Gibbs tells slumping Sanders to 'relax, just play' Notes

December 13, 1990

Coach Joe Gibbs of the Washington Redskins called in slumping wide receiver Ricky Sanders for a meeting yesterday.

Gibbs said he told Sanders, who caught 80 passes last year, but has caught just 50 this year, to "relax and just play."

Sunday against Chicago, a pass bounced off Sanders' hands and was intercepted after he failed to run a proper route because he hadn't noticed the Bears were blitzing.

"We have faith in the guy. I think he's going to bounce back. I don't worry about it. I just know any second he's going to come out of this thing and start making big plays," Gibbs said.

Sanders said: "I can't get down on myself. I've got to keep my head up."

* 49ERS: Starting safety Chet Brooks underwent arthroscopic sur

gery on his left knee, less that one month after having the same procedure.

Brooks, 24, who has a history of injuries to his left knee, had surgery in mid-November to repair cartilage damage. He practiced before the Dec. 3 game with the New York Giants but did not play.

* DOLPHINS: Jim Jensen, already the team's most experienced and most versatile player, apparently has become the most wanted.

Jensen said he may have been the target of a $100 bounty in Sunday's victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Dolphins' utility man said teammate Jeff Cross was told by a Philadelphia player that Eagles

coach Buddy Ryan put out the bounty for the best hit on Jensen.

Ryan denied the existence of a bounty on Jensen.

* EAGLES: The club announced that alcoholic beverages will be banned on parking lots near Veterans Stadium for the team's final two home games -- Sunday against the Green Bay Packers and Dec. 23 against the Dallas Cowboys.

The possession or consumption of alcohol in the lots will be prohibited unless expressly permitted by the lot owner, according to Eagles spokesman Ron Howard.

* PACKERS: While one former Green Bay player was cleared in an investment fraud lawsuit, another was accused in a separate case of stealing a $23 pair of shoes.

Boyd Dowler, a former all-pro wide receiver for the Packers in the1960s, was cleared formally in a civil suit brought by Florida Comptroller Gerald Lewis' office earlier this year.

In an unrelated case, former University of Florida and Packers wide receiver Frankie Leon Neal was charged with shoplifting in Okeechobee on Monday after police said he left a store without paying for a $23 pair of shoes.

Neal, 25, was released from Okeechobee County Jail soon after his arrest on $750 bond. Neal could not be reached for comment.

In a separate announcement, the team said that quarterback Don Majkowski will miss his fourth straight game and has gone to San Diego for a second opinion on his injured right shoulder.

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