Tackle Brian Holloway, angered that he was traded by New England to the Los Angeles Raiders, will give a Patriots playbook to his new team, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"I understand the Raider philosophy," Holloway told the Times. "It's to win. So as my first official act, I'm giving {Raiders owner} Al Davis a Patriot playbook."

Raiders Coach Tom Flores said he hadn't seen any playbook, and that if he did, he'd send it right back to Foxboro, Mass.

And in Foxboro, Patriots General Manager Pat Sullivan told the Times it struck him as kind of funny.

"Well, as bitter as we have felt about Al Davis, we give him enough credit that he's intelligent enough to figure out what we're doing without a Patriot playbook," Sullivan said. "The Raiders didn't get where they are without having people who are smart enough to figure that out without having a road map.

"It just seems quite a childish thing to me."

Holloway says a grievance also is being filed on his behalf with the National Labor Relations Board. Holloway has claimed he was traded because of his work with the NFL Players Association as the organization's vice president. The Patriots have denied that is the reason Holloway was traded, saying declining skills led to the move.

The Raiders play the Patriots Nov. 1 . . .

Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon will miss the team's regular season opener Monday night against the New York Giants and Mike Tomczak will start as quarterback, the Bears announced.

A team spokesman said McMahon, who led the Bears to a Super Bowl victory in 1986, was rehabilitating his injured shoulder according to schedule but still wasn't ready for the opener against the Giants, the defending Super Bowl champions.

McMahon was in Los Angeles yesterday for an examination by Dr. Frank Jobe, the orthopedic surgeon who performed rotator cuff surgery on the quarterback last December . . .

Medical experts plan to examine the medical histories of four New York Giants players stricken with cancer over the last 7 1/2 years as they begin their environmental safety study of the Meadowlands sports complex.

"My mind is open going into this study," said Dr. Philip Landrigan, who has been selected by the operators of the Meadowlands to chair the three-man panel assessing the health risks associated with the northern New Jersey sports complex. "Obviously, this can be two things. One is a statistical fluke or the other is something real is going on here."

The safety of the sports complex has been under scrutiny since Giants tackle Karl Nelson was diagnosed last month as having Hodgkin's disease, making him the fourth Giants player to develop cancer since 1979 . . .

Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway will become the highest-paid player in the NFL when he signs a six-year, $12.7 million contract next week, sources close to the negotiations said. The deal includes a $3 million bonus and $9.7 million in salary, according to figures obtained by The Denver Post . . .

Minor details are all that remain to make the Tacoma Dome home of the newest Arena Football League member, League President Jim Foster said . . .

Los Angeles Rams running back Charles White, who could face up to one year in prison if convicted on a drug charge, will likely be ordered to undergo a mandatory rehabilitation program instead, his attorney said.

White remained free without bail Thursday and a Sept. 23 arraignment was set in North Orange County (Calif.) Municipal Court.