Shoulder injury to cost Saints' Hebert 2 games

November 09, 1991

The New Orleans Saints will be without starting quarterback Bobby Hebert for at least two more games, including tomorrow's game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Hebert was examined Thursday in Los Angeles for right shoulder injuries affecting his throwing arm.

Dr. Frank Jobe confirmed Hebert had a bruised rotator cuff muscle and a sprained shoulder.

"It sounds like three weeks to me," coach Jim Mora said. "But again, as with all injuries, nothing is etched in stone for a minimum or maximum time."

Jobe recommended Hebert refrain from throwing for at least one week. After that, he can begin making short tosses and gradually work up to longer distances.

Jobe's examination concurs with the findings of Saints team doctors.

Hebert's injuries kept him on the sidelines last week against the Los Angeles Rams.

Backup Steve Walsh will start tomorrow, with second-year quarterback Mike Buck in reserve. Punter Tommy Barnhardt likely would be the team's emergency quarterback.

Mora said Hebert would not be placed on injured reserve.

* BEARS: Chicago quarterback Jim Harbaugh says quarterbacks Jim McMahon and Mike Tomczak treated him badly after he was drafted in 1987.

The problems continued until 1989, when McMahon was quarterback for the Chargers, Harbaugh told the Daily Herald of Arlington Heights. During a Bears-Chargers exhibition game, Harbaugh said, he saw Tomczak signaling the Bears' next play across the field to McMahon.

"He immediately said, 'I'm sorry. It'll never happen again,' " Harbaugh said. "But I knew then what kind of person he was."

The Bears lost the preseason game, 24-7.

Tomczak, now a backup quarterback for the Packers, told the Green Bay (Wis.) Press-Gazette he had no recollection of the incident. The Daily Herald reported that McMahon's agent, Steve Zucker, said he would not ask McMahon to comment on Harbaugh's statements.

* COLTS: Indianapolis filled Eric Dickerson's spot on the roster by re-signing running back Bruce Perkins, who played in seven games for the Colts before he was released Oct. 18.

Dickerson was suspended for four weeks on Thursday for refusing to practice.

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