Two defensive starters who played in the 1982 Super Bowl for the San Francisco 49ers were let go yesterday, the first day of practice for the National Football League champions' full squad.
Archie Reese, nose tackle, was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for an undisclosed 1983 draft pick and Craig Puki, a two-year veteran inside linebacker, was put on waivers.
The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Reese is a four-year veteran who dominated Cincinnati center Blair Bush in the Super Bowl. Reese was the 49ers' defensive captain last year, making 53 tackles during the regular season and 18 in three postseason games.
The 49ers meanwhile reported that rookie receiver Renaldo Nehemiah, the champion hurdler, will be out of practice until Tuesday with a hamstring pull incurred diving for a pass on Thursday.
Chiefs: Kansas City made another trade, sending linebacker Whitney Paul to the New Orleans Saints for an undisclosed 1983 draft choice. Paul, 6-3, 220, played 87 games for the Chiefs the past six years.
Management expects wide receiver Henry Marshall and safety Gary Barbaro back in camp by Monday. With both in their option year and negotiations on new contracts suspended July 15, Barbaro refused to report on schedule Thursday and Marshall left shortly after reporting Friday.
Lions: Detroit player representative Stan White says all-pro Billy Sims should get more money, but asserts that the team could face an unfair labor practice suit by the NFL Players Association if it makes a new offer to the holdout running back. Sims has stayed away from training camp, claiming General Manager Russ Thomas reneged on a verbal agreement to renegotiate his contract. Thomas said the team submitted a written offer to Sims before the July 15 expiration of the league collective bargaining agreement.
Falcons: Atlanta General Manager Tom Braatz said running back William Andrews will not get the contract extension he has been demanding before he reports. The team last year extended Andrews' original contract, giving him a reported $250,000 for this season with an opportunity to make as much as $40,000 more in performance bonuses.
In an interview with The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Andrews, a four-year veteran, said he was concerned about having "money set aside for my family in case I'm disabled."
Browns: It will cost veteran guard Henry Sheppard $500 a day until he reports to Cleveland's training camp, Coach Sam Rutigliano said. Sheppard, who has demanded to be traded, walked out of minicamp this spring and failed to report with the veterans Friday.
Sheppard reportedly was angered by the Browns' off-season dismissal of veteran kick return specialist Keith Wright. Sheppard also has been criticized by team officials for strong statements he made against the owners concerning a possible player strike.