CANTON, Ohio — Rookie Devonte Holloman’s 75-yard interception return with a tipped pass keyed the Dallas Cowboys’ 24-20 victory over the Miami Dolphins in the Hall of Fame game Sunday night that opened the NFL’s preseason.
The sixth-round pick from South Carolina was perfectly situated when rookie Chad Bumphis had Matt Moore’s pass go off his hands in the second quarter. It was the biggest play for a Dallas defense switching to a 4-3 alignment under new coordinator Monte Kiffin.
Quarterback Tony Romo, coming off back surgery to remove a cyst, sat out for Dallas. So the Cowboys turned to their ground game – and ground down Miami as few regulars got onto the field.
EAGLES: Receiver Riley Cooper has been sent threatening messages after a video of him making a racial slur became public.
The team said Sunday that Riley informed the club of the threats and did not know who made them. The team has notified the league’s security department.
Cooper was fined by the Eagles after his slur became known Wednesday. He left the team Friday to seek counseling.
The video of Cooper was taken at a Kenny Chesney concert in June. Cooper apologized profusely both Wednesday and Thursday.
49ERS: Free agent cornerback Eric Wright might end up in a San Francisco uniform after all.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh indicated Sunday that the team has had contact with Wright since losing nickel back Chris Culliver to a season-ending knee injury Thursday.
The 49ers were set to acquire Wright from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a trade until the 28-year-old Wright failed a physical July 22. The 49ers voided the trade and the Bucs released him.
COLTS: Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey sprained his left knee during practice Sunday. It’s not clear how much time the former first-round pick will miss.
OBITUARY: Art Donovan, the lineman whose hilarious stories about his football career enabled him to maintain his popularity long after his election into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Sunday. He was 89. Donovan died at 7:20 p.m. at Stella Maris Hospice in Baltimore, according to Kevin Byrne, senior vice president of public and community relations for the Baltimore Ravens.
Donovan made a name for himself as a feisty defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts, helping the team to world championships in 1958 and 1959.
He also spent single seasons with the New York Yanks and Dallas Texans in a career that lasted from 1950 through 1961.