Sunday, January 21, 2018
Sports

Bills may boot Ryan today

Unless his team gets hot over the final four weeks of the season, Rex Ryan may be finished as coach of the Bills.

Noting that there is dissension within the team, CBS Sports reported that Ryan could be out as early today.

Ryan's relationship with general manager Doug Whaley and other Bills executives has become strained, according to CBS Sports, with the front office maintaining that the team is not playing up to the level of its talent. And the front office has the ear of owner Terry Pegula.

The Bills are 6-7 after Sunday's loss to the Steelers. They finished 8-8 and third in the AFC East in 2015, Ryan's first year as coach.

Asked about the report after Sunday's game, Ryan said, "I got no comment. I don't know anything about that."

Ryan arrived to great fanfare in 2015, bringing a 50-52 record with the Jets.

STAFFORD HURT: Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford suffered joint dislocation and torn ligaments to the middle finger of his throwing hand, but he said he doesn't expect to miss any time.

SMITH TRIAL: A New Orleans jury now has the case of the man who fatally shot retired Saints star Will Smith. On trial is Cardell Hayes, 29, who is charged with second-degree murder.

DEFLATED BALLS: The NFL said no formal complaint was filed last week by the Giants, who reportedly alerted the league that the Steelers were using deflated footballs during their game.

BRONCOS: Former Bucs cornerback Aqib Talib was flagged for unnecessary roughness after tangling with Titans wide receiver Harry Douglas on the Tennessee sideline late in the second quarter. Talib was angry at Douglas for his low block on Denver cornerback Chris Harris on the previous play that left Harris on the ground for a couple of minutes. "Man, that was so illegal," Harris said of Douglas' hit. "I've never had a player just try to end my career like that. That was dirty."

CHARGERS: Running back Melvin Gordon was carted off the field in the first quarter with a hip injury. … Rookie defensive end Joey Bosa left in the second quarter with a neck injury after a sack on the Panthers' Cam Newton.

VIKINGS: Coach Mike Zimmer returned after a one-game absence and was on the sideline with a patch over his right eye. Zimmer missed last week's game against the Cowboys because of a detached retina.

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