Cards add Tillman to Ring of Honor

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Pat Tillman, who left the Arizona Cardinals to join the Army Rangers and died in Afghanistan in 2004, was added to the team's "Ring of Honor" in a halftime ceremony yesterday.

The crowd stood and cheered when his name was unfurled overlooking the 50-yard line in the Cardinals' new University of Phoenix Stadium.

Before the game, the Cardinals dedicated an area outside the stadium known as "Pat Tillman Freedom Plaza." It includes a 500-pound, 8-foot tall bronze statue of Tillman.

Behind the sculpture is a 42-foot-long wall, symbolic of Tillman's number at Arizona State. There are 40 oak trees west of the memorial, symbolizing the No. 40 he wore with the Cardinals.

Tillman started at safety for three seasons for Arizona and set a franchise record with 200 tackles in 2000. He turned down contract offers in 2002 to become an Army Ranger. He was killed by friendly fire while on duty in Afghanistan on April 22, 2004.

Steelers -- Safety Troy Polamalu suffered a concussion during the first quarter against New Orleans and did not return to the game. He was examined by doctors on the Steelers' sideline and, while he was not taken immediately to the locker room, remained on the bench for New Orleans' next possession, with Tyrone Carter taking his place. At one point, after being examined by doctors, Polamalu leaned sideways and nearly tumbled off the bench.

Rams -- St. Louis lost Pro Bowl left tackle Orlando Pace for the season after he tore his left triceps against Seattle. Pace's arm was wrapped and immobilized and he said he'll have a magnetic resonance imaging today. Rams coach Scott Linehan ruled Pace out for the year.

Jaguars -- Left tackle Khalif Barnes was benched and fined after his arrest on drunk driving charges. Barnes was driving his car faster than 100 mph and failed two breathalyzer tests early Saturday, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report. He spent several hours in the Duval County jail before being released on $500 bond.

Buccaneers -- Defensive end Simeon Rice, linebacker Shelton Quarles and tackle Ellis Wyms will miss tonight's game against Carolina because of injuries. Rice (shoulder), Quarles (knee) and Wyms (ankle) had been listed as questionable on the injury report and didn't make the trip to Charlotte, N.C.

Vikings -- Still mourning the loss of his half brother in a car accident last week, cornerback Fred Smoot was inactive for the game against Green Bay. Smoot left the team to fly home to Mississippi early in the week after learning of the fatal crash. Funeral services for Matthew Taylor were held Saturday.

Broncos -- Running back Mike Bell and two starting defenders were inactive for the game against Oakland. Bell, Denver's second-leading rusher with 305 yards, was not injured but was held out of the game by Mike Shanahan.

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