Jets' Dawkins breaks leg in car accident

December 17, 1991

Dale Dawkins, a receiver with the New York Jets, sustained a broken leg in a traffic accident yesterday and was charged with driving while intoxicated.

Dawkins fractured the femur in his right leg in an early morning accident and was taken to Winthrop Hospital. He was transferred to Lenox Hill Hospital and was scheduled for surgery later in the day.

According to a New York State trooper's report, Dawkins was involved in a one-car accident in Roslyn, N.Y., when his car struck a tree. The trooper believed that Dawkins was driving while intoxicated and secured blood samples, the Jets said.

Meanwhile, the Jets say they could have a new place-kicker for Sunday's game. The last time the New York Jets had a place-kicker other than Pat Leahy active for a game was in 1979.

When the Jets play at Miami for the final American Football Conference wild-card berth, someone else probably will handle those chores. It could be Raul Allegre.

Leahy, 40, has sciatica, causing him pain in the hip, back and upper leg. He will not practice at least until Friday and bed rest has been prescribed for the league's oldest player.

* TELEVISION: Bill Parcells, the former New York Giants coach and current NBC football analyst, underwent a non-surgical procedure to clear a blockage in one of the arteries in his heart.

Parcells, 50, was listed in stable condition after the coronary angioplasty at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, N.J., according to a statement issued by Dr. Michael Kesselbrenner, the attending cardiologist.

* BUCCANEERS: Vinny Testaverde's injured back is improving and the Tampa Bay quarterback probably will return to the starting lineup this week against Indianapolis.

Testaverde sat out Saturday's 27-0 loss to the Bears because of muscle spasms that prevented him from practicing and making the trip to Chicago. Coach Richard Williamson said the fifth-year pro was feeling better yesterday and expects to practice tomorrow.

* GIANTS: A day after accepting responsibility for a dismal season, Ray Handley pointed a finger at his players and warned them to start doing things his way or find another team.

The rookie coach yesterday said he felt some players had taken advantage of his somewhat laid-back demeanor, something that won't happen next season.

"Obviously, they didn't respond the way I wanted them to," Handley said. "That will be part of the evaluation process. How do I get them to respond? It can't be a repeat performance by me of the things I have done."

* BEARS: Coach Mike Ditka said he is sticking with Kevin Butler even though the Bears' kicker has missed two extra points in as many games and four of his last six field-goal attempts.

"He's my kicker no matter what happens through the playoffs -- until the season ends," Ditka said. "If he goes out and misses the ball, he's still the kicker. There is no pressure on him."

Butler, who holds 14 club records, has been bothered for several weeks by a hip injury.

* OILERS: Defensive tackle Ray Childress suffered three injurieSunday that will keep him out of practice this week and may keep him out of Saturday's game against the New York Giants.

Childress suffered a broken rib, a rib cage sprain and a lower back strain in Sunday's 17-14 victory over Cleveland.

* PACKERS: Coach Lindy Infante said he probably would quit coaching after 26 years if he isn't retained by the Packers next season.

And with a 23-40 record in nearly four years, the chances of his coming back are considered remote at best.

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