Ron Jaworski, the Eagle quarterback, sprained an ankle in Sunday's 24-20 triumph over St. Louis and might not be able to help Wilbert Montgomery and the Philadelphia gang go for a repeat of the Pope Day rout of the Redskins this week in RFK.
Then again, he might be plenty able.
"We would not play a guy hurt," Coach Dick Vermeil said in Philly, "but we would play a guy who is sore, or bruised. There's a bunch of a difference between pain and injury."
So Jaworski, knocked down late in the second quarter, with John Walton taking over and hitting three of six passes, came back to start the second half, pass better and go without a limp.
The limp evidently is back, for Vermeil says he'll wait until Thursday or Friday to decide if the Polish Rifle can load up. . .
Looks as though that old Eagle gift to Washington, cornerback Joe Lavender, won't be missing any Redskin games this NFL season, barring injury. "Joe Bird appeared in court yesterday in San Diego for the formality of waiving his right to a speedy trial in his felony case, and the judge indicated it might not be docketed until early 1980. Meantime, a continuance worked out by lawyers runs into November. The district attorney's office says, however, it definitely will take Lavender to trial in the alleged assault on a police officer earlier this year. . .
Jim Hart, the Cardinal QB who left the 24-20 game ahead of Jaworski, and stayed out, after 265-pound Claude Humphrey fell on his left foot in the first quarter, found out yesterday that at least his foot isn't broken. He could get back in this week at Dallas. . .
While the Eagles are shaking fingers at Cardinal cornerback Carl Allen for "cheap-shotting" reciever Harold Carmichael on back-to-back plays -- and getting caught to the tune of 30 yards in penalties setting up a Philly TD -- the Super Steelers gained a little added incentive for their Dec. 2 return engagement with Cincinnati. Bengal defensive lineman Eddie Edwards, near the end of the 34-10 upset of Pittsburgh, whammed Bennie Cunningham with a crushing block on a fumble recovery play. With the Steeler tight end on all fours for several seconds trying to regain his senses, Edwards stood nearby yelling, "Get up, get up before the count!"
The Houston Oilers, it develops had an intramural spat before cleaning up on the Colts in Baltimore with no-fuss Earl Campbell on Sunday.
With quarterback Dan Pastorini and tight end Mike Barber feuding -- Barber complaining to media that his old buddy wasn't throwing to him enough (10 catches in six games) -- what center Carl Mauck called "one of the roughest weeks I've ever gone through in pro football" unfolded. Couch Bum Philips had opened the way for Barber by saying earlier in the week that he was confounded as to why more passes had not gone Barber's way, and at one practice Gifford Nielson appeared to be directing the firststring offense. Now, Barber and other Oilers disclose that they patched up their problems with tearful speeches of apology from Barber and Pastorini at a Saturday night team meeting at Baltimore's Cross Keys Motel.
Signed Mauck, "I like Mike and Dan. But sometimes they act like little boys" . . . P.S. Against the Colts, Pastorini passed to Barber three times; no completions. . .
College basketball practice, men's began for the Division I schools yesterday, with word from George Washington that main man Mike Zagardo, the 6-10 all-conference center, strained some tendons in an ankle working out on his own and will miss some of the early sessions. . . GW's 21st annual sports award dinner, April 8, will enroll in the university's athletic hall of fame Colonial 1939-42 basketball great Matt Zunic and the late Bob Nowaskey, whose football prowess as a GW end led to a fine pro career.