers off waivers from the Denver Broncos to replace him on the roster.
Signed as a free agent from Georgia Tech, Beavers, an offensive guard, played in one game before he was cut. Beavers will become the Redskins' eighth lineman and third backup behind Russ Grimm and Mark Adickes.
Joe Jacoby will replace Simmons, who injured his knee Sunday against the Chicago Bears and will underdo surgery today, in the starting lineup at right tackle. Simmons is out for the year.
The Redskins can clinch a National Football Conference wild card playoff spot for the first time in three years with a victory Saturday against the New England Patriots. If they sweep their final three games against the Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Buffalo Bills, they will host a wild card game.
* BROWNS: Cleveland has talked to former San Francisco 49ers coach Bill Walsh about joining the organization, according to The Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Reports also said any Browns shake-up would not involve the jobs of Browns executive vice president Ernie Accorsi or pro personnel director Mike Lombardi.
The Plain Dealer quoted unidentified sources as saying the Browns were one of three teams to contact Walsh, now an NBC-TV analyst, about a head coaching or front-office position. The other teams are believed to be Tampa Bay and a West Coast team, possibly the Los Angeles Rams, the newspaper said.
"I'm not going to comment on that," owner Art Modell said when asked if Walsh had been contacted. "I'm not going to comment on any names in relation to the coach of the Cleveland Browns."
Bud Carson was fired as Browns head coach on Nov. 5 after the team went 2-7.
He was replaced by Cleveland offensive coordinator Jim Shofner, who is not expected to return as head coach next season but may take a post with the team's front office. Under Shofner, the Browns have deteriorated to 2-11.
* CHARGERS: Nose tackle Joe Phillips, who hasn't played since a Sept. 26 assault outside a restaurant, is locked in a bitter dispute with the San Diego Chargers over payment of this year's salary.
Phillips, a starter the past two seasons, is recovering from severe head injuries he suffered in the beating. He reportedly is so frustrated by the club's unwillingness to pay his full salary that he has asked to be released.
The fifth-year veteran has asked the club for his full salary this year, but the team countered with an offer to pay him for half the season, general manager Bobby Beathard said.
Phillips is on the reservenon-football injury list. He's scheduled to earn $315,000 in base pay this year. The club's offer amounts to $157,500.
* PATRIOTS: University of Miami athletic director Sam Jankovich confirmed to the school president that he has been contacted by the New England Patriots about becoming their general manager.
When approached outside his office Monday, Jankovich refused discuss the status of his conversation with the Patriots or speculate on a possible successor at Miami.
* GIANTS: Coach Bill Parcells is expected to return to work today after a painful kidney stone was pulverized into smaller pieces, a team spokesman said.
Parcells was treated yesterday as an outpatient at the New Jersey Kidney Stone Treatment Center in New Brunswick with lithotripsy, a procedure that uses ultrasound waves to break the stone into small pieces.
* BENGALS: Cincinnati Bengals founder Paul Brown, 82, was released from a hospital yesterday after undergoing successful treatment for a blood clot in his leg.
Brown was admitted to Christ Hospital last week when he developed swelling in his leg.