Good news and bad for the Cleveland Browns: Owner Art Modell hospitalized in Ontario, Calif., after collapsing on a flight to Los Angeles, where the team plays the Raiders Saturday. Linebacker Chip Banks AP's NFL defensive rookie of the year--with Redskin cornerback Vernon Dean runner-up.
Modell, 57, fainted for "15 seconds or so," occasioning fears of a heart attack. Modell's office reported preliminary tests indicated "something he ate or drank and a combination of air pressure on the plane," and the hospital certified "it certainly was not a heart attack. He's doing very well, in pretty good spirits" . . .
Lifted, perhaps, by the word on Banks, Cleveland's No. 1 draft choice (third overall, behind Patriot Ken Sims and Colt Johnie Cooks). Banks took the play away from heralded Tom Cousineau, fellow Browns outside 'backer. Banks received 30 votes from an 84-member media panel; Dean 17. Not bad for Washington's first, but second-round, choice; Dean outpolled such as Saints' Bruce Clark, Sims, Cooks, Cousineau . . . Now Banks bumps into Raider star Marcus Allen, his USC roomie up for offensive rookie of year . . .
David Shula, 23, heads for playoffs as full-fledged, not interim, receiver coach for dad Don Shula's Dolphins. With law school term starting Monday, young Shula had a decision that U. of Baltimore eased with leave of absence and open door for his return . . . USFL hopeful: Lydell Mitchell, NFL's No. 11 career rusher, signed by Philadelphia's Stars; "I'm a relatively young 33, didn't take that many beatings." And Johnnie Walton, 35, three years since quitting as Eagles' backup quarterback to coach Elizabeth City State (20-10-1), signed by Boston's Breakers. Walton wants to keep on as part-time coach; the school says them or us.