Report: Gregg Williams won't return to Cards

Posted: January 04, 2013

ST. LOUIS defensive coordinator Gregg Williams and his son Blake, the team's linebackers coach won't be returning to the Rams next season, according to an report.

Williams has not yet been reinstated by the NFL after he was suspended indefinitely in Marchfor his part in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.

In a related story, the league has reportedly begun discussing the reinstatements of New Orleans coach Sean Payton and Gregg Williams, who was the Saints defensive coordinator from 2009-2011, when the bounty scandal allegedly took place.

Payton's seasonlong suspension ends Feb. 3.

NFL Network, citing sources, reported that neither Payton, nor Williams has officially applied for reinstatement. Williams will have to do so if he wants to coach elsewhere.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello would not comment.


* Dallas owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio show that changes are coming to his team.

"I can tell you change is necessary at 8-8," Jones said.

Jones offered support for coach Jason Garrett, but refused to answer questions regarding defensive coordinator Rob Ryan's status and whether Garrett will Jones also wouldn't discuss a potential contract extension with Tony Romo, who enters the 2013 season in the final year of his deal.

* Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson said he would like to play on special teams in Saturday's NFC wild-card game against Seattle. It is highly unlikely that head coach Leslie Frazier would risk injury to to Peterson.

In other news, Frazier said he expects quarterback Christian Ponder, who has been limited due to a sore elbow on his right, throwing arm, to ramp it up in practice on Thursday and be ready for Saturday's game.

* Test results revealed that Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant doesn't have any structural damage in his back, according to

Bryant was injured in Sunday's loss to Washington. The website also reported there is no timetable for Bryant to have surgery on his fractured left index finger.

* Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced while wearing a brace on his right knee, but said he's feeling "better every day." Griffin suffered a sprained lateral collateral ligament last month against Baltimore. The Redskins host Seattle in an NFC wild-card game on Sunday.

* Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew said as far as he knows, both he and coach Jim Schwartz will be back next season. Mayhew said he has spoken with ownership and discussed his plans going forward. The Lions lost their final eight games and finished 4-12.

* Jimmy Raye, San Diego's director of player personnel, apparently was the first candidate to interview to replace fired Chargers general manager A.J. Smith.

Ron Wolf, the former Green Bay Packers GM who's serving as a consultant for Chargers president Dean Spanos, said in a conference call that the first interview was Tuesday in San Diego. Asked if that interview was with an outside candidate, Wolf said: "Not to my knowledge."

Spanos confirmed on Monday that Raye is among the candidates being considered.

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