Bengals halt pat-down plan when county refuses bill

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October 02, 2005

The Cincinnati Bengals scrapped plans to have security guards give pat-downs to fans attending today's game against the Houston Texans when local officials refused to foot the bill.

The team, which had hired a private security firm to conduct the searches at entrances to Paul Brown Stadium, announced Wednesday that it would follow an NFL mandate to perform the searches.

But the Bengals pulled back Friday when Hamilton County commissioners complained that the team billed taxpayers $60,000 for the additional security. The Bengals lease the county-owned stadium.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said the pat-downs could be construed as unlawful if they're taxpayer-funded.

Bengals executive Troy Blackburn said the team will meet with NFL officials and local authorities this week to resolve the issue of who pays for the security guards.

Packers -- Green Bay tight end Bubba Franks practiced yesterday for the first time since he bruised his left knee late in a Sept. 18 loss to Cleveland, and coach Mike Sherman said the three-time Pro Bowl player has a 50-50 shot of playing at Carolina tomorrow. Franks, who remains listed as questionable on the team's injury report, went through a modified workout in practice.

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