NFL Notebook

D. Green Is Candidate for Hall of Fame

By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Former Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green was among 124 modern era candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced yesterday.

Green is in his first year of eligibility and is regarded by some voters as a likely first-ballot Hall of Famer.

The list of nominees is to be trimmed to 25 semifinalists next month, and then to 15 modern era finalists before the Super Bowl. The media members who serve as Hall of Fame selectors are scheduled to meet on Feb. 2 in Phoenix, the day before the Super Bowl, to choose four to seven inductees from the list of 15 modern era finalists and the two nominees of the seniors committee, Emmitt Thomas and Marshall Goldberg.

Some voters also believe that former Redskins wide receiver Art Monk has a solid chance to be elected in this round of balloting.

Wide receiver Cris Carter also was on the list of preliminary nominees in his first year of eligibility.

Romo's Big Deal

The Dallas Cowboys announced that they'd signed quarterback Tony Romo to a six-year contract extension. The $67 million deal was completed Monday and includes $30 million in guaranteed money. It keeps Romo, the league's fifth-rated passer, from being an unrestricted free agent next spring. . . .

Sage Rosenfels might replace Matt Schaub as the Houston Texans' starter at quarterback this week. Schaub reportedly suffered a concussion during Sunday's loss to the San Diego Chargers and was bothered by headaches Monday. . . .

With the Miami Dolphins' season in ruins and the team on its bye week, Coach Cam Cameron is leaving open the possibility of switching to rookie John Beck as the club's starting quarterback. Cleo Lemon took over for Trent Green as the starter after Green suffered a concussion that ended his season and perhaps his career. Miami's record dropped to 0-8 with Sunday's loss to the New York Giants in London, and Cameron plans to use the bye week to assess the quarterback situation. . . .

The Minnesota Vikings could be about to use their third starting quarterback this season, with Brooks Bollinger perhaps in line to become the starter this week. Bollinger replaced Kelly Holcomb during Sunday's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles after Holcomb suffered a neck injury. Holcomb reportedly has bruised vertebrae and will be sidelined about two weeks.

Holcomb started Sunday because Tarvaris Jackson was sidelined because of a broken finger on his throwing hand suffered the previous weekend. . . .

With their roster exemption from the NFL for Koren Robinson expiring, the Green Bay Packers added the reinstated wide receiver, making room for him on the 53-man roster by placing DeShawn Wynn, their leading rusher, on season-ending injured reserve with a shoulder injury. . . .

The oldest son of Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid was taken into custody again in Bridgeport, Pa., after failing a drug test, prosecutors said.

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