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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 31

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Saturday, September 21, 1991
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Saturday, September 21, 1991 THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRER Pro f00tba!lD-3 TC Brooks a premier all-purpose back Several teams want Harris, agent saysi iiiMiMlMiiiiMMiSMMlifrtiii mm in itnr er) has probably the strongest leg in the NFL," Johnson said. " Lohmiller hit two 50-plus field goals and a 48-yarder two weeks ago against Dallas. He also hit an upright on his last visit to Riverfront Stadium, 1988, a big miss in Cincinnati's overtime 20-17 overtime victory. BLACKOUT LIFTED: Sunday's game is sold out and will be televised locally by CBS. BYNER DEAL: Washington's 3-0 Redskins, as in the past, have leaned heavily on Plan B and free agents in building this year's entry. Twenty-two players, almost half the squad, came via those two expedients. A few trades haven't hurt, either. In April of 1989, Washington sent running back Mike Oliphant to Cleveland for Earnest Byner, who proceeded to gain 1,219 yards last season and this year leads the NFC with 293 yards and a 4.8 average. "He can block, catch and run," Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. "He's the first fullback we've had who could do all that. "When we first got him, we played Gerald Riggs at running back and Earnest at H-back, which is like a blocking fullback. "The last five games last year, we started giving the ball to him and he got us back to winning again, got us in the playoffs. This year's he's picked up where he left off." D The Cincinnati EnquirerGary Landers The running of James Brooks, shown in action against the Browns last Sunday, has been the one consistency in the Bengals' offense. 239 yards, a 4.9 average. All other rushers combined are 34 for 79, a 2.3 average. FAR HORIZONS: Following the irrational penalty for Tim McGee's modest touchdown celebration last week against Cleveland, Lee Johnson put his kickoff five yards deep in the end zone. That's 75 yards. Maximum distance? "I would say so," Johnson said, "kicking off that field with a new ball." ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES GREEN BAY, Wis. An agent for holdout linebacker Tim Harris, the Green Bay Packers' sack leader the last five seasons, said Friday four or five teams are interested in trading for his client. But Brian Trexell declined to comment on reports that the San Francisco 49ers and Miami Dolphins have made the most serious offers and would be willing to trade first-round 1992 draft picks for him. He would say only that "we talked to four or five teams that have really expressed an interest." Harris' holdout entered its 68th day, the longest in Packers history. The Milwaukee Journal, quoting an unnamed NFL source, reported Friday that the 49ers appear serious in trading a top draft pick for Harris to try to improve their pass rush. Green Bay owns Philadelphia's No. 1 pick through a previous trade as well as its own No. 1 selection in 1992. Miami, Dallas and Atlanta are also interested. Butler sentenced WAUKEGAN, III.: Chicago Bears kicker Kevin Butler was fined $1,000 and sentenced to 200 hours of community service after pleading guilty to speeding and us: pIGH ROLLERSXLUB Top College Selections 3 plays per call Tri-State's Largest Jul. ' Hlk NubuklHark Charitlat NubuklHark Sizes in stork: 6Vt --.m n jii rr' " - hzi ' - oerore km m mine mrren nas to say -1 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 Rockporf BY JIM MONTGOMERY The Cincinnati Enquirer In his seven-plus seasons as a Bengal, James Brooks has rushed for 6,061 yards, caught passes for 2,798 and scored 60 touchdowns. He also is a deadly blocker, despite his 5-10, 182-pound size. If Brooks isn't pro football's premier multi-purpose weapon, quarterbacks excluded, he's at least in the top five. Small wonder a practice-field mishap (ankle sprain) sent Bengals coaches into a tizzy this week. Bad enough that Brooks is hampered, however much it will be. What would it be like going to war without him? "I don't know, honestly," running backs coach Jim Anderson said Friday. "You don't have to think about it because you know he'll be there." A careful man with words, Anderson wouldn't deny Brooks' value. "He's an all-purpose football player. He can hurt you running the ball, he can hurt you catching the ball and given the opportunity ha can throw the block for the big play. "He's a guy of many talents." What has Brooks meant to the struggling Bengals this season? He's carried the ball 49 times for Bengals CONTINUED FROM PAGE D-l means. It sounds a little like two elephants communicating." Kozerski returns to duty this week against Washington after missing parts of the last two games. He's had a partially dislocated shoulder and a strained calf muscle. In his absence, Paul Jetton played center, which appears to have earned him the starting job at right guard. "I guess," Jetton said. "You know what they say about the penthouse and the outhouse." The return of Kozerski, the moderator who coordinates the blocking calls, could be significant. "Where we miss Koz," Brian Bla-dos said, "is he's a genius out there." Said Kozerski: "I didn't know he said that. But I appreciate it. I think the guys have confidence in me that I'll make the right calls. Even if I don't, they'll go through with what I say. "The worst thing that can happen is offensive linemen working on two different play books. It will be the fourth combination of Bengal linemen in as many games. Reimers and Joe Walter , missed the first one, Reimers missed the second and Kozerski missed parts of the last two. Jet 1 ton, Ken Moyer and Blados filled in, Moyer at two spots. Yet another set of center-guard and guard-tackle combinations will result. "That s more important on a I- team that doesn't Drepare players ' together." Kozerski said. "Every player on our team works with Hrnn stpns. with nass nrotection . So when you move from one posi-I tion to another, the techniques aren t as important as the cans. More significantly, perhaps, the Bengals will have their regular i starters this week at every posi-; tion exceDt richt guard, which v hasn't really had a permanent rest ' dent since Max Montoya left. "We're looking forward to see ing just how well we can do, i Kozerski said. "We're tired of be ing ineffective. We're better than we've shown. It's time to stop , talking about it and show it. drunken driving. Lions' Taylor reinstated PONTIAC, Mich.: Detroit U-ons defensive back Terry TayUr was reinstated by- NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue on FridSS, almost one year to the day after he was banned for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Howard questionable ; EAST RUTHERFORD, HJ.: The New York Giants soon maybe looking at a worst-cast scenario for nose tackle Erik Howard, who missed practice again Friday with recurring back spasms. . Howard is still listed as questionable for Sunday's game here against Cleveland. He could 'be headed for the injured reserve lisi, pending a game-day evaluation..'.' Millard injured "7 KIRKLAND, Wash.: Seattle Seahawks offensive right guard Bryan Millard missed Fridays practice and is questionable for Sunday's game at Kansas City. Millard, who has not missed $n offensive snap in 42 consecutive regular-season games, bruised his lower leg. .: Sell It today with a classified ad In The Enquirer Call 421-6300 Selection and Sizes . tlttH""-' $79'5 15 N M W EW (Honest) Dealer ake s meneu DIVIU7-' BMW" 782-2800 111 " " '" $769j SWEENEY NISSAN 1991 Johnson said he really wasn't thinking end zone from the 30-yard line. "Not as much as just getting it to the goal line," he said. 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