JERK ON JERK: Falcons Coach Jerry Glanville says he was a "jerk" for calling Oilers Coach Jack Pardee a "jerk." So reports the Houston Post. The newspaper said in a copyrighted story that Glanville, who coached the Oilers through last season, apologized for his remarks about Pardee after beating them Sunday in Atlanta.

"I'm a jerk for calling him {Pardee} a jerk," Glanville said. "I apologize to Jack. I lead America in making mistakes. I'm number one in making mistakes. And I'm not sure anybody is a close second."

Told of the apology, Pardee had no comment.

PLAY BALL: After missing all of training camp and the season openers, Indianapolis defensive end Jon Hand and offensive lineman Randy Dixon, Kansas City cornerback Albert Lewis, Minnesota center Kirk Lowdermilk and Miami utilityman Jim Jensen have ended holdouts.

Hand, the Colts' 1989 sack leader, is expected to sign today, take a physical and, said the club, "If he's ready to play, he may play Sunday" vs. New England. Dixon, who signed his new contract yesterday, was placed on a two-week roster exemption and can't play before Sept. 30 against Philadelphia. (At the Colts' midweek practice, Jeff George was back on the field as the No. 1 quarterback; he took a concussion in Sunday's game at Buffalo.)

Lewis, a three-time all-pro for the Chiefs, decided "my best opportunity for {the Super Bowl} is here. And that's why Carl {Peterson, team executive} and I sat down and resolved the situation."

Lewis held out with fellow Pro Bowl cornerback Kevin Ross, who signed one week before the Chiefs' opener against the Vikings and played every defensive snap.

Lewis blamed differences he had with Peterson. "As I've stated all along . . . it was never about money," said Lewis, who has three years left of a four-year contract he signed before last season.

Jensen said Dolphins management held a proverbial gun to his head and "I more or less surrendered" -- signing a two-year deal for an estimated $800,000.

Dolphins running back Troy Stradford ended a holdout Monday, saying the front office held all the cards.

TNT ON TNT: Sunday night's Giants-Eagles telecast was the highest-rated program in the two-year history of Turner Broadcasting's TNT network. First regular season game under Turner's four-year, $450 million contract, it got a 7.3 rating and a 12 share. It beat the 6.8 and 11 for a May 30 NBA Pistons-Bulls playoff game.

ONE, TWO, THREE: The Oilers re-signed third-string QB Don McPherson, twice cut since coming from the Eagles Aug. 2.

RENEWAL: Raiders ticket sales surged following the announcement the team is staying put in Los Angeles. "We sold a couple hundred season tickets {Tuesday} and the phone lines have been busy {yesterday}, starting at 7 o'clock," executive assistant Al LoCasale said. "The difference is noticeable."

OPEN AND SHUT: NFC players of the week: QB Anthony Dilweg, Packers; LB Lawrence Taylor, Giants. AFC: RB Sammie Smith, Dolphins; S David Fulcher, Bengals.