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TC Saturday, September 14, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Pro football, hOCkeyD-3 Browns no-name DBs playing wel Owners signal intent to get new agreement THE ASSOCIATED PRESS GRAPEVINE, Texas NFL owners on Friday approved a resolution for additional revenue sharing, a step toward the opening of negotiations with representatives for NFL players on a new collective bargaining agreement. "Part of the discussion included the issue of fairness among teams within the league," commissioner Paul Tagliabue said. "That gets you into additional ways of revenue sharing and cost sharing, if it is part of a package that produces a litigation settlement and collective bargaining agreement," he added. Franchises already split network television revenues equally. Friday's proposal provides for additional sharing of home gates, local television and radio contracts, and other incomes. That would benefit teams with smaller markets such as Green Bay and Cincinnati. BY JIM MONTGOMERY The Cincinnati Enquirer What looks to be the case on paper isn't always the case on grass. Cleveland, for instance, would seem on paper to have problems in two areas which nicely fit what have been Bengal shortcomings when the two teams meet Sunday. The Browns have been tagged hard by injuries in the defensive backfield, and they've shuffled their offensive line. A flawed secondary could quickly cure Cincinnati's struggling offense, and any weakness in the line might help the Bengals' pass rush find itself. That's on paper, though. "I don't grade this as a weak defensive backfield," the Bengals' Sam Wyche said Friday. "You look at their defensive backs, and if you didn't know their names and didn't know they've had injuries, you'd say it's a sound backfield." The Browns have lost cornerback Raymond Clayborn to a broken leg and safety Thane Gash's season ended with a damaged neck. Safety Eric Turner, the club's top draft pick, is out at least eight weeks and maybe longer with a stress fracture. Cornerback Mark Harper has a torn Achilles tendon and corner Tony Blay-lock a bad wrist. The Browns do have two veteran DBs still think Dallas is going to contend, and (Cleveland) moved Dallas around some." BROWN'S BETTER: Eddie Brown's shoulder separation probably will keep him sidelined Sunday, but there's a possibility it won't. "He's not totally out of this game," Wyche said. "He has range of motion now. He can hit himself on the shoulder or the chest, but he feels a twinge in certain positions. "So he's getting close, but we would use him only in an emergency, unless (Saturday) he's much better." Brown did not practice Friday, nor did linebacker Alex Gordon (hamstring). Center Bruce Kozerski (calf muscle) was on the field for the light drills, and left guard Bruce Rei-mers is expected to see his first action of the season after a hamstring pull. MORE MYSTERY: Cleveland's starting backfield plans remain a bit vague. Joe Morris opened at running back last week and could be there again. "If Kevin Mack (ankle) is ready, I would say they'll put him in there to test our run defense," Wyche guessed. "They work (Eric) Metcalf everywhere they can, like we do with James Brooks. You'll see him in the backfield (in tandem), in the backfield by himself and as a wide receiver, flanked out." Harold Henderson, executives vice president of the labor rela" tions committee and chairman of the NFL Management Council ex-. ecutive committee, said he expects to make contact soon with the New-York City law firm of Weil, GoU shal, Manges, which represents the players in antitrust litigatiorH against the NFL. "The ownership is really resolved toward moving ahead and bargaining," Cowboys owner Jerry '. Jones said. "We're very united." " The players and owners haven't " had a collective bargaining agree- ment since 1987, when the players" staged an unsuccessful strike. "Just as soon as I can get it scheduled, when their representa- -tives are available," Henderson i said when asked for a timetable to " open talks. healthy, cornerback Frank Minnifield (95 starts) and safety Vince Newsome (70 starts). Otherwise, it'll be Stephen Braggs (5 career starts) and Cincinnati Princeton's Harlon Bar-nett (2 career starts) at the remaining corner and safety. Second-year man Randy Hilliard, who's never started, could replace Braggs. He did Sunday against New England and despite his 165 pounds had an interception, two sacks and caused a fumble. , In the offensive line, only Mike Baab, the center, starts at the same position he played last year. John Rienstra, a Plan B addition, is the left guard. Rookie Ed King is the right guard. Tony Jones moves from right tackle to left tackle when an injury cost Paul Farren the starting job. The Bengals' Anthony Munoz views with skepticism any talk of a juggled line. "You can look at that the same way we look at our first couple of games," said Munoz, the only Bengal lineman who has played every down at his normal position this season. "They beat New England, 20-0. They're doing pretty well," Munoz added. Said Wyche: "I judge it more on their play against Dallas. New England is improved, but I THE ULTIMATE DRIVING MACHINE 1991 DEMO SALE 318IS 2 To Choose 3251 1 To Choose 325IC 2 To Choose 525IA 1 To Choose 535IA 1 To Choose Princeton grad Barnett hit with Browns coming up for the game." Excuse Barnett if he's not caught up in the rivalry. "I really just take it as another game," Barnett said. 1ST IN CINCINNATI 1 1 r. - Princeton and Kemper Tri-County The knock on Barnett was that he is a heavy hitter, but not a great cover man. He was caught out of position a few times in the Browns season opener against Dallas, but turned in a solid game against New England. He is third on the team with 12 tackles. Barnett has been reunited with Nick Saban, who was his secondary coach at Michigan State for his first three seasons. "He's made it a lot more comfortable for me here since I already knew him," Barnett said. "Maybe I just picked up things faster because of him." Barnett will play over Bengals tight end Rodney Holman and doesn't want the veteran to teach him any lessons. BY D. ORLANDO LEDBETTER The Cincinnati Enquirer CLEVELAND Cincinnati native Harlon Barnett will make his third National Football League start against the Bengals here at 1 p.m. Sunday. The Princeton High grad, who was a fourth round pick in 1990 out of Michigan State, has adapted well to Cleveland. Like most in northeast Ohio, he doesn't like the Bengals a great deal. "I never really was a Bengals fan to be honest with you," Barnett said. "I was always a Cowboys fan. When I was growing up, they were America's team. "Nobody in my family, was a Bengals fan either. We've got a lot of Cleveland Browns' fans in Cincinnati right now and they are Barnett didn't feel that he received a fair shot under Carson. He received his opportunity under first-year coach Bill Beli-chick, who had to give Barnett a chance when the Cleveland secondary lost six members to injuries. Four defensive backs are out for the entire season and Eric Turner, the second player taken in the draft, may miss eight to 10 games. Barnett, a strong safety, will start alongside free safety Vince Newsome and cornerbacks Frank Minnifield and Stephen Braggs. "Continuity is hard to maintain when you have new people in there all of the time," said Beli-chick. "Hopefully, this week we'll settle in. It will be the second week with the same people working together." Sweeney BMW 782-2800 Harlon Barnett Barnett arrived with a fine set of credentials last season. He was an all-Big Ten pick and dubbed an Ail-American by The Sporting News. Former Browns coach Bud Carson was not impressed. 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