Originally created 11/17/06

Guy semifinalist for Hall induction



CANTON, Ohio - Thomson's Ray Guy is one of 25 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2007.

Guy, who has been up for the honor multiple times, would become the first full-time punter to be inducted into the shrine. He was first eligible in 1992.

A member of the Oakland/Los Angeles from 1973-86, Guy played in 229 consecutive games, punting 1,049 times for a 42.4-yard average.

Former Pro Bowl lineman Bruce Matthews was one of three newly-eligible players to make the list. Also chosen were running back Terrell Davis, who played at Georgia, and guard Randall McDaniel.

Matthews, who played for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans, holds the record for most games (296) and seasons (19) by an offensive lineman.

Davis, the Denver Broncos' star running back of the late 1990s, rushed for 2,008 yards and was the league MVP in 1998. He was also the MVP of the 1997 Super Bowl. He holds the Broncos' franchise record with 7,607 yards rushing.

McDaniel played 14 years for the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers and started in 12 consecutive Pro Bowls.

RAVENS: Middle linebacker Ray Lewis underwent a minor surgical procedure to have a pocket of blood drained from his swollen back, and is unlikely to play in Sunday's game against the Atlanta Falcons. However, the seven-time All-Pro wasn't immediately ruled out.

PANTHERS: Cornerback Ken Lucas missed practice with a thigh injury and has been downgraded to questionable for Sunday's game against St. Louis.

Center Justin Hartwig missed practice again and is now listed as out for Sunday's game. Hartwig has missed most of the season with a groin injury.

SEAHAWKS: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck said he's ready to play Sunday, just 28 days after spraining the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.

Doctors projected that Hassel-beck would be out from four-to-six weeks. Hasselbeck credited his recovery to dietary supplements and training.

JAGUARS: Quarterback Byron Leftwich won't practice this week, giving his injured left ankle time to rest before making a decision regarding season-ending surgery. Leftwich visited renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews in Alabama, but the fourth-year player refused to say what he learned from the trip.

DOLPHINS: Daunte Culpepper says he still feels sharp pain in his reconstructed right knee a year after surgery, and isn't sure whether he'll play again this season. The quarterback will sit out Sunday's game against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings.