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PACKERS GIVE JOYNER ROOM TO RUN AT LB

Green Bay's trade of linebacker Wayne Simmons to the Kansas City Chiefs came down to one thing, according to Packers general manager Ron Wolf: Seth Joyner is a better player.

"The reason we decided to let Wayne Simmons go was we wanted to give an opportunity to let Seth Joyner play," Wolf said. "It gives Wayne an opportunity to go somewhere where he could play. We feel it wouldn't have worked with players splitting time."

The trade, just before the NFL's deadline, sends Simmons to the Chiefs for a sixth-round draft choice in 1998.

It allows the Packers to get Joyner, 32, on the field more often in an attempt to boost a defense that ranks 23rd in the NFL this season.

After sitting out the first five games with a knee injury, Joyner played for the first time last week against Tampa Bay and had three tackles in limited play.

Simmons, 27, a first-round draft pick of the Packers in 1993, had started at left outside linebacker the last 38 regular-season games.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that Simmons got on coach Mike Holmgren's "bad side" recently by showing up late for a couple of team meetings. He was also found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol in the offseason and has been accused by an 18-year-old of sexually assaulting her on her graduation night at a nightclub.

To make room on their roster for Simmons, the Kansas City Chiefs waived wide receiver Brett Perriman, who averaged 101 catches his last two seasons at Detroit.

But the 31-year-old Perriman, slowed by a severe hamstring injury suffered in the preseason, had only six receptions in his five games with the Chiefs.

"Our whole idea when we acquired him was that he would bring play-making ability and speed to this football team," coach Marty Schottenheimer said. "It wasn't there. We did not get what we thought we would get."

Elsewhere:

Dallas defensive lineman Chad Hennings will miss up to eight weeks with a pulled tendon in his groin. . . . The Miami Dolphins re-signed punter John Kidd, 36, and released punter Kyle Richardson. . . . Detroit Lions safety Mark Carrier has been fined $7,500 for hitting Green Bay Packers receiver Robert Brooks with the crown of his helmet in a game Sept. 28, a union spokesman said. . . . Place-kicker Scott Bentley was waived by Denver less than 24 hours after making two of three field goals in his NFL debut. Bentley signed with the Broncos to temporarily replace injured Jason Elam, who is expected to return for Denver's next game Oct. 19.

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