Coach Bill Parcells terminated the contract of quarterback Scott Zolak yesterday, effectively handing the team's backup job to newly acquired Rick Mirer.

The move came two days after the club obtained Mirer from Green Bay for a conditional selection in next year's draft. Zolak, a nine-year veteran from the University of Maryland in his first year with the Jets, played poorly in Friday's 10-9 preseason win over the Philadelphia Eagles.

"It's a better opportunity for him to let him go now," Parcells said.

Zolak went 10 of 22 for 90 yards against Philadelphia.

Mirer, signed by the Packers on the eve of the 1998 season, hasn't taken a regular season snap since 1997, when he started three games for the Chicago Bears. The Jets hope to use him in the second half Saturday in a preseason game against the New York Giants.

STEELERS: Pittsburgh's handling of retired tackle Will Wolford's contract is being investigated by the NFL for possible salary cap violations and could subject the team to a fine or the loss of draft picks.

Steelers President Dan Rooney acknowledged the team turned itself in to the NFL after determining it may have violated salary cap restrictions, but he would not identify the player involved.

"I will confirm that we told the league that this may be a problem and we reported it," Rooney said. "They have it under investigation."

The Steelers may have turned themselves in as early as three months ago, but did not comment until now because it was under league investigation.

BENGALS: Safety Kelvin Moore was in stable condition at a hospital in Pontiac, Mich., two days after he broke a vertebra in his neck while making a tackle in an exhibition game against the Detroit Lions.

Moore has feeling in his arms and legs and is expected to make "an excellent recovery," team physician Robert Heidt Jr. said.

After watching film of the play, Coach Bruce Coslet said Moore did everything right and still got hurt. "It looked like he was a little bit stumbling into him and just bent his head back," Coslet said. "It just happened."

GIANTS: The hamstring injury that cornerback Jason Sehorn suffered a week before training camp continues to heal slowly and he will miss another week or two, Coach Jim Fassel said.

Sehorn had an MRI exam on Friday and doctors decided not to let him run this week, Fassel said.

Sehorn has spent most of training camp working with trainers while the team practiced. This past week, he did agility drills, mostly running around cones and jumping side to side over prone tackling pads.

While the MRI showed no problems, Fassel said the team is going to be cautious with Sehorn, who missed all of last season after injuring a knee while returning a kick in a preseason game against the Jets.