TAMPA — The Bucs have started the process of hiring a general manager, and four candidates were linked to them in reports Wednesday:
• Chris Ballard, the Chiefs' director of player personnel, spent 12 years with the Bears, including nine with new Bucs coach Lovie Smith. He was an area scout before being named director of pro scouting in 2012. The National Football Post reported the Bucs requested permission for an interview.
• Morocco Brown has been the Redskins' director of pro personnel for six seasons. Before that, he spent time with Smith and the Bears as assistant director of pro personnel. The NFL Network reported the Bucs requested permission for an interview.
• Marc Ross is in his first season as the Giants' vice president of player evaluation after spending six as their director of college scouting. In 2000, at age 27, he became the Eagles' college scouting director. Fox Sports reported the Bucs requested permission for an interview, and multiple reports said the Giants granted it.
• Lionel Vital became the Falcons' director of player personnel a year ago. He started as a scout with the Browns and also has worked for the Ravens, Jets and Patriots. Profootballtalk.com reported he will interview with the Bucs.
More Bucs: Larry Marmie accepted an undisclosed position, the Contra Costa Times reported. Marmie, 71, previously a Raiders scout, was Tulsa's defensive coordinator when Smith played there. Smith worked under him when he was Arizona State's coach (1988-91) and Tennessee's defensive coordinator (1993-94).
Chargers: Center Nick Hardwick sustained a concussion Sunday, the team disclosed. Running back Ryan Mathews wore a walking boot on his left ankle. Their status hasn't been determined.
Colts: Safety LaRon Landry, who sustained a concussion Saturday, fully participated at practice. The team said it hopes he can play.
Browns: Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels removed himself from consideration after learning he was not the front-runner, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported. Meanwhile, Packers quarterbacks coach Ben McAdoo interviewed, the Associated Press reported.
Lions: Mike Munchak, fired as Titans coach Saturday, interviewed.
Redskins: Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden interviewed. He has interviewed with the Titans and is set to do so with the Vikings today.
Titans: Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell interviewed. The ex-Colts coach previously interviewed with the Redskins and Lions.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.