Today Baltimore learns competition for NFL team


Baltimore will find out today how many competitors it will have for one of the two NFL expansion franchises.

A league spokesman said yesterday that 16 cities asked for applications forms, but only about a dozen were expected to submit formal applications.

The deadline was yesterday, but the league won't announce the field until today because it didn't have a time deadline.

The other 15 cities that asked for forms were Anchorage, Alaska; Birmingham, Ala.; Charlotte, N.C.; Honolulu; Jacksonville, Fla.; Memphis, Tenn.; Oakland, Calif.; Portland, Ore.; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; St. Louis; San Antonio; Sacramento, Calif.; Orlando, Fla.; Nashville, Tenn.; and Fayetteville, Tenn.

Lincoln County (Tenn.) Gridiron Association announced yesterday that Fayetteville, population 7,232 and 70 miles from Nashville, has pulled out of the running.

The deadline for the potential owners to submit applications is Oct. 1, but a league spokesman said it's not a firm deadline. Potential owners could still enter the field after that deadline.

The potential owners must submit $100,000 with their applications, but only $50,000 is refundable.

* COWBOYS: Dallas traded disgruntled linebacker Jesse Solomon to the New England Patriots for an undisclosed draft choice next season.

Solomon, who came to the Cowboys in 1989 from the Minnesota Vikings as part of the Herschel Walker trade, walked out of camp Aug. 21 after hearing he'd been demoted to the second team.

* SEAHAWKS: Guard Edwin Bailey tore ligaments in his left knee Sunday and will miss the rest of the season.

Bailey, 32, has been a starter since arriving as a fifth-round draft pick out of South Carolina State in 1981.

He will undergo reconstructive surgery later this week.

* BILLS: Coach Marv Levy accused the Jets of having players fake injuries to slow the club's no-huddle offense.

And, he said, the tactic cost the Jets a 23-20 loss to the Bills on Sunday.

Levy said a Jets player feigned an injury on Buffalo's final drive. The delay allowed two Bills, Thurman Thomas and James Lofton, to recover from injuries and re-enter the game.

"Sometimes there's poetic justice," Levy said. "One of their guys [Darrell Davis] took a dive and stayed down for a long time and during that period of time, both Thurman and James -- who we thought were going to be out for a while -- felt better and we sent them in.

"And on the next down, James caught the fourth-down pass that kept the drive going. Two plays later, Thurman caught the winning touchdown pass. So I thank them a lot for their duplicity."

Two of the players about whom the Bills complained, defensive ends Jeff Lageman and Davis, were listed on New York's injury report yesterday. Lageman has a sprained knee and Davis a sprained ankle.

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