The New Jersey Generals, who lost quarterback Doug Flutie because of a broken left clavicle last week, have contacted the New York Giants' Phil Simms and New Orleans Saints' Richard Todd about filling in, according to a published report.
Todd or Simms, as free agents, could sign on a per-game basis, then would be free to go back to the NFL in time for training camp, the New York Daily News said.
The said the Generals would like to add either one for the last three games of the USFL season plus the playoffs. Flutie's injury left Ron Reeves as the Generals' starting quarterback and Fred Hessen as the backup.
"Richard wants to do it and the Generals want to do it, so it's just a matter of getting it done," said Gary Wichard, Todd's agent. "They're committed to Flutie financially, and we understand that. But what about a stop-gap measure? It'd be a fun thing."
Simms' agent, David Fishof, confirmed that the Generals "inquired" about Simms. But Fishof said flatly, "We're not interested." . . .
A federal appeals court in Cincinnati has upheld a lower court's decision to throw out a contract between the USFL's Houston Gamblers and running back Billy Sims of the Detroit Lions . . .
Administrative personnel with the USFL's Tampa Bay Bandits have been advised to explore the job market because of uncertainty surrounding the franchise's future, the Tampa Tribune reported.
Adding to the uncertainty over whether to go to a fall schedule with the USFL or try to start a new spring league is the fact Bandits owner John Bassett has had radiation treatment for two brain tumors and is in Toronto "aggressively seeking to regain his health," Ralph Campbell, Bandits director of business operations, said. "The most important thing in the world to me is for him to get healthy." . . .
The Baltimore Stars, who as the Philadelphia Stars played in the first two USFL championship games and won last year's, need a victory if they want to make it three in a row and improve their 8-6-1 record. They'll try for it at 4 p.m. today in Birmingham against the Stallions, first in the East at 11-4 and on a four-game winning streak.
Earlier this season, the Stallions defeated Baltimore in a duel of defenses, 7-3.
"Birmingham may have a spot in the playoffs," Stars Coach Jim Mora said, "but it's still a dogfight for us. We've got to keep playing like our lives depended on it."
Mora points out Birmingham scored 44, 41 and 29 points in its last three games. "We have a hard time scoring 2 in a game," Mara said.