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Lee Roy Selmon excited about starting Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ring of Honor

Hall of Fame defensive lineman Lee Roy Selmon will become the first inductee into the Bucs’ Ring of Honor on Nov. 8.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Hall of Fame defensive lineman Lee Roy Selmon will become the first inductee into the Bucs’ Ring of Honor on Nov. 8.

TAMPA — Lee Roy Selmon will be the first player enshrined in the Bucs' Ring of Honor on Nov. 8, but what he is most looking forward to is the action on the field that day.

The opponent will be his old division nemesis, Green Bay.

"What I'm most excited about with all of this is the game," Selmon said during the official announcement Monday. "We play Green Bay (from) the old NFC Central, we're bringing back the old jerseys, the throwbacks, and we're bringing back some of the players from the '79 team. … There were a lot of magical moments that year."

Selmon, who works in a fundraising capacity for the University of South Florida, is the only Buccaneer in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and his No. 63 is the franchise's only retired jersey.

Team co-chairman Bryan Glazer acknowledged the Ring of Honor "has been a long time coming," but he added ownership wanted to wait until there was a larger pool of candidates for induction.

Glazer said one person associated with the franchise will be inducted each year (coaches are eligible) but it hasn't been decided whether enshrinement will be chronological.

Selmon, the team's first draft pick in 1976, endured an 0-26 start to his career with the expansion Bucs. Though he went to the NFC Championship Game in 1979, the lean years gave him a special admiration for what the franchise has accomplished since, including the 2002 Super Bowl victory.

"I'm just glad for the fans that have been there from the beginning," he said. "You really have an appreciation for that journey. … It makes you hungry as an organization."

INJURIES: WR Antonio Bryant woke up with a swollen knee Monday after taking a hit in Saturday evening's workout.

He practiced despite the injury Sunday but the increased swelling prompted the training staff to sit him as a precaution. Bryant and coach Raheem Morris called it minor and Bryant is considered day to day.

TE Kellen Winslow sprained an ankle during the morning practice and was sidelined in the afternoon. Morris also classified his injury as minor. LB Angelo Crowell and WR Joe Filani were slowed by hamstring injuries.

LOFTY GOALS: Many of Monday's full-team periods were spent working in the red zone, an area in which Morris wants to see more efficiency. In 2008, the Bucs scored touchdowns 39.3 percent of the time when inside the opponents' 20-yard line to rank 30th of 32 teams in the NFL.

Morris said he saw promise Monday but red zone play will continue to be emphasized.

"Indianapolis, I believe, led the league last year with 68 percent," Morris said. "We feel if we can be in that neighborhood then I will be really happy."

During one of the morning red zone sessions, the defense ruled with a pass breakup from CB Ronde Barber, a strip of QB Byron Leftwich by DT Chris Hovan and a near sack of Luke McCown by Kyle Moore.

IT'S GOOD: Mike Nugent got a chance to make some live attempts in a full-squad period and nailed a 54-yard field goal. He was 3 of 5 during the stretch, including another make from 42 yards. He had a 47-yard attempt blocked. Nugent, 27, is competing with 34-year-old veteran Matt Bryant.

Stephen F. Holder can be reached at sholder@sptimes.com

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