Friday, December 19, 2003

McNair leads Titans back to Pro Bowl


NFL notes

The Associated Press

NEW YORK - Steve McNair made the Pro Bowl on Thursday along with three other Tennessee Titans, a year after the team was shunned with no selections, but still made the AFC title game.

It was the first time in his nine-year career that McNair made the NFL's all-star game, played Feb. 8 in Honolulu.

Kansas City and Baltimore each had eight players on the team, chosen by fans, coaches and players.

The Baltimore contingent was led by linebacker Ray Lewis and offensive tackle Jonathan Ogden, both multiple Pro Bowl selections. The Chiefs chosen included running back Priest Holmes and tight end Tony Gonzalez.

In addition to McNair, the Titans also had linebacker Keith Bulluck, wide receiver Derrick Mason and punter Craig Hentrich.

Philadelphia and New England each placed two for the NFC.

Among those shut out in the voting was LaDainian Tomlinson of San Diego, who leads the NFL with 2,011 combined yards. He is fourth in rushing, and was beaten out by the top three: Jamal Lewis of Baltimore, Clinton Portis of Denver and Holmes.

RAIDERS: Safety Rod Woodson had surgery Thursday on his injured left knee.

• Quarterback Rich Gannon plans to resume throwing in about six weeks, ahead of schedule for the 2002 NFL MVP after having shoulder surgery last month.

CELEBRATION: Stopping touchdown celebrations like Joe Horn's choreographed cell-phone call probably will be one of the NFL's top goals in the offseason, the co-chairman of the league's competition committee said Thursday.

"I think there'll be a very aggressive push to try to end this stuff," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "And it'll be a point of emphasis. There very well may be that we open up the category of unsportsmanlike conduct to include that."

TITANS: Tennessee signed veteran QB Neil O'Donnell.

BROWNS: Hall of Famer Otto Graham will be honored Sunday by the Cleveland Browns, who will wear No. 14 decals on their helmets in tribute to the late quarterback who died Wednesday.




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