The Dallas Cowboys wore "No. 33" on their wristbands in honor of holdout Tony Dorsett during their opening NFL preseason game Saturday -- but nobody missed him.

Rookie running back Robert Lavette was one of the stars for Dallas in a 27-3 victory over Green Bay.

Playing in Dorsett's spot, Lavette, a fourth-round draft pick from Georgia Tech, totaled 50 yards on eight carries, including a seven-yard touchdown run. Ron Springs also had a productive night in his first start at tailback, gaining 47 yards on seven carries.

"Lavette is a game player," said Dallas Coach Tom Landry. "He doesn't look good in practice. He's quick and he has shown some real good qualities. He was the same way at Tech. He had a fantastic record there and you can tell why when you see him."

* Browns: Quarterback Paul McDonald's performance in the preseason opener against San Diego might not help Cleveland's search for a team that will trade for his talent.

And it undoubtedly didn't help his chances of returning as the Browns' first-string quarterback when the regular season opens in a few weeks.

In the game Saturday night, which the Chargers won, 12-7, McDonald played the first half, leading the team to one scoring drive in five opportunities and a 7-6 halftime lead.

Some observers have speculated the team primarily was interested in providing a showcase for McDonald's talent for a possible trade when they opted to start him in the first half.

He completed seven of 11 passes for 44 yards, for an average of slightly more than six yards per completion. He was sacked three times for 22 yards in losses.

Besides McDonald, the Browns have two other well-paid quarterbacks, Gary Danielson, acquired in an off-season trade, and Bernie Kosar, nationally renowned for his heroics at the University of Miami.

* Colts: Cornerback Donald Anderson and free safety Anthony Young have signed contracts. They were the last 12 of Indianapolis' draft picks to do so.

* Oilers: Houston claimed running back Dwayne Crutchfield and defensive lineman Reggie Lewis off waivers yesterday.

Crutchfield was cut by Miami and Lewis by New Orleans.

* Seahawks: Holdout linebackers Keith Butler and Bruce Scholtz will rejoin practice today.

The Seahawks said yesterday that Butler has agreed to a new contract. Scholtz already is under contract.