Landry is cool about joining Ring of Honor


Former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry says he doesn't know if he wants to accept owner Jerry Jones' invitation to join the team's Ring of Honor.

Jones said he may induct the franchise-building trio of Landry, Tex Schramm and the late Clint Murchison into the club's Ring of Honor this year.

"Tex Schramm and Clint Murchison obviously belong there," Landry said. "To have all three of us being asked, I don't think that will ever happen. Besides, some people would think I'm dying to be in there, and that's not necessarily so."

Landry declined an invitation to be inducted to the Ring of Honor last season, saying he couldn't adjust his schedule.

Meanwhile, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he's ready to start the season without six unsigned veterans after negotiations with the players stalled.

"We've got players in camp working their tails off," Jones said. "We're not going to spend a lot of time worrying about players who aren't here."

Three starters -- defensive tackle Danny Noonan, middle linebacker Jack Del Rio and guard John Gesek -- entered the sixth day of their holdouts.

* COLTS: Eric Dickerson is the fittest he's been in years, but veterans Fredd Young and Harvey Armstrong departed training camp after failing physicals.

Young, a four-time Pro Bowl choice who joined the Colts after an expensive trade from Seattle in 1988, announced his retirement because of an arthritic right hip.

Armstrong was waived when he failed his physical because of bad knees. Popular with the fans and active in anti-drug programs in Indianapolis, Armstrong said he cried when he got the news from general manager Jim Irsay.

* LIONS: Virginia's Herman Moore signed for a reported $2.4 million over three years. Moore, selected 10th overall, holds Virginia's career records with 2,504 yards receiving and 27 touchdowns.

* SAINTS: Two-time Pro Bowl running back Rueben Mayes retired last night, saying football just wasn't any fun anymore.

He ran well in yesterday's practices, the first of the preseason for him, then called a news conference about four hours after the evening workout.

"Have I got a surprise for you guys," he said. "I plan to go on with my life and do something else."

Mayes earned $535,000 last year. He said he and his wife, Marie, have lived simply, paid off their loans and taxes and are in good financial shape.

CHARGERS: San Diego signed Colorado running back Eric Bieniemy, the nation's second-leading rusher last year, and he stepped right in to fill a void created by the holdout of Marion Butts, who wants his contract renegotiated.

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