CHANGING SAINTS: Rookie defensive end Renaldo Turnbull, the Saints' No. 1 draft pick in April, is expected to make his first NFL start Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Starter Wayne Martin broke his left fibula against Detroit last Sunday and will miss at least three games.

"Any time a fellow teammate goes down, it's not a good feeling," Turnbull said. "We all want to see Wayne come back as soon as possible. . . . I'm hoping I'm up to the challenge."

TIP OF THE HAT: Randall Cunningham says fans of the Philadelphia Eagles could take lessons on team support from Redskins fans.

"They root for their team. They don't boo 'em or anything," Cunningham said of the Washington fans. "When you play here you have to fight against the boos, and you have to fight against the other team."

The Eagles and their fans have been feuding lately, with players upset by the booing and fans upset with the team's disappointing 3-4 start.

Cunningham added that when the Eagles play in Dallas or other cities, the other teams' fans cheer the home team.

"It's like you're supposed to have, that 12th man. They've got the fans on their side. It helps them out. That's why Washington wins a lot of its games at home. We need them {fans} to be basically behind the Eagles."

Cunningham said the one good thing about the home booing is that the Eagles are prepared when the out-of-town fans get on their backs.

"When we go out of town it doesn't get any worse," Cunningham said. "Maybe that's why we play better on the road."

The Eagles haven't won at home this season, losing as 14-point favorites to both Phoenix and Indianapolis.

KUDOS: Miami defensive stars John Offerdahl and Jeff Cross were named AFC players of the month for October. The AFC offensive player for the month was Pittsburgh quarterback Bubby Brister. NFC winners were San Francisco linebacker Charles Haley and Atlanta receiver Andre Rison.

WALTER RETURNING: The San Francisco 49ers probably will activate inside linebacker Michael Walter for Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers, Coach George Seifert said.

Walter, who broke the ring finger on his left hand in the New Orleans game on Sept. 10 and then re-broke the finger the following week against Washington, was placed on injured reserve on Oct. 1.

To activate Walter, the team must trim one player off its roster, and Seifert did not say which player would be moved.