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Waters, Eagles whine about officials

Philadelphia safety Andre Waters said Sunday the NFL fine against him for an alleged cheap shot was unfair, and teammates said the referees were victimizing the Eagles. "It's a raw deal," an angry Waters said after Philadelphia's 13-7 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Waters, who has been accused by other players and commentators of being "a cheap-shot artist," was fined an undisclosed amount by the league for going after Minnesota quarterback Rich Gannon's knees in last Monday's game.

The Eagles said they were victimized twice by roughness calls Sunday.

"The politics and football, you can't control," Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham said. "It seems like every time we go to New York, Washington or Dallas, the referees are for the other team."

Free safety Wes Hopkins said, "If Andre does it, it's a penalty. If I do it, it's a penalty. How come if No. 40 (Washington's Alvin Walton) does it, it's not a penalty?"


Buffalo lost running back Thurman Thomas on Sunday when he suffered a bruised knee in the first quarter of the Bills' victory over the New York Jets. Coach Marv Levy said some fluid appears to have built up under the skin because of the bruise. Thomas will undergo tests on the knee today. Oilers placekicker Tony Zendejas suffered a broken leg on his planting foot while kicking off following his third field goal Sunday. Zendejas broke his left fibula and will be out of action from four to six weeks, the Oilers announced. Denver's Bobby Humphrey, who went into Sunday's game leading the NFL in rushing despite missing his last game with a sprained ankle, gained 37 yards on a screen pass on the second play of the game. But the play was nullified by a penalty and Humphrey reinjured his right ankle on the play. He did return briefly but carried the ball only three times for 5 yards. . . . Wide receiver Henry Ellard of the Los Angeles Rams became the team's all-time reception yardage leader with 6,311, passing Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch, who had 6,289. Ellard had six catches for 109 yards in a 44-24 victory against Atlanta.