PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE LEAGUE : Colts’ Irsay Rushed to the Hospital

<i> Associated Press</i>

Indianapolis Colt owner Robert Irsay was taken to a hospital emergency room Wednesday night in Indianapolis.

St. Vincent’s Hospital spokeswoman Tenna Boone refused to say why Irsay, 72, was there. WTHR-TV in Indianapolis reported he possibly had suffered a stroke. The station also quoted unidentified hospital sources as saying Irsay was conscious.

Colt spokesman Craig Kelley said he had no information on Irsay’s condition or why he was hospitalized.

Irsay became owner of the Baltimore Colts in 1972, when he traded the Los Angeles Rams to Carroll Rosenbloom for the Colt franchise. Irsay moved the Colts to Indianapolis in 1984.



The Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys all can clinch playoff berths this weekend.

The Chiefs (10-2) can win the AFC West title with a victory in Oakland over the Raiders (8-4), who lost earlier this year in Kansas City. The Chiefs also can clinch a wild-card berth with a tie, a Denver loss or tie, a Miami loss or tie or a Buffalo loss.

The Steelers (8-4) can clinch the AFC Central title by beating Houston. They can also clinch the division title with a tie if Cincinnati loses or ties.

Dallas (10-2) can clinch at least a wild-card spot if it beats Washington. The Cowboys also can get into the playoffs on a loss or tie by Detroit, St. Louis or Tampa Bay.


In one week, the Arizona offense went from a 96-yard lemon to a 513-yard machine.

New York Giant defensive coordinator Mike Nolan doesn’t know which Cardinals will show up tonight in Tempe, so he’s preparing for the worst.

“You know, they compiled 400 yards on us the last time we played them, so we were one of those teams they did well against,” Nolan said.

Both clubs are out of the playoffs, but the Cardinals (4-8) believe they can match last year’s 8-8 record after beating Atlanta, 40-37, in overtime Sunday.


Raider quarterback Jeff Hostetler is listed as doubtful for the game against the Chiefs. . . . Fullback Raymont Harris, a rookie surprise last year who broke his collarbone on the Chicago Bears’ second offensive play this season, was put on injured reserve. . . . Seattle Seahawk fullback Steve Smith’s season apparently is over because of a bulging disk in his back. Coach Dennis Erickson said he doesn’t expect Smith to be available for the Seahawks’ final four games. “The doctors don’t know whether they’re going to have to operate or not,” Smith said.