Q:

Will the strikers who went back to their teams Thursday get paid?

A:

Not regular game checks. If they practice, they will be paid per diem of $700 a week for veterans, $450 for rookies, plus $38 a day meal money.

Q:

What happens to the games that were canceled because of the strike? Will they be made up?

A:

The league said the games missed on the third week of the season will not be made up. That would mean a 15-game season. That could be changed in a back-to-work agreement.

Q:

Will the results of the replacement games count?

A:

The league says yes, that it would create ill will not to count them since the games were sold on good faith to fans and television.

Q:

What will happen to replacement players whom coaches want to keep?

A:

Rosters will be expanded to 85 Tuesday when the regulars go back on the payrolls; teams may activate as many as 45 for games next weekend. After that, rosters will be reduced, but will be larger than 49, the Management Council said.

Q:

Who lost money in the strike?

A:

The players. Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly lost the most, more than $200,000 for the first three weeks. The average player lost $45,000 and those receiving the minimum salary of $50,000 lost about $10,000.

Q:

Did anyone make money?

A:

The replacement players, of course, and many teams may have made money because of reduced payrolls, which dropped from an average of almost $900,000 per team each week to about $200,000. The owners lost a still-undetermined amount from ticket refunds. They will also probably have to repay the networks a portion of the approximately $200 million they have already received in television payments because of sponsor defections. But, although attendance was low, many of the empty seats were no-shows by people who failed to return tickets, meaning those were still paid for.

Q:

With no new contract agreement, was the old one extended?

A:

No. The two sides couldn't agree on the length of an extension. The union wanted Feb. 1, the day individual contracts expire; the owners want June 16, the day after the deadline for a player whose contract has expired to seek bids from other teams.