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[December 13, 2016]
Dec 12 (The Sports Xchange) -
Eight days after coach Jeff Fisher's contract extension became
public, the Los Angeles Rams decided to fire him on Monday.
Fisher, in his fifth season with the Rams and 22nd overall as an NFL
head coach, was let go one day after a 42-14 drubbing at home by the
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill was diagnosed with an ACL
and MCL sprains in his left knee, coach Adam Gase confirmed Monday
in announcing the better-than-expected news.
Tannehill suffered the knee injury with 1:46 left in the third
quarter of Sunday's 26-23 win over the Arizona Cardinals and early
indications were a torn ACL. Gase said surgery is not required but
is uncertain whether Tannehill can return this season.
The U.S. Supreme Court let stand the NFL's $1 billion concussion
deal, rejecting challenges to the plan to settle thousands of
lawsuits filed by former players.
The settlement was reached by the NFL and covers more than 20,000
retired players for financial payouts based on brain injuries linked
to concussions suffered during their playing careers. The agreement
will cover retirees for the next 65 years.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team never considered
inserting Tony Romo into Sunday night's loss for struggling
quarterback Dak Prescott.
Prescott had the worst game of his rookie season during the 10-7
loss to the New York Giants that snapped the Cowboys' 11-game
Denver Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware is one of eight finalists
for the NFL's Art Rooney Sportsmanship Award.
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The finalists, announced Monday by the NFL, feature four players
from each conference. Linebacker Brian Cushing (Houston Texans),
running back Frank Gore (Indianapolis Colts), guard/tackle Marshal
Yanda (Baltimore Ravens) and Ware are from the AFC, and tight end
Greg Olsen (Carolina Panthers), linebacker Julius Peppers (Green Bay
Packers), running back Darren Sproles (Philadelphia Eagles) and
tackle Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers) represent the NFC.
The Minnesota Vikings put defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd on injured
reserve and signed defensive tackle Toby Johnson to the active
roster from the practice squad.
Floyd, a first-round draft pick (23rd overall) in 2013, played one
game in 2016 before sustaining a right knee injury. He underwent
knee surgery Sept. 22, and the Vikings had held out hope he would
return. The 25-year-old has 57 tackles, 9 1/2 sacks, four passes
defensed and one forced fumble in four seasons with Minnesota.
The Indianapolis Colts signed safety Duke Williams and elevated wide
receiver Devin Street to the 53-man roster.
The Colts also placed safety Clayton Geathers, outside linebacker
Curt Maggitt and guard Jack Mewhort on injured reserve. (Editing by
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