FEUDING RIVALS: A squabble has developed between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Oilers over the scheduling of their home-and-home series, with Commissioner Paul Tagliabue expected to decide the issue today.
The schedule calls for Cincinnati to host the Oilers Oct. 14 and Houston to be the home team Dec. 23. But because the Cincinnati Reds -- who share Riverfront Stadium -- might get into the baseball playoffs, the NFL flip-flopped the scheduled game sites.
The Oilers want to keep the Dec. 23 game in Houston and play the Cincinnati game Nov. 11, an off week for AFC Central teams.
The Oilers say the flip-flop arrangement means a cold-weather game against the Bengals for the second year in a row, and creates a stretch of four consecutive weeks in Houston -- making it difficult to sell out.
MEGGETT RETURNS: Giants RB Dave Meggett returned to practice after missing a day of workouts. He reportedly was fined $1,500.
Meggett said he was sick. However, teammates said he is unhappy about his $90,000 salary.
STATUS REPORT: Eagles DT Mike Pitts is out at least 10 weeks after knee surgery. . . . Falcons cut QB Gilbert Renfroe for the fourth time and re-signed DB William Evers. . . . Seahawks signed OT Chris Dyko, cut WR Willie Bouyer. . . . Chargers signed WR Ron Heard, cut RB Jerry Mays. . . . 49ers WR John Taylor, hit in the back by Redskins LB Greg Manusky last week, is "very questionable."
NO MAS: Radio station WMXZ-FM in New Orleans is asking listeners to abstain from sex until the Saints, held to five field goals this season, score a touchdown.