Headboard gets the better of Talley AFC notebook

PASADENA, CALIF. — PASADENA, Calif. -- Darryl Talley had a mouthful of stitches and a swollen lower lip, but when interviews began last night for Super Bowl XXVII, the veteran Buffalo Bills linebacker was ready to talk.

The stitches and swollen lip were the result of an accident in the basement of Talley's Buffalo, N.Y., home.


"It wasn't a door," Talley said, refuting one report. "It was a headboard."

Talley said he was moving a headboard to a storage closet in his basement when he brushed against a furnace pipe and burned his neck. When Talley's head jerked forward, he bit through his lower lip.


Damage? Fifteen stitches, he said. He missed a day of practice in Buffalo, but worked yesterday at Southern Cal. Play hurt? Talley showed last night he could talk hurt.

* Linebacker Cornelius Bennett, recovering from a pulled hamstring, was kept out of yesterday's workout.

He missed practice all last week, but Bills coach Marv Levy said he expects Bennett to resume practice tomorrow. The Bills have today off, although they are required to attend an interview session at Dodger Stadium.

"I think he'll be ready to go," Levy said.

* Cornerback Nate Odomes was named to the AFC Pro Bowl squad as a replacement for San Diego Chargers cornerback Gill Byrd, who recently underwent knee surgery.

The sixth-year veteran has started 104 consecutive games at right cornerback. He had five interceptions during the regular season, and two in the playoffs.

Odomes becomes the 10th Bill to make the Pro Bowl this year, joining tackles Howard Ballard and Will Wolford, safety Henry Jones, defensive end Bruce Smith, Bennett, quarterback Jim Kelly, running back Thurman Thomas, wide receiver Andre Reed and special teams player Steve Tasker.

The 10 Bills Bowlers are an NFL high this year.


* George Toma, who resodded most of the soggy Candlestick Park turf for the NFC championship game, resodded the entire practice field at Southern Cal for the Bills. The field had been waterlogged from 13 straight days of rain before the Bills arrived.