Bahr's injury not as serious as thought


The neck injury that Matt Bahr suffered against the Chicago Bears is not expected to keep the New York place-kicker out of Sunday's National Football Conference title game against the San Francisco 49ers, Giants coach Bill Parcells said yesterday.

"It's not nearly as bad as we thought it was," Parcells said after Bahr was tested, X-rayed and CT-scanned over the past two days because an initial X-ray showed a line that worried the doctors. "We've got some high hopes. Unless he's just physically too sore, we feel he's got a good shot."

Bahr was hurt Sunday making his fourth tackle of the season. He got too much of his head and not enough of his 5-foot-10, 155-pound frame into the Bears' Dennis Gentry, who is 5-8, 186 pounds.

* BROWNS: Cleveland, coming off the worst season in franchise history, checked on the availability of former Philadelphia Eagles coach Dick Vermeil, but he isn't interested in returning to coaching, a newspaper reported.

"I really don't have any interest in returning to coaching," Vermeil, 54, told The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, which quoted a Browns source as saying the team had inquired about his availability through an intermediary. "I don't think there's a job stimulating enough to cause me to even consider it."

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