Eagles reported to conduct AIDS testing for entire team

October 31, 1991

The Philadelphia Eagles have tested all their players and some of their front-office personnel for the AIDS virus, a member of the team's medical staff is quoted as telling The Washington Post in today's editions.

Vincent J. Distefano, Philadelphia's team doctor, told the newspaper that the tests were done at the start of training camp and were part of the "routine physicals" given to each player.

Distefano said that none of the players or front office people had tested positive for the disease and that everyone tested signed consent forms.

* STEELERS: Running back Tim Worley, who hasn't played this season because of injuries and various off-field problems, was suspended yesterday for six games for violating the NFL's drug policy.

Worley was suspended under the NFL's revised drug policy that went into effect July 15. The league does not reveal the names of first-time offenders, so a player must be a two-time violator to warrant a six-game suspension.

First-time offenders are not suspended, but are evaluated, treated and subjected to random drug testing. A third violation can result in at least a one-year suspension before a player can petition the commissioner for reinstatement.

Worley, the Steelers' 1989 first-round draft choice, was immediately placed on the non-football illness list and cannot play or practice until Dec. 9.

* OILERS: Warren Moon began cashing paychecks he had been holding all season over a contract dispute. Moon accepted the team's figures on a bonus portion of his contract Tuesday, picking up $1.5 million in the process.

The bonus is calculated by taking the average salary of the three highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL and subtracting from that figure Moon's $1.5 million salary. But there was a delay in figuring out just who had the highest salaries, and Moon refused to cash any of his paychecks until the matter was resolved.


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