Dallas Cowboys Coach Tom Landry said yesterday that Danny White would start at quarterback Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts instead of Gary Hogeboom, who replaced White as No. 1 quarterback at the start of the National Football League season.

Landry said he was impressed with White's performance against the New Orleans Saints last Sunday, when White came off the bench to rally Dallas to a 30-27 overtime victory . . .

Ken Anderson has regained his starting quarterback job and former Maryland quarterback Boomer Esiason will go back to the bench, Cincinnati Bengals Coach Sam Wyche announced.

Anderson, slightly injured and largely ineffective after starting the first five games -- all losses -- was benched in favor of Esiason. But Esiason performed poorly Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Both Anderson and Turk Schonert played in the game and did well.

Schonert is now the second-string quarterback and Esiason is third string, Wyche said.

"In no way are we disappointed with Boomer," said Wyche. "But now that he's had a dose of it (playing), it's time for him to sit back and watch again for a while" . . .

Dr. Ted Diethrich, majority owner of the Arizona Wranglers, said that the USFL team's general manager, Bruce Allen, will resign if the team merges with the Oklahoma Outlaws.

Details of the proposed merger still are being worked out between attorneys for Diethrich and Oklahoma owner Bill Tatham Sr., but Tatham reportedly wants his 29-year-old son, Bill Jr., to replace Allen, 28.

"If the merger goes through, Bruce will leave," Diethrich said.

Allen is the son of former Wranglers head Coach George Allen, who resigned Sept. 27 but remains with the organization as a minority owner and chairman of the board.

In other news concerning the Wranglers, George Allen said in Albany, N.Y., that he has offered Olympic gold medal wrestler Jeff Blatnick a tryout with the team.

"Wrestlers used to make pretty good football players," Allen said. "I know because I wrestled some in college."