Bengals Coach Sam Wyche plans to interrupt preparations for Sunday's game against the Colts to spend time serving Thanksgiving dinner to homeless people in Cincinnati.

Wyche said he will leave the Bengals' practice session today to help seat and serve people at a downtown Salvation Army headquarters.

"They serve from 11 to 1, so I'll leave right from practice in my sweatsuit a little after noon," Wyche said. "I'm usually there for an hour. I'll probably bring along a couple of players who don't have anything planned."

His Thanksgiving service to the homeless continues a tradition Wyche began three years ago. Wyche, 45, married and the father of two, is known in the community for his work with the homeless.

"People have this idea of the poor being out of it," Wyche said. "But they know what's going on. They'll ask me why we didn't run Ickey {Woods} more or why Boomer {Esiason} didn't pass enough."


Bob Wieland, a legless Vietnam veteran who delivered motivational talks to the Packers before their last two games, has been named strength and conditioning consultant to the team.

Packers Coach Lindy Infante credited Wieland's talk with helping to inspire the team in a 29-16 victory over the Raiders on Nov. 11. Last Sunday, Wieland again talked to the team and the Packers beat the Cardinals, 24-21.


Chargers RB Rod Bernstine and LB Richard Brown, both hobbled by hamstring injuries, were placed on injured reserve. RB Joe Mickles and LB Antonio Goss were signed. . . . The Patriots signed free agent WR Patrick Coleman to add depth to a position riddled with injuries. They placed starting LB Johnny Rembert on IR with a knee injury.