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Peter King
September 30, 1991
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September 30, 1991

The Nfl

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? Green Bay at L.A. Rams. The Pack has lost 10 straight games on the Rams' home field since winning there in 1966.

? San Francisco at L.A. Raiders. Heads up, 49er offensive line coach Bobb McKittrick. Raider defensive end Howie Long says you teach your linemen illegal leg-whipping, and he wants to get even.

? Kansas City at San Diego. John Friesz will be the sixth quarterback to start for the Chargers in their last eight meetings against the Chiefs.

The End Zone

When Eagle quarterback Randall Cunningham had the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee repaired earlier this month, surgeon Clarence Shields transplanted an Achilles tendon from a male cadaver into Cunningham's knee. The use of cadaver ligaments speeds the healing process because replacement parts aren't taken from the patient's body, as is the case in most ligament and tendon transplants. "And you can get a very large, thick tendon," says Shields.

Cunningham, the NFL's most mobile quarterback before his injury, suggested some suitable sources for his transplants. First he asked Shields if the Achilles of Lee Majors ( Steve Austin in The Six Million Dollar Man, remember?) was available. Nope. "Well," said Cunningham, "how about one from somebody like Jesse Owens?" Nice try.

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