Ron Jaworski, who once quarterbacked the Philadelphia Eagles to the Super Bowl, landed a job with the Miami Dolphins yesterday.

The Dolphins became interested in signing Jaworski when starter Dan Marino dislocated the ring finger on his passing hand Sunday night in a preseason loss to the Chicago Bears. Jaworski said he would sign a two-year contract, but did not disclose its terms.

Miami Coach Don Shula said of Jaworski's acquisition, "I felt that we had to get an experienced quarterback, not that I don't have the confidence in Don Strock, but after what happened the other night I thought that something could happen to Strock in these next three {preseason} games."

The Dolphins went from five to two quarterbacks in a matter of days when free agent Lanny Dycus left camp last week, 12th-round draft choice Jim Karsatos injured his knee and then Marino was hurt.

That left veteran backups Strock and Jim Jensen.

Marino is expected to return for the regular-season opener, Sept. 13.

Jaworski, 36, has thrown for 27,682 yards and 176 touchdowns in his 13-year professional career. He was released by the Eagles after last season, ending a 10-year stay with the club.

The Dolphins released four players, including Donald Brown, a second-year defensive back from Maryland, who started seven games for San Diego last season before being released and picked up by Miami in December.


Tony Franklin walked out of training camp just three days after agreeing to terms of a four-year contract that would make him the highest-paid kicker in the NFL.

Franklin was asked -- and refused -- to sign a waiver that would absolve the Patriots of any financial responsibility should he suffer an injury to either of his legs before the regular season, officials said.

Team officials said they were concerned about "deficiencies" in his off-season rehabilitation from surgery.

Franklin left the Patriots' training camp without commenting directly on the situation, other than to say, "Right now, it's not very pretty."


The team is at least $800,000 apart in contract negotiations with No. 1 draft choice Alonzo Highsmith, but General Manager Ladd Herzeg says he won't trade the University of Miami running back.

The Oilers have offered Highsmith a four-year deal worth $2 million that includes an $800,000 signing bonus, Herzeg said. Although Herzeg said Highsmith is seeking a $3 million package, Robert Fraley, the athlete's agent, says their proposal now is at $2.8 million.


Offensive linemen Harris Barton and Jeff Bregel have been sidelined by injuries.

Barton, a first-round pick, sprained his right elbow while pass-blocking during a scrimmage Monday and will be sidelined seven to 10 days.

Bregel, a second-round pick, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee two weeks ago and was hospitalized Saturday with an infection related to the surgery.