QB Jim Kelly will begin practicing with the Bills today and, according to the team doctor, will be ready for Saturday's AFC playoff game against the Dolphins.

"He's right on schedule," said team doctor Richard Weiss. "He's going to play this weekend, I'm sure."

Kelly tore ligaments and cartilage in his left knee against the New York Giants on Dec. 15. Weiss said then that Kelly would be ready for the second week of the NFL playoffs.

Coach Marv Levy said he probably won't announce a starter until Saturday. Frank Reich is Kelly's backup.


The NFL set a record for paid attendance in 1990 for the second straight season, the league said.

The NFL said 13,959,266 tickets were sold for an average of 62,318 per game in 1990. In the previous year, 13,625,662 tickets were sold for an average of 60,629.

This also was the first season that average attendance topped the 62,000 mark.


Bengals RB James Brooks dislocated his left thumb against the Oilers and underwent surgery later Sunday. His status for the game against the Raiders is uncertain.


The Saints attended one last team meeting yesterday then headed home from a disappointing end to six months of football, most of them wondering what will be done -- or can be done -- to rejuvenate their no-show offense.

The man most blamed for the season-long offensive frustration -- QB Steve Walsh -- hustled quickly to his car, his right arm in a sling, without stopping to discuss the season.

An early diagnosis was that Walsh suffered a second-degree separated shoulder in Sunday's 16-6 playoff loss to Chicago. Corrective surgery will not be necessary.

The loss extended to 10 the number of games in which the Saints failed to score more than 17 points this year. In 12 games, the Saints failed to score a touchdown in the second half.


DE Donald Evans, who started all 16 of the Steelers' games this season, had surgery on his right elbow. Evans is expected to recover by training camp.