With NFL players and owners reaching an agreement in principle on acollective bargaining agreement, Hall of Famer John Mackey wonders what tookthem so long to realize that waging war is a losing proposition.
"They've got to find a way to live together in peace," said Mackey, whoplayed for the Baltimore Colts from 1963 to 1971 and finished his career in1972 with the San Diego Chargers. "If they don't, football will disappear.They've spent so much money to get to this point. They keep suing one anotherand they settle nothing."
Mackey, in New York to accept the Ernie Davis Award honoring his oldSyracuse roommate, served as the first president of the NFL PlayersAssociationand was the man who first brought free agency into the lexicon ofnegotiations.
* PATRIOTS: The club placed quarterback Hugh Millen on injured reserveafter he aggravated a separated shoulder Sunday.
Maryland alum Scott Zolak is likely to start in his place.
* LIONS: Eric Andolsek's family has sued the trucker whose big rig raninto the lineman's yard and killed him June 23.
Andolsek was working in his yard when the truck driven by James E. Bennettwent off Louisiana Highway 1 and hit him.
* 49ERS: Ralph Tamm, the deep snapper on special teams and a backup guardand center, will start at right tackle Sunday.
Tamm, who last played tackle regularly in high school, replaces HarrisBarton, sidelined with a partially torn ligament in his left knee.
* OILERS: Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride underwent surgery inHouston to remove a cancerous kidney.
Dr. Rick Goldfarb of Methodist Hospital's urology department said Gilbridewas in surgery about 2 1/2 hours and that the malignancy appeared to becontained in the kidney.
Goldfarb told reporters Gilbride may be able to return to work in as soonas three weeks.
* OBITUARY: Bill Shockley, 55, a place-kicker on the New York Titans in1960, has died of cancer.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun