Headed back to RaidersDefensive end Scott Davis said he...

PLAYS AND REPLAYS

September 19, 1994

Headed back to Raiders

Defensive end Scott Davis said he will rejoin the Los Angeles Raiders today, ending a mysterious two-week absence from the team, the Los Angeles Daily News reported yesterday.

Saying that he "just had some business I had to take care of," Davis said he also would be able to reveal more today.

Raiders coach Art Shell said he had not spoken to Davis for several days but would not be surprised by news of the player's return.

"I've been saying all along the guy had business to take care of and he was doing it," Shell said. "If he told you that, that's great news."

The Raiders have yet to explain what caused the defensive end to leave and miss two consecutive games.

Best dressed he wasn't

The old-time uniforms -- both the Chicago Bears' and his own -- got bad reviews from Vikings guard Randall McDaniel.

"They're ugly," McDaniel said of the Bears' orange-striped blue jerseys and gold pants circa 1926.

"I didn't even like ours," he said of the much more-modern 1961 Vikings garb. "My uniform was too tight. I ripped it up."

According to the NFL, the Colts' Marshall Faulk failed to become the first rookie to gain 100 yards in his first three games. Billy Sims had 95 yards in his third game for Detroit in 1980 after two 100-plus games.

Where were they at gametime?

Seven Hall of Fame Bears were honored in pre-game ceremonies of Throwback Weekend -- Walter Payton, Gale Sayers, George Blanda, Dick Butkus, Stan Jones, Sid Luckman and George McAfee. Chicago could have used them in the game.

Big Daddy watch

Bengals defensive lineman Dan "Big Daddy" Wilkinson, the NFL's top pick in last year's draft, was a nonfactor again. His only tackle in the game, with 8:30 left, drew a half-hearted cheer from the Cincinnati crowd. He has five tackles and one assist in

three games.

It's just Deion to 49ers

"Neon" Deion Sanders, one of the NFL's flashiest players, may get lost in the glow of the San Francisco 49ers' stars.

Sanders, who plays baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, made a HTC mostly quiet debut as teammates Steve Young, Jerry Rice and John Taylor sparkled in a 34-19 victory over the Los Angeles Rams.

Sanders, who played five seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, was impressed.

"The 49ers are incredible," said Sanders, who signed as a free agent last week and saw limited duty at cornerback in his first outing for San Francisco. "It's a thrill. It's odd being on the winning side of one of those scores . . .

"I picked the San Francisco 49ers because I felt like they presented me with the best opportunity to fulfill my dream, and that's to win a Super Bowl."

Buddy on offense

Although Arizona's ground game produced just 63 yards, that defensive mastermind Buddy Ryan is not ready to give up on it.

"I think our offense is fixable," Ryan said. "It's just a matter of people starting to pick up the blitz and taking a stand and playing tough.

"I don't think anybody quit on me today. I pulled a couple of guys because they just didn't have that look in their eye that I want to see."

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