Hall of Fame adds seven new mem­bers

The Washington Post Sunday - - REDSKINS TRAINING CAMP -

Ter­rell Davis had one of the most spec­tac­u­lar short ca­reers in NFL his­tory. His seven sea­sons were bril­liant enough to get him into the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame.

The for­mer Bron­cos run­ning back was in­ducted Satur­day night along with LaDainian Tom­lin­son, Kurt Warner, Jerry Jones, Jason Tay­lor, Morten An­der­sen and Kenny Easley.

Tom­lin­son, fol­low­ing Davis, de­liv­ered a pow­er­ful speech filled with re­li­gious ref­er­ences.

Jones joined the likes of Ge­orge Halas, Art Rooney and Al Davis, as own­ers in the Hall.

An­der­sen, the NFL’s ca­reer scor­ing leader, be­came just the sec­ond place-kicker in the Hall.

Tay­lor, a sack­mas­ter elected in his first year of el­i­gi­bil­ity, was a star mostly with Mi­ami, but also spent one sea­son with the Red­skins and one with the Jets.

Easley, a hard-hit­ting safety for the Sea­hawks and a mem­ber of the 1980s all-decade team, was a se­niors com­mit­tee choice.

VIK­INGS: Min­nesota locked up another core piece of its de­fense, agree­ing to a con­tract ex­ten­sion with nose tackle Lin­val Joseph. Joseph’s agency, Sport­sTrust Ad­vi­sors, an­nounced the deal Satur­day. NFL Me­dia re­ported it’s a fouryear ex­ten­sion worth as much as $50 mil­lion with $31.5 mil­lion guar­an­teed.

This is Joseph’s fourth sea­son with the Vik­ings, all un­der Coach Mike Zim­mer, who re­cently called Joseph the best nose tackle he’s “ever been around.”

49ERS: Line­backer Mal­colm Smith suf­fered a torn pec­toral mus­cle dur­ing open prac­tice at Levi’s Sta­dium, putting in doubt the sta­tus of one of the team’s most cov­eted off­sea­son ad­di­tions.

Smith, 28, left the field dur­ing full-team drills af­ter work­ing with the starters through­out train­ing camp next to All-Pro NaVorro Bow­man in the newlook de­fense.

Smith, the MVP of Seat­tle’s Su­per Bowl-win­ning team in the 2013 sea­son, was brought in by San Fran­cisco on a five-year con­tract in March.

SAINTS: Adrian Peter­son sounds far more con­cerned with his abil­ity to pick up New Or­leans’s dy­namic of­fense than whether he can still run over and through would-be tack­lers.

Af­ter get­ting a day off from prac­tice on Satur­day, Peter­son dis­missed the idea that he would need to play in a pre­sea­son game to demon­strate he was still phys­i­cally ca­pa­ble of run­ning the ball as pow­er­fully as he did with the Min­nesota Vik­ings for most of the past decade.

“I’m healthy, with­out a doubt,” Peter­son, 32, as­serted. “When it comes to the phys­i­cal part of it, I don’t think that’s go­ing to be an is­sue.

“It’s more men­tally, fully un­der­stand­ing the of­fense be­cause Drew Brees, he’s a gen­eral back there and he talks so fast when he calls plays.”

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