Andre Waters of the Philadelphia Eagles was fined $7,500 by the NFL yesterday for his attack on wide receiver Eric Martin of the New Orleans Saints after a game between the two teams Oct. 13.
It was the second straight year Waters has been fined by the league. Last season, he paid $10,000 for a hit on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Rich Gannon.
This year's incident occurred after the Saints' 13-6 victory in Philadelphia.
According to witnesses, Waters came to the Saints bench antackled Martin from behind. Waters then ran across the field, with Martin and several other Saints in pursuit. The fine was assessed by commissioner Paul Tagliabue after getting statements from players on both teams and other witnesses. Martin was not disciplined.
* BRONCOS: Running back Bobby Humphrey left the team, citing a need to ponder his future, and coach Dan Reeves granted Humphrey several days to reach a course of action.
Humphrey has been frustrated by a lack of playing time since returning to the team last month after a 97-day holdout. A two-time 1,000-yard rusher, Humphrey requested a meeting with Reeves yesterday morning.
"There are some things going through his mind -- some feelings )) about his teammates, about how much he's contributing and just what his future is," Reeves said. "He needs to clear things up in his mind. I've given him some time to think about it, but not a long period of time."
Reeves said Humphrey basically had two options: "to stick it out or to leave and not play this year. I advised him to stick it out."
"Bobby suggested to me that he felt some animosity toward him on the part of his teammates," Reeves said.
Meanwhile, Broncos quarterback John Elway, bothered by a sore throwing shoulder, was a limited participant in practice and was listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Seattle.
Elway practiced handoffs but did not throw during yesterday's workout. "I don't think there's any question that he'll play," Reeves said. "But we want to be smart about resting his shoulder."
* PACKERS: Green Bay fired operations vice president Tom Braatz, who oversaw four losing seasons during his five years with the team.
The Packers (2-9) decided not to renew Braatz's contract, which expires at the end of January, Packers president Bob Harlan said.
Harlan did not immediately name a successor to Braatz, 58, but said the search already has begun. Harlan refused to comment on the status of coach Lindy Infante.
* BENGALS: Coach Sam Wyche denied that he had been fined $7,500 by the NFL for making disparaging comments about officials.
"Did you all get that from the league office? Is that a leak from the league office or something?" Wyche asked reporters at his weekly news conference. "When I announce it, you'll be the first ones I announce it to, when I tell the world I've been fined, I guarantee you that."
On Monday, a source in the NFL office told The Associated Press that Wyche, Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy and Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville were fined earlier this year for criticizing officiating.
"Who else got fined? Who are the other bad guys?" Wyche asked.
Glanville and Levy, he was told.
"What did they do, actually tell the truth or something?" Wyche said. "Did they say something that was honest to the world?"
* 49ERS: Safety Greg Cox was charged with rape and false imprisonment yesterday, one day after being released from the team.
Cox, 26, is scheduled to surrender for booking tomorrow and will be released on $15,000 bail, Monterey County (Calif.) assistant district attorney Charlie Keeley said.
Cox, accused of attacking a 22-year-old waitress he met at a Monterey restaurant, faces up to 24 years in prison if convicted on all counts, the prosecutor said.
The 49ers, in announcing Cox's release on Tuesday, said the move was "a football decision period."