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PRO FOOTBALL / DAILY REPORT : AROUND THE NFL : Colts Have First Two Picks; Rams No. 3

Associated Press

The order of the 1992 NFL draft was announced with the Indianapolis Colts holding the top two picks and the Rams picking third.

Washington, Miami, Dallas and Green Bay also have two picks in the opening round of the draft, to be held April 26-27.

Indianapolis owns the No. 1 choice as a result of its 1-15 record and the second pick from its trade of quarterback Chris Chandler to Tampa Bay. Chandler has been released by the Buccaneers and signed by Phoenix.

The only other time one team has owned the first two picks was 1958, when the Chicago Cardinals chose quarterback King Hill No. 1 and running back John David Crow No. 2.

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Richard Williamson played a familiar game Thursday, waiting to learn his fate as coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers while owner Hugh Culverhouse dangles millions of dollars in the face of a potential successor.

Last winter it was Bill Walsh. This time, it’s Bill Parcells atop Culverhouse’s wish list. All Williamson and his staff can do is stand by and watch after Tampa Bay’s ninth consecutive losing season.

“He’s going to fire Richard, and I think he wants to give the assistants as much time as possible to find other jobs,” an unidentified source told the Orlando Sentinel. “Richard must know he’s gone.”

Williamson replaced Ray Perkins in December 1990 and has led the Buccaneers to a 4-15 record--including a 3-13 mark this season.

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Denver Bronco linebacker Mike Croel was the Associated Press defensive rookie of the year in a landslide vote. Croel, who had 10 sacks while starting only 10 games, had 68 votes from 82 media members, well ahead of nose tackle Moe Gardner of Atlanta, who had seven votes. . . . New Orleans receiver Eric Martin injured his ankle in practice, but Coach Jim Mora said he thought Martin would be ready for Saturday’s playoff game against Atlanta. . . . Robert Clark, Detroit’s second-leading receiver with 47 catches, pulled a hamstring during a walk-through practice. . . . Miami Dolphin quarterback Dan Marino underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove loose cartilage from his left knee. The team said Marino will be on crutches for a few days and can begin light running in about eight weeks.


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