Don't ask meThe Los Angeles Raiders may or may not have an...

PLAY AND REPLAYS

October 17, 1994

Don't ask me

The Los Angeles Raiders may or may not have an unsettled quarterback situation. Coach Art Shell and starter Jeff Hostetler aren't saying.

Hostetler, who completed just eight of 23 passes for 95 yards in yesterday's overtime loss to Miami, was benched late in the second quarter with the Raiders leading 10-7.

The 11th-year pro exchanged words with Shell on the sideline, and 39-year-old Vince Evans took over for two series. Hostetler re-entered the game in the third period after the Dolphins kicked a field goal to tie it at 10.

"Coach's decision," Shell said about the move. He ignored a question about whether he intends to start Hostetler next week against Atlanta.

Hostetler also declined to discuss the switch or his confrontation with the coach.

"You'll have to ask him about that . . . That's all I have to say about it," the quarterback said.

When pressed, Hostetler responded: "Game over." With that, he turned and picked up his bags and left the locker room.

Steelers coach Bill Cowher took it pretty well when he learned he'd probably lose star running back Barry Foster for two or three games because of a sprained left knee,

"This is why you've got other players on your team, and why they've got to step it up when you have a situation like this," Cowher said.

Foster, on a pace to nearly equal his 1,690-yard rushing season of 1992, sprained his left knee on his first carry yesterday against the Cincinnati Bengals. He'll undergo a magnetic resonance imaging test today, but Cowher was advised by team doctors that the injury apparently isn't serious.

Foster, who missed the Steelers' last seven games last season with an ankle injury, led the AFC with 518 yards in five games until the Steelers' bye last weekend.

Bam Morris, a rookie from Texas Tech, replaced Foster and gained 82 yards as the Steelers edged the NFL's lone winless team.

Fashion statement

The San Francisco 49ers wore their "throwback" uniforms for the fourth time -- and posted their fourth victory in outfits like they used in 1955.

The Niners had to get permission from the league to wear the old-time uniforms again. It's a request the league might hear again -- in their regular uniforms, the 49ers are 1-2.

Goal achieved

When Los Angeles was held to a field goal after a first-and-goal from the Dolphins' 3 in the opening period, it was the first time in 13 occasions this season that a Miami opponent did not score a touchdown after having a first-and-goal.

Going for it

New England Patriots coach Bill Parcells must have felt lucky -- he went for it eight times on fourth down against the New York Jets.

The teams had a 4-4 standoff, including an offside by Ronnie Lott that led to a first down and officially doesn't count as a Patriots fourth-down attempt.

But the seven official attempts equal the most tried in one game since the Elias Sports Bureau began keeping track of the the statistic 20 years ago.

L Parcells wasn't lucky enough, though -- the Jets won, 24-17.

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