Monday, January 2, 2012
Posted by Michael David Smith on January 2, 2012, 4:16 PM EST
The news is in on Rashard Mendenhall’s right knee injury, and it’s as bad as it could be.
Mendenhall has suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports.
Obviously, Mendenhall won’t be playing for the Steelers in the playoffs, and the question with an ACL tear is whether he can even be ready for the start of next season. He may be at less than 100 percent when the 2012 regular season begins.
Mendenhall carried 228 times for 928 yards this season. He’ll be replaced in the Steelers’ offense by Isaac Redman and John Clay.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 4:34 PM
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 2, 2012, 4:05 PM EST
The first NBCSportsTalk on the newly christened NBC Sports Network had a juicy nugget in the first five minutes.
Peter King reported that Jeff Fisher will interview for the Rams head coaching job this week.
It’s believed that Fisher wants to go to a place with a quarterback in place. St. Louis certainly qualifies. Fisher has close ties to the Rams.
Fisher’s agent is Marvin Demoff, the father of Kevin Demoff, Rams COO and Executive Vice President of Football Operations.
It sounds like Fisher is going to be back in the NFL this year. St. Louis gets the first crack at speaking with him and possibly making him the next Rams head coach.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 4:32 PM
Posted by Josh Alper on January 2, 2012, 2:16 PM EST
The Jets’ season ended with the offense flailing about unsuccessfully, but that doesn’t seem to have taken much away from Brian Schottenheimer’s prospects of advancement.
Schottenheimer, who has been the Jets’ offensive coordinator for the last six years, will interview for the Jaguars’ head coaching job. Manish Mehta of the New York Daily Newsreports that the interview will happen as early as this week.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 4:31 PM
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on January 2, 2012, 2:39 PM EST
We have our first stunner of Black Monday.
Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian and his son G.M. Chris Polian are out in Indianapolis, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
There’s no official word yet on coach Jim Caldwell. (UPDATE 2:59 p.m. ET: No decision has been made yet on Caldwell, according to Bob Kravitz of the Indianapolis Star.)
The departure of the Polian clan is a seismic decision by owner Jim Irsay after Polian served the team successfully for 14 years. Bill Polian took over as G.M. in early 1998 and madePeyton Manning his first draft pick with the team.
Posted by Tiger Hebert at 4:28 PM