Jeff Rutledge, replacing injured starter Phil Simms, completed his first six passes, two going to Joe Morris and Mark Bavaro for touchdowns, to lead the New York Giants to a 21-20 victory over the Houston Oilers in the annual AFC-NFC Hall of Fame game yesterday in Canton, Ohio.
Simms suffered a cut on his right hand late in the first quarter of the National Football League's first preseason game. Rutledge came on to finish off an 80-yard scoring drive with an 18-yard pass to Morris that put the Giants ahead for good at 7-3.
Rutledge did not play again until midway through the third quarter, after the Giants' George Martin forced a fumble by quarterback Oliver Luck at Houston's 24. After a penalty moved the ball to the 19, Rutledge passed 16 yards to Don Hasselbeck and then connected with Bavaro, a rookie tight end from Notre Dame, on a three-yard scoring pass for a 21-6 lead.
George Adams, a rookie running back from Kentucky, scored on a one-yard run for New York earlier in the period.
Simms' injury was a cut between the little finger and ring finger of his right hand, suffered as he completed an 11-yard pass to Zeke Mowatt late in the first quarter.
Browns-Bills: Steve Cox kicked two field goals to lead the Cleveland Browns to a 16-13 victory over Buffalo in a controlled scrimmage before 16,237 at Rich Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.
Each team had six possessions and Cleveland rookie quarterback Bernie Kosar completed six of 11 passes for 52 yards. Buffalo was led by quarterback Matt Kofler, who completed six of nine passes for 83 yards. Vince Ferragamo, traded in the offseason from the Los Angeles Rams, was seven for 11 for 51 yards.
Eagles: Free agent tackle Leonard Mitchell ended his holdout by signing three one-year contracts.
Team spokesman Ron Howard said there was no change in the status of running back Wilbert Montgomery, who indicated late Friday through his agent, Robert McDonald, that he still wants to be traded. McDonald said Montgomery's position was "back to where it was." That was in contrast to a news conference at which a confident Campbell announced Montgomery wanted "to be an Eagle again" and would report for training camp.
Defensive backs Myron DuPree and Derek Carter were waived.
Lions: Detroit signed running back Ernest Anderson, a former third-round draft pick out of Oklahoma State who played two seasons in the U.S. Football League.
Steelers: Second-year running back Rich Erenberg was diagnosed as having a partial tear of his left Achilles' tendon and will miss three to five weeks.
Broncos-Saints: In Greeley, Colo., John Elway threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Steve Watson and Gerald Willhite scored on a one-yard run as Denver beat New Orleans, 17-0, in a controlled scrimmage. Elway led all quarterbacks, completing eight of 13 passes for 133 yards.
Cardinals: In Charleston, Ill., Quentin Walker, a second-year player out of Virginia, scored two touchdowns as St. Louis held its first full scrimmage. He missed most of his rookie year with a leg injury, and this year Coach Jim Hanifan switched him from wide receiver to running back.
Buccaneers: Defensive end Ron Holmes, Tampa Bay's No. 1 draft choice out of the University of Washington, agreed to a four-year contract, ending a two-week holdout.