Randy Wright was awarded the Green Bay Packers' quarterback job by Coach Lindy Infante on Monday, but another long-time starter, Phoenix' Neal Lomax, found his position in a bit of jeopardy.
Infante announced that Wright, the incumbent off-and-on for the last four years, would start the opening game Sept. 4 against the Los Angeles Rams ahead of Don Majkowski, with whom he shared it last year, and Marc Wilson, the former Los Angeles Raider. The Packers began training camp with six quarterbacks."This thing needs to get over with," said Infante, who said he felt Wright had the best grasp of his offense.
"It has not been ideal from the very beginning. We had too many quarterbacks in camp to begin with. I don't like these quarterback controversies and I don't like quarterback derbies and I don't like the way the whole thing has gone from the very beginning," Infante said.
"You always have doubts because if you don't have a secure position or if you don't think you do, you always think the worst, you think the best, you always have a million thoughts going through your mind," said Wright, who clinched the job with two touchdown passes Saturday night in a 21-21 tie with Kansas City.
Phoenix Coach Gene Stallings, meanwhile, said he's starting to worry about Lomax, the two-time Pro Bowler who just signed a $1.4 million a year contract extension.
"Neil may not be concerned about the preseason, but I am," Stallings said after watching films of Sunday night's overtime loss to Minnesota.
"I need to see some production. We're not getting the production we need. He needs to start playing well. He's been around the league long enough and I'm sure he's just as frustrated as anybody."
In three preseason games, Lomax has completed just 39 percent of his passes, 22 of 56, for 258 yards and no touchdowns. He was intercepted three times in Sunday night's game, which dropped Phoenix's preseason record to 0-3.
Lomax, who was 2-of-11 for 25 yards with two interceptions in the first quarter, finished 12-for-30 for 128 yards before being replaced by Cliff Stoudt late in the third quarter with the Cardinals trailing 9-3.
The crowd of 46,429 booed Lomax through much of the game and cheered when Stoudt was brought in.
"Anytime you play poorly, that's to be expected," Lomax said with a shrug. "The fans here have been great. They're very knowledgable about the game. Hey, I'm just not playing well. I'm out of synch in all aspects of the game. I'm embarrassed."
Stallings said Lomax will start again in Thursday night's exhibition finale at Kansas City, but he is not sure to start the regular season.
Ray Wersching and Joe Cribbs, two veterans with the San Francisco 49ers, were among those cut Monday.
Wersching, the placekicker who ranks ninth among the NFL's all-time scoring leaders, and Cribbs, at one time one of the top running backs in the league, were granted unconditional releases after requesting them.
Wersching, who turned 38 on Monday, was with the 49ers for 11 seasons and holds most of the team placekicking records.
Cribbs, 30, an eight-year pro, rushed for 890 yards during his two seasons with the 49ers.
Bob Crable, the New York Jets' most experienced linebacker, will be lost for the season with a knee injury. After arthroscopic surgery Monday, it was determined that he would need reconstructive surgery on his right knee.
The Colts waived quarterback Mark Herrmann, who was re-obtained from San Diego last winter. Herrmann, an 8-year veteran, played for the Colts in 1983-84 before being traded to the Chargers. ...
Phoenix waived 13 players including linebacker Tim Moore, their eighth round pick this year ....
Denver waived eight players including running back Mel Farr Jr. and journeyman offensive lineman David Jordan. Four other players went on injured reserve.