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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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Steelers’ James Conner Out, Juju Smith-Schuster Doubtful

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Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back James Connor has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the winless Cincinnati Bengals due to a shoulder injury, according to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.

Compounding issues further, Steelers’ wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster may miss the game as well as “it’s not looking good” for the Steelers’ explosive superstar wide receiver’s status for Sunday’s game.

The Steelers will also be without center Maurkice Pouncey as well, as he is serving a suspension.

 

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Jaguars Sign Nick O’Leary

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The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed veteran tight end Nick O’Leary, according to an announcement by SportsTrust Advisors.

O’Leary was cut last month by the Miami Dolphins and will bring some much needed help to the Jags’ tight end corps, which has been riddled by injuries this season, with James O’Shaughnessy and Geoff Swain both on the injures reserve.

O’Leary, 27, was cut from the Dolphins following their Week 8 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, a game in which O’Leary had a crucial drop.

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Broncos’ Andy Janovich Out For Season

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Denver Broncos’ fullback Andy Janovich will miss the rest of the season after he suffered a dislocated elbow during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, according to 9News’ Mike Klis.

Janovich agreed to a three-year, $5.7 million contract extension with the Broncos last month, and although fullbacks haven’t been a big part of the NFL game over the past several years, he has been one of the big name’s behind the position’s resurgence recently.

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