Minnesota linebacker Brad Van Pelt, who was traded by the Giants in July and immediately asked the Vikings to send him to a California or Florida team, has ended a 12-week holdout.
Van Pelt said fines and missed paychecks will cost him nearly half his 1984 salary, which has been reported at $240,000. He was fined $500 a day, or $35,000, and missed five $15,000 paychecks, or $75,000, for a total of $110,000 . . .
New England Patriots fullback Tony Collins, who has been vocal in his criticism of Coach Ron Meyer's offensive strategy, will lose his starting job for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.
Meyer also benched free safety Rick Sanford, saying he felt there had been a lack of production at both positions. Mosi Tatupu will take over for Collins and Fred Marion for Sanford . . .
A New York state panel has recommended that a 78,000-seat, open-air football stadium be built next to Shea Stadium by mid-1989 if the New York Jets agree to sign a long-term lease.
The Jets left Shea Stadium this year to join the New York Giants at the Meadowlands in New Jersey. Jets owner Leon Hess has said in the past that if New York is willing to build a stadium, he would consider moving back . . .
Arizona Wranglers owner Dr. Ted Diethrich said he has talked with the Oklahoma Outlaws about a possible merger of the two U.S. Football League teams, but that the discussions are only in the early stages.