Tampa Bay Coach Ray Perkins has reinserted QB Vinny Testaverde as his starter, but doesn't know if that will shake the Buccaneers out of a five-game losing streak.

The Buccaneers (4-7) haven't won since beating Green Bay on Oct. 14. Sunday they play the Packers in Milwaukee County Stadium.

Green Bay will start QB Anthony Dilweg (Whitman High School) for injured Don Majkowski (sore right shoulder).


Carl Banks' broken wrist is healing, but probably not enough for the Giants' LB to be activated for Sunday's game against the Eagles, Coach Bill Parcells said.

Banks was reinstated to the practice squad Thursday, but was kept on the IR list. Banks has been out for the past five weeks following surgery on a dislocated left wrist. On Wednesday, doctors removed pins that were inserted Oct. 16.

Parcells put the odds on Banks being activated for Sunday's game at 30 percent.

To allow Banks to practice, WR Odessa Turner was kept on the IR but deleted from the practice roster.


Rookie QB Jeff George isn't discouraged by the Colts' anemic offense, statistically the worst in the NFL.

On Sunday he will face the Bengals (6-4), who have the AFC's worst rated-defense.

"It's tough for a rookie to come in and know everything right off," George said. "Hopefully, I'll turn this program around."

Despite being injured, the rookie from Illinois has played in seven games for the Colts (4-6). He has completed 50 percent of his passes for five touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Bengals Coach Sam Wyche isn't taking him lightly.

"George has as quick a release as I think I've seen," said Wyche. "He's going to be a big-time player."


Falcons placed WR Stacey Bailey on injured reserve and activated rookie S Eric Bergeson off the practice squad. . . . Bengals activated OL Kirk Scrafford and placed WR Kendal Smith on IR.