Rob Carpenter signed a multiyear New York Giants contract yesterday, ending the holdout by the running back who keyed the team's rise to the playoffs after early-season '81 trade from Houston.
And look who's coming to Giants Stadium Sunday: the Oilers. Carpenter may or may not face his old team. "We have to see what kind of shape he's in," says General Manager George Young, keeping contract terms to himself.
In Pittsburgh, X-rays indicate Terry Bradshaw's throwing shoulder, hurt at Seattle, just sprained; status indefinite for Chiefs at Steelers . . . Oilers cut six-year punter Cliff Parsley after he averaged 33 yards in four kicks at New England (compared to Redskin Jeff Hayes' 27.7 on seven punts off RFK mud). But Parsley says he doesn't feel he's scapegoat for Houston's 1-3 start: "If they got rid of all the scapegoats, it would be kind of lonely in the locker room. If I am the reason we lost, then maybe it's good to get rid of me" . . . In Chicago, Coach Mike Ditka pinpoints John Roveto's missed field goal as key in Bears' 35-7 (!) loss to Vikings. Hunt for a new kicker is on, already.
"Hoodlum" football, hollers Green Bay Coach Bart Starr over a play in the Packers' loss Sunday to the New York Jets--on top of the Giants' outrage at the Thanksgiving perpetration by a rampant Lion. Add Stan Blinka-John Jefferson to Leonard Thompson-Leon Bright as evidence that NFL violence is back along with labor "peace."
Receiver Jefferson was crossing the middle of the Jet secondary, without the ball, fourth quarter, when, wham! -- forearm shiver to the head. Linebacker Blinka was called for a personal foul, but Starr presses for a heavier penalty: "That type of act is the act of a hoodlum and hoodlums should not have the privilege of playing in our game. It's a blatant cheap shot, nothing else."
Blinka: "I was trying to hit him in the shoulder pads. But Jefferson is shorter than I thought, I got him in the face."
Jefferson -- before X-rays showed his jaw wasn't broken -- allowed that it might have been accidental: "I'm not angry about it. That's football."