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Steelers Safety Flees Scene Of Accident

Sun., Dec. 15, 1996

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Darren Perry fled the scene of a traffic accident Saturday, and was charged with drunken driving and other offenses.

Perry, 27, was awaiting arraignment Saturday at a jail in Greensburg, which is 25 miles east of Pittsburgh. He was released and told to appear at a preliminary hearing Friday.

His Range Rover ran into the rear of a sedan driven by Sally Barton, 54, of suburban Pittsburgh at about 2 a.m. on Pennsylvania Route 30.

Perry has been the Steelers’ starting safety since he was drafted in the eighth round out of Penn State in 1992 and led the team in interceptions.

Say cheese

Some Green Bay Packers fans may have been elated when Reggie White signed another four-year contract last week, but it is not necessarily good news vis-a-vis the salary cap.

The Packers are trying to finish off a new deal for quarterback Brett Favre that probably will make him the highest-paid player in the game. Combined, Favre and White will eat up just about all of the money the Packers have left for next season, and that could cost them some front-line players who are approaching free agency.

Warning shot

For Bill Parcells, or whoever it is who will replace Rich Kotite as coach of the New York Jets: The good news is that 20 of the 22 starters are under contract for 1997. The bad news is that 20 of the 22 starters are under contract for 1997.

Brunell on target

John Elway and Brett Favre have gotten all the attention for MVP-caliber seasons on division leaders. But Jacksonville’s Mark Brunell is the trigger of the NFL’s best passing game, throwing for 3,914 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Since Jacksonville’s bye week Nov. 3, Brunell has had three 300-yard passing games to send the Jags on a 4-1 run that has resurrected their playoff hopes. If Brunell maintains his current pace, he will pass for 4,473 yards - the ninth-best season in NFL history.

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