D.J. Dozier returned to the Minnesota Vikings yesterday but not on the best of terms.
First, Dozier must make the club. Then he has to deal with his own possible lawsuit against the organization.
Dozier, the Vikings' No. 1 draft choice in 1987, has gained only 643 yards during a four-year NFL career that has included multiple injuries and disagreements with management. Only 12 of those yards came in 1990, when he had similar contract problems and didn't sign until midseason.
A promising outfielder in the New York Mets' system, Dozier turned down a September call-up to the major leagues because the Mets insisted that he not negotiate with any football teams during the month.
Under the NFL's restrictive free agency rules, baseball is Dozier's only option to the Vikings -- which is why Dozier is planning to go to court.
"The NFL Players Association is in the process of coordinating cause of action on D.J.'s behalf," said Brett Senior, Dozier's agent. "They are going to contend that the NFL and the Vikings are violating antitrust laws and D.J.'s right to free trade."
* SEAHAWKS: Quarterback Dave Krieg will come off injurereserve this week and get ready to start Sunday's game in Pittsburgh.
Coach Chuck Knox said a decision could be made today on whether to release Jeff Kemp or Kelly Stouffer to clear a roster spot for Krieg.
* SAINTS: President and general manager Jim Finks expects disciplinary action to be taken against Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Andre Waters for an altercation at the end of the Saints' 13-6 victory Sunday.
Waters ran up behind Saints wide receiver Eric Martin shortly after the game at Veterans Stadium and hit him in the back of the head, knocking Martin's helmet off. Waters then ran, but Martin caught him. They were quickly separated.
In another matter, Jim Mora and Craig Heyward refused tcomment on charges of assault brought against Heyward by two women at a Friday night pep rally at a suburban New Orleans bar.
The charges are misdemeanors, rather than more serious felonallegations, but it has not been spelled out exactly what Heyward is accused of doing.