Washington Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley has applied to commissioner Paul Tagliabue to lift his lifetime ban for violating the National Football League's substance abuse rules, Manley's attorney said yesterday.
Tagliabue has said he would consider reinstating the 10-year veteran after Nov. 18, the first anniversary of Manley's ban for using cocaine.
Redskins officials have said privately they are not interested in having Manley, their all-time sack leader, back if he is reinstated. Manley, 30, who was banned last year after his third substance abuse offense, has six weeks remaining on his contract, so the Redskins would be likely to have to activate him or waive him outright if he wins reinstatement.
Meanwhile, coach Joe Gibbs said he may start Fred Stokes in place of ailing Markus Koch at defensive end tomorrow against the New York Giants.
Stokes worked with the first team again yesterday in practice.
Koch, who sprained a knee Sunday, practiced only lightly.
* 49ERS: Wide receiver John Taylor practiced for the first time this week, and coach George Seifert was optimistic he may be able to use Taylor tomorrow against the Cleveland Browns.
"If he feels pretty good, then he will start," Seifert said.
Taylor, who suffered a right knee sprain in Sunday's 27-7 win over Pittsburgh, will not return punts. Don Griffin will handle that job.
* COLTS: Quarterback Jack Trudeau, who will start tomorrow against the Miami Dolphins, shrugs off the controversy involving running back Eric Dickerson.
"I thought it was important to like each other a few years ago but at this level everybody is going to do their job no matter if they like the guy next to him or behind him," Trudeau said. "We've never been one big happy family. Maybe the teams that win all the time like each other but I don't think it's as big a deal as it's made out to be."
Dickerson returned last week after serving a five-game suspension for refusing to take a physical following an 11-day holdout.
He gained 55 yards on nine carries in a 27-17 loss to Denver and moved past O.J. Simpson into sixth place in NFL career rushing with 11,281 yards. The eight-year veteran needs 72 yards to pass John Riggins.
* BROWNS: Owner Art Modell says coach Bud Carson's job is secure for now, but Carson admitted that all the rumors are taking a toll, and he knows it won't be getting any easier.
"It takes away from my preparation, I know that," Carson said. "But that's something you're going to get if you lose. That's an extra burden you have to carry and you have to overcome. Nothing good happens with losing. That's an extra part of the bad."