American Football - Munchak set to keep Titans job

All signs point to Mike Munchak retaining his job as Tennessee Titans coach in 2014, according to reports.

Munchak and general manager Ruston Webster met with team president and CEO Tommy Smith in Texas and the coach gained a reprieve after making a case for the Titans' progress this season, according to the newspaper.

An announcement on Munchak's job status is expected soon.

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Bill O'Brien has been introduced as the Houston Texans' new head coach, and team owner Bob McNair made it clear he expects immediate success after finishing 2-14 this season.

"I'm ready to kick 2013 the hell out the door," McNair said.

"Not acceptable. Not what we're going to do in the future. We know that (O'Brien) is going to come in here, and we expect to see great things happen immediately. He's a great leader. Has ability to step in to difficult situations and turn them around."

The Texans own the number one overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but McNair said he is open to trading that pick.

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New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas has been ruled out for Saturday's wild-card game at Philadelphia because of a back injury.

Thomas, the Saints' leading rusher with 549 yards on 147 carries, was second on the roster with 77 receptions in 2013.

Mark Ingram figures to be a more prominent part of the game plan.

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Cincinnati Bengals cornerbacks Terence Newman and Dre Kirkpatrick, and offensive tackle Anthony Collins have returned to practice.

Newman missed the last three games of the regular season with a knee injury. Kirkpatrick was out with an illness Thursday. Collins returned after missing the two previous practice days with an ankle injury.

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Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh has announced that running backs coach Wilbert Montgomery will not return to the team.

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Kansas City Chiefs rookie right tackle Eric Fisher, the number one overall pick in 2013, has been ruled out for the wild-card play-off game at Indianapolis because of a groin injury.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have terminated the contract of offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr.

Bicknell spent just one season with the Steelers, who finished tied for 27th in the NFL in rushing yards per game in 2013.

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The Minnesota Vikings have hired two lawyers to conduct an independent review of allegations made by former punter Chris Kluwe, who claimed the team released him because of his public stance in support of same-sex marriage.

Former Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court Eric Magnuson and former US Department of Justice trial attorney Chris Madel will lead the investigation.

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San Francisco 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers and his back-up, Eric Wright, are listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Green Bay. But coach Jim Harbaugh seemed to think both will play.

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The Indianapolis Colts have signed defensive tackle Christian Tupou to the practice squad.