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Holmgren: No Sharpe problem

Despite what was shown and said on TV, coach Mike Holmgren says Sterling Sharpe isn't causing the Green Bay Packers any problems.

During Thursday night's Green Bay-Minnesota game, TNT showed Sharpe sitting by himself at the end of the bench, his face partly hidden by a towel.

A sideline reporter said Sharpe had disgustedly come off the field after one series, demanding more balls be thrown his way. He finished with three receptions for 16 yards.

Commentators repeatedly said Sharpe was frustrated, and they suggested he was "pouting."

As is his practice, Sharpe refused to comment. He has declined most interviews since being criticized for dropped passes early in his career.

Ex-Bears to be honored

CHICAGO _ At long last, the Bears will retire the numbers of Dick Butkus and Gale Sayers in a ceremony celebrating the two Hall of Famers on Oct. 31 at Soldier Field.

The former linebacker (No. 51) and running back (40), respectively, will be honored during the nationally televised game against Green Bay.

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