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NFL notes: Akers on pace with Rice but wants no part of record

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — David Akers figures he hardly deserves mention in the same breath as Hall of Famer Jerry Rice, someone the kicker watched and admired when he was growing up in Kentucky.

The only thing is, Akers is on pace to break San Francisco's single-season points record that Rice set when he scored 138 in 1987. There's no avoiding such talk as the season moves into December, with NFC West-leading San Francisco on the verge of clinching its first playoff berth since 2002.

Akers, who played at Tates Creek and Louisville, is 6-for-6 from 50-plus yards this season. He is 28-for-33 overall on field goals and has converted all 24 of his point-after attempts, giving him 108 points with five games to go.

"If I end up breaking that, they need to put an asterisk on it, because you just don't beat a Jerry Rice," said Akers, who turns 37 on Dec. 9. "As a receiver, what he did in that season, all the touchdowns and a 140-something points.

"I'd like to get more points, but I just want to take my name off the record books if we get it, all right? ... To me, it's just not a fair statement to say you can put (me) in the same category."

Manning's neck improves

INDIANAPOLIS — Peyton Manning will increase the intensity of his workouts though he has not yet been cleared to practice, a doctor says. In a statement released by the Colts on Thursday night, Dr. Robert Watkins says the fusion performed on Manning's neck has achieved "firm fixation."

Manning's latest neck surgery on Sept. 8 was his third in 19 months and the most complex.

Vikings release McNabb

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Donovan McNabb is available again. The Minnesota Vikings waived the 13-year veteran quarterback on Thursday, giving him the opportunity to sign with another team for the stretch run in a parting Coach Leslie Frazier described as mutual.

Frazier pushed for the Vikings to trade a sixth-round draft pick this summer to the Washington Redskins in exchange for McNabb. McNabb went 1-5 as a starter and was benched in favor of rookie Christian Ponder.

Raiders star arrested

DECATUR, Ala. — Oakland Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested Thursday on misdemeanor assault, firearms and other charges after police said he fired a gun during a fight in his Alabama hometown.

McClain, 22, held a gun beside a man's head during an altercation and the man begged him not to shoot, according to a statement released by Lt. John Crouch of the Decatur Police Department.

McClain, the Raiders' second-leading tackler, moved the gun but fired a round beside the man's ear, according to the statement. No one was shot.

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