Joe Campbell has become a Rider, swept out by the 0-6 Saints in what is developing into wholesale housecleaning in the Louisiana Superdome. And leaving Oakland in a deadline deal yesterday with Houston? The epitome of an NFL pass-grabbing tight end, Dave Casper, reunited in Oiler uniform with old batterymate Snake Stabler.
For a draft choice, Oakland lands pick from Maryland, who follows 1976 Saint No. 1 Chuck Munice, now of San Diego, in exile to the West Coast. For draft choices, the Raiders relinquish an eighth-year pro who caught 119 passes the past two seasons and leads the club with 22 this year. Campbell, switched from defensive end to strong-side linebacking, played in five games this year, sitting out the other under suspension by Coach Dick Nolan. His season total: three tackles.
Oh. Making way for Casper: to Oiler injured reserve, Hollywood Henderson (hamstring pull).
The St. Louis Cardinals, decimated by injuries, now have lost even "Dr. Doom" heading into Sunday's Redskin clash. That's John Barefield, linebacker and special teams leader. His right knee was racked up on kick coverage against the Rams, perhaps by a clip, and surgery has been ordered.On a previous play, Barefield had zoomed downfield under a punt and got to returner Billy Waddy at about the time the football did, his head first slam costing Waddy two upper teeth. L.A.'s Lary Brooks hinted darkly, "That sort of thing has a way of catching up with you down the line". .
In college football, AP's national lineman of the week is Bo Short, William & Mary senior nose guard out of West Springfield H.S. In the 17-14 conquest of Dartmouth, Short made mine unassisted tackles, four for losses, and assisted on 11 stops; caused two fumbles, recovered two fumbles. . .
It's several weeks since a break-in denuded the Latin Connection Boxing Team's gym, in the basement of Calvary United Methodist Church on Columbia Road NW, of its store of new equipment -- headgear, gloves, bags, medicine ball, etc. -- donated by the Schlitz folks who sponsor D.C. Armory fights. Yet time flies with the stuff still impounded by the District, we're told. That's standard for recovered stolen goods with the accused thief awaiting trial, but no help to the three dozen fighting proteges of coaches Jose (Pepe) Correa and George Hart, forced meanwhile to struggle with old, worn-out gear. These include Aaron (Brick) Caldwell, a 147 pounder whose amateur record Hart pegs at 51-4 with 43 first-round knockouts and who may serve as a Ray Leonard sparmate for Sugar-Duran II.