The best and worst from yesterday's games:


Aikman Slowed By Blow to Head

Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman was hit in the head when he was sacked by Jeff Burris early in the fourth quarter of yesterday's game against the Colts.

Aikman stayed on the turf for several seconds after the sack and missed a series before returning to the game. Jason Garrett, whose only action this season has been to take a knee on two plays late in one game, took over for Aikman.

The Dallas quarterback was using smelling salts on the sideline and appeared to be walking around glassy-eyed, but his head cleared enough for him to return.

Later in the game, Colts defensive end Mark Thomas was removed from the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital after suffering an apparent concussion.

Payton's Condition Is Called Unchanged

Seeking to dispel reports about Walter Payton's health, a close friend said the NFL great was still awaiting a liver transplant but that his condition was unchanged.

At least one radio station in New York and one in Philadelphia announced that Payton had died.

The league's career rushing leader has a rare liver disease that can be treated only with a transplant.

"There's no news," Mark Alberts, one of Payton's business partners, said yesterday. "This is ridiculous. If there's any news, we would contact the media."

Rumors that Payton's health has deteriorated have been rampant in recent days, fueled by son Jarrett's sudden departure for home from the University of Miami.

Rison, Johnson Inactive for Chiefs

Chiefs wide receiver Andre Rison and backup tight end Lonnie Johnson were inactive for Kansas City's game yesterday against the Chargers after their arrests over the weekend.

Rison was arrested early Saturday on charges that he was involved in a fight outside a bar in midtown Kansas City.

Hours earlier, Johnson was arrested on assault charges involving a police officer posing as a prostitute during a sting operation.

The team was continuing its investigation and could fine the players, Chiefs President Carl Peterson said.

"We will continue to insist on discipline on this football team today and throughout the year," Peterson said.



Points scored by the Chargers in the last two games, including yesterday's 34-0 loss to the Chiefs.


Consecutive quarters in which the Eagles had failed to score an offensive touchdown. They scored two in the second quarter to take a 17-3 lead over the Giants before losing 23-17 in overtime.


Total yards rushing by the Panthers in a 27-20 loss to the Falcons, who had entered the game with the league's 27th-ranked rushing defense.