Montana back on sideline, this time waiting for 'tired' arm to heal NFL training camps

July 29, 1992

San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana says his arm isn't getting worse. But it isn't getting better, either.

Montana, who had surgery in October to repair a torn tendon in his right shoulder, sat out all of last season. Now the tired arm is preventing him from throwing at 49ers training camp today and tomorrow.

"The throwing is not helping it any," Montana said after skipping practice. "I can go out there and throw, but what's the use if it doesn't get any better. I just want it to go one way or the other. Just to get worse or get better."

Yesterday, while the team went through passing drills with quarterback Steve Young, Montana was working out on a stairmaster in the team's weight room. He said his arm was still "tired."

"It's not getting any worse, but it's not getting any better, either," said Montana. "So the best thing to do is try to let it get 100 percent healthy."

Montana took the day off after discussing his arm with trainer Lindsy McLean. Later, he announced plans to sit out the next two days.

* COLTS: At a mere 6 feet in height, Indianapolis Colts nose tackle Tony McCoy has become an imposing figure to teammates and coaches alike.

"I like him. He reminds me of myself," linebacker Jeff Herrod said of the 279-pound rookie. "Because of his size, people look over him and think he's not tough, like some people looked at me.

"He's intense, hyper," Herrod added. "He does a good job of being an overachiever."

The Colts began practicing their goal-line defense yesterday and McCoy caught coach Ted Marchibroda's eye.

"Tony made a nice play," Marchibroda said. "He made penetration so that the back couldn't cut into the hole, and basically stopped the play."

McCoy arrived in camp at Anderson University with a reputation of being relentless in pursuit of the football.

"There were three or four of our scouts who felt that way about him," Marchibroda said. "This is what we were looking forward to seeing when he came here and that's exactly the way he's been playing."

"I only know one way to play football, and that's hard," McCoy said. "I want to help this football team. I've got the confidence that I can and I don't look at myself as a second-stringer."

* CARDINALS: At Flagstaff, Ariz., Phoenix got some bad news when quarterback Timm Rosenbach, out all last year with a right knee injury, jammed the thumb on his right hand. Also, tackle Joe Wolf strained a pectoral muscle and inside linebacker Eric Hill pulled his right hamstring.

The Cardinals got some good news when outside linebacker Ken Harvey, who has 32 sacks in four NFL seasons, agreed to a two-year, $2.5 million contract, making him the highest-paid defensive player in the franchise's history.

* CHARGERS: San Diego signed guard David Richards to a one-year contract, leaving only nose tackle Joe Phillips among the holdouts.

Richards has started all 64 games with the Chargers since he was drafted in the fourth round out of UCLA in 1988. He played right tackle his rookie season, then moved to right guard.

Starting quarterback John Friesz, who ended his holdout Monday by signing a two-year contract, said he had his best-ever first practice in yesterday afternoon's workout. Friesz missed 11 days of practice before signing a contract worth $700,000 in base pay this season and $850,000 in 1993. With incentives, his salary could surpass $1 million in 1993.

* RAIDERS: At Oxnard, Calif., Greg Harrell was given an opportunity to devote all of his energy to the U.S. bobsled team when Los Angeles released the former Maryland wide receiver. Harrell, who spent parts of last season on the Raiders' developmental squad, was released when the Raiders needed to beef up their linebacking crops. He was replaced on the roster by free agent Greg Gilbert.

* RAMS: At Irvine, Calif., 17-year veteran tackle Jackie Slater is back at work after a bout with the flu. Slater signed a contract Friday and got in only one day of practice before getting sick.

"Jackie looks good," coach Chuck Knox said. "He got right back out there today and did OK. He showed the first day he can still run, he still has the physical tools."

* STEELERS: Levon Kirkland, a second-round draft choice at linebacker, and Joel Steed, a third-round choice at nose tackle, gave Pittsburgh a look at the future of its defense when they practiced together for the first time. Tight ends Eric Green and Paul Siffri and wide receivers Jeff Graham and Mark Didio missed practice with injuries, and defensive back Rod Woodson skipped the workout to attend to a personal matter.

* FALCONS: Joey Browner, released by Minnesota last week, continued his tour of camps by completing a two-day physical with Atlanta. He then left for Indianapolis and a workout today with the Colts.

The Falcons, understaffed in the defensive backfield because Milford Mill's Brian Jordan decided to play baseball full-time and Deion Sanders seems inclined to do the same, were awaiting a medical report on Browner's injured shoulder.

* BROWNS: Defensive lineman Michael Dean Perry underwent surgery to repair a torn cartilage in his right knee and will be out for three weeks, a team spokesman said. The 6-foot-1, 290-pound Perry's meniscus cartilage was repaired in the procedure and a cyst also was removed.

* JETS: Jim Sweeney, New York's starting center for the last 110 games, will miss three to four weeks following surgery to remove floating debris from his elbow.

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