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[November 22, 2017]
(The Sports Xchange) - Unhappy
with their scuffling defense, the Oakland Raiders parted ways with
defensive coordinator Ken Norton, Jr. on Tuesday.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio elevated defensive assistant John Pagano
to the defensive coordinator position.
The Seattle Seahawks waived veteran defensive end Dwight Freeney.
The 37-year-old Freeney had three sacks in four games with the
Seahawks. The seven-time Pro Bowler was signed last month after
Seattle lost pass rusher Cliff Avril to a neck injury.
The Denver Broncos are expected to start Paxton Lynch at quarterback
in Sunday's road game against the Oakland Raiders.
Denver has been plagued by quarterback play during its six-game
losing streak. The Broncos fired offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on
Monday and promoted Bill Musgrave to the same position.
The San Francisco 49ers waived defensive end Datone Jones.
Jones recorded six tackles in three games with the 49ers since
signing a one-year deal on Oct. 24.
Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods will be sidelined at
least the next two games with a sprained left shoulder, coach Sean
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Woods reeled in eight receptions for 81 yards versus the Vikings and
leads the team in catches (47), targets (70) and receiving yards
(703) this season. He also is tied with Sammy Watkins for the team
lead among receivers in touchdowns (four).
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said in a radio interview there a
"chance" Pro Bowl left tackle Tyron Smith will play against the Los
Angeles Chargers on Thanksgiving Day.
Smith, who has been sidelined with back and groin injuries, was
listed as a limited participant in Monday's walkthrough.
Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Marcus Gilbert was suspended four
games for violating the league's drug policy. He tested positive for
a performance-enhancing substance.
Gilbert missed five games due to a hamstring injury this season. He
missed two early in the season, tried to come back for the Chiefs
game and reinjured it. He missed three more games before starting
the past two games.
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