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Tagliabue will meet with black assistants

Anger and resentment about the lack of opportunity for African-American coaches has prompted a group of black NFL assistants to meet with commissioner Paul Tagliabue on Monday in New York to formulate ideas to improve the situation.

"It's a major problem," Cardinals running backs coach Johnny Roland said. "We're going backwards."

Many of the league's nearly 100 minority assistant coaches met at the league's scouting combines last month to discuss the issue, and the group appointed a 10-member panel to meet with Tagliabue. The issue of minority hiring came into focus when Packers offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis, who is black, did not get an interview for a coaching position.

COLTS: LB Quentin Coryatt was acquitted of a handgun charge by a Marion County, Ind., jury. Coryatt faced a misdemeanor charge of pointing a weapon at a motorist during a dispute over traffic in a highway construction zone in March 1996.

LIONS: DT Henry Thomas wants to be waived, freeing him to sign with another team, most likely the Broncos, his agent said. Jeffrey Durand, Thomas' agent, said the team is trying to trade the 10-year veteran, although its asking price is preventing a move.

PACKERS: C Frank Winters, who seldom has missed a snap in five seasons with Green Bay, agreed to a new contract. Heath Shuler and Steve Bono are under consideration for the backup QB job.

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