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NECK SURGERY TO END JOHNSTON'S SEASON, BUT NOT HIS CAREER

Fullback Daryl Johnston will miss the rest of the Dallas Cowboys' season after deciding to undergo surgery on a bulging disk in his neck.

Johnston told Dallas-Fort Worth television station KXAS about his decision on Wednesday.

He said the problem disk is pushing on a nerve at the base of his neck, "so we'll remove the entire disk and fuse the C-6 and C-7 vertebrae together."

Johnston said he expected to undergo the procedure Oct. 31.

"We have a few personal things that I made in advance that I need to take care of," he said. "Hopefully, Friday will be the first open day that we can get the surgery done because we feel it should be done as soon as possible once the decision is made."

He said he'll be limited in the use of his neck for about six months after the surgery as a precaution. However, he denied recent reports that the injury and corrective surgery would end his football career.

"This gives me the best chance to be on the field next year," Johnston said.

Parcells picks O'Donnell

HEMPSTEAD -- Neil O'Donnell, who gave way to Glenn Foley in the second half of the New York Jets' win over New England, will be the starting quarterback in the Jets' next game.

Foley, meanwhile, will get back his headset and his clipboard.

For now.

In his typical terse way, coach Bill Parcells said Wednesday that the old order had returned and O'Donnell would start the next game -- Nov. 2 against Baltimore.

He didn't say why, but he also didn't rule out again lifting O'Donnell for Foley, who completed 17-of-23 for 200 yards and had a run of 14 straight completions as the Jets beat the Patriots 24-19 Sunday.

"I'm not telling you what my thinking was," Parcells told a big crowd in the Jets' press room, which usually is virtually empty on a bye week.

"I told you I'd do what was best. I'm not going to explain it or tell you what the process was or anything else. I'm just telling you that O'Donnell is starting and Glenn will be ready to go."

Parcells said he had made the announcement to his players and had a private meeting with the quarterbacks. "I told Glenn Foley to be ready to go," he said.

Elway nears milestone

DENVER -- To a resume already brimming with accomplishments, John Elway can add another footnote this week against the Buffalo Bills.

The Denver Broncos quarterback has 49,850 yards in total offense in his career, leaving him just 150 yards shy of becoming only the third player in NFL history to reach 50,000.

Dan Marino (53,466) and Fran Tarkenton (50,677) currently reside in the 50,000-yard club, and among other active players, only Warren Moon (47,208) has a realistic chance of joining them.

"That's a nice number," Elway said Wednesday. "Like I said when I hit 45,000, I think there's more there. Not a lot of guys have done it, so I guess that's flattering. But I feel like there's a lot left."

Davis says Rams wronged

ST. LOUIS -- Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis testified that the maneuvers that NFL league owners went through before approving the Rams' move to St. Louis amounted to extortion.

"It wasn't until St. Louis came up with a lot more money that the deal to St. Louis was approved," Davis said.

Davis' testimony, which was read to the jury Wednesday, contained some of the strongest comments yet in the $130 million antitrust lawsuit filed by the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission against the NFL.

The commission says the league forced St. Louis to pay too much to get the Rams here from California in April 1995. The league says it has the right to decide what teams move and under what terms.

Davis said his 29 partners have no such right. He won a $49 million judgment over that issue in 1984. Davis challenged the league's right to block franchise movement without guidelines governing such action shortly after relocating his franchise to Los Angeles from Oakland in 1982.

Around the league

A state appeals court in West Palm Beach, Fla., has backed the Broward County judge who threw out the manslaughter conviction of Seattle Seahawks football player Brian Blades. Wednesday's ruling in effect ends the case against Blades, 32, stemming from the shooting death of his cousin and best friend, Charles Blades, 34, on July 5, 1995.

Tshimanga Biakabutuka took another step forward in his recovery from major knee surgery when the Carolina Panthers, struggling to rush the ball, promoted him to starting halfback. "We just feel like we need to do something to try to upgrade our running game," coach Dom Capers said.

Chris Chandler won't start at quarterback when the Atlanta Falcons face Carolina Sunday night. "The doctors don't want him to do anything until Friday," coach Dan Reeves said. Chandler suffered his second concussion in six weeks in Sunday's loss to San Francisco.

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