Hugh Millen, the ultimate journeyman, looked every bit like Super Bowl MVP Troy Aikman on Friday, throwing bullets in Aikman's place on the opening day of the Dallas Cowboys' training camp.
Millen, signed as a free agent to replace the departed Steve Beuerlein as Aikman's backup, was thrown into action immediately while Aikman, the Cowboys' No. 1 quarterback, recovers from back surgery."I guess you always look for a silver lining, but Hugh Millen has been very impressive in our offense," coach Jimmy Johnson said of the player who was 0-7 as a starter last year for New England. "He's a tall quarterback (6-foot-5) and has a good arm. "
Millen understands his starting role is temporary.
"I've had some unfortunate things happen to me in football," said Millen, who also has played for the Los Angeles Rams and Atlanta Falcons in a seven-year career. "It's good to get back into a winning-type environment."
Beuerlein, who left to compete for a starting job with Phoenix, was 5-1 as a starter for Dallas. Johnson said Millen might even be better.
"As much as I loved Steve Beuerlein, who had a good feel for our offense and the game, Hugh throws the ball better," Johnson said. "He knows our offense. Hugh ran much the same offense when he was with the Los Angeles Rams."
Quarterback Jeff George remained out of training camp Friday without giving his teammates or his puzzled coach a clue as to what's bothering him.
George, being fined $4,000 per day, reportedly has asked for a trade or to have his contract renegotiated. He has three years remaining on a six-year deal he signed as a rookie, and is due to be paid $2 million this season.
If the Colts increase George's salary, they also would probably have to give tackle Will Wolford a pay hike. Wolford, a two-time Pro Bowler with the Buffalo Bills, signed a three-year, $7.65 million contract that guarantees he will be the Colts' highest-paid offensive player in 1993 and 1994.
All-Pro running back Barry Foster, the NFL's No. 2 rusher last season, is holding out and trying to renegotiate the contract he signed 10 months ago. He's being fined $4,000 per day for his absence from camp, and the team said it won't even consider re-doing his contract until he shows up.
Top draft choice Robert Smith, a running back from Ohio State, and third-round pick Gilbert Brown, a 330-pound defensive tackle from Kansas, agreed to terms Friday and are expected in camp over the weekend.
Houston signed five draft picks Friday, leaving No. 1 choice Brad Hopkins of Illinois and No. 2 Michael Barrow of Miami as its only holdouts.
The team signed wide receivers Travis Hannah of USC and Patrick Robinson of Tennessee State; tight end John Henry Mills of Wake Forest; tackle Chuck Bradley of Kentucky; and cornerback Blaine Bishop of Ball State.
Pro Bowl offensive tackle Lomas Brown was among seven unsigned veterans who didn't report as Detroit opened camp. Brown, the team's "franchise player" under rules governing free agency, was joined as a holdout by defensive linemen Marc Spindler, Dan Owens and Lawrence Pete, offensive linemen Scott Conover and Shawn Bouwens, and wide receiver Aubrey Matthews.
Quarterback Erik Kramer remained in California to be with his infant son, who was scheduled to undergo surgery Friday.
Steve Sewell, who shattered his left ankle during camp last season, retired after eight seasons. Sewell, 30, said he was only 80 percent recovered from breaking his ankle in five places.
One day after making quarterback Steve Young the NFL's highest-paid player, San Francisco learned that right guard Roy Foster won't be around to help protect Young for at least three months because of a knee injury.
A bone chip was discovered during an arthroscopic procedure on Thursday and he will miss all of camp and probably the first five regular-season games.
The Los Angeles Raiders sent an undisclosed draft choice to Cincinnati on Friday for defensive back Rickey Dixon, a cornerback and safety for the Bengals the last five seasons. Dixon has six career interceptions.
At Raiders camp, meanwhile, defensive lineman Howie Long was a no-show. The seven-time Pro Bowler has three years left on a 7-year, $9 million deal, but he's reportedly unhappy with his scheduled $1.5 million salary this season.
Five other veterans - wideouts Willie Gault and Sam Graddy, tight end Andrew Glover, linebacker Aaron Wallace and defensive back Torin Dorn - are still negotiating contracts and also missed the mandatory reporting date.
Bryan Millard, a starter at tackle for Seattle since 1985, was waived after failing a physical.
Guard Keith Sims, who drew the ire of coach Don Shula last season for not staying in shape, signed a three-year contract with the Dolphins. Terms weren't disclosed, but the Dolphins had offered him $1.4 million per season.
Fifth-round draft choice Tyronne Hughes, a cornerback from Nebraska, agreed to a contract Friday. New Orleans reported no agreements with two other draft choices: Irv Smith, a Notre Dame receiver drafted in the first round, and second-round draft choice Reggie Freeman, a linebacker from Florida State.