HALL OF FAME GAME KICKS OFF PRE­SEA­SON

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OHIO» Don’t look CAN­TON, for too many stars on the field Thursday night when the Dal­las Cowboys and Ari­zona Car­di­nals kick off the NFL pre­sea­son in the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame game.

Don’t look for many starters, ei­ther.

For those who be­lieve four pre­sea­son games are too many, see­ing their team play in Can­ton isn’t a wel­come sight. Both coaches, Ja­son Gar­rett for Dal­las and Bruce Ari­ans for Ari­zona, will covet get­ting an ex­tra chance to watch their rook­ies and fringe guys com­pete. That’s it.

As for the Dak Prescotts, Ja­son Wit­tens and Ezekiel El­liotts from Big D, for­get it. Same for Car­son Palmer, Larry Fitzger­ald and Pa­trick Peter­son for the Car­di­nals.

“This will be about the young guys,” Ari­ans says, although top draft choice Haa­son Red­dick of Tem­ple, who is mak­ing a switch from de­fen­sive end to line­backer, will see lim­ited action, too.

Rams DL out for sea­son.

CALIF.» De­fen­sive IRVINE, line­man Do­minique Easley will miss the sea­son with a torn knee lig­a­ment, the team learned Wed­nes­day. His ab­sence left the Rams with just one healthy pro­jected starter for their fifth prac­tice at UC Irvine.

All-pro line­man Aaron Don­ald still hasn’t re­ported to camp while locked in con­tract ne­go­ti­a­tions with the club. Nose tackle Michael Brock­ers is healthy, but the Rams’ line is in up­heaval dur­ing a time when it should be hon­ing new de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme.

Easley’s right knee buck­led with­out con­tact while he chased a ball-car­rier Tues­day, end­ing yet an­other sea­son for the gifted but oft-in­jured line­man.

Charg­ers rookie hurt.

CALIF.» Los COSTA MESA, An­ge­les Charg­ers rookie of­fen­sive line­man For­rest Lamp tore a lig­a­ment in his right knee dur­ing the fourth prac­tice of train­ing camp.

Lamp was taken off the field on a cart, and the sec­ond-round pick’s in­jury was di­ag­nosed a few hours later with an MRI exam. The re­sults were an­other bad break for a fran­chise that strug­gled with in­or­di­nate in­jury prob­lems over the past two sea­sons in San Diego.

Los An­ge­les is al­ready with­out first-round pick Mike Wil­liams. The re­ceiver from Clem­son won’t prac­tice in train­ing camp af­ter hurt­ing his back dur­ing the Charg­ers’ off­sea­son work­out pro­gram.

Charg­ers coach An­thony Lynn didn’t know much im­me­di­ately af­ter prac­tice about the con­di­tion of Lamp, the 38th over­all pick out of Western Ken­tucky. Lamp got off the cart and walked into the Charg­ers’ med­i­cal tent, but was fa­vor­ing one leg.

Gi­ants Shep­ard hurts an­kle.

EAST RUTHER­FORD,

» The New York Gi­ants

N . J . may be with­out start­ing wide re­ceiver Ster­ling Shep­ard for a lit­tle while.

The team’s sec­ond-lead­ing re­ceiver last sea­son rolled his left an­kle run­ning a short route in train­ing camp prac­tice.

Af­ter the work­out, coach Ben McA­doo said the in­jury ap­peared to be a sprain, but he added that fur­ther eval­u­a­tions were planned.

A sec­ond-round draft pick from Ok­la­homa, Shep­ard had 65 catches for 683 yards and eight touch­downs last sea­son play­ing mostly in the slot.

Con­cus­sion for Ajayi.

FLA.» Dol­phins run­ning DAVIE, back Jay Ajayi was di­ag­nosed with a con­cus­sion and will miss sev­eral prac­tices. Ajayi, who ran for 1,272 yards last sea­son, was hurt Mon­day.

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