Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel relieved himself of duties as defensive coordinator on a day of massive changes that included the waiving of cornerback Stanford Routt and the signing of defensive tackle Shaun Smith.
Crennel had been juggling head coaching and coordinator duties since taking over on an interim basis when Todd Haley was fired last December. Gary Gibbs will take over as defensive coordinator and Crennel plans to spend more time with the rest of the team.
“We have a young team, you know? And some guys, their perception, all right, may be that I’m a defensive coach, or a defensive coordinator, and I don’t care about other parts of the team, which is not true,” Crennel said Monday.
Buffalo Bills starting defensive end Mark Anderson could miss another three weeks after having a setback recovering from left knee surgery. Coach Chan Gailey said Monday that team doctors haven’t ruled out Anderson requiring what he called another “procedure.” If that happens, Gailey said Anderson would miss about three weeks. … Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin’s status is day to day with a sprained left ankle, and coach Leslie Frazier says he’s hopeful the star wide receiver won’t miss Sunday’s game against Detroit.
San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Monday that linebacker Aldon Smith spoke with General Manager Trent Baalke about what happened during the bye week while the player visited his former college, Missouri.
The 23-year-old Smith denied on Twitter a report last Thursday that he had been attacked earlier in the day outside a restaurant in Columbia, Mo., saying, “Didn’t get jumped — stop asking.” There was no formal police report filed.
Earlier, he had posted this tweet: “Want to clear up rumors of me getting jumped, I’m ok and doing well! Como! I missed you. Go Tigers!!”
Panthers’ get gift TD
The NFL says a 30-yard touchdown run by Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams should not have counted because of an inadvertent whistle. The league said the Panthers should have instead been offered the ball at the 17-yard line — at the point where line judge Thomas Symonette blew his whistle and mistakenly thought Williams had stepped out of bounds. Carolina could’ve also chosen to replay the down at the 30.
Williams kept going and was awarded the first-half touchdown in the Panthers’ 21-13 victory Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano’s doctor says his leukemia is in remission.