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Raiders Fire Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton

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The Oakland Raiders are making a change at defensive coordinator after a dismal performance this season from the unit.

Oakland has fired defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr., according to Mike Silver and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

Assistant Head Coach/Defense John Pagano will take Norton’s place.

“After careful thought, I have made a difficult decision to part ways with Ken Norton, Jr. as defensive coordinator,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said in a statement.

“I have the utmost respect for Ken as a person and as a coach, but I feel that moving John Pagano into the play-calling role will best utilize his wealth of experience. I appreciate Ken’s passion and commitment to the Raiders since coming aboard and wish him the best going forward.”

The Raiders have failed to produce an interception this season, sack numbers are down, and they have been giving up a ton of points, all signs that a change was desperately needed.

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Ravens Signing Paul Worrilow

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The Baltimore Ravens are signing veteran linebacker Paul Worrilow pending a physical, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley.

Worrilow, 29, is expected to provide depth for the Ravens linebacker corps, and was recently cut by the Philadelphia Eagles.

Worrilow missed the 2018 season due to injury, and health concerns led to his recent cut from the Eagles.

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Chargers’ Placing Derwin James On IR

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The Los Angeles Chargers will place safety Derwin James on IR prior to Week 1 of the regular season, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

James underwent foot surgery on Thursday and there is currently not a timeline for his return to the field.

James suffered a stress fracture and is expected to need about 3 months worth of recovery time.

With the move to the injure reserve list, James is now eligible to return in Week 9, but may need more time than that.

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Patriots Not Interested in Trent Williams Trade

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The New England Patriots are not interested in a trade for Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

The Patriots have been tied to Williams since rumors started swirling that the Redskins were looking to trade the disgruntled Williams, who is currently staging a hold out.

There were rumors that the Pats were willing to trade a first rounder for Williams, but the Redskins turned it down.

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