No matter how well Jason Garrett plays in the exhibition season for Dallas, he knows he's not going to see much action once the regular season begins.

The same can't be said for three quarterbacks on the Pittsburgh Steelers, who are fighting for the No. 1 position left open by Neil O'Donnell's move to the New York Jets.

Kordell Stewart, Mike Tomczak and Jim Miller all began their pitch for the job in the Steelers' preseason opener Sunday at Tokyo Dome, a 20-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers.

None came out with much of an advantage, said Steelers coach Bill Cowher. ``All three did some good things,'' he said.

Stewart, who also played running back and wide receiver and even punted once as a rookie last season, showed off his impressive scrambling _ and his inconsistency when throwing. Stewart seemed confused at times directing the Steelers' offense and several passes landed far wide of the mark.

``Mentally, I know the majority of what I need to do. But when you're under pressure ... I'm tempted to fake the ball and run,'' Stewart said.

Stewart was 6-for-13 for 53 yards and a fourth-quarter touchdown, and rushed for 25 yards in five tries. Cowher gave equal time to Stewart and the other two QB contenders. Tomczak was steadier, going 6-for-8 for 48 yards, compared with Miller's 4-for-9 for 46 yards and one interception.

Stan Humphries led San Diego to a touchdown in his only series.

In Irving, Texas, Garrett threw two TD passes in the final 1:35, including a 59-yarder to Billy Davis with 40 seconds left, leading Dallas over Oakland 35-34 Saturday night.

Garrett is known as ``Mr. July'' for his great play in the preseason, but is ranked No. 3 on the Cowboys' quarterback depth chart behind Troy Aikman, a three-time Super Bowl winner.

``I'm not making any lateral moves,'' said Garrett, who played for Princeton. ``This is a great system, and my family loves it in Dallas. I guess someday, if I get an offer as a starting quarterback, I would have to look at it. Until I do, I'm a Cowboy.''

In the weekend's other action, Indianapolis beat New Orleans 10-3 in the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio, Saturday. Kevin Bell completed all three of his passes, including a 2-yarder to Scott Slutzker for the game's only touchdown.

``It always feels good to lead the team to a winning touchdown,'' Bell said. ``The real test is to do it over a prolonged period of time. I know with Jim (Harbaugh) here, that's not going to happen unless something unforeseen comes about. I just have to be ready for situations like today.''


Rookie wide receiver Eddie Kennison is expected to be on the practice field today, ready to go to work for St. Louis.

Kennison, a first-round pick, signed a five-year deal with the Rams on Sunday for $5.8 million, including a $2 million signing bonus.

Kennison, the Rams' 18th pick from Louisiana State, has missed two weeks of training camp. Kennison and his agent, John Hamilton, had wanted a four-year deal and the Rams wanted five.

``I'm glad to be here and I'm ready to go,'' said Kennison, who arrived at training camp Sunday at Macomb, Ill. ``It's time to take care of football business. The on-the-table business has been taken care of. I'm ready to get on the field and play ball now.''


Offensive lineman Keith Kartz was scheduled for arthroscopic knee surgery today, jeopardizing his return to professional football.

Kartz injured his knee skiing and has undergone five knee operations while sitting out the last two seasons. He spent last year doing rehabilitation, then reinjured the knee this year in camp.

``If he's having problems with his knees, he'll probably retire,'' coach Mike Shanahan said of Kartz, who played for Denver from 1987-94.


Wide receivers Michael Jackson and Derrick Alexander missed practice Sunday, but Baltimore coaches hope both will be ready to return quickly.

Jackson sat out with an injured hamstring aggravated over recent days, said coach Ted Marchibroda. Alexander left camp because of a family illness.


Ty Detmer completed eight of 10 passes for 99 yards and a touchdown in the Eagles' intrasquad scrimmage Sunday. Detmer, a free-agent signee from Green Bay, drove his second-team offense to two scores.

Eagles starter Rodney Peete was 6-for-9 for 62 yards, setting up just one score _ a 38-yard field goal by Gary Anderson _ vs. the second-team defense. Rookie Bobby Hoying was 9-for-17 for 71 yards.

``I thought all three quarterbacks played well,'' Eagles coach Ray Rhodes said. ``I just wish that we would have scored more points. It was not quite as sharp as I'd have liked.''