Eagles' Joyner, Simmons end six-week holdouts

August 29, 1991

Defensive stars Seth Joyner and Clyde Simmons signed contracts with the Philadelphia Eagles yesterday, ending six-week holdouts four days before the team's season opener against the Green Bay Packers.

Both signed a series of three one-year contracts, the team announced. The players' agent, Jim Solano, refused to disclose other terms.

According to the Philadelphia Daily News, the contracts total the same amount the players had rejected earlier -- $3 million over three years. But under the agreements signed yesterday, the distribution differed, with the first two years paying more than the third.

Only defensive tackle Jerome Brown and offensive tackle Matt Darwin remain unsigned.

* CHARGERS: Billy Joe Tolliver's roller-coaster ride as quarterback ended when he was traded to the Falcons for an undisclosed 1992 draft choice.

Tolliver, who lost his starting job to second-year pro John Friesz five days earlier, becomes Atlanta's third quarterback, behind starter Chris Miller and rookie Brett Favre.

Tolliver, who had been named earlier by coach Dan Henning to start in the season opener Sunday in Pittsburgh, completed seven of 17 passes for 94 yards in a 17-7 loss to the Raiders on Friday night. Friesz came on and went 17-for-19 for 210 yards and one touchdown in three drives, and Henning immediately gave him the starting job.

The Falcons reportedly gave up a fourth-round draft choice.

* BROWNS: Cleveland officials placed No. 1 draft pick Eric Turner on injured reserve and said he'll miss at least a month because of a stress fracture in his upper left leg.

The loss of Turner, a safety from UCLA, further weakens a secondary thinned by injuries.

Turner, the second player taken in this year's draft, initially injured the leg while the Browns were practicing with the Giants early this month.

Team physicians thought it was a thigh bruise, but doctors determined that the bone beneath the thigh had a stress fracture.

* CHIEFS: The club suspended running back Bill Jones for one game without pay after he admitted to police that he had left the scene of a traffic accident.

L Jones will be held out of Sunday's game against the Falcons.

Jones went to a police station Tuesday afternoon and said he was the driver of a car that was involved in an accident late Saturday night. Four people had to be extricated from an overturned car in the accident.

The most seriously injured had a broken ankle.

* GIANTS: New York signed 319-pound defensive lineman Lorenzo Freeman off waivers because of the uncertainty of nose tackle Erik Howard, who returned to practice after recurring back spasms.

Freeman, a fifth-year player from Pitt, was claimed on waivers from the Steelers, for whom he played every line position.

* BILLS: Quarterback Jim Kelly says he would be ready to play Sunday in the season opener against the Dolphins. But it's beginning to look as if defensive end Bruce Smith, last year's NFL Defensive Player of the Year, won't be in the lineup.

Smith underwent knee surgery two weeks into training camp and hasn't practiced with the team since then. Coach Marv Levy was pessimistic about Smith's chances of playing against the Dolphins.

* PACKERS: Linebacker Burnell Dent ended his 44-day holdout and signed a two-year contract, leaving the team with one remaining unsigned player.

Dent made $200,000 last season. Terms of the new contract were not disclosed.

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