Vikings' Millard to undergo knee surgery, miss 3 games

September 10, 1991

Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Keith Millard will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage in his right knee, according to a broadcast report yesterday.

Millard said he hopes to be back for the Oct. 6 game against the Detroit Lions.

The surgery will be on the same knee Millard injured last September in the fourth game of the season. He underwent reconstructive surgery last October and missed the rest of the season.

* PACKERS: The agent for holdout linebacker Tim Harris said he expects his client's future with Green Bay to be decided at a meeting today.

Ulice Payne said he scheduled a face-to-face meeting Tuesday with Mike Reinfeldt, the Packers' negotiator, and he expected to leave the session with some kind of resolution of the contract dispute.

Harris, a Pro Bowl selection in 1989, reportedly has sought a contract paying $1.4 million a year. The Packers offered a two-year deal with base salaries of $840,000 this year and $940,000 in 1992.

* PATRIOTS: New England released defensive end Sean Smith and veteran running back George Adams yesterday, creating roster space for running back John Stephens and wide receiver Sammy Martin.

Stephens, the 1988 AFC Rookie of the Year, is not likely to play much when the Patriots visit the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. Coach Dick MacPherson said the former first-round draft choice from Northwestern Louisiana is not physically ready to play because of his extended absence from training camp.

* STEELERS: Pittsburgh placed running back Tim Worley, its 1989 first-round draft choice, on injured reserve and activated Pro Bowl linebacker David Little.

Little was given a two-week roster exemption after signing on Aug. 28, three days before the Steelers' season opener. He reported to practice slightly overweight and was not activated for their first two games.

Worley, the seventh overall pick in the 1989 draft, underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Aug. 14 and has yet to resume practicing full time. He has been running on a limited basis but has continued to have pain in his right knee.

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