ST. LOUIS — The Rams fired defensive coordinator Tim Walton on Wednesday, and multiple media outlets reported he will be replaced by Gregg Williams.
Coach Jeff Fisher, who said after the season ended that he didn't anticipate any coaching changes, announced the move and wished Walton well. Walton spent four seasons as the secondary coach in Detroit before he was hired last year by the Rams.
Williams' hiring is expected to become official within a week, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
Williams briefly was the Rams defensive coordinator in 2012 but was suspended indefinitely as part of the Saints bounty scandal. He was reinstated after one year away from the league.
This season, he was a senior assistant for the Titans before being let go as part of the firing of coach Mike Munchak. Williams was Fisher's defensive coordinator in Tennessee from 1997-2000.
This season, the Rams finished third in the league with 53 sacks and 15th in overall defense at 345 yards per game.
In a statement the Rams released, Fisher said, "I would like to thank Tim for his hard work and contributions to our defense. I wish him well in the future."
Ex-player files concussion suit
DETROIT — Former Lions running back Jahvid Best sued the league and helmet-maker Riddell after he says concussion problems cut short his career.
As a rookie in 2010, Best ran 555 yards and two touchdowns and caught 58 passes for 487 yards and two touchdowns. But he was limited to six games in 2011 season after what he said was the third concussion of his career. Best, who turns 25 today, didn't play in 2012 and was cut in July.
The lawsuit alleges the league has been aware of evidence of mild traumatic brain injuries and the risk for its players for years, but "deliberately ignored and actively concealed" the information.
Messages left with the league were not returned. Riddell declined to comment.
Ravens: Steve Spagnuolo, who coached the Rams from 2009-11, was hired as secondary coach and assistant head coach. He spent last season as a consultant to the Ravens and also has been the defensive coordinator for the Saints (2012) and Giants (2007-08).
Steinberg client: Leigh Steinberg signed SMU quarterback Garrett Gilbert as the first client for his new agency. Steinberg, the inspiration for the movie Jerry Maguire, was a powerful agent whose clients included future Hall of Famers Steve Young, Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Howie Long, Thurman Thomas, Derrick Thomas and Bruce Smith. But alcoholism and bankruptcy led to his certification lapsing. He was recertified by the players union last fall. Steinberg represented Gilbert's father, former NFL quarterback Gale Gilbert, and currently represents SMU coach June Jones.