The New Orleans Saints players have voted unanimously not to submit to drug testing when the team members take their year-end physicals on Monday.
Player representative Bobby Brenner said the refusal would be league-wide among NFL teams whose seasons end this weekend.
"It's a matter of legal interpretation of the collective bargaining agreement," Brenner said. "There's a real gray area about the end-of-the-year physical. The policy here the last four years has been just orthopedic examinations at the end of the year."
Most members of the St. Louis Cardinals refused to submit to the test when that team took physicals this week. Cardinals players who said no were fined $1,000 each.
Interim Coach Wade Phillips said his players aren't against the test in principle.
"To me, it's a legal issue. Somebody -- either a judge or a labor relations board -- needs to rule on this thing," Phillips said.
Nevertheless, Saints owner Tom Benson has ordered physicals and drug testing for all members of the Saints organization -- from front office to secretaries . . .
Jacksonville Bulls owner Fred Bullard says two U.S. Football League teams would join the NFL under a merger deal offered by the NFL, but that he would not support such a move because it wouldn't include his club.
"I would have to assume Jacksonville would not be one of the teams," Bullard told the Florida Times-Union newspaper. "Negotiations are going to continue on this.
"I want Jacksonville to have a team, and I feel I deserve to own it," said Bullard, who did not name the teams that might be included in the merger. "I haven't put all my money into this team to see someone else get an NFL team. I'm not going to agree to anything that doesn't include Jacksonville."
Recent published reports have said the USFL was offered a merger deal in exchange for dropping its $1.3 billion lawsuit against the NFL. But an attorney for the NFL Friday told The Washington Post that the idea merger talks were under way was "nonsense." . . .
Rocky Bleier, who overcame severe leg wounds suffered in Vietnam and went on to play for the Pittsburgh Steelers, was named the Walter Camp Football Foundation 1985 man of the year.