49ers showing interest in Humphrey JHC

September 18, 1991

The San Francisco 49ers appear willing to give up defensive end Kevin Fagan and a third-round draft pick to the Denver Broncos for holdout running back Bobby Humphrey, Humphrey's agent said.

The stumbling block is the 49ers' reluctance to hand over a 1992 No. 1 draft pick, part of Denver's original asking price for Humphrey, a 1990 Pro Bowl pick who has gained 2,353 rushing yards in two seasons. However, several sources say 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr. is pushing for the team to find a way to make the deal.

L Broncos coach Dan Reeves said he thinks a trade is imminent.

* FALCONS: Wide receiver Andre Rison is accused of roughing up a nightclub doorman this summer in his hometown of Flint, Mich.

District Judge Albert P. Horrigan issued a warrant charging Rison, 24, with assault and battery in the June 9 incident. Rison is a former Flint Northwestern High School star and Michigan State University wide receiver.

* VIKINGS: Keith Millard, Minnesota's All-Pro defensive tackle, has hinted that he may retire, but also said he hopes a specialist will tell him he can delay knee surgery and play now.

Millard was scheduled to get a second opinion from Dr. Richard Steadman in Vail, Colo., yesterday.

Millard will be eligible to come off injured reserve after the Vikings play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. But coach Jerry Burns said no players on injured reserve will be considered ready to play immediately until they have proved themselves in practice.

Millard tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last September and underwent reconstructive surgery, during which a section of his patella tendon was grafted onto the ligament. Millard said he thinks his recent knee problems stemmed from the graft failing.

He struggled in training camp because of the injury, but made progress in the third preseason game against Cincinnati. However, after that game, Vikings coaches told him he wouldn't start the next preseason game, against Cleveland, and that he wouldn't start the season opener.

* PACKERS: Holdout linebacker Tim Harris has lowered his demands for a new two-year contract by about $300,000, but his offer was rejected by the team, his agent said.

Agent Ulice Payne said Harris, the Packers' sack leader each of his five seasons in the NFL, was not optimistic about signing with the team and was trying a second time to arrange a trade.

His holdout entered its 65th day yesterday.

Harris, an All-Pro in 1989 when he recorded 19 1/2 sacks, met with Packers negotiators Monday, offering to sign a two-year contract that would pay him about $1 million for 1991 and an undetermined amount in 1992, Payne said.

* JETS: Coach Bruce Coslet angrily denied charges that his team faked injuries in Sunday's 23-20 loss to Buffalo and said Bills coach Marv Levy has a vendetta against him.

On Monday, Levy accused the Jets of faking injuries to slow down the Bills' no-huddle offense.

"What a joke!" Coslet said. "Nobody faked any injuries. And quite frankly, I'm to a point where I'm tired of taking it from this guy. It's like he has a vendetta against me or something and I don't know what the reason could be for that."

Levy said the Jets' Darrell Davis faked an injury on Buffalo's final drive. The delay allowed two Bills, Thurman Thomas and James Lofton, to recover from injuries and re-enter the game.

Lofton later caught a fourth-down pass to prolong the drive and Thomas then caught the winning touchdown pass.

Coslet, former offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals, suggested that Levy's complaints stem from the 1988 AFC title game in which the Bengals beat the Bills. In the game before that, Seattle allegedly faked injuries to slow down the Bengals.

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