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NFL DAILY REPORT : NFC

Young Cleared to Return

September 10, 1997

Steve Young, sidelined the past week by a concussion, received medical clearance Tuesday to resume playing.

The 49ers said in a statement that Young, who has had three concussions in the last 10 months, got the go-ahead to play after consultation Monday with his neurologist, Dr. Joseph Lacy. A brain scan taken last Thursday showed no abnormalities.

There was no word whether Young would start Sunday's home opener against the New Orleans Saints.

Coach Steve Mariucci said Monday that he would consider starting rookie Jim Druckenmiller for a second straight week.

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Atlanta Falcon linebacker Cornelius Bennett pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct in Buffalo, N.Y., and could face as much as a year in jail.

Bennett, formerly with the Buffalo Bills, will be sentenced Oct. 28. The charge stems from a meeting in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo May 18. The woman, whom Bennett has known for a long time, accompanied him to his hotel room at his invitation.

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The Washington Redskins, who have given up an average of 190 yards rushing in two games, released defensive tackle Keith Rucker and replaced him with Ryan Kuehl.

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