With Williams out for 1 month, Eagles sign Green

September 19, 1991

The Philadelphia Eagles, facing a month without receiver Calvin Williams, signed former Phoenix Cardinals standout Roy Green yesterday.

Williams (Dunbar) suffered a dislocated shoulder stretching for a pass in Sunday's 24-0 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

"I broke my clavicle once, but that was the only other time I've been injured," said the second-year receiver from Purdue, who will remain on the injured reserve list for at least four weeks. "There's nothing I can do but wait for it to heal."

Green, 34, started the season without a team. After setting all of the Cardinals' receiving records during a 12-year tenure, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns last spring and released in August.

Green also was given a tryout by the Washington Redskins on Monday.

* Former Baltimore Colt Art Schlichter is seeking reinstatement to the NFL, which has twice banned the quarterback for gambling.

Schlichter, 31, scheduled a meeting today in New York with NFL executive vice president Jay Moyer to discuss his return to the league. Commissioner Paul Tagliabue will have the final say over whether Schlichter will be readmitted as a free agent.

* The NFL's new anti-demonstration rule might be changed by Tagliabue before this weekend, said NFL director of communications Greg Aiello. The rule forbids on-field celebrations after a touchdown, with an automatic $1,000 fine for offenders.

* PATRIOTS: Owner Victor Kiam has three weeks to come up with $38 million to pay off partner Fran Murray or else lose control and eventually ownership of the NFL franchise.

If Kiam cannot produce the money, Murray will run the team with the help of the league for 120 days, during which time it would be sold.

Kiam "sees no problem coming up with the money," team spokesman Pat Hanlon said. "It's a situation that will resolve itself."

Under terms of their ownership contract, Kiam has to pay Murray the $38 million by Oct. 10 if Murray asks for it. Murray wants to cash out so he can spend all his time becoming part of the ownership for a possible new league franchise.

He also is in debt to banks for about $20 million that helped pay part of his 49 percent Patriots' ownership costs.

Also, linebacker Jesse Solomon was traded for the second time in three days, this time from the Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for a fifth-round pick in the 1992 draft. The Patriots got him from the Cowboys on Monday for a 1992 sixth-round pick.

Coach Dick MacPherson also named Hugh Millen as his starting quarterback, replacing Tommy Hodson, whose 47.7 quarterback rating is the lowest in the NFL.

In three games, Hodson completed 36 of 68 passes for 345 yards, with one touchdown and four interceptions.

Millen, in his fifth NFL season, has played in only 11 games with the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons. The Patriots signed him as a free agent April 1.

* 49ERS: Trade talks between Denver and San Francisco over Broncos holdout running back Bobby Humphrey have broken down.

Humphrey, a 1,000-yard rusher in each of the past two seasons, was sought by the 49ers to shore up a ground game that has yet to recover from the departure of Roger Craig.

But Seifert was unwilling to meet Denver's demand of a starting defensive lineman or next year's first-round draft pick.

The 49ers have used a committee of backs to replace Craig, now a starter with the Los Angeles Raiders after becoming a Plan B free agent.

But Keith Henderson, Harry Sydney, Dexter Carter and Spencer Tillman have had limited success. San Francisco (1-2) is off to its worst start since the strike-shortened 1982 season.

* CARDINALS: Safety Marcus Turner lost 60 percent of the hearing in his left ear during a collision with Danny Copeland of the Washington Redskins on Sunday.

Turner will undergo surgery to repair a hole in his inner ear and will be out at least eight weeks. There's a 25 percent chance that he'll have a full recovery of his hearing.

* OILERS: Two Houston players injured in the Monday night victory over Kansas City will be out about a month.

Guard Mike Munchak underwent arthroscopic surgery after developing a problem with his left knee in a 17-7 victory over the Chiefs. A team spokesman said Munchak sustained torn lateral meniscus and doctors removed five loose pieces of cartilage in the back of the knee. Munchak could be back in time for the Oct. 6 home game against Denver.

Wide receiver Leonard Harris has a tibial plateau fracture but there will not be any surgery. He will be out between four and five weeks.

* STEELERS: Starting left guard Brian Blankenship, a former strike-team player who beat out two first-round draft choices to win starting guard job with Pittsburgh, is undergoing medical tests to determine if his career is over.

Blankenship has an injury between the third and fourth vertebrae that threatens the spinal cord. Blankenship's agent, Jim Steiner, said neurologists who examined Blankenship on Tuesday advised him to retire.

* VIKINGS: Team officials were in the dark on the status of defensive tackle Keith Millard, who was in Colorado to get a second opinion on his injured right knee.

Vikings coach Jerry Burns said he expected Millard to return last night and meet with team doctors and officials today.

Millard flew to Vail, Colo., to see Dr. Richard Steadman, an orthopedist who has repaired the injured knees of many of the world's top ski racers and helped San Diego defensive end Leslie O'Neal overcome a major knee injury three years ago.

Gelbaugh signs with Cardinals

Former Maryland quarterback Stan Gelbaugh, the Most Valuable Player in the World League of American Football, was signed by the Phoenix Cardinals yesterday.

Gelbaugh led the London Monarchs to the title in the WLAF's first season, completing 189 of 393 passes for 2,655 yards and 17 touchdowns. He will serve as the Cardinals' third-string quarterback behind Tom Tupa and Craig Kupp.

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