Comeback is cut short, as Cardinals cut Manley


Dexter Manley, the former Washington Redskins star who tried to make a comeback after being suspended for a year for substance abuse, was cut by the Phoenix Cardinals yesterday.

Manley said he was embarrassed by being cut for the first time in his 10-year career but felt it was inevitable because the Cardinals play a 3-4 defense, which puts more emphasis on pass-rushing linebackers.

"I'm not some scrub. . . . I cannot accept a second-team role in the 34 scheme when I know that I should not have been on second team," he said.

Phoenix also waived linebacker Anthony Bell, the fifth overall pick in the 1986 draft, and got rid of all but three wide receivers in reducing their active roster to 47.

* RAMS: Los Angeles put six-time Pro Bowl center Doug Smith, quarterback Chuck Long and 10 others on waivers. Smith, 34, has a guaranteed contract. The Rams hope that will deter the NFL's other 27 teams from taking him and they can recall him today.

* EAGLES: Philadelphia cut running back Anthony Toney and wide receiver Mike Bellamy. Also among 13 cut were veteran wide receiver Kenny Jackson and running back Roger Vick.

* GIANTS: Dave Duerson, a former Pro Bowl safety who has Super Bowl rings from the Bears and Giants, was among 13 Giants cut. Still unsigned are guard William Roberts, running back Dave Meggett (Towson State) and wide receiver Mark Ingram. More cuts will be made if Roberts and Meggett report.

* COWBOYS: Twelve-year veteran Cliff Stoudt was among 13 cuts, one day after Dallas traded for Steve Beuerlein to be the primary backup quarterback for Troy Aikman. Also, veteran defensive lineman Dean Hamel, a former Redskin, was placed on the injured reserve and will be out for the season.

* STEELERS: Rookie wide receiver Ernie Mills, advised earlier by coach Chuck Noll not to even bother reporting, and guard Terry Long, who practiced little after attempting suicide, withstood Pittsburgh's final roster cutdown. Backup quarterback Rick Strom was among 13 players waived.

* BENGALS: Running back Stanford Jennings, linebacker Leo Barker, former starting defensive ends Jason Buck and Skip McClendon, and second-year linebacker Craig Ogletree were among those waived.

* DOLPHINS: Miami settled a contract dispute with guard Harry Galbreath and released 12 other players, including veteran inside linebacker Barry Krauss, a former Baltimore Colt, and wide receiver Eric Sievers (Maryland).

* BROWNS: Eddie Johnson, David Grayson and Gregg Rakoczy, all former starters, were among 13 players cut. Others waived included two former Maryland players, offensive lineman Ben Jefferson and wide receiver Vernon Joines.

* PACKERS: Green Bay waived quarterback Anthony Dilweg, who started seven games last season but lost to Mike Tomczak and Blair Kiel in the preseason battle of backups for Don Majkowski.

* RAIDERS: Los Angeles released 11 players, including linebacker Jerry Robinson, quarterback Vince Evans and wide receiver Ron Brown. The release of Evans leaves the Raiders with only two quarterbacks on their roster -- Jay Schroeder and rookie Todd Marinovich.

* SAINTS: Coach Jim Mora named Bobby Hebert the starting quarterback, leaving Steve Walsh as the backup. Over four preseason games, Walsh completed 67.7 percent of his passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns. Hebert completed 56.7 percent of his passes for 382 yards and one touchdown.

* BILLS: Defensive end Reggie Rogers apparently has made Buffalo's roster, two years after his career was sidetracked by a prison term relating to a fatal accident.

Also, Bills Pro Bowl linebacker Darryl Talley ended his holdout.

Local cuts

Players with local ties cut by NFL teams yesterday:

Ben Jefferson (Maryland '88), OL, Cleveland

Barry Johnson (Maryland '90) WR, Denver

Vernon Joines (Maryland '88, Southwestern High), WR, Cleveland

4 Barry Krauss (Baltimore Colts '79-83), LB, Miami

Bruce McGonnigal (Loyola High '86), TE, Pittsburgh

Eric Sievers (Maryland '80), TE, Miami

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