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Chiefs' Grbac sidelined with broken collarbone

Quarterback Elvis Grbac, who rejuvenated Kansas City's offense in half a season, will be out at least a month with a broken collarbone.

Grbac was slammed to the ground in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs' 13-10 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday night.

After lying motionless for several minutes, he arose and walked into the tunnel in obvious pain. The Chiefs confirmed Tuesday he broke his left clavicle.

Grbac will be replaced this week at Jacksonville by backup Rich Gannon, a 10-year veteran.

The Chiefs also said tight end Ted Popson spent the night in a hospital with a mild concussion sustained when he was hit on the chin by Steelers cornerback Donnell Woolford's helmet.

Dr. Lewis Rosenblatt said Grbac likely would miss at least six weeks.

"It will be six to eight weeks until the collarbone really heals good. I can't imagine doing anything before four weeks with a broken collarbone," Rosenblatt said. "I bet he's out for the year. If he gets hit again, it could be broken again."

Lloyd fined $15,000

NEW YORK _ Steelers LB Greg Lloyd was fined $15,000 by the league for his hit on Jaguars WR Keenan McCardell on Oct.


Lloyd knocked McCardell to the ground at the end of the first play from scrimmage, and McCardell said Lloyd told him it was in retaliation for a threatening phone call.

The league said it found "no evidence of such a call."

Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said Lloyd acted inappropriately.

"If a player had a difficult situation off the field, the proper response is to seek assistance from his head coach, his club, NFL Security or others in the NFL office _ not to exact physical retribution on opponents," his said in a statement.

Gilbert to miss season

WASHINGTON _ DT Sean Gilbert will miss the season after being unable to work out a contract with the Redskins.

The team said it offered Gilbert, a holdout since training camp, a five-year, $20-million contract. Gilbert's agent, Gus Sunseri, said Gilbert wants at least $22.5-million over five years.

Washington designated Gilbert its franchise player after last season; under league rules, that gave him until 4 p.m. Tuesday to sign or sit out the season. Gilbert also must be paid at least the average of the top five salaries at his position, and he can't negotiate with any other team. The team said it will name Gilbert its franchise player again next season, meaning he could miss the 1998 season if a contract isn't worked out.

CHARGERS: The team released veterans Alfred Pupunu and Carwell Gardner, signed LB Michael Hamilton and FB Robert Chancey to it practice squad, and placed LB Bobby Houston on the injured list with a strained right calf.

EAGLES: C Steven Everitt was charged with drunken driving, speeding and possession of drug paraphernalia after police in Mount Laurel, N.J., stopped him. Officers said they found a marijuana pipe in Everitt's car when they pulled him over at 12:37 a.m. Tuesday. They gave him a breath test but did not release the results. Everitt was released and faces a Nov. 18 hearing. He will be evaluated for a substance-abuse problem by the NFL . . . The team signed WR Russell Copeland and LB DeShawn Fogle. Copeland signed with the team in June but was released in August after the final preseason game. Fogle signed as a rookie free agent after the draft. He played on special teams in the season opener and then was released.

RAIDERS: A day after being ejected in a sideline melee against Carolina, DT Russell Maryland was given a community service award. He was honored for his work with school children, his contributions to the Alameda (Calif.) Food Bank and his other charitable efforts.

VIKINGS: Team owners met privately and reaffirmed their demand for a new stadium and discussed the sale of the team. They said no decision on coach Dennis Green's future will be made until after the season. They also made a commitment to sign five free agents: DT John Randle, RB Robert Smith, WR Jake Reed, CB Dewayne Washington and OT Todd Steussie.

NFL TRIAL: Tagliabue testified in St. Louis for 4{ hours in the $130-million antitrust lawsuit. Tagliabue refused to comment as he left the courthouse.

The trial is in the middle of its fifth week.

CARDINALS: Rookie QB Jake Plummer will be the starter for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

COWBOYS: Today's Washington Post reports that coach Barry Switzer could be fired next week and temporarily replaced by personnel director Larry Lacewell. Switzer said he and owner Jerry Jones spoke Tuesday and his status didn't come up.