Bavaro to miss at least 6 Giants games Football Notes


New York Giants tight end Mark Bavaro is going to miss at least the first six games of the regular season with continuing knee problems and could miss the entire year, coach Ray Handley said yesterday.

The medical evaluation on the eve of the first day of training camp confirmed previous reports that Bavaro's status for the season is questionable.

Handley also said the team is considering signing former Giants tight end Zeke Mowatt.

Waived Tuesday by the New England Patriots, Mowatt was part of the locker-room confrontation with Boston sportswriter Lisa Olson last Sept. 17. He was eventually fined $14,500 by the league. Handley said Mowatt was being examined by team doctors, but no contract offer had been made.

* 49ERS: Randy Barnes, the world-record holder in the shot put who was trying to make the team at nose tackle, was waived.

Barnes, 6 feet 4 and 300 pounds, signed a non-guaranteed contract with San Francisco in May.

Barnes is under a two-year suspension from track, imposed by the International Amateur Athletic Federation last year after he tested positive for steroids after a meet in Malmo, Sweden. Barnes is appealing the suspension.

Also, the 49ers reportedly have persuaded veteran nose tackle Jim Burt to retire.

The 11-year veteran who performed on Super Bowl teams for both the New York Giants and 49ers had been scheduled to report today with the rest of the veterans.

On the second day of camp, Ricky Watters severely sprained his right foot, becoming the second rookie running back in as many days to be injured.

Sheldon Canley, a seventh-round draft choice out of San Jose State, aggravated a right hamstring injury during Thursday's drills.

* SAINTS: Frank Warren, a defensive end who sat out a year after his suspension for repeated violations of the NFL's drug policy, signed a one-year contract after meeting with team president and general manager Jim Finks, a spokesman said.

* WLAF: Ohio State University trustees have authorized negotiations for a lease of Ohio Stadium should the city of Columbus, Ohio, land a WLAF franchise.

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