The Dallas Cowboys traded holdout cornerback Ron Fellows yesterday to the Los Angeles Raiders for wide receiver Rod Barksdale.

Fellows, who refused to report to the Cowboys' camp in Thousand Oaks, Calif., shopped his talents around the NFL and decided he preferred to go to the Raiders. Fellows is a seven-year veteran who was under the gun after Dallas drafted Baylor's Ron Francis in the second round.

Barksdale, starting his third pro season in the NFL, never played football in high school or college. He joined the Raiders as a free agent in 1985.


Quarterback Jim McMahon's recovery from shoulder surgery has progressed far beyond expectations and he might start for Chicago in its regular season opener against the New York Giants.

"That was my goal after the surgery," McMahon said after workouts in Platteville, Wis. "I didn't know if I would be back this soon. I don't know what {surgeon Frank Jobe} expected. I know he originally didn't think I'd be able to practice for another couple of weeks."


Coach Forrest Gregg said he'll probably name a starting quarterback after Saturday's scrimmage if holdout Randy Wright, a four-year veteran, is still not in camp. Rookie Don Majkowski, a 10th-round pick from Virginia, was the most impressive of four quarterbacks during a weekend scrimmage. Veterans Chuck Fusina and David Woodley and rookie Dave Yarema also are competing at quarterback.


Potomac (Md.) High School graduate Clyde Duncan, a wide receiver who was a first-round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1984, was waived. Duncan, who played at the University of Tennessee, was signed as a free agent in January.

"We had Clyde in the minicamp and the offseason," Cleveland Coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "He did work hard. But in light of the situation in camp now, it became evident he wasn't going to be a legitimate contender."


Defensive tackle Marty Lyons and tackle Reggie McElroy were placed on the physically unable to perform list.

Lyons needed surgery on both shoulders in the offseason. Coach Joe Walton said Lyons would be unable to practice for at least three weeks but hoped he would be able to play by the start of the season. McElroy tore ligaments and cartilage in his knee last season and should be out until mid-October.