National Football League roundup
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[January 07, 2017]
Jan 6 (The Sports Xchange) - The
Indianapolis Colts are bringing back head coach Chuck Pagano and
general manager Ryan Grigson for the 2017 season, according to
Colts owner Jim Irsay decided to keep the coach-GM duo despite the
Colts missing the playoffs for a second straight year. The Colts
finished with back-to-back 8-8 seasons.
Pagano, who has a 49-31 record in five seasons with the Colts,
convinced Irsay a year ago that he deserved a four-year extension.
Grigson received a three-year extension after the 2015 season and
both are currently under contract through the 2019 season.
Pagano led the Colts to the playoffs in each of his first three
seasons, including reaching the AFC Championship Game in the 2014
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The Houston Texans officially ruled out quarterback Tom Savage with
a concussion for Saturday's AFC wild-card playoff game against the
Outside linebacker John Simon (chest) also was ruled out on Friday's
injury report for the Texans (9-7). Houston is expected to again use
Akeem Dent at outside linebacker in place of Simon, who originally
was injured in a Week 11 loss to the Raiders in Mexico City on Nov.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien earlier this week named Brock Osweiler as
the starter over Savage, who sustained a concussion in last Sunday's
loss to the Tennessee Titans. Savage has not yet cleared the NFL's
For the Raiders (12-4), left tackle Donald Penn (knee) and Nate
Allen (concussion) were officially ruled out.
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Detroit Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy was listed as questionable for
Saturday's NFC wild-card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks.
Levy missed 11 games this year with various injuries before
returning for the final four games of the season. He was limited in
practice this week with a knee injury.
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Travis Swanson (concussion), offensive tackle Riley Reiff (hip) and
returner/wide receiver Andre Roberts (shoulder) also were listed as
questionable for the Lions (9-7). They were limited participants in
For the Seahawks (10-5-1), running back C.J. Prosise (shoulder) and
defensive tackle Tony McDaniel (concussion) were officially ruled
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Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Ladarius Green remains in the NFL's
concussion protocol and is questionable for Sunday's wild-card
playoff game against the Miami Dolphins.
Green, who suffered the concussion during the Week 15 game against
the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 18, missed Friday's practice for the
AFC North champion Steelers (11-5).
Steelers linebacker Anthony Chickillo (ankle) and defensive end
Ricardo Mathews (ankle) were both ruled out for the game on Friday's
injury report. Linebacker Vince Williams (shoulder) and safety
Robert Golden (ankle) were listed as questionable.
For the Dolphins, cornerback Byron Maxwell did not practice Friday
and was listed as doubtful with an ankle injury. He missed the last
two regular-season games.
(Editing by Andrew Both)
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