October 17, 2012 in Sports

Holmgren won’t remain at Browns president

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Mike Holmgren won’t be finishing the job he went to do in Cleveland.

New Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam III said Tuesday that Holmgren was out as team president, although the Super Bowl-winning coach will remain with the franchise to help in the transition.

Haslam was introduced as the Browns’ new boss after the 32 NFL owners unanimously approved his $1 billion purchase of the team from Randy Lerner. Moments later, Haslam announced that former Eagles President Joe Banner would become chief executive officer. The move takes effect Oct. 25 when the sale is concluded.

Haslam plans no other personnel changes before 2013, meaning the jobs of coach Pat Shurmur and his staff and general manager Tom Heckert appear safe for now.

The Browns were the last team to win a game this year, beating Cincinnati on Sunday after five losses. They are tied with Kansas City for the worst record in the league.

Haslam said Holmgren and Banner will “work together until the end of the season to transition in a seamless fashion.”

Steelers’ Harrison adds padding

After enduring what he estimated as “double- digit” bouts with concussion-like symptoms throughout his decade-long career, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison began using a special layer of padding inside his helmet last fall and enjoys the results.

He’s been joined by around 100 players over the last 12 months and feels the extra weight (about 3-4 ounces) is worth the feeling of safety.

Federal judge requests documents

A federal magistrate judge has ordered NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to provide the court with documents related to the league’s bounty investigation of the New Orleans Saints.

The order by Magistrate Daniel Knowles came in response to suspended linebacker Jonathan Vilma’s efforts to initiate the discovery process in his defamation case against the commissioner. Vilma has said the NFL has allowed him to review only a fraction of documents related to bounty matter.

Around the league

Juan Castillo was fired by Philadelphia coach Andy Reid and replaced by secondary coach Todd Bowles. … Pittsburgh suspended rookie nose tackle and former Washington Husky Alameda Ta’amu two games without pay following his arrest over the weekend. … Arizona announced that QB Kevin Kolb has rib cartilage damage and will be sidelined for “an unspecified period of time.” John Skelton will start. … Houston, San Francisco and South Florida are bidding for the 2016 and 2017 Super Bowls.

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