Giants' Simms has slight fractureThe injury to Phil Simms...

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December 27, 1990

Giants' Simms has slight fracture

The injury to Phil Simms' right foot includes a slight fracture in one of the bones, Newsday reported in today's editions.

The New York Giants' diagnosis was a severely sprained foot, but several sources, including players and club officials wishing to remain anonymous, confirmed the quarterback has a fracture.

Simms, injured against the Buffalo Bills on Dec. 15, was placed on injured reserve and won't be eligible to return until at least the National Football Conference championship game on Jan. 20, should the Giants get that far. Simms was placed in a knee-length cast last week and won't have the cast removed for another two weeks.

* Quarterback Joe Montana has been given medical clearance to start for the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Montana, who aggravated a groin injury before Sunday's 13-10 loss to the New Orleans Saints, returned to practice yesterday. Coach George Seifert said Montana will play about a half, followed by Steve Young.

* The Chicago Bears said Neal Anderson will return for the regular-season finale despite a cracked rib, and announced they have re-signed Brent Snyder as a third-string quarterback for the playoffs.

Anderson, the team's leading rusher and No. 2 pass receiver, gave the coaches the go-ahead to play him in Saturday's home game against the Kansas City Chiefs. He missed Sunday's 27-14 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers because of a cracked rib he had suffered a week earlier.

The Bears said they wanted a backup quarterback for Mike Tomczak and Peter Tom Willis.

Jim Harbaugh, who had started the first 14 games this season, is out for a month with a separated right shoulder. Tomczak threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns against the Buccaneers on Sunday.

* PACKERS: Quarterback Anthony Dilweg resumed practicing, wearing a brace on his injured foot and saying he could be ready to play in the season-ending game against the Denver Broncos Sunday.

Coach Lindy Infante didn't say whether substitute Blair Kiel would start for a second time. Dilweg injured his left arch against the Philadelphia Eagles on Dec. 16.

Baseball

The New York Mets, according to a report in The New YorTimes, have scheduled a news conference for today to announce that they have given Kevin McReynolds a contract extension.

Jay Horwitz, public-relations director, refused to disclose the subject of the news conference, but the outfielder and his agent, Tom Selakovich, had reservations last night at a hotel near Shea Stadium.

The Mets, after losing Darryl Strawberry as a free agent last month, said they planned to discuss contract extensions with McReynolds, Dwight Gooden and Frank Viola. Each has one year left on his contract and could be a free agent at the end of the 1991 season.

On Dec. 2, Selakovich made a proposal for three years and $10.5 million. Three days later, the Mets countered at three years and $9 million. McReynolds, who is 31 and has been with New York for four seasons, would be the first member of the Mets to have a contract worth $3 million or more a year. He batted .269 with 24 home runs and 82 RBI last season and has a $2.1 million salary for next season.

* Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Hank Aguirre and a group of local businessmen are considering whether to make an offer to buy the club.

But Aguirre declined to release details of the offer the group plans to make to Tigers owner and Domino's Pizza chief Tom Monaghan, pending a news conference in Detroit today.

Aguirre, a left-hander with the Tigers from 1958-67, is president of Mexican Industries Inc., which supplies interiors and parts to the auto industry.

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