Roger Craig, out with a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee since Oct. 7, returned to practice full time yesterday, and San Francisco 49ers Coach George Seifert said there is a good chance he'll start Sunday against the Packers in Green Bay. . . . Also practicing was wide receiver John Taylor, whom Seifert said would start. . . . The team placed wide receiver Mike Sherrard (broken right fibula) on injured reserve and activated rookie wide receiver Ron Lewis.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Hugh Culverhouse said Ray Perkins will return as coach in 1991 regardless of how many games the team wins the second half of this season. The Lakeland Ledger yesterday quoted Culverhouse as saying that a reported rift between the owner and coach was "pure hogwash" and that Perkins's job is secure.


Former Seahawks safety Kenny Easley dropped his injury lawsuit against the team but will continue legal action against the maker of a medication he blames for kidney damage, his lawyer said. Easley also will pursue a workers' compensation claim. Easley, 31, a five-time All-Pro, received a kidney transplant in June. His seven-year pro career ended in the spring of 1988 when irreversible kidney damage was discovered during a routine team physical.


The Colts signed Rusty Hilger to replace Jack Trudeau who suffered a season-ending knee injury in Sunday's 27-7 loss to Miami.


In a phone-in poll conducted Tuesday by the Akron Beacon Journal, 704 callers favored Mike Pagel and only 94 chose Bernie Kosar as the Browns' starting quarterback. . . . The Browns re-signed linebacker Ken Rose and waived wide receiver Eugene Rowell.