Minnesota placekicker Donald Igwebuike, whose name has been linked by published reports to a heroin-smuggling investigation, made one field goal and missed another Sunday. He is 12-for-14 for the season. "It is very hard to try and go about my duties when people are asking me about other things," said Igwebuike, who was cut by Tampa Bay before the season started. "I felt pressure but I'm also trying to not let it bother me too much."
Sherrard breaks ankle
Mike Sherrard, the 49ers' oft-injured receiver, broke a bone in his left ankle and will be out the rest of the season.
Sherrard broke both bones in his right leg during the 1987 training camp when he was with the Cowboys. He did not play in the 1987 season. He missed the 1988 season when he refractured his right leg while jogging on the beach.
Herschel Walker gained 6 yards on three carries as he continued to struggle with the Vikings. Chris Spielman returned to action after more than a month on the Lions' injured reserve list and led the team with 10 tackles, an interception and a pass batted down. Green Bay had five interceptions Sunday after only four in its previous six games. The Packers' last five-interception game came last December against Tampa Bay. San Francisco quarterback Joe Montana completed 17 of 38 passes for 186 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. It was the second time since Oct. 24, 1988, that he has failed to complete 50 percent of his passes in a game. Miami's Jeff Cross failed to record a sack after going into the game sharing the league lead at eight with San Francisco's Charles Haley. Quarterback Joe Ferguson, a backup for the Bucs last season, is the oldest player in the NFL at age 40. He had to take over for Indianapolis when Jack Trudeau and Jeff George were hurt. . . . Stanley Morgan of Indianapolis recorded his ninth reception of the season in the third quarter, moving past Lance Alworth into 13th place on the NFL all-time list with 542 catches. He finished with two catches for 35 yards, bringing his total yardage in 14 years to 10,511 ...
He said it
"This time, there is no Philadelphia threat. The Redskins were a threat. Now there is no threat." _ Defensive back Everson Walls after the Giants took a three-game lead in the NFC East.