Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Browns sale end of line for boss

CHICAGO — Mike Holmgren won't be finishing the job he went to do in Cleveland.

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

Haslam was introduced as the Browns' new boss after the 32 NFL owners unanimously approved his $1 billion purchase from Randy Lerner. Moments later, Haslam said 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.

"I told Pat on Saturday night that this was the only personnel move until the end of the season," Haslam said, "But I am not at all saying we'll make changes at the end of the season."

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

Haslam, 57, who built his fortune with Pilot Flying J truck stops, has been a minority owner of the Steelers, and is in the process of divesting that stock.

In other league business:

• Minnesota will host Pittsburgh in a second London game next year. The Vikings and Steelers will play Sept. 29 at Wembley Stadium, four weeks before Jacksonville hosts San Francisco there.

• Houston, San Francisco and South Florida will bid for the 2016 and '17 Super Bowls.

HARRISON CONCUSSIONS IN "DOUBLE DIGITS": Steelers All-Pro linebacker James Harrison says he has endured "double digit" bouts with concussion-like symptoms, but began using a special layer of padding inside his helmet last fall and is pleased with the results. "I haven't seen any spots or had any blackouts," Harrison said.

Also, the Steelers suspended rookie nose tackle Alameda Ta'amu two games without pay after his weekend arrest for a late-night run-in with police.

BEARS: The team terminated the contract of offensive lineman Chris Williams, a former first-round draft pick.

CARDINALS: ESPN reported that quarterback Kevin Kolb will miss several weeks with a rib injury.

COWBOYS: Owner Jerry Jones said it "looks obvious" that running back DeMarco Murray won't play Sunday at Carolina because of his sprained left foot.

EAGLES: Juan Castillo's offense-to-defense coaching experiment backfired, costing the defensive coordinator his job. Castillo was fired by coach Andy Reid and replaced by secondary coach Todd Bowles.

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