WILSON ARRESTED: Former Bengals RB Stanley Wilson, banned for life from the NFL in 1989 for repeated drug offenses, is being held in Long Beach (Calif.) Jail on suspicion of burglary.

Wilson, 29, was arrested Thursday in an abandoned house by Long Beach police detectives with the Career-Criminal Apprehension Team.

"He's in bad shape," said Long Beach police Sgt. Robert Gillissie. "He's run-down to the max. He was at the bottom of the pit, in a place filled with trash and {hypodermic} needles."

"I just need help," Wilson told his arresting officers. "Everybody has been good to me. The NFL was good to me, but I just wasn't ready to stop."

LOTT OF PROBLEMS: Ronnie Lott already was doubtful for the San Francisco 49ers' next game. Now he is questionable for the rest of the season.

Lott sprained both knees Dec. 3 against the Giants. He sat out the 49ers' game last week against Cincinnati. Now he is seeking a second opinion on his left knee.

NOT SO SUPER: Fake Super Bowl tickets have already hit the market in Tampa. A fan almost bought five Super Bowl XXV tickets Thursday from a man who offered him a great deal. Dubious, the fan called the Super Bowl task force.

The 74,000 tickets to Tampa Stadium for the Jan. 27 game won't be available until late December or early January, said NFL events planner Jim Steeg.

He recalled one scam artist sold 1,500 fake tickets to the 1985 game in Palo Alto, Calif., before being arrested.