The father of retired Lions RB Barry Sanders said he plans to talk with his son about rejoining the team in time for its fourth game, according to two newspapers. Williams Sanders told the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News that he planned to meet with his son this weekend.
"He's in for a father-and-son talk. I'm going to tell him to go back to Detroit," he told the Detroit News. "No situation is so bad you can't go back."
When reached at his Wichita, Kan., home last night by the Associated Press, William Sanders declined comment. Barry Sanders, 31, was 1,458 yards short of breaking Walter Payton's NFL career rushing record when he retired July 28.
MOORE GETS DEAL: WR Rob Moore signed a four-year, $17.5 million contract with the Cardinals. Moore, 31, will receive a $5 million signing bonus as part of the deal. This year, Moore will receive $8 million.
INJURIES: Dolphins P Brent Bartholomew may miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. Bartholomew tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in the third quarter. . . .
Browns DBs Tim McTyer and Antonio Langham will be sidelined following injuries in Sunday's loss to the Titans. McTyer will be out six weeks with a broken left forearm, while Langham will miss two to four weeks with a broken left thumb.
DOLEMAN RETURNS: The Vikings agreed to terms with DE Chris Doleman, 37, who had 15 sacks last season with the 49ers. Doleman, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, is believed to have signed a one-year deal for a prorated share of the NFL minimum of $400,000. . . .
The Dolphins and Broncos swapped 1998 first-round draft choices, with WR Marcus Nash going to the Dolphins for RB John Avery.