Kenneth Davis, the all-America running back among several players suspended from the TCU team for receiving cash payments from alumni, has filed suit to force the NFL to let him play professionally this year. He also seeks $13 million damages from the league.
Davis' Superior Court suit filed in Los Angeles, where his agent Mike Trope is based, branded as "arbitrary and capricious" the NFL's so-called "Red Grange Rule" banning play in college and the pros in the same year.
Davis, a senior, has been off the TCU squad since playing the season opener. Under the NFL rule, he won't be eligible for draft until spring. His suit asks a court order forcing a supplementary draft at once . . .
Minnesota Vikings wide receiver/kick returner Buster Rhymes will undergo counseling for an alleged drug problem that caused him to miss two days of practice last week. Coach Bud Grant said the rookie out of Oklahoma had been "involved in a drug-related incident that hasn't been resolved. But it's being looked after. He will practice and is expected to play." Rhymes was not arrested and did not fail a urine test, but will undergo outpatient counseling, said Grant . . .
Vendors at Soldier Field will not sell beer after halftime at Monday's nationally televised game between the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers, the Chicago Park District announced. The team said it would also turn away ticket-holders who arrive appearing intoxicated.
The Bears' concern over alcohol consumption seemed to intensify following the arrest of Coach Mike Ditka on charges of driving under the influence shortly after he arrived in Chicago from Sunday's victory over the San Francisco 49ers.