Paying his duesAn attorney for Tim Smith said yesterday...

COLTS CAMP UPDATE

May 28, 1994|By Ken Murray

Paying his dues

An attorney for Tim Smith said yesterday that there have been "ongoing efforts" by the CFL Colts running back to satisfy overdue child support payments to two daughters in New Mexico.

"I am confident we can work out an arrangement," said Michael Newell of Lovington, N.M. "Tim probably will voluntarily allow an amount to be taken out of his check if he makes the team."

The Child Support Enforcement Bureau in Roswell, N.M., lists Smith as the No. 1 delinquent dad in the state, and contends he owes $45,000 in child support. Newell said the amount owed is based on his previous NFL salary.

Since getting cut by the Dallas Cowboys in 1990, Smith has held just one job, that as a personal trainer at a health club.

"I'm not trying to hide," said Smith, who sat out part of the team's first workout with a strained hamstring. "The lady [in New Mexico] wants to make a name for herself."

The absentee list

Four players failed to report yesterday, and at least two of them -- free safety Jerry Woods and guard Jeb Flesch -- have decided to retire. Jim Popp, director of player personnel, said the other two -- guard Terry Long (knee) and linebacker Eric Hickerson (personal problem) -- still might report.

Comings and goings

It was a short camp for guard Dietrich Lockridge of Jackson State. He aggravated a previous neck injury in the morning work out and decided to retire.

Incoming are three players -- free safety Lester Smith, acquired from Saskatchewan, and guards Craig Still of Morgan State and O'Neill Glenn of Maryland.

Sprucing up 33rd Street

Colts owner Jim Speros said state officials will walk through Memorial Stadium next week before coming up with a $100,000 grant for stadium renovation. The state also is expected to make a $400,000 loan through the city.

Up and at 'em

In his first workout as Colts coach, Don Matthews had `D full-speed team drills that stopped just short of tackling. The coaches call it the "thud period," and it made for the most entertaining part of the day's workouts.

Matthews said he put in two running plays and four passes on offense. "That's 0.5 percent of our offense," he said, playfully.

MEET THE COLTS

Tracy Ham

Pos: QB

Ht: 5-11

Wt: 200

College: Georgia So.

Year: 8th

Outlook: Feared for his improvisational running ability, Ham can wound a secondary with his passing as well. He has had four seasons of 30 or more touchdown passes.

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