The Phoenix Cardinals demoted starting quarterback Stan Gelbaugh to third string yesterday, naming Chris Chandler the starter and Tom Tupa the backup for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos.
Gelbaugh, a Maryland alumnus who led the London Monarchs to the World League of American Football title this spring, was signed as a free agent Sept. 18. He has thrown three touchdown passes and seven interceptions, six in the past two games.
Chandler was picked up on waivers Nov. 4.
* CHIEFS: Mark Vlasic, who has tarted only three games in his four-year career, will replace 15-year veteran Steve DeBerg at quarterback Saturday.
* SEAHAWKS: Seattle, which has lost four of its past five games, will start Kelly Stouffer instead of Dave Krieg at quarterback Sunday.
* PACKERS: Quarterback Mike Tomczak will start for the sixth straight week because Don Majkowski still is bothered by a leg injury.
* LIONS: Mike Utley, the former offensive lineman who is paralyzed from the chest down, has been transferred from a rehabilitation center near Detroit to one near Denver. He told team publicist Mike Murray he thought there would be fewer distractions in Colorado.
* The NFL and WLAF are working on a plan to have each NFL team make available four players to WLAF teams, officials from both leagues said. The New York Times reported that the plan is expected to be completed and approved at an NFL owners meeting next week in Dallas.
* Joe Scibelli, a Rams offensive lineman from 1961-75, died of cancer at age 52. He played in the Pro Bowl in 1968.
* BRONCOS: Coach Dan Reeves said he plans to fulfill the remainder of his contract and possibly beyond, and he has no aspirations of going elsewhere -- despite reports to the contrary that he might be a candidate in Tampa Bay.