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Joe Jacoby headlines duo of former Redskins tabbed as 2017 Hall of Fame finalists

Joe Jacoby headlines duo of former Redskins tabbed as 2017 Hall of Fame finalists

On Tuesday night, the Pro Football Hall of Fame unveiled the 15 finalists for the 2017 Hall of Fame class, and two former Redskins are one step closer to a gold jacket and legendary enshrinement.

Joe Jacoby, an undrafted offensive tackle from Louisville who went on to become the founding member of the iconic "Hogs" offensive line that propelled the Redskins to three Super Bowl titles, was named as one of the 15 finalists along with defensive end Jason Taylor, who spent the 2008 season with the Redskins after spending the first ten years of his career with the Dolphins.

Jacoby spent his entire career with the Redskins, earning four trips to the Pro Bowl and was named to the NFL's All-Decade Team for the 1980's.

Jacoby started 148 games for the Redskins, playing in 170 and was the lead blocker for John Riggins' iconic touchdown run in Super Bowl XVII against the Dolphins.

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The 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame finalists joining Jacoby and Taylor are:

— S Brian Dawkins — Eagles 1996-2008; Bronco 2009-2011

— RB LaDainian Tomlinson — Charger 2001-09; Jets 2010-2011

— K Morten Andersen— Saints 1982-1994; Falcons 1995-2000; Giants 2001; Chiefs 2002-2003; Vikings 2004

— Coach Don Coryell— Cardinals 1973-1977; Chargers 1978-1986

— QB Kurt Warner — Rams 1998-2003; Giants 2004; Cardinals 2005-2009

— RB Terrell Davis— Broncos 1995-2001

— WR Isaac Bruce — Rams 1994; Rams 1995-2007; 49ers 2008-2009

— WR Terrell Owens — 49ers 1996-2003; Eagles 2004-2005; Cowboys 2006-2008; Bills 2009; Bengals 2010

— OT Tony Boselli — Jaguars 1995-2001; Texans 2002

— G Alan Faneca — Steelers 1998-2007; Jets 2008-2009; Cardinals 2010

— CB Ty Law — Patriots 1995-2004; Jets 2005, '08; Chiefs 2006-2007; Broncos 2009

— S John Lynch — Buccaneers 1993-2003; Broncos 2004-2007

— C Kevin Mawae — Seahawks 1994-1997; Jets 1998-2005; Titans 2006-2009

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NFL announces fineable violations for 'High Risk COVID-19 conduct' including night clubs

NFL announces fineable violations for 'High Risk COVID-19 conduct' including night clubs

If the NFL is going to pull off a season during the coronavirus pandemic, one of the most important factors will be players, coaches and staff remaining diligent when it comes to how they handle themselves outside the facility. One wrong choice could lead to an outbreak in the locker room.

In order to try and keep that scenario from playing out, the league has shared a list of fineable violations related to COVID-19 conduct for the 2020 season. The activities mentioned in a memo sent to teams are considered high risk.

The updated list of offenses includes attending a nightclub, bar, house gathering or sporting event in which the player does not have protective equipment and/or is in a situation where there are more than 10 people and social distancing is not possible. As NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero noted, a church is not considered to be an area of high risk that could result in a penalty.

Should a player break one of these rules, they could be subjected to a fine of one week's salary, or they could be suspended without pay for a maximum of four weeks. Pelissero also reported that non-player employees of the team such as coaches and medical staff could be given similar punishments.

RELATED: WASHINGTON LB JOSH HARVEY-CLEMONS OPTS OUT OF SEASON

Major League Baseball is currently dealing with outbreaks on multiple teams, including a situation with the St. Louis Cardinals in which it was reported that some players had left the team hotel to go to a casino. Clearly, the NFL is trying to make sure that idea is never considered by its players. 

In the week-plus since training camp began, the league has already seen numerous positives pop up across the league, as players are being sent to the COVID-19 reserve list on the daily. At the same time, a population of the players has opted out of the season amid concerns about their health and safety. Any others considering a similar course of action will have until Thursday, August 6, to do so.

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Report: NFL sets Thursday as last day for players to opt out of 2020 season

Report: NFL sets Thursday as last day for players to opt out of 2020 season

The NFL has officially decided on an opt-out date for the 2020 season.

All players across the league will have to make their final decision on whether to play or not in 2020 by 4 p.m. ET on Thursday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Thus far, over 40 players have opted out of the 2020 season. While the NFL has yet to see any major stars decide to forego football this fall, notable names such as C.J. Mosley, Damien Williams and Michael Pierce have all decided not to play.

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On Monday, the Washington Football Team announced that linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons is opting out, becoming the team's second player to do so. Defensive lineman Caleb Brantley, who was deemed high-risk to play in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, announced he would skip the 2020 season last week.

In Baltimore, the Ravens have seen two players opt out so far: De'Anthony Thomas and Andre Smith.

The NFL is not the only league to see its players decide to skip the season due to the virus. Several NBA players chose not to travel to Orlando for the season's resumption, while the MLB is still seeing players opt-out two weeks into its season.

With the NFL's opt-out deadline less than four days away, it's likely more will join the nearly 40 different players that have decided to pass on the season.

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