NFL: Seattle tight end John Carlson and cornerback Marcus Trufant were taken from the field on carts after getting concuss- ions during Sunday’s playoff loss to Chicago.
Coach Pete Carroll said both players were hospitalized and were expected to stay over- night for observation. He said “all indications are that they are OK.”
With Chicago leading 7-0, Seattle took over at its 24 and on first down, Carlson (pictured) caught a pass from Matt Hasselbeck along the left sideline.
He tried to jump over Chicago’s Danieal Manning but got upended, his helmet and right shoulder taking the brunt of the fall. Carlson stayed down for several minutes before being placed on a board and carted off the field.
Trufant was hurt making a tackle on Bears tight end Kellen Davis in the third quarter. His head appeared to collide with Davis’ knee and he also was taken off the field.
Ryan takes over Dallas defense
NFL: Rob Ryan is headed to Dallas and already has another family reunion lined up.
Ryan has agreed to become the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, two people with direct knowledge of the hire told the AP.
Ryan is the son of former NFL head coach Buddy Ryan and the brother of New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan. The Cowboys are scheduled to face the Jets next season.
Ryan, 48, played college ball at Southwestern Oklahoma State and got his first pro job when he joined his father’s staff in Arizona as defensive backs coach. He was Oakland’s defensive coordinator from 2004-08 before becoming the Cleveland Browns’ defensive coordinator.
With Ryan running the defense, the Browns lost 26-20 to his brother’s Jets in overtime on Nov. 14.
Cable wants his money back
NFL: A person familiar with the fines says former Oakland Raiders coach Tom Cable has filed a grie- vance to recover $120,000 that the team penalized him during last season.
The person, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not say why the Raiders withheld the money from Cable’s paychecks. ESPN reported owner Al Davis was upset that the Raiders lost two days of organized team activities in June for violating NFL rules.