Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf said yesterday that he hopes to clear up the status of coach Lindy Infante before Christmas.
"I said I would wait until the season was over, that I would come in in an evaluation process and do that and the evaluation process is continuing," Wolf told John Madden of CBS-TV before yesterday's Packers-Minnesota Vikings game at the Metrodome.
When will that evaluation end?
"It should be after today's game," Wolf said. "Anything I do, I want to do before Christmas."
* BRONCOS: The chicken pox scare is over.
Test results confirmed Friday that none of the six players susceptible to the virus contracted it, ending a week of worry.
The Broncos feared they would be hit by cases of chicken pox just as the playoffs began. Two of the players, Simon Fletcher and Jeff Mills, are starting linebackers.
"The biggest concern was that there were several players at the same position. Regardless of what kind of depth you've got, if you lose a couple guys at the same position, it devastates you," coach Dan Reeves said.
Mike Croel contracted the virus two weeks ago and missed the Cardinals game last week.
The other players who apparently had not had chicken pox as children were cornerback Charles Dimry, safety Randy Robbins and defensive linemen Warren Powers (Maryland) and Alphonso Carreker.
* FALCONS: Safety Scott Case's home in Grove, Okla., was destroyed by a fire that authorities believe was caused by arson. Four people have been arrested, three of them juveniles.
Authorities have recovered property taken from Case's ranch and say the fire may have been set to cover traces of a burglary. Case lives with his family near Atlanta during the season.
Jim Earp, sheriff of Delaware County in eastern Oklahoma, said the fire early Friday destroyed the 3,000-square-foot ranch house and a barn 100 feet away.