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Lions' Taylor reinstated after year ban


Detroit Lions defensive back Terry Taylor was reinstated by NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue yesterday, almost one year to the day after he was banned for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

The reinstatement will be effective Monday and Taylor is eligible to play Sept. 29. The Lions will get a two-game roster exemption for Taylor if they choose to use it.

Taylor was banned indefinitely Sept. 20, 1990.

The reinstatement is conditioned on several factors, including Taylor's continued total avoidance of further drug involvement and his continued participation in a structured support program.

* SEAHAWKS: Right guard Bryan Millard missed practice and is questionable for tomorrow's game at Kansas City.

Millard, who has not missed an offensive snap in 42 consecutive regular-season games, bruised his lower leg when he was kicked in the calf by teammate John L. Williams during a running play in Thursday's practice. Millard was carried off the field.

"It's day-to-day," Seahawks coach Chuck Knox said.

Millard said he'll be ready by tomorrow.

"The troops are thin," he said. "I've got to play."

If he can't make the game against the Chiefs, fifth-year veteran Darrick Brilz would take his spot. Brilz started five games at guard last year but has been working as the backup center this season, filling in for Joe Tofflemire, on injured reserve with back problems.

* PACKERS: An agent for holdout linebacker Tim Harris, Green Bay's sack leader the past five seasons, said four or five teams are interested in trading for his client.

But Brian Trexell declined to comment on published reports that the 49ers and Dolphins have made the most serious offers and would be willing to trade first-round 1992 draft picks for him.

"I'm aware of them, but I have no comment other than to say we are still negotiating," he said. "It's a handful. We talked to four or five teams that have really expressed an interest."

Harris' holdout entered its 68th day, the longest in Packers history.

The Milwaukee Journal, quoting an unnamed NFL source, reported yesterday the 49ers appear serious in trading a top draft pick for Harris in an effort to improve their pass rush.

Earlier Friday, the Milwaukee Sentinel reported the Packers were near completing a deal sending Harris to the Dolphins and the two teams would announce the trade tomorrow when they play against each other in Miami.

The Sentinel quoted an unnamed source close to the Packers who said the Dolphins would give a first-round draft pick for Harris.

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