Dallas' Tony Dorsett has gone the way of St. Louis' Ottis Anderson -- to hospital with worrisome chest pains. As in Anderson's case, no heart problem discerned and Dorsett is listed as "probable" for Sunday's Cowboys-Eagles game.
Dorsett said he awoke at 2 a.m. with sharp pains and soon had wife Julie drive him to the hospital; all tests negative, doctors said the pain probably stemmed from a hit in the back during the Houston game Dec. 13 (he gained 105 yards next outing, at New Orleans). You couldn't blame Dorsett, 28, for being alarmed: when he was in ninth grade, his brother, 27, died of a heart attack.
Scared? "My chest was killing me. I was thinking about Jerry Lewis and Arthur Ashe in the car. The ride seemed longer and longer. I told my wife to go faster. I was scared."
Cleared later by the Cowboys' physician to practice with the team, Dorsett settled for light jogging. "My heart and my life are more important . . . ," he said. "I know I don't feel like going on the field." Don't call him "probable" for Sunday, either, he said at afternoon practice, "if I feel the same way I do now" . . .
Roger Wehrli, seven times a Pro Bowl selectee in 14 years with the Cardinals, has decided, at 35, to retire at season's end. Wehrli has 40 interceptions, second in St. Louis' record book only to Hall of Famer Larry Wilson, and 19 fumble recoveries, the club record . . .
Chuck Latourette, who set Cardinals records both in punting and punt returning, 1967-68 and '70-71, when Wehrli was a young teammate, is dead at 37, of a gunshot through the eye. Former Rice star Latourette was found in the bedroom of his home in Houston, where he was a radiologist. He was back in the news about a year ago, injured in a hang-glider accident. Police were questioning his wife, Patricia, who was in the room; investigators said the case might be referred to a grand jury without charges . . .