Bobby Hebert, the former starting quarterback for the New Orleans Saints who has vowed he would never again play for the team, would return to the team under the right circumstances, said his agent, Greg Campbell.
And Jim Finks, the Saints' president and general manager, said he's still willing to discuss Hebert's status with the team.
New Orleans did not score a touchdown in losing its first two games. John Fourcade, who started both contests, has a quarterback efficiency rating of 17.7.
Campbell said this week if Finks made an offer "in line with what he's demanding for Bobby in a trade, then he could be on the field for Sunday's game against Phoenix. But the way this situation is going now, I don't see it happening."
Campbell's statement sharply contradicted a stand Hebert has taken since January, when he said he wouldn't play for the Saints again.
Finks confirmed Monday that Al Davis, managing general partner of the Los Angeles Raiders, offered a No. 1 pick for Hebert a few weeks ago.
"I told Al that we weren't interested in that," Finks told the New Orleans Quarterback Club. "I'm not ready to write off John Fourcade after two games."
Fourcade has been heavily criticized for his performances, but he pointed out that the Saints were close, 8-3, when he was knocked out with a concussion in Sunday's 32-3 loss to the Vikings.
"Definitely a career shot," he said of the hit that left him dizzy. "I might have been able to beat the count and stand up, but they'd have waved it off when they looked at my eyes and saw them looking at each other. They'd have definitely called it off." Familiar Finish
Six times, Marty Schottenheimer has coached teams in games against the Denver Broncos. All six times, his teams have lost.
Quarterback John Elway drove Denver 79 yards in the final 1:44 Monday night, setting up David Treadwell's 22-yard field on the game's final play as Denver defeated Schottenheimer's Kansas City Chiefs, 24-23. On their final possession, the Chiefs had taken a 23-21 lead on Steve DeBerg's 83-yard touchdown pass to Stephone Paige. . . .
Quarterback Joe Montana, who threw for 390 yards in San Francisco's 26-13 victory over Washington, was named the NFC's player of the week. Detroit linebacker Chris Spielman, who had 10 tackles, including a sack, in a 21-14 win over Atlanta, was NFC defensive player of the week.
In the AFC, Eddie Brown's 10 catches for 178 in Cincinnati's 21-16 win over San Diego earned him offensive player of the week honors. Rod Woodson, who returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown in Pittsburgh's 20-9 win over Houston, was defensive player of the week. Important Trip West
It is only the third week of the season, but there could be a lot on the line for the Philadelphia Eagles this Sunday. The game in Los Angeles could have a long-term effect for Coach Buddy Ryan, who is in the final year of his contract and has been under pressure to produce a team that could make an impact in the playoffs.
The Eagles are 0-2 as they prepare to meet the Rams. If history is an indication, Philadelphia already is in a deep hole.
In the 1980s, only seven teams that started 0-2 made the playoffs, and two of those times (Tampa Bay in 1982, Indianapolis in 1987) came in strike seasons. No team has ever started 0-2 and advanced to the Super Bowl. Parcells on Anthropology
Giants Coach Bill Parcells, in his book "No Medals For Trying," has a few harsh words for Ryan: "Buddy Ryan is a Neanderthal, and he attracts Neanderthal players. Neanderthals can win certain kinds of wars, but they lose some they should win if you find a way to make them make enough choices." . . .
NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and six congressmen were honored last night at a benefit in Washington for the School for Contemporary Education.
Tagliabue has been associated with the nonprofit center for special education and community services for more than a decade.
Redskins Darrell Green, Jim Lachey, Charles Mann and Earnest Byner were on last night's guest list.