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Lee Roy Selmon says he and brother Dewey are not part of lawsuit vs. NFL, helmetmakers

TAMPA — Hall of Fame defensive end and former Bucs great Lee Roy Selmon said Wednesday that he and his brother Dewey are not part of a lawsuit filed on behalf of several retired NFL players against the league and several helmet manufacturers.

In fact, Selmon was emphatic that he never has been part of any litigation against any party. "I've never been a plaintiff in a lawsuit in my whole life, including this one here,'' Selmon, 56, said. "I'm not even in town. I'm in Dallas visiting family and found out about a lawsuit I'm supposedly involved with. I'm not involved with any lawsuit and have no intention of being part of one.

"It's upsetting because you get a bunch of backlash off that. That's not our mind-set.''

Selmon said his brother Dewey, 57, teammates on the Bucs in the late '70s, also "doesn't have any knowledge of a lawsuit and has not spoken to anyone about a lawsuit."

A lawsuit reportedly was filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court listing the Selmons among the plaintiffs in a case against the NFL and two helmet manufacturers for being negligent in dealing with head injuries.

Former Bucs tight end Jimmie Giles also was listed as a plaintiff.

Texan tweets injury: The Texans' Arian Foster posted a picture from the MRI exam on his hamstring to his Twitter feed a couple of days after coach Gary Kubiak said he was optimistic that the running back would be ready for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener.

However, Dr. Michael Kaplan, ESPN's sports medicine expert, said that the injury is significant, based on the image he saw. "A return to the field would not be expected before three to four weeks. Premature exertion risks re-tear and longer convalescence," Kaplan said.

Foster countered by posting: "If I had a 'significant injury' why post it? I'll be fine, it was just meant to make fun of the whole situation."

The NFL told ESPN.com that the league's Twitter policy did not cover Foster's actions and any discipline would be at the team's discretion.

Pryor'S Wonderlic: Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, who administered the Wonderlic test, denied a report that Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor scored a seven, ESPN.com reported. Pryor took two tests for the supplemental draft, according to Colbert. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel had reported Pryor answered 48 out of 50 questions on his first test but only seven answers were correct. Seven is considered a low score for quarterbacks.

Benson to jail: Bengals running back Cedric Benson, 28, began serving a 20-day jail term in Texas to settle two misdemeanor assault cases. His jail time could be shortened with possible credit for time served when arrested.

49ers: Running back Frank Gore, 28, signed his three-year extension, keeping the two-time Pro Bowl running back with the team through 2014. Gore, who agreed to the $21 million deal with $13.5 million in guaranteed money, is healthy and begins his seventh season third on the team's all-time rushing list.

Panthers: Rookie quarterback Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, will get one more chance, tonight against the Steelers, to impress coach Ron Rivera and earn the starting job over Jimmy Clausen. Newton has completed 40.4 percent of his passes, including just 4 of 26 to his wide receivers.

Rams: Former USF cornerback Jerome Murphy was placed on injured reserve, and receiver Mark Clayton was added to the roster.

Redskins: Coach Mike Shanahan's quarterback derby between John Beck and Rex Grossman is going down to the wire. Any slip-up tonight against the Bucs could be decisive.

Vikings: Former FSU quarterback Christian Ponder will play the first half tonight against the Texans in his battle with Joe Webb for the backup role behind Donovan McNabb. "We definitely want to see both guys, Christian along with Joe, create some separation for that No. 2 spot," coach Leslie Frazier said.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

Lee Roy Selmon says he and brother Dewey are not part of lawsuit vs. NFL, helmetmakers 08/31/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 11:11pm]
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