Dungy among Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees
CANTON, Ohio — Marvin Harrison and Tony Dungy, two key ingredients for the 2006 NFL champion Indianapolis Colts, are among 16 first-year-eligible modern era candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.
Dungy played for the Steelers from 1977-78 and was an coach with the team from 1981-88.
Other returning nominees include running back Jerome Bettis and linebacker Kevin Greene, both 2013 finalists, kicker Gary Anderson and coach Bill Cowher.
Tampa Bay linebacker Derrick Brooks, who also played under Dungy, is a candidate, too. So are former Raiders punter Ray Guy and former Falcons and Eagles defensive end Claude Humphrey as senior nominees.
Harrison spent 13 seasons with the Colts, making 1,102 receptions for 14,580 yards and 128 touchdowns.
Other players who are first-time candidates for induction are quarterback Trent Green, running backs Shaun Alexander and Warrick Dunn, offensive linemen Willie Anderson and Walter Jones, linebackers Tedy Bruschi, Willie McGinest and Zach Thomas, defensive backs Rodney Harrison, Sam Madison and Patrick Surtain, and coaches Jon Gruden and Mike Holmgren.
The election will take place Feb. 1, the night before the Super Bowl.
Coach defends Miller
Broncos coach John Fox came to Von Miller's defense Thursday, 24 hours after publicly expressing frustration in his suspended star over multiple traffic transgressions.
Fox said the team is helping Miller stay out of trouble any way it can, and he pointed out that the All-Pro linebacker's infractions were nothing more serious than traffic citations.
Miller was arrested when he tried to purchase a weapon last month and a routine background check revealed an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on traffic charges from last year. He also was pulled over near his suburban Denver home last week and cited for speeding and driving with a suspended license.
A third citation surfaced in California late Wednesday, but his agent disputed a Dallas TV report that there was an open warrant for Miller stemming from the 2012 speeding ticket in Orange County.
Te'o won't go Sunday
Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o is a longshot to be in uniform on Sunday against the Eagles.
The team's second-round pick from Notre Dame hasn't practiced since spraining his right foot during an Aug. 8 preseason game.
He no longer wears a walking boot on his right foot and his running and change-of-direction movements have increased.
First QB for Broncos dies
Frank Tripucka was the first quarterback for the Broncos and the original No. 18 in Denver.
His number was retired until 2012 when he gladly and graciously allowed Peyton Manning to wear it.
Tripucka died Thursday at his home in Woodland Park, N.J., at age 85.
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