Baltimore Colts' linebacker Mike Woods has suffered a "severe degree of paralysis" as a result of a gunshot wound in the neck and it is doubtful he will ever play football again.
Dr. Melvin Shafron, chief of the neurosurgery at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, said Woods, 27, was in "stable but serious" condition. "He does have some movement in his right shoulder muscles today which was not there yesterday," Shafron said. Asked if Woods could play football, Shafron said, "It is very doubtful."
Police said Woods, Shaker Heights, was shot during a robbery when he went to get his father at an after-hours establishment. Police said the assailant escaped with jewelry worth $3,150 . . .
Houston kicker Toni Fritsch said he absolutely would not strike if the NFL owners and the NFL Players Association fail to agree on a new collective bargaining agreement. "It stinks. I will not tolerate a strike. I've been 12 years in football. I came to this country (from Austria) to kick field goals, not to go sightseeing. It has put food on my table and a roof over my head," Fritsch said. He is one of 10 Oilers who were playing in the NFL during the 1974 strike. He crossed a Dallas Cowboys' picket line that year and he said he will do it again this year if a strike occurs . . .
In Albuquerque, Dallas kicker Rafael Septien says he unknowingly played last season with a hernia, and was not told by club officials he needed an operation until the season was over.
Septien said the Cowboys told him all the season that he had a pulled groin. "(Coach Tom) Landry knew I had a hernia," said Septien. "They just told me, 'You pulled a groin.' At the end of the season, they said, 'By the way, you have to have an operation.'