Quarterback Mark Rypien of the Washington Redskins missed his second straight practice with a stiff back yesterday, leaving his status for tomorrow night's game against the New England Patriots up in the air.
The Redskins probably won't know until the pre-game warm-ups whether or not Rypien will be able to go.
Rypien, who suffered the injury throwing after practice Wednesday morning, was held out of Wednesday night's intrasquad scrimmage, but the Redskins had hoped he'd be ready yesterday.
"I thought he'd be better today than he was," coach Joe Gibbs said. "I hope it won't be anything that will keep him out of the game."
Rypien said he wasn't sure if it was a rib injury or simply a muscle spasm because he had some shortness of breath and tightness on the right side of his lower back.
"I've never had an injury like this," Rypien.
Rypien said he'll make the trip to Foxboro and he hoped that a lot of rest today and tomorrow until game time would enable him to play.
Rypien was sidelined in 1988 with a shoulder injury and last year with a knee injury, and the Redskins are hoping he'll stay healthy all season this year.
If Rypien can't go, Stan Humphries would likely start in his place.
* St. Louis' effort to land an NFL expansion franchise got a boost this week when a $260 million bond issue for a 70,000-seat downtown football stadium was subscribed by investors in less than three days.
The action clears the way for design and construction work to begin. James Busch Orthwein, a St. Louis businessman who heads the city's expansion effort, said the new stadium would not be ready until 1995 at the earliest.
The NFL is expected next year to name two new cities to begin play in 1994. Orthwein said that a new St. Louis team would play at Busch Stadium until the new stadium is ready.
* Washingtonian magazine said it would print a correction and an apology to Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke and make a large gift to charity as part of a settlement of a $30 million libel suit he filed in 1989.
The out-of-court settlement was announced in a statement by the Redskins and the magazine.
The lawsuit stemmed from a 1989 article titled "Driving Mr. Cooke" in which Harry Turner, Cooke's former driver, implied that Cooke was a racist and had told him that NFL games could be fixed.
* BILLS: Quarterback Jim Kelly said his pulled hamstring has healed and that he will make his preseason debut tomorrow against the Detroit Lions.
* CHIEFS: Steve Pelluer walked out of training camp because he lost interest in the game, fellow quarterback Steve DeBerg said.
Pelluer, the Chiefs' backup to DeBerg, walked out Wednesday after meeting with coach Marty Schottenheimer.
Team president Carl Peterson said Pelluer, 29, would be placed on the "left camp" list and that the team would ask the league for a roster exemption to give Pelluer time to consider his decision.
* OILERS: Houston has brought former Baltimore Colt Raul Allegre and Jim Power into training camp for a tryout to compete with Teddy Garcia, who missed two extra points in Houston's 31-29 loss to the San Diego Chargers in last weekend's exhibition game.
* STEELERS: Rookie wide receiver Jeff Graham, Pittburgh's No. 2 pick, is expected to miss about two weeks of practice with a strained thigh.