NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said the league is going to be vigilant in enforcing a rule mandating locker room access to women reporters after games.
Tagliabue this season has fined Bengals Coach Sam Wyche for barring a woman reporter and the league is investigating a woman reporter's complaint she was sexually harassed in the Patriots' locker room.
"The clubs are going to adhere to the policy that has been reemphasized to them," he told a news conference after two days of meetings by NFL owners in Chicago. "As far as the Patriots situation is concerned, we're waiting to hear from the independent counsel."
The commissioner said he was not concerned about a New Jersey lawmaker's proposal to ban all media from sports locker rooms for 30 minutes.
VOTE OF CONFIDENCE:
Jerry Burns will coach the Vikings for the rest of the 1990 season, General Manager Mike Lynn said.
Burns hinted he might consider stepping down before the end of his fifth season. But Lynn said: "I asked him specifically about it. He said he's not giving any thoughts at all to leaving the Vikings."
Giants OLB Carl Banks will be out for approximately six weeks after having surgery on the left wrist he dislocated Sept. 30. The Giants are hoping Banks can return Dec. 3.
Banks jammed his wrist into the turf during the third quarter of a 31-17 victory over Dallas at Giants Stadium. He had a pin inserted Sept. 30. The pin was removed Oct. 8, when he was fitted with a below-the-elbow cast.
49ers RB Roger Craig, who tore a posterior cruciate ligament in his knee Oct. 7, worked out briefly yesterday and might play Sunday, Coach George Seifert said.
OLB Jesse Solomon, a holdout since the start of training camp, made a visit to the Cowboys' practice facility yesterday to reopen contract talks.
Coach Jimmy Johnson left the door open for Solomon to rejoin the team if Solomon is willing to accept the contract offer he rejected in August.
FERGUSON & DICKERSON:
QB Joe Ferguson, 40, signed with the Colts, becoming the NFL's oldest player.
Coach Ron Meyer said Ferguson would be the backup quarterback Sunday against Denver.
Also, RB Eric Dickerson was placed on the active player roster, at last leaving the club's non-football injured list.
Dickerson, who signed a four-year contract extension Saturday, is expected to start against the Broncos. He needs 11 yards to pass O.J. Simpson for sixth place on the NFL all-time rushing list.
Vikings LB Scott Studwell is expected to miss two or three weeks because of a broken rib. . . . QB Hugh Millen was re-signed by the Falcons, replacing S Elbert Shelley, who was placed on IR. . . . Cardinals signed LB David Braxton.