The New Orleans Saints designated offensive line coach Aaron Kromer as the interim head coach for the first six regular-season games, when assistant head coach Joe Vitt will have to serve his suspension in connection with the NFL’s bounty investigation.
Vitt has been overseeing coaching duties since Sean Payton’s full-season suspension began in mid-April, but the Saints initially held off on a decision concerning who would become the figurehead for the coaching staff when Vitt had to step aside in Week 1.
Kromer, 45, is in his fifth season with the Saints and also is running game coordinator.
Edwards good gamble
Giving former Browns wide receiver Braylon Edwards another shot might have seemed like a move of desperation but it might turn out to be a shrewd decision by the Seattle Seahawks.
Through the first two weeks of the preseason, Edwards has been among the Seahawks’ most impressive wide receivers. He had a leaping 39-yard touchdown catch in Seattle’s preseason opener against Tennessee and has stood out during training camp practices.
“I’m not surprised by anything he [does],” said Seahawks tight end Kellen Winslow, who played with Edwards in Cleveland. “I’ve seen this guy every day for four years together. I’m not surprised by anything he can do.”
Edwards is trying to leave behind a miserable 2011 season in San Francisco during which he was dogged by knee problems and was released after Week 16, missing out on the 49ers’ run in the NFC playoffs. He played in just nine games for San Francisco and spent most of the offseason looking for a new home before Seattle signed him on July 31.
Leinart cleared to play
Oakland Raiders backup quarterback Matt Leinart is OK to play after injuring the index finger on his non-throwing hand but still might be held out of Saturday’s game against the Detroit Lions.
Leinart, who received stitches in his finger after being knocked out by an illegal hit by Arizona’s Ricky Lumpkin last week, attended practice Wednesday but did not participate in any drills.
Carson Palmer continued to take reps with the starters, while Terrelle Pryor replaced Leinart with the second-team offense.
Carolina receiver shelved
Steve Smith was on crutches after being treated for what the Carolina Panthers described as a left foot infection.
Coach Ron Rivera says Smith is being treated with antibiotics, but the wide receiver’s status for the remainder of the preseason is unknown. Smith was seen walking around the stadium on crutches, but was unavailable for comment Wednesday.
Panthers middle linebacker Jon Beason was also held out of practice with a strained hamstring.
Texans lose tackle to injury
Houston Texans reserve defensive tackle Ra’Shon Harris is out for the season after tearing his right triceps.
Coach Gary Kubiak says the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Harris was hurt during an individual period on Tuesday and will be placed on injured reserve.
Harris signed with Houston as an unrestricted free agent in January.
He was a sixth-round draft pick by Pittsburgh in 2009. He played in two games for the Panthers in 2009.
More players on the move
The St. Louis Rams signed defensive end Vernon Gholston, the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft but so far a bust in the NFL. … The Buffalo Bills waived defensive backs Josh Nesbitt and Cris Hill. Both players have been recovering from injuries and were designated as waived/injured. … The Tennessee Titans released veteran defensive tackle Shaun Smith.