During the Saints' 20-13 defeat of Tampa Bay on Sept. 22, New Orleans defensive end Bruce Clark threatened to end the career of Bucs' offensive tackle Ron Heller, and later he decked Heller. Is that any way to treat a fellow Penn Stater?
"I just don't know what happened," said Clark, who expects to be fined by the league for his behavior. "I was uncontrollable.... But [ Heller] was poking his fingers in Rickey [ Jackson's] face mask and pushing guys who were standing around the pile all afternoon.
"It ruined my image," Clark added. "Here I am trying to be a nice, low-key guy. Now they're going to put me in the same book with some of the other fools in the league."
Publicly, the Raiders are saying that quarterback Jim Plunkett, who dislocated his left shoulder against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 22, will be out for 10 weeks. Privately, they fear that after 15 seasons in the NFL the 37-year-old's career may be over.
After giving Plunkett an arthrogram last week. Dr. Robert Rosenfeld, an orthopedic surgeon, hinted that Plunkett may need an operation. Raider officials concurred. The Raiders' concerned coach, Tom Flores, says, 'The doctors want to see first if it will heal naturally."
Says the righthanded Plunkett, who had separated his left shoulder three times previously and who has also had surgery for a torn rotator cuff in that left shoulder, "It's wired down so well that the ball and socket were the only things that could go."
SOME THINGS ARE DUCKY IN D.C.
Dave Butz, the Washington Redskins' 35-year-old All-Pro defensive tackle, stands 6'7", weighs 295 pounds and wears a size 12� EEEEEEE shoe. His hands, though, have a certain delicacy that emerges when Butz sits at his workbench at home and creates duck and goose decoys.
"I wanted a hobby that would help keep my hands limber when I grew older," he says. His ducks, mostly mallards, take as many as 100 hours to create. The geese may require as many as 400 hours of work.
A jewelry store in Reston, Va. sells Butz's decoys at prices ranging from $65 to $360. "That is," Butz says, "if my wife. Candy, lets them out of the house. She keeps seeing them and saying, 'Gee, that's nice. Let's keep it.' We're swamped with ducks."