Charges of rape and false imprisonment will be filed today in Salinas, Calif., against San Francisco 49ers safety Greg Cox in connection with an alleged attack on a 21-year-old woman he met at a Monterey restaurant.
Cox, 26, was waived by the 49ers yesterday, but the team said the move was "a football decision period."
Charges of two counts of rape, one felony count of forceable oral copulation and one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment are to be filed against Cox in Monterey County Superior Court, according to Assistant District Attorney Charlie Keeley.
If convicted of all charges, Cox faces a maximum 24 years in prison, Keeley said yesterday.
The alleged attack occurred the night of Sept. 9-10 at a Carmel Valley home that a friend of Cox's was renting, Monterey County Sheriff's Deputy William Cassara said.
Cox and the 21-year-old woman who reported being attacked went bar hopping with a group of people before the alleged assault, he said.
* BROWNS: Wide receiver Danny Peebles remained in a Houston hospital for tests yesterday after sustaining a neck injury during Sunday night's loss to the Oilers.
Peebles, 25, momentarily lost feeling in his arms and legs when he was hit by Bubba McDowell on an incomplete pass near the end of the third quarter. Peebles' head was snapped back on the play and he had to be taken off the field on a stretcher.
The Browns placed Peebles on injured reserve and said they expect him to miss the rest of the season.
"I don't know all the details but it was serious enough where he doesn't need any contact for four or five weeks or longer," coach Bill Belichick said. "Maybe it could take it. It's a precautionary measure."
* VIKINGS: Lou Holtz says he wants to finish his coaching career at Notre Dame. Wheelock Whitney, part owner of the Minnesota Vikings, hopes to change his mind.
"Lou is No. 1 on my list," Whitney said. "He's a friend of mine, he's a terrific competitor and I'm for him . . . I think he's ready to take one more coaching job in his career, and he would like to have one more shot in the NFL. I think he deserves it and I'd like fTC see that shot come with the Minnesota Vikings."
Jerry Burns is expected to quit as Vikings coach after this season. The Vikings are 6-6.
Holtz coached at the University of Minnesota in 1984 and 1985, but left with three years left on his contract to take the Notre Dame job. Many Minnesotans are bitter about the way Holtz turned his back on the state, but not Whitney.
"I think that he is a great football coach," Whitney said. "To me, he would revive interest in the Vikings and I think we need that."
L Holtz said Sunday he wouldn't coach anywhere but Notre Dame.
"I love Notre Dame," he said. "I want to finish out my coaching career here, whether that's a year, or two years or five years. I don't plan on coaching any place else and you can put that sucker in granite."
* CHIEFS: Marty Schottenheimer, doting father, is running into a devil of a conflict this weekend with Marty Schottenheimer, NFL coach.
He wants desperately to see son Brian quarterback Blue Valley on Saturday in the Kansas 5A high school championship game.
The most important game of Brian's life begins at 11 a.m. in Manhattan, Kan., about 140 miles west of Kansas City. But another football team Schottenheimer is involved with, the Kansas City Chiefs, is scheduled to fly to Cleveland on Saturday for a must-win game against the Browns.
Despite a hectic schedule, Schottenheimer hasn't missed a single one of Brian's games all year. But in light of the Chiefs' 24-20 loss to Denver last Sunday that dropped them from first place in the AFC West, he feels extra sensitive to any criticism anybody might have.
"The only thing important to us this week, for this organization and for me personally, is beating Cleveland," Schottenheimer said. "And I'm not going to get involved in anything that will take away from that."
He took a deep breath and continued.
"That having been said, there's another matter very important and very dear to me, and that's obviously the game in Manhattan. We discussed taking the whole team to Manhattan and then fly out of there," he joked.
But apparently another solution has been found. A friend will pilot Schottenheimer in a private plane to Manhattan, then try to get him back to Kansas City for a 3:30 p.m. departure of the Chiefs' team plane.
"Weather permitting, I'll be there to see Brian," Schottenheimer said. "I think most people know how much my family means to me."
* STEELERS: Pittsburgh cornerback Delton Hall underwent surgery to repair ligament damage in his left knee and will miss the rest of the season.
Hall, who was injured Nov. 10 against Cincinnati, began the season on the injured reserve list after hurting the same knee in a scrimmage. He played in five games before reinjuring the knee.
* CHIEFS: Kansas City running back Harvey Williams was robbed at gunpoint by three men who stole his 1991 Mercedes-Benz, his watch, his Sugar Bowl ring and about $800 in cash.
"They put a gun in my face," Williams said about the robbery, which occurred early Monday. "One of them said, 'I want your money.' My life passed before my eyes. They got everything."
* DOLPHINS: Strong safety Jarvis Williams is expected to be sidelined for four weeks after slightly separating his right shoulder in Monday night's loss to Buffalo.
If Williams is placed on injured reserve, he will have to sit out the rest of the regular season because the Dolphins have used all of their free activations.