Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said yesterday that the 11 NFL expansion candidates will be asked to make presentations in mid-December in New York.
Tagliabue, who was at a league meeting in Dallas, said community representatives, not owner groups, will be asked to make presentations, at meetings chaired by himself or his top aide, Neil Austrian.
The six owners on the expansion committee will not be at the meetings, which will include NFL staff members. Tagliabue said the committee will meet by mid-February and that the field will be cut to a short list next March.
Three cities -- Honolulu, Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Nashville, Tenn. -- didn't have an ownership group pay the $100,000 filing fee. The other cities are Baltimore, Charlotte, N.C., Jacksonville, Fla., Memphis, Tenn., Oakland, Calif., St. Louis, San Antonio and Sacramento, Calif.
* BEARS: Running back Neal Anderson's condition has been downgraded from questionable to doubtful for Sunday's game at New Orleans. Anderson, who has a pulled hamstring and hasn't practiced for the past two days, will be replaced by Mark Green against the Saints.
* CHARGERS: Linebacker Leslie O'Neal pinned assistant coacMike Haluchack against a locker during a halftime fight in Sunday's 30-24 overtime loss to the Browns, the San Diego Tribune reported in yesterday's editions. O'Neal intervened in a dispute between linebackers coach Haluchack and linebacker Henry Rolling.
* BEARS: Chicago downgraded running back Neal Anderson's condition from questionable to doubtful for Sunday's game at New Orleans.
Anderson, who has a pulled hamstring, hasn't practiced with the team for the past two days.
Coach Mike Ditka has said Mark Green would start in Anderson's place against the Saints, who lead the league in rushing defense.