NFL trading deadline struck late yesterday, and the big news in New Orleans and Detroit was that Archie Manning had not been traded.
Rumors were flying that Manning might be winging from Superdome to Silverdome, if not to Oakland or Houston, but he stayed a Saint.
A lot of good it did Lion quarterback Jeff Komlo, the one-time De Matha athlete. Coach Monte Clark announced that Komlo's work his last two starts as sub for injured Gary Danielson was shaky enough that No. 3, Eric Hipple, will open Monday night against the Bears . . .
Ones who were traded: Theotis Brown, ofttime starter as Cardinal fullback, to Seattle for futures. End of the "Ottis and Theotis Show" on St. Louis radio . . . Tom Lynch, three-year Seahawk starter at guard but a 1981 holdout, to Buffalo for a draft pick . . . And Coach Bum Phillips did make a move at N'Orl'ns, picking up Bob Young, the 297-pound strongman guard waived by Houston in preseason after a winter back operation . . .
Surgery, football: Ted McKnight, top Kansas City running back, knee repairs and through for the Chiefs' season . . . Surgery, baseball: Joe Charboneau, slugging (.289, 23 homers, 87 RBI) rookie of the year 1980 for Cleveland. Turns out he had two herniated disks; no wonder he slid to .210, 4 homers, 18 RBI in '81 . . . A scare, basketball: Otis Birdsong, who ended his K.C. days hurt last spring, came up limping in New Jersey Net camp; hurt his right foot in practice, pain increased steadily over the last week -- and with all those $$$ invested in him. Now, it's confirmed, just a bruise . . . The Nets feared something like the stress fracture that ended it for Doug Collins -- the 76er guard just moved into the Philly club's front office for community relations work (not director of p.r., as erroneously Transitioned).