Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will take over as Houston’s interim head coach and try to help the team end a six-game skid with Gary Kubiak out indefinitely after suffering a mini-stroke this weekend
It’s a familiar position for Phillips, a 30-plus-year NFL coaching veteran, who was last a head coach in Dallas and has twice served as an interim head coach in the league. The first time came in 1985 when his father, Bum Phillips, stepped down with the Saints, the second was in 2003 when Dan Reeves resigned as Atlanta’s coach with three games remaining in the regular season.
Browns: Wide receiver Greg Little said Ravens safety James Ihedigbo choked him during a pileup in Sunday’s game.
Little was under a stack of players when Ihedigbo put his hands around his neck.
Little was able to get up and pulled off Ihedigbo’s helmet and flung it, drawing a 15-yard personal foul. Little said he doesn’t regret his actions and said he would do it again.
The Little-Ihedigbo altercation was the second major incident between the Browns and Ravens this season.
In Week 2, Browns nose tackle Phil Taylor accused Ravens running back Ray Rice of spitting in his face after a play.
SAINTS: Jonathan Vilma’s season is over and his future on the football field is in doubt.
The New Orleans Saints placed Vilma to injured reserve, ending his season only three days after he had returned for his first game of this season.
Vilma began the season on short-term injured reserve because of an arthroscopic procedure in August on his left knee, which has troubled him through multiple surgeries over the past two-plus seasons.
OBITUARY: Clarence “Ace” Parker, the oldest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, died Wednesday. He was 101.
A Portsmouth, Va., native, Parker played football, basketball and baseball at Duke, then was a first-round draft choice of the NFL’s Brooklyn Dodgers in 1937.