Ulbrich shines in return
from injury

Star-Bulletin staff

Jeff Ulbrich returned from his knee injury and made six tackles in San Francisco's win over Washington yesterday.

Ulbrich, the former Hawaii linebacker, hyperextended his right knee in a preseason game. The third-year pro was playing in his first regular-season game this year for the 49ers.

Ashley Lelie, Denver's first-round pick, caught two passes for 36 yards from Brian Griese in the Broncos' victory over Buffalo.

Lelie, the former Hawaii star receiver, grabbed a 16-yard pass on a third-down-and-13 situation during a key third-quarter scoring drive.

Former Hawaii standout kicker Jason Elam, Lelie's teammate with the Broncos, made four extra points, but his 49-yard field-goal attempt hit an upright on the goal post.

Detroit golden-boy Joey Harrington got his first start at quarterback and took his snaps from starting center Dominic Raiola, a St. Louis School alumnus, as the Lions played their first game at Ford Field.

James Fenderson, the former Hawaii running back, made a special-teams tackle for the second week in row in New Orleans' victory over Chicago.

Several other players with Hawaii ties started in NFL games yesterday: centers Kevin Mawae (his dad grew up in Hawaii) of the New York Jets and Olin Kreutz (St. Louis) of Chicago, tight end Itula Mili (Kahuku High School) of Seattle, and guard Kynan Forney (Hawaii) of Atlanta.

Tackle Adrian Klemm (Hawaii) of New England and guard Toniu Fonoti (Kahuku) of San Diego played sparingly.

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