One of the three players identified and later fined by the NFL for his involvement in the sexual harassment of Boston Herald reporter Lisa Olson has filed an appeal to the $5,000 fine. While all of the players fined by Commissioner Paul Tagliabue said they would appeal the decision, this is the first action by any of the three.

Dallas Cowboys fullback Robert Perryman, formerly of the Patriots, said he filed the appeal last Wednesday and doesn't expect to hear from Tagliabue for some time.

"We probably won't hear anything for another month or so," Perryman said, "as busy as {Tagliabue} is."

Both tight end Zeke Mowatt ($12,500) and receiver Michael Timpson ($5,000) were fined for their involvement in the Sept. 17 incident in the Patriots' locker room. The team was fined $50,000.

Mowatt and Timpson have said they will also appeal but haven't as of yet.

The NFL had no comment.

Not-So-Instant Replay

Anyone who hates the NFL's instant replay system probably kicked in the televison while watching the Raiders' 38-31 win over Detroit Monday.

It took officiating and replay crews more than eight minutes to sort out a two-fumble, two-penalty scramble where the spotting of the ball became the biggest question. The delay took so long that when a decision was made, it prompted ABC Sports announcer Al Michaels to say, "This play happened yesterday. It's 12:01."

The biggest question is what happened to the NFL's two-minute maximum on replay decisions. It doesn't apply in this situation, a league spokesman said yesterday.

"What might be perceived as a violation of our two-minute limit actually is not," said NFL director of communications Greg Aiello, "because the limit does not apply to anything but looking at the replay."

Manley Liked His Debut

After playing Sunday in his first game since his league-enforced drug suspension, Dexter Manley, now a Phoenix Cardinal, said this week, "That game showed me that I know I can still do it. It was a chance to show everybody that I was back. I still get off the ball faster than anyone in the league. I just need a little more playing time. There were times when I felt I should have been in there when I was just standing on the sideline."

Manley also elaborated on his recent comments about Redskins coach Joe Gibbs and members of his coaching staff, some of whom he called "zeroes."

"The thing I said about zero coaches is a reality," he said. "The Redskins had a lot of plus coaches. Dan Henning {now coach at San Diego} was a plus coach. Joe Bugel {a former assistant and now head coach at Phoenix} was a plus coach. They were teachers. {Former Redskins and current Cardinals assistant} Jerry Rhome is a real man. The Redskins don't have those type of coaches anymore."

Despite his comments Manley insists there is no bitterness toward the Redskins for not taking him back once reinstated by the league.

"There is a lot of stuff I did there during my troubled times that you wouldn't believe and that the Redskins protected me on," he said. "There is stuff I did there that no one except a few people in the organization knows about. But they protected me. I know that. Management knows that. I'm not angry and I'm not hurt."

Manley would not give specifics.

"I'm not like some of the other players that have left the Redskins and are bitter about their experiences," Manley said. "I'm not bitter. The Redskins stood by me. I have no right to be upset with anyone. I'm not upset with anyone in that organization at all. One thing about it is that Coach Gibbs and I . . . we had a lot of talks. I respect Coach Gibbs. That is the honest-to-God truth."

Not a Pretty Picture

Several players and coaches this season have questioned the 49ers' blocking techniques, saying, for example, that offensive lineman Bubba Paris often goes for the knees of his defensive counterpart.

After the 49ers barely escaped the Cinncinati Bengals Sunday, 20-17, Bengals safety David Fulcher wasn't shy about his feelings regarding the 49ers.

"They're cheap shot artists," he said. "They punch you, stick you in your eyes.

"Maybe people overlook those cheap shots because they're so good. I'm so sick of hearing this team's name. Those guys do things that people don't see. You're supposed to be the best."

At 12-1, they are.

America's Most Wanted

Bill Walsh's name has come up again, this time with the Cleveland Browns. It seems that Walsh is the Most Wanted Coach in America, as inevitably, with every coaching vacancy, his name appears. Walsh says that at the end of the year he will decide whether a return to pro football is the thing he wants to do.

The Browns have also recently talked to former New England coach Raymond Berry, who took the Patriots to the 1986 Super Bowl but was fired last year.

Berry, who has spent much of his time since leaving the Patriots doing speaking engagements, has also been mentioned as a possible head coach for a World League of American Football team. . . .

The Seattle Seahawks are the only team in the league that did not get a September win, but at 7-6, they could earn an AFC postseason berth. . . .

When agent Ralph Cindrich left International Management Group it hurt one of the sporting industries largest agent firms, since Cindrich took with him such prestigious clients as the Jets' Al Toon, the Redskins' Mark May, Pittsburgh tight end Eric Green and Buffalo linebacker Shane Conlin. . . . Bruce Smith's 19 sacks leave him only three short of the league record set by Mark Gastineau in 1984, with three games to go.