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Parcells to become Miami's VP of operations

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Associated Press / December 20, 2007

Bill Parcells's day began with reports he would rebuild the Atlanta Falcons. It ended with him on the cusp of taking the same job with the Miami Dolphins.

Parcells and Dolphins owner Wayne Huizenga agreed yesterday on a four-year contract to be Miami's vice president of football operations, according to ESPN, which employs the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach as an analyst.

The Dolphins declined comment, only saying no contract has been signed, and no one at Huizenga's business office was authorized to comment when reached yesterday evening by the Associated Press.

Miami's players were also caught off-stride by the news, which broke after they finished practice.

"I don't know anything," defensive end Jason Taylor said.

So, for the second time in less than a week, an off-field story is dominating the conversation at Miami's training complex.

The first revelation came last Friday: Huizenga has been in talks about selling the team to two real estate developers for about $1.1 billion. Huizenga later said those discussions had been going on for months, and the story has since changed to the billionaire owner considering selling only a 49 percent stake in the team.

And now this: Parcells, who previously coached the Patriots, Giants, Jets, and Cowboys, is apparently set to return to the NFL.

When the Falcons announced Parcells turned them down, they also released the information that he was in negotiations with the Dolphins.

"We met with him this morning to complete the contract. At that time, we were made aware by Parcells that he was considering a revised offer from the Miami Dolphins," Falcons owner Arthur Blank said. "He later informed us that he would not be signing a contract with us."

Romo gets thumbs-up

Tony Romo threw a short pass and took off running, doing the half-speed drill that starts most Cowboys practices. After that, the sore-thumbed Pro Bowl quarterback also did everything else he'd usually do in practice except take direct snaps as Dallas prepped for Saturday night's game at Carolina. "He seemed to get better and better as the practice went along as far as his thumb and throwing the football," coach Wade Phillips said. "It looks like he's going to play to me." . . . The NFL stuck to its one-game suspension for Cowboys safety Roy Williams, who appealed the ruling. Williams, who will also be out one week's pay of $35,000, was suspended because of a "horse-collar" tackle last Sunday that was his third such infraction of the season.

Hedging his Jets

Jets coach Eric Mangini said he hasn't made a decision on whether Kellen Clemens or Chad Pennington will start at quarterback Sunday at Tennessee, but said Clemens would be the choice if he recovers in time from a rib injury and is mentally and physically prepared. "It's really health-related," Mangini said. "We've got to see where Kellen is, see what he can do in terms of practice throughout the course of the week." . . . Ravens quarterback Kyle Boller was sent home following team meetings because he's still experiencing headaches and sensitivity to light after suffering a concussion last Sunday against Miami, leaving rookie Troy Smith to take all the snaps with the first-team offense. Coach Brian Billick said that if Boller is unable to practice today, Smith will likely get his first career start this weekend against Seattle.

Bush back at practice

Running back Reggie Bush, who learned he had a torn left knee ligament just two weeks ago, returned to Saints practice ahead of schedule, but his status for Sunday's game against Philadelphia remains in question . . . Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said the reason for the release of Todd Sauerbrun this week was the punter's belligerent actions toward police after he was cited for assault over an altercation with a taxi driver earlier this month. Sauerbrun has proclaimed his innocence . . . The Colts are expected to be without three defensive contributors for the second straight week - defensive tackle Raheem Brock (ribs), safety Antoine Bethea (knee), and defensive end Robert Mathis (knee) . . . With the Lions out of playoff contention, the team placed receiver Roy Williams (knee) on injured reserve so he could begin his rehabilitation . . . The Eagles will place linebacker Takeo Spikes on injured reserve before he undergoes surgery tomorrow on a torn rotator cuff suffered Sunday . . . Tennessee's starting middle linebacker, Ryan Fowler, was placed on injured reserve after having surgery Tuesday on his right shoulder . . . Defensive end Ryan Denney became the 15th Bills player to be put on injured reserve after he hurt his foot last Sunday against Cleveland . . . Four suspects accused in the killing of Redskins Pro Bowl safety Sean Taylor have filed written not guilty pleas to first-degree felony murder and armed burglary charges.

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