San Francisco 49ers safety Ronnie Lott may need surgery on one of his sprained knees, according to coach George Seifert.
"It's up in the air right now," Seifert said. "I would say it's week to week as to what's going to take place."
Lott sprained both knees in the Dec. 3 game against the New York Giants, hurting the left more seriously than the right. He did not play against the Cincinnati Bengals and was listed as doubtful Thursday for Monday's game against the Los Angeles Rams.
He had a Magnetic Resonance Imaging test this week to find out the extent of the damage. Seifert would not discuss the results but said Lott was seeking a second opinion.
* PATRIOTS: Fighting to keep his job, New England general manager Pat Sullivan says he can fill a variety of roles with the team even if Sam Jankovich becomes director of operations.
"I believe that I can offer a lot to the organization, and I'm prepared to do that," he said yesterday. "What that means specifically is too early to tell."
Sullivan, 38 and general manager since 1983, said he plans to meet tomorrow or Monday with club owner Victor Kiam, who spent the past week on a business trip to Japan.
"Unless somebody's not completely telling me the truth," he said in a telephone interview, he doesn't expect Kiam to return from Japan with immediate plans to let him go.
Kiam wants to hire Jankovich, the athletic director at the University of Miami. Jankovich reportedly is leaning toward taking the job.