Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis has a broken left hand that will require surgery, but he expects to play in the AFC Championship game against Indianapolis.
Ellis was injured on the Jets’ first defensive play in their 17-14 win at San Diego Sunday. He said yesterday that his hand “just gave out’’ when he was blocked by an offensive lineman.
“I tried to just finish that series out,’’ Ellis said. “Then, once I got to the sideline, I was like, ‘You know what, my hand is broken.’ Then, they checked and were like, ‘Yeah, you’re right, it is.’ ’’
Ellis, third on the team’s career sacks list, had the hand placed in a cast that was wrapped like a club and he later returned to the game. X-rays after the game confirmed the extent of the injury.
He said he’ll have surgery to insert screws into the hand after the Colts game, whether the Jets win or not. If the Jets win, Ellis’s hand would have two weeks to heal before the Super Bowl.
Chargers extend Turner
The Chargers have given coach Norv Turner
a three-year contract extension through 2013. The extension was announced in a release 24 hours after the Chargers were shocked by the New York Jets, 17-14, in the divisional playoffs.
Elsewhere in San Diego, police say wide receiver Vincent Jackson was handcuffed briefly and had his car impounded following a traffic stop on Sunday just a few hours before the Jets game. A traffic officer pulled over Jackson for playing loud music. The player was cited for driving with a suspended license and expired tags. Jackson had to catch a ride to the game with quarterback Philip Rivers.
Phillips to return
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips
will return next season, ESPN.com
reported, citing a high-ranking team source.
The Vikings embarrassed the Cowboys in the NFC divisional round Sunday, 34-3, at Minnesota.
The Cowboys have made no official announcement on Phillips’s future.
Nolan out at Denver
The Broncos and defensive coordinator Mike Nolan
have agreed to part ways. Nolan is the third member of coach Josh McDaniels’
inaugural staff to depart following a disappointing 8-8 season after a 6-0 start. Nolan, who engineered the Broncos’ switch to a 3-4 defensive alignment, was McDaniels’ first hire. The Broncos will search for their fifth defensive coordinator in five seasons. The Dolphins have already requested an interview with Nolan, sources close to the situation told ESPN . . . The Vikings will moniter defensive end Ray Edwards
, who was injured in the third quarter of Sunday’s victory, appearing to hurt his right knee . . . Redskins secondary coach Jerry Gray
said reports of his hiring by the Seahawks are a bit premature. “I do have an offer from Seattle to be their secondary coach, and it’s a one-of-a-kind offer, but I have not signed yet,’’ Gray said. “I’m not waiting for any particular reason, but with the holiday it hasn’t happened yet. I’m not saying it won’t happen. We’ll see what happens [today].’’ The Seahawks recently hired former Southern Cal coach Pete Carroll
as head coach.
Late name change Sun Life Financial
has purchased naming rights to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium in time for the Super Bowl. A person familiar with the deal confirmed that Sun Life has reached a five-year agreement with the team. The stadium, called Land Shark Stadium last year, will be renamed in time for the Pro Bowl Jan. 31 and the Super Bowl the following Sunday, the person said on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced . . . The 49ers hired veteran NFL and college coach Kurt Schottenheimer
as special teams coordinator. Schottenheimer, 60, was out of football last season after working as the Green Bay Packers’ secondary coach from 2006-08 . . . Authorities say Titans wide receiver and former Rutgers star Kenny Britt
, 21, was arrested in New Jersey on outstanding traffic warrants during a motor vehicle stop . . . Longtime Panthers receivers coach Richard Williamson
, 68, announced his retirement.
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