Brett Favre, Terrell Owens and Alan Faneca are semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in their first year of eligibility.
The group of 25 semifinalists was announced Tuesday by the Canton shrine.
Other semifinalists, include Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, Morten Andersen, Tony Boselli, Kevin Mawae, Tony Dungy, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace (formerly of Ohio State) and John Lynch.
Already nominated by the seniors committee are Ken Stabler and Dick Stanfel. The 2016 contributor candidate is former 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo Jr.
Fifteen finalists will be announced in January. Voting will culminate Feb. 6, the night before the Super Bowl. While there is no set number for any class of enshrinees, the selection process bylaws provide that between four and eight new members will be selected. Inductions are in August.
Keenum not cleared
St. Louis Rams quarterback Case Keenum did not practice Tuesday while going through the NFL’s concussion protocol, and coach Jeff Fisher is hopeful he’ll be cleared Wednesday.
Fisher said Keenum, injured late in Sunday’s loss at Baltimore when the back of his helmet banged into the turf after a hit, was at Rams Park studying film and participating in meetings on Tuesday.
The NFL is investigating whether correct concussion protocol was followed when Keenum was injured.
Taylor likely to start
Rex Ryan expects quarterback Tyrod Taylor will be healthy enough to start in the Buffalo Bills’ game at Kansas City this weekend.
As for the status of a number of other banged-up players, the Bills coach didn’t sound so sure.
“Really, it’s so much up in the air,” Ryan said Tuesday, during his weekly radio show on Buffalo’s WGR-AM.
Hawks waive Francis
The Seattle Seahawks waived defensive tackle A.J. Francis on Tuesday and re-signed running back Bryce Brown for additional depth in the backfield.
Dolphins claim Coples
Pass rusher Quinton Coples was claimed Tuesday by the Miami Dolphins, meaning he may get to play Sunday against the New York Jets, who just released him.
The former first-round draft pick played outside linebacker in the Jets’ 3-4 defense this year, but will be an end in the Dolphins’ 4-3 scheme.
Ravens’ Flacco on IR
The Baltimore Ravens claimed quarterback Jimmy Clausen off waivers to serve as backup to Matt Schaub.
To make room for Clausen, the Ravens placed quarterback Joe Flacco, who tore the ACL and MCL in his left knee, on injured reserve.
Schaub will be the starter Monday night at Cleveland.
The NFL suspended Carolina Panthers defensive Frank Alexander without pay for a minimum of one year for violating the Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse for a third time.