BOSTON BOUND?: Sam Jankovich, athletic director at the University of Miami, is expected to be introduced at a news conference today as the new director of operations and chief executive officer of the New England Patriots, but as of late last night, he had not informed Miami officials of his decision.

Reports say Jankovich, 56, has signed a five-year contract estimated to be worth $1.8-2.5 million, including incentives.

The Patriots also said they will retain Pat Sullivan as general manager. PHILLIPS FURIOUS: Chargers NT Joe Phillips, sidelined since being severely beaten in a street assault three months ago, says the club is blocking his return to practice by breaking its promise to pay his full 1990 salary and by linking his return to a contract extension.

San Diego General Manager Bobby Beathard said Phillips's uncompromising attitude is the problem. WILLIAMS TO WLAF: Reggie Williams, a Cincinnati City Councilman while playing for the Bengals, resigned from the council to become general manager of the New York franchise of the World League of American Football.

Williams, 36, said he will be one of two black general managers in the WLAF. BEARING BAD NEWS: RB Neal Anderson (cracked rib) will join QB Jim Harbaugh (dislocated shoulder) on the Bears' sidelines for the final two games of the regular season. UNEVEN KIEL: QB Blair Kiel may start for the Packers against the Lions because Anthony Dilweg is still bothered by a sprained arch. It would be only the second start for Kiel since he entered the NFL in 1984. . . .

Denver OG Jim Juriga (chronic back pain) has been placed on injured reserve. The Broncos signed G Scott Beavers, who was released Monday by the Redskins.