The most prominent is Dan Marino, one of nine first-time nominees and one of the biggest locks to be elected when the Class of 2005 is announced the day before Super Bowl XXXIX.
Among the other nominees were the Mark Brothers, Duper and Clayton, former coach Jimmy Johnson and guard Bob Kuechenberg, who was one of the finalists for induction last year.
In other news Thursday:
-- Free safety Antuan Edwards again skipped practice, meaning it's looking likely that Arturo Freeman will get the start against the Rams. Tackle John St. Clair again practice and he probably will line up against his former team and put first-round pick Vernon Carey back on the bench.
-- Coach Dave Wannstedt said he had discussions with his coaching staff after the Buffalo game about making a change at quarterback but decided to stick with Jay Fiedler. "The determining factor has been, and will be on the quarterback position, the guy that gives us the chance to manage the game, and that's that what has been disappointing overall," Wannstedt said.
-- You know a week wouldn't go by without Wannstedt being asked about the possibility of playing Sage Rosenfels at quarterback. It's a topic Wannstedt clearly would like to avoid, as you can see by his response: "Jay will work with A.J. (Feeley) this week as it has been, but at this point, there are just not enough practice reps to be working three guys."
When asked if he would consider the possibility of using Rosenfels if Fiedler and Feeley prove they can't do the job, Wannstedt replied: "That is a very hypothetical question that I would just as soon stay away from at this point."