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Manley has applied for reinstatement

Washington Redskin defensive end Dexter Manley has applied to commissioner Paul Tagliabue to lift his lifetime ban for violating the NFL's substance-abuse rules, Manley's attorney said Friday. "My hope and belief is that he will be compassionate and sympathetic to Dexter," said attorney Bob Woolf. "Dexter is very optimistic."

Tagliabue has said he would consider reinstating the 10-year veteran after Nov. 18, the first anniversary of Manley's ban for using cocaine.

"We won't even be considering it until Nov. 18," said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. "The policy is he is eligible to apply for reinstatement on the first anniversary."

Manley is working as a volunteer at the John Lucas New Spirit substance abuse treatment center in Houston. He was not available for comment.

Woolf said he sent Tagliabue a two-page letter this week "just pointing out all the positive things Dexter has been doing.

"I asked that the commissioner consider reinstating him and told him of what a positive influence Dexter has been both to the community and to football," Woolf said.

Redskins officials have said privately they are not interested in having Manley, their all-time sacks leader, back if he is reinstated. He has six weeks remaining on his contract, so the Redskins would likely have to activate him or waive him outright if he wins reinstatement.

Manley, 30, was banned last year after his third substance-abuse offense.

Around the league

Lions: Detroit activated linebacker Chris Spielman, who had been on injured reserve for more than a month with a shoulder injury.

49ers: Wide receiver John Taylor, listed as doubtful earlier in the week, practiced Friday and might play Sunday against the Browns. Taylor has strained ligaments in his right knee.

Packers: Green Bay re-signed tight end William Harris after starter Ed West injured a hamstring in practice the day before. Harris joined the Packers as their first Plan B acquisition of 1990 on March 7. He played last season for Tampa Bay.

Chargers: Former general manager Johnny Sanders, best remembered for helping to assemble the "Air Coryell" Chargers teams of the late '70s and early '80s, died Friday of apparent heart failure, officials said. He was 68.

Running back Joe Caravello was placed on injured-reserve, one day after suffering a serious knee injury. San Diego signed Terry Orr, formerly with the Washington Redskins, to fill Caravello's roster spot.

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