Warren Moon began cashing paychecks he had been holding all season, accepting the Houston Oilers’ figures on a bonus portion of his contract and picking up $1.5 million. Moon earned the bonus when he finished second to Buffalo’s Jim Kelly in last season’s passing ratings, activating a bonus clause in Moon’s contract that takes the average salary of the three highest-paid quarterbacks, subtracts Moon’s $1.5-million salary and pays him the difference.
Charles Haley widened his split with the San Francisco 49ers, saying management had poisoned his outlook on the game.
“Football is not fun anymore,” the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker said. “Sometimes I just want to give it up, just say . . . (forget it) and quit. It’s no fun. I’ll be glad when the season is over.”
Coach George Seifert had said he hoped to meet with Haley. But Haley said, “I don’t need to talk to George,” and he added that he still harbored a grudge against the coach.
Pittsburgh Steeler running back Tim Worley, who hasn’t played this season because of injuries and various off-field problems, was suspended for six games for violating the NFL’s drug policy.
The Detroit Lions have acquired the rights to former Minnesota running back D.J. Dozier, who was unhappy with the Vikings because he didn’t want to play behind Herschel Walker. In Detroit, he will play behind Barry Sanders.