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LIONS SAFETY URGED TO RETIRE: Harry Colon, who started four games at safety for the Detroit Lions, was urged by team physicians to retire after X-rays disclosed a congenital problem in his neck. Colon was injured in Sunday's 26-20 overtime loss to the Giants.

Kent Falb, the Lions' veteran trainer, called the problem cervical stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal.Colon was taken off the field on a stretcher after a head-to-head collision with Giants safety Brandon Sanders during a punt return.

Colon, a seven-year veteran from Missouri, was doing his second tour of duty with the Lions.

SEATTLE'S SMITH SIDELINED: Lamar Smith's short stint as the Seattle Seahawks' starting running back is over.

An MRI revealed Smith sustained a stress fracture in his lower left leg in the 17-9 victory over St. Louis which will keep him out at least a month.

Smith, a fourth-year player who was the Seahawks' 1994 third-round draft choice, is their leading rusher after seven games with 280 yards.

DILLON INJURED: Cincinnati Bengals running back Corey Dillon partially dislocated his left kneecap against Pittsburgh and will be limited or possibly sidelined a couple of weeks.

JURY RULES AGAINST EX-TCU PLAYER: A jury ruled against a paralyzed former college football player who hoped to prove he was an employee of Texas Christian University and eligible for workers' compensation coverage.

After deliberating about an hour, 10 of 12 jurors concluded Alvis Kent Waldrep Jr. was not a TCU employee when hurt in a game against Alabama on Oct. 26, 1974.

On that day, he sustained a spinal cord injury that has left him paralyzed from the waist down.

LITIGATION FEAR PROMPTED BOWLEN: Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen testified that the fear of litigation against NFL owners caused him to change his vote to allow the Rams to move to St. Louis.

His videotaped testimony is significant because it shows that someone on the NFL side believed there could be an antitrust violation. Before Bowlen's testimony on Monday, jurors heard such statements solely from lawyers representing the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission in its $130 million lawsuit against the NFL.

"Was the fear of litigation the only reason for you changing your vote?" CVC lead attorney Alan Popkin asked.

"Yes," Bowlen replied.

In March 1995, the NFL rejected the Rams' bid and then approved the deal one month later.

"It was quite apparent that if we didn't approve (the move), we were going to have a lawsuit," Bowlen said.

"But had the Rams suddenly met the guidelines for relocation?" Popkin asked.

"No," Bowlen answered.

The jury also heard Monday a videotaped deposition from Bud Adams, who was chairman of the NFL's finance committee at the time of the Rams relocation.

Adams is the owner of the Tennessee Oilers who relocated from Houston last year. But his testimony focused on his role in negotiating what the Rams needed to do in 1995 to meet the league's guidelines rather than on his own move.