Rejecting a recommendation by team doctors for microsurgery on his herniated disk, all-pro defensive end Lee Roy Selmon of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced yesterday he would skip the 1985 season and start a rehabilitation program.
Selmon, who was placed on the injured-reserve list July 25, was accompanied to an emotional news conference by Coach Leeman Bennett and team owner Hugh Culverhouse. Selmon is eligible to return to the active roster in two months, but Culverhouse's opening statement quickly dispelled that possibility.
"Lee Roy Selmon will not be playing with the Buccaneers for the '85 season," Culverhouse said. "If he had surgery today, he could probably be back in eight to 10 weeks, but I've encouraged him to take this additional time to decide on a course of action."
Dolphins: Wide receiver Nat Moore, who announced last year that 1984 would be his final season, has changed his mind and signed with the team for 1985. Moore, 33, holds team records of 421 catches for 6,415 yards and 60 touchdowns in 11 seasons. He caught 43 passes for 573 yards and six touchdowns last year while backing up 1,000-yard receivers Mark Clayton and Mark Duper.
Browns: Cut veteran right guard Joe DeLamiellure and veteran wide receiver Ricky Feacher. Feacher was starting his 10th year with the team and DeLamiellure was beginning the season with the NFL's second-longest games-played streak among active players -- 175 straight, second only to Dave Dalby's 189.
49ers: San Francisco's 1985 media guide, just off the presses, refers to Coach Bill Walsh's "vastly futile mind." A second, revised edition is planned. "It read 'fertile mind' when it went to the printers," Jerry Walker, the 49ers' public relations director, said . . . The team waived running back Garrett Moore, defensive back Gardner Williams and defensive end Lloyd Mumphrey, and placed guard Jesse Sapolu on injured reserve.
Falcons: Cut wide receiver Alfred Jackson, fifth on the team's all-time receiving list and the team's No. 2 receiver in 1984; less than a week ago, he had asked to be traded or released. Waived receiver Perry Tuttle, a four-year veteran out of Clemson.
Bengals: Waived receivers Gary Williams and Darrell Smith, linemen Bernard King and Louis Garza and quarterback Wayne Peace, a U.S. Football League castoff signed in February.
Also, strong safety Bobby Kemp was sentenced to three days in the Hamilton County (Ohio) Workhouse and fined $1,000 for driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest.
Packers: Waived guard Leotis Harris, tackle Gary Hoffman, linebacker Cliff Lewis, nose tackle George Small and guard Dave Dreschler. Linebacker Rich Wingo will be out 12 weeks with a shoulder injury.
Bills: Cut veteran safety Jeff Nixon (Gar-Field High School) and five others; picked up free agent tight end Eason Ransom, who played six years with San Francisco and Houston; acquired linebacker Blanchard Montgomery from San Francisco for an undisclosed draft choice.
Broncos: Waived kicker Steve Schonert, quarterback Buddy Funck, offensive linemen Dan Lynch, Russell Gallon and Mao Mao Niko; wide receiver Steve Price, defensive lineman Jim Joyce, linebacker Tommy Thurson and defensive back Nat Ceasar.
Cardinals: Wide receiver Pat Tilley said he has reached tentative agreement on a new contract and would report to camp. Terms were not announced.
Seahawks: Released punter Luke Prestridge, wide receiver Byron Howell, cornerback William Scott, receivers Gino Wynter and Leon Winfrey, linebackers Greg Hauesler and Lenson Staples, kicker Tony Wood, safeties Bruce Manley and Matt Latham, and tackle Thomas Neville; added punters Mark Schlecht and Jimmy Colquitt.
Chargers: Waived five players, including veteran defensive back Bill Kay.
Patriots: Cut defensive end George Crump, who had spent last two years on injured reserve.