Packers QB Don Majkowski had surgery yesterday to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder and is through for the season.
Coach Lindy Infante said surgeons who performed the operation in San Diego did not characterize the injury as career threatening but said Majkowski would not be able to throw for three to six months.
"Doctors feel very good about his chances for full recovery. There was no mention of career ending or anything remotely like that. The prognosis is a good one. They feel the repair is successful," Infante said.
He said Gary Losse and David Flood initially were performing an arthroscopic procedure to repair an impinged nerve but then discovered a small tear in a tendon in the rotator cuff.
Majkowski, 26, was injured Nov. 18 at Phoenix and has not played since the second quarter of that game when he was tackled hard by Cardinals linemen Freddie Joe Nunn.
Bethesda's Anthony Dilweg will continue to start at quarterback, Infante said.
Despite his denials, Notre Dame Coach Lou Holtz has intensified his interest in coaching positions with the Buccaneers and Vikings, according to a published report.
The Philadelphia Daily News quoted sources as saying the impetus for Holtz's job hunt is the NCAA's 2 1/2-year investigation of the University of Minnesota, where Holtz coached in 1984-85.
The NCAA sent a letter outlining its findings to the school this week. A university spokesman said Minnesota will make an announcement today.
The NCAA investigation focused on reports of payments to Minnesota athletes, including about a dozen football players, by Luther Darville, the former athletic department administrator.
Darville was convicted in November 1989 of stealing almost $200,000 of university funds and giving it to athletes.
Holtz was implicated by a former school academic adviser who said the coach once gave him money to give to a player.
Holtz is in the final year of his contract at Notre Dame. He denied Wednesday that he is "looking to leave." But the newspaper speculated that Notre Dame probably would not want Holtz if he is tainted by the investigation.
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Forty Niners' WR Jerry Rice, the NFL's leading receiver, says his team doesn't pass enough.
"I'm surprised whenever I go into a ballgame and I catch one ball before halftime," he said. "We try to focus in on the run, but I think we have really gotten away from the pass."
Rice made the comments in a copyright story in the (Santa Rosa, Calif.) Press Democrat yesterday, two weeks after RB Roger Craig complained about what he called the 49ers' lack of commitment to the running game.
Although he leads the league with 82 catches, 1,238 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns, Rice has gone four games without a score.
Coach Sam Wyche gave a tongue-lashing to his Bengals for what he perceived as a lackluster preparation for Sunday's game in Los Angeles.
"Maybe, as much as anything, we need to get ourselves back on track for the Raiders game," Wyche said later, declining to discuss what was said in the session with his players on Wednesday.
Wyche blasted CB Lewis Billups for talking with a reporter and not paying attention to a team drill. Billups was not practicing because of a sprained ankle.
"There are a couple of players who aren't happy with me right now," Wyche said. "I hope they're so mad they'll play better."