The city’s Cultural Heritage Commission unanimously approved redesign plans for the Coliseum on Wednesday, clearing one of the few remaining legislative hurdles for stadium officials bidding to bring the NFL backto Los Angeles. The plans, presented by architects Ron Turner and Bruce Judd, call for the 82-year-old stadium to be turned into a three-decked, 68,000-seat modern facility while preserving much of the exterior walls and the distinctive peristyle end. The commission’s approval clears the way for Coliseum officials to receive a construction permit from the city, which would be the governing agency for the renovation, and allows the architects to bring in engineers. The NFL still has some design concerns — such as signage modifications — but Judd assured the panel that he couldn’t think of anything that would give them pause. The hearing was of enough interest to the NFL that its environmental law and stadium construction consultants were dispatched. The issue boils down to money. Officials worry that if Hamilton County foots the bill, the searches become public and violate the Fourth Amendment. But if the Bengals hire and pay the extra security personnel, the searches remain private and legal. Bruschi practices New England linebacker Tedy Bruschi practiced with the Patriots, eight months after he had a minor stroke. Doctors cleared Bruschi to return over the weekend, and the Patriots welcomed him back. Before pulling on his pads and taking the field for stretching, Bruschi said he isn’t afraid to start taking hits from his teammates. “If you haven’t done something in a long time, you always have some nerves the first time back,” Bruschi said. “I feel good with my conditioning level. It’s where it needs to be, I think. Game shape is another thing, but we’ll cross that road when we come to it. I thought it was a good day.” Saints share dome Saints coach Jim Haslett is hoping the sound of hammers and nails or any of the other commotion off the field won’t be heard in the team’s meeting rooms at the Alamodome. The has a whole new set of distractions. The distractions include a large house being built in one of the end zones at the Alamodome in time for a home builders’ convention. The Saints can’t practice in the Alamodome for the next three weeks because of the convention. It was booked by city officials weeks before the Saints’ move to San Antonio after Hurricane Katrina damaged the Louisiana Superdome. Hamlin cleared Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said the team is not aware of any connection between the severe beating of Seahawks safety Ken Hamlin outside a nightclub and the shooting death of a man found in a park, though police continued Wednesday to investigate that possibility. Holmgren said he and the team’s head of security, Rick Ninomiya, have talked to at least two Seahawks players who were with Hamlin at Larry’s Nightclub early Monday. He did not identify the players. Positive test Aden Durde, a practice squad player with the Carolina Panthers, left the team after the NFL cited him for violating the league’s steroid policy. Durde, a linebacker, was assigned to the Panthers through the NFL International Development Practice Squad program. He said in a statement that the league told him he tested positive for nandrolone on August 1 during a routine preseason drug test. Injury update Randy Moss is unlikely to play Sunday against the Buffalo Bills after being listed as doubtful in the injury report. Moss attended the Oakland Raiders’ walk-through Wednesday morning but the receiver was still nursing bruised ribs, a strained groin and a bruised pelvic area. Tampa Bay quarterback Brian Griese will miss the rest of the season after tearing ligaments in his left knee. Ravens safety Ed Reed will almost certainly miss Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears with a high ankle sprain. Carolina quarterback Jake Delhomme didn’t practice as he recovers from a hit that knocked him out of last week’s game against Detroit. Minnesota’s receiver, Nate Burleson, is expected to return Sunday against Green Bay after missing three games because of a sprained left knee. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE — Billy Witz Pat-down at Cincy Cincinnati Bengals fans will likely face longer lines to enter Paul Brown Stadium this weekend as team and county officials work to clear up confusion about NFL-mandated use of hand searches for patrons entering league stadiums. Team officials accompanied Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters and the county’s sheriff, Simon Leis, to Hamilton County Common Pleas Court, where they asked Judge Beth Myers to issue a temporary restraining order barring the team from its “pat-down” responsibilities until legal issues are resolved. Bob Bedinghaus, the Bengals’ director of stadium development, said Deters has concerns that the pat-downs might violate the constitutional amendment relating to illegal searches and seizures.
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