It's beginning to look as if Irv Pankey's 12-year career as an offensive tackle on the Los Angeles Rams is over.
Pankey's 43-day holdout continued yesterday, and Rams coach John Robinson named Robert Jenkins the starter at left tackle and said Gerald Perry would also get some playing time in Sunday's season-opener against the Phoenix Cardinals.
A starter since 1981, Pankey (Aberdeen) has said he wants something approaching center Tom Newberry's $750,000-a-year contract. If the Rams won't raise their $500,000-a-year offer, Pankey said, he wants to be traded.
Unless Jenkins, formerly Robert Cox, or Perry suffers an injury, that's probably what will happen.
Several teams have expressed interest in Pankey. The Indianapolis Colts reportedly have made the best offer, a third-round draft choice, but the Rams reportedly want a second-round pick or a defensive player.
* EAGLES: The team signed tackle Jerome Brown, a day after two other key players ended holdouts.
Brown signed three one-year contracts and practiced with the team. It was not immediately known whether Brown, linebacker Seth Joyner and defensive end Clyde Simmons would play Sunday at Green Bay. Joyner and Simmons ended their holdouts Wednesday.
Brown reportedly was seeking around $1.5 million a year, but no terms were disclosed. Defensive end Reggie White ($1.35 million a year) and quarterback Randall Cunningham ($1.27 million) are the highest-paid Eagles.
Brown, the Eagles' first-round pick in 1987, had 91 solo tackles in 1989 but just 61 last season, when he was hampered by a torn rotator cuff in his shoulder.
* BROWNS: Starting guard John Rienstra said he is not angry with Indians pitcher Kevin Wickander for revealing in print that Rienstra had a similar problem with alcohol three or four years ago and is Wickander's sponsor in the Alcoholics Anonymous program.
"I guess it doesn't really bother me," Rienstra told The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer in an interview published yesterday. "In the beginning, I was kind of paranoid about people finding out. But I've got some years behind me now."
Rienstra said he was not ready to talk about the details of his addiction and how it may have been related to the emotional problems that caused him to walk out of Steelers camp a couple of seasons ago.
* BRONCOS: Wide receiver Vance Johnson has been named in a paternity lawsuit, according to Larimer (Colo.) County records.
Details of the suit have been ordered closed by a District Court magistrate and those involved apparently are under a strict gag order.
However, the Aug. 7 court docket that lists the lawsuit names Johnson and Fort Collins resident Sharon K. Round and her unborn child as the parties in the case.
* RAIDERS: Defensive back Elvis Patterson limped off the field with a bruised right knee, but Dr. Norm Rotenberg said Patterson probably will be able to play Sunday.