Joe Klecko, the New York Jets' four-time all-pro defensive lineman, has been advised to retire by the NFL team's doctor.
James Nicholas, who has performed surgery on both of Klecko's knees -- including a reconstructive procedure last winter -- told Klecko he believed it would be unwise for the 11-year veteran to continue playing.
"I feel I have some good football left in me," Klecko said."
Klecko returned to the lineup on Nov. 15, 11 months after he blew out the knee in the 15th game of the 1986 season . . .
Cincinnati Bengals management is reviewing the future of Coach Sam Wyche, whose team was 4-11 this year after some had picked the Bengals to win the AFC Central Division. Wyche, 42, has failed to take the Bengals to the playoffs in his four years as coach. He has a year left on his contract.
There already has been published speculation on possible candidates for Wyche's replacement and one of those mentioned was Georgia Tech Coach Bobby Ross, a former Kansas City Chiefs assistant who coached Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason at the University of Maryland . . .
The Detroit Lions named Jerry Vainisi the team's vice president in charge of player personnel.
Vainisi, 46, was fired by the Chicago Bears in 1986 after helping them to win a Super Bowl the previous year. Vainisi will have final say on the team's draft choices; Coach Darryl Rogers previously had that authority.
Vainisi said he'll rebuild the Lions through the draft. "In four years at Chicago, I made only four trades," Vainisi said. "Doug Flutie was the last trade and that's probably what contributed to my demise."