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Chargers linebacker sues police officer, city

SAN DIEGO - Chargers linebacker Steve Foley sued the city of Coronado and the off-duty police officer who shot him three times outside his home, his attorney said Wednesday.

The civil suit accuses Officer Aaron Mansker of negligence and excessive force, and seeks unspecified damages from the officer and the city.

Foley was shot early Sept. 3 near his home in suburban Poway by Mansker, a 23-year-old rookie Coronado police officer who was off-duty at the time and suspected the linebacker of drunken driving.

Mansker told investigators that he shot Foley after the player reached for his waistband. Investigators said Foley was unarmed.

Foley missed the season and wasn't paid his $775,000 salary.

The linebacker was flying to Miami on Wednesday and wasn't immediately available for comment, said his lawyer, Jordan Cohen. The suit was filed Friday in San Diego Superior Court.

A Coronado city official didn't immediately respond to a phone message.

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The quarterback's frustration level with his teammates has grown steadily over the last nine months, and for reasons that have nothing to do with on-field play.

"Enough is enough," Palmer said Wednesday at the Super Bowl media center. "It's something we're definitely not proud of."

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Tony Corrente will referee his first Super Bowl. Corrente is concluding his 12th season in the league. He was the alternate referee for last year's game worked by Bill Leavy, and has worked six playoff games..

Also on the officiating crew are head linesman George Hayward, line judge Ron Marinucci, field judge Jim Saracino and side judge John Parry. The Super Bowl officiating crew collectively has 73 years of NFL experience and 52 combined postseason game assignments.

Mark Burns will be the replay assistant, working his second Super Bowl. Jeff Triplette, Butch Hannah, Carl Johnson, Buddy Horton and Rich Reels will serve as alternate officials, Triplette as the backup referee.

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Owner and general manager Jerry Jones said a decision has not been made on Bill Parcells' successor after meeting with eight prospects.

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Jones said the Cowboys could interview more candidates after Sunday's game.

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