NFL roundup: Whisenhunt front-runner for Lions' job
Updated On: Jan 05 2014 06:13:47 PM CST
San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt appears to be the front-runner to land the Detroit Lions' head coaching job, ESPN reported Sunday.
According to the report, which is based on information from a source, the Lions job is "Whistenhunt's to lose."
Whisenhunt and Lions general manager Martin Mayhew spent two seasons as teammates with the Washington Redskins in 1989 and 1990.
Whisenhunt, 51, was head coach of the Arizona Cardinals for six seasons. He led them to a Super Bowl appearance following the 2008 season but was fired after last season.
The Lions could not hire Whisenhunt until after the Chargers' season is over. San Diego plays the Denver Broncos next weekend in the divisional round.
--- Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch was fined $50,000 by the NFL for not speaking with the media this season, ESPN reported.
The fine is one of the stiffest handed down this season. The NFL requires players to talk to the media. Lynch spoke briefly to reporters Friday, but the league considered that too little, too late to avoid the fine.
---The New Orleans Saints fear that linebacker Parys Haralson has a torn pectoral muscle, Fox Sports reported.
Haralson left Saturday's wild card playoff against the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half with a chest injury.
Additional tests will be taken to confirm the extent of the injury but it is likely the Saints will be without Haralson for the rest of the playoffs.
---New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is scheduled to interview for the Washington Redskins head coaching job Monday.
John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance announced that Fewell will meet with Redskins general manager Bruce Allen at Redskins Park.
---NBC's coverage of Saturday's NFL wild card playoff games had a ratings spike over last season, according to Sports Business Daily.
The Indianapolis Colts' 45-44 come-from-behind victory over the Kansas Chiefs earned a 17.2 overnight rating in the 4:30 p.m.-8 p.m. ET window. That figure is up 6 percent over last season's Cincinnati Bengals-Houston Texans game.
In the later game, in which the New Orleans Saints defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 26-24 at the last second, earned a 20.5 overnight rating. That is up 12 percent over last season's Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings primetime game.
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