Quarterback Joe Montana missed the San Francisco 49ers' practice with the flu yesterday, but is expected to play in tomorrow's National Football Conference championship game against the New York Giants.
Montana, who has had one of his healthiest seasons in years, had practiced with the team all week, but began feeling ill Thursday night and did not report to camp yesterday.
"We expect him to be fine," coach George Seifert said. "It was just a matter of having him not come to work when he doesn't feel good."
* GIANTS: An orthopedic surgeon says New York quarterback Phil Simms must continue to wear a case on his severely sprained right foot for two more weeks, ruling out any chance of his playing in the Super Bowl. Dr. Russell Warren, removed the cast Thursday, examined the foot and put the cast back on, --ing hopes that Simms would be available a week from tomorrow.
* RAIDERS: Los Angeles conducted its final workout before boarding a charter flight bound for Buffalo, N.Y., but the team said there was no change in the non-playing status of its Pro Bowl running back, Bo Jackson.
Jackson, bothered by a hip injury, missed practice again but left with the team and is expected to be in uniform for the game tomorrow with the Buffalo Bills.
* EAGLES: Zeke Bratkowski, a 22-year NFL coaching veteran, met with new Philadelphia coach Rich Kotite to discuss becoming the Eagles offensive coordinator.
Bratkowski, 59, was quarterbacks coach for the Cleveland Browns this season. From 1985 to 1989, he coached the New York Jets quarterbacks, while Kotite was the offensive coordinator. He was also offensive coordinator with the Baltimore and Indianapolis Colts.
* BUDDY RYAN: Buddy Ryan said he's still looking for a head coaching job in the National Football League but would consider a defensive coordinator's position under certain circumstances.
After being fired last week as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Ryan said would go with his wife, Joan, to their farm in Kentucky and raise horses rather than become an assistant again.
But Ryan was spotted Thursday in Mobile, Ala., site of the Senior Bowl, talking to Minnesota Vikings head coach Jerry Burns, who needs a defensive coordinator to succeed the fired Floyd Peters.
"I sat down with Jerry in Mobile and we had a few hot toddies, talked and laughed. We did not talk about a job," said Ryan.