Originally created 01/01/00

Glenn withdraws appeal



Terry Glenn has withdrawn his appeal of his suspension by the New England Patriots for the season's final game.

Coach Pete Carroll, who levied the suspension, said Glenn wouldn't have played even if his suspension was overturned.

Glenn's agent, James Gould, had requested an expedited arbitration hearing after Carroll suspended his top wide receiver for Sunday's season finale at home against the Baltimore Ravens for not meeting with team medical personnel on three days.

Carroll said he suspended Glenn because the player, who was excused from practice last Friday and Saturday because of the flu, didn't meet with club medical personnel Saturday night, Monday and Tuesday.

RON RICE FINED:

The NFL has fined Detroit Lions free safety Ron Rice $5,000 for a hit on the Broncos wide receiver Ed McCaffrey during Denver's 17-7 victory on Christmas Day.

Rice was fined for "unnecessary roughness and for striking an opponent in the head with a forearm," an NFL spokesman said.

The hit came on the first play of the third quarter, when McCaffrey made a leaping catch of a 17-yard pass from quarterback Brian Griese. After McCaffrey landed and sprawled on the turf, Rice hit him from behind.

Rice was charged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness. McCaffrey sat out a few plays.

A SANDERS RETURN?

MIAMI -- Barry Sanders would consider playing for the Miami Dolphins, among other teams, if he comes out of retirement next season.

Whether Jimmy Johnson returns as coach wouldn't affect Sanders' decision regarding Miami, said his agent, David Ware. Sanders hasn't decided if he wants to play in 2000, Ware told The Miami Herald for Friday's editions.

"I've tried to avoid dealing in hypotheticals," Ware said. "But if we put him in a position where he can go to another team, certainly Miami would be high on his list of places where he would like to play."

A Jan. 11 arbitration hearing is scheduled to determine Sanders' future. The Lions want him to return $5.5 million in signing bonus money they say he owes the team after his unexpected retirement this summer.

Sanders is willing to repay the Lions, Ware said, but in return wants the club to relinquish its rights to him. That would make Sanders an unrestricted free agent.

DAVIS PUT ON INACTIVE LIST

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins running back Stephen Davis was unable to practice again Friday and was put on the inactive list for Sunday's regular season finale against the Miami Dolphins.

"I don't think Stephen Davis could play this week under any circumstances after watching him today," coach Norv Turner said.

Davis, who sprained his ankle in the Dec. 19 game at Indianapolis, did some agility drills on the sidelines as his teammates practiced. Turner said he hoped Davis, who has rushed for a franchise-record 1,405 yards, would be able to resume practicing Wednesday and be ready to play in the Redskins first playoff game.