Victor Kiam, New England Patriot owner, has to come up with $38 million by Oct. 10 to pay off partner Fran Murray or lose control of the NFL franchise. Under their ownership contract, if Kiam cannot produce the money, Murray will run the team with the help of the league for 120 days, during which time it would be sold. Kiam "sees no problem coming up with the money," a team spokesman said.
On the field, Hugh Millen will be the Patriots' starting quarterback, replacing Tommy Hodson, for New England's game Sunday against Houston at Foxboro Stadium.
Linebacker Jesse Solomon was traded for the second time in three days, this time moving from the Patriots to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Patriots will get Tampa's fifth-round pick in the 1992 draft for the player they acquired from the Dallas Cowboys on Monday for a 1992 sixth-round pick. The Buccaneers had shown the most interest in Solomon but could not cut a deal with the Cowboys because of a clause included by the Minnesota Vikings in the Herschel Walker deal that sent Solomon to Dallas in October of 1989.
Brian Blankenship, Pittsburgh Steeler starting guard, suffered a neck injury between the third and fourth vertebrae that his agent, Jim Steiner, says could be life-threatening if he continues to play football.
But Tom Donahoe, Steelers' director of football development, called Steiner "a sensationalist" and added that doctors were evaluating Blankenship.
The Philadelphia Eagles, facing a month without injured receiver Calvin Williams, signed former Phoenix Cardinal standout Roy Green.
Phoenix, the first NFL team to lose its starting quarterback this season, signed Stan Gelbaugh, who led the London Monarchs to the World League of American Football championship.
The Cardinals placed safety Marcus Turner on injured reserve and waived wide receiver Amod Field.