2017-09-13 / Sports

Lewis, Moss, Urlacher among first-year nominees for HOF

The Associated Press

CANTON, Ohio

Star linebackers Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher and game-breaking wide receiver Randy Moss are among 11 first-year eligible players for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Also part of the 108 early nominees who are eligible for the first time, having been retired for five years when the class is chosen next February, are cornerback Ronde Barber, wideouts Donald Driver and Steve Smith (former Giant, Eagle and Ram), offensive linemen Steve Hutchinson, Matt Birk, and Jeff Saturday, and defensive linemen Richard Seymour and Kyle Vanden Bosch.

The roster of nominees consists of 53 offensive players, 38 defensive players, five special teams players and 12 coaches. Modern era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and, from there, to 15 finalists in January.

During Super Bowl week, 48 voters will discuss the finalists, plus senior nominees Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer and contributors nominee Bobby Beathard. There is no set number for any class of enshrinees, though between four and eight new members will be selected.

Returning finalists from 2017 are receivers Isaac Bruce and Terrell Owens; center Kevin Mawae; tackles Tony Boselli and Joe Jacoby; guard Alan Faneca; safeties John Lynch and Brian Dawkins; cornerback Ty Law; and coach Don Coryell.

Enshrinement will be next August in Canton.

Week 1 injuries

JACKSONVILLE (AP) — It appears that Blake Bortles and the Jacksonville Jaguars will be without Allen Robinson for the rest of the season.

A person familiar with the situation said that the receiver suffered a season-ending torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee in the Jaguars’ season-opening victory at Houston.

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson left the season opener with a wrist injury in the third quarter.

Lions punter Kasey Redfern’s NFL debut didn’t last long. Redfern, filling in for injured Sam Martin, hurt his knee in the first quarter when he dropped a snap in the end zone, picked up the ball and tried to run it out.

Ravens running back Danny Woodhead injured his left hamstring on the opening series and didn’t return.

Bengals right guard Trey Hopkins hurt his left knee late in the first half of the 20-0 loss and didn’t return. Defensive end Michael Johnson suffered a concussion on the final play of the first half and didn’t return.

The Eagles lost cornerback Ronald Darby to what looked like a serious right ankle injury early in the second quarter. Darby’s ankle bent the wrong way as he was running in coverage with Washington tight end Jordan Reed, and he was carted off.

Houston linebacker Brian Cushing, tight ends Ryan Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz and receiver Bruce Ellington all left their game with concussions.

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