Bengals RB Green-Ellis back at practice
Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis returned to practice Wednesday after sitting out Tuesday with a hamstring injury.
Green-Ellis tweaked the hamstring in warmups before Sunday’s victory over the Baltimore Ravens and didn’t play in the game. His practice status is listed as limited.
Green-Ellis’ availability for Saturday’s wild-card playoff game against Houston remains unknown. Without him, the Bengals would be missing a key part of their offense The team’s leading rusher this season has gained 1,094 yards on 278 carries and and scored six touchdowns.
The Bengals practiced indoors for a second straight day to escape the cold weather outside.
Safety Chris Crocker (quad) participated in stretching drills Wednesday and defensive end Wallace Gilberry (unspecified injury) missed practice for a second consecutive day.
Chiefs to interview ex-coach Reid
Fired Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid apparently has suitors other than the Arizona Cardinals for his services.
Reid is scheduled to interview with the Kansas City Chiefs for their head-coaching vacancy on Wednesday in Philadelphia before traveling west to meet with the Cardinals, ESPN.com reported.
The Chiefs met with Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter on Tuesday, one day after they fired Romeo Crennell following a 2-14 season.
According to ESPN, Reid is putting together a coaching staff, saying he expects to have a new job by the end of the week. The Eagles won 130 regular-season games and six division titles under Reid since 1999 but stumbled to a 4-12 finish this season.
Despite reports to the contrary, the Cardinals denied Tuesday that they are close to hiring Reid to replace Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired Monday along with general manager Rod Graves. According to USA Today, the Cardinals denied that they had scheduled an interview with Reid.
There were multiple reports that Cardinals management interviewed the team’s offensive coordinator, Ray Horton, on Tuesday and that Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will interview this weekend.
Gregg Williams, son lose jobs with Rams
Gregg Williams and his son Blake Williams are out as members of the St. Louis Rams’ coaching staff.
Blake Williams, the team’s linebackers coach this season, has told other assistants that he and his father are no longer with the team, FoxSports.com reported Wednesday.
Gregg Williams sat out this season after he was suspended indefinitely by the NFL for his role in the New Orleans bounty scandal while he was with the Saints. The defensive coordinator, who is under contract with the Rams through the 2014 season, has yet to be reinstated by the league.
Williams’ son took over some of his father’s defensive duties this season with the Rams.
Greg Williams and coach Jeff Fisher are close friends.
Browns set coaching sights on Oregon’s Kelly
The Cleveland Browns have targeted Chip Kelly as their top candidate to fill the team’s head-coaching vacancy, according to multiple reports.
New Browns chief executive officer Joe Banner traveled to Arizona on Tuesday to interview Kelly, CBSSports.com reported. The Oregon coach is preparing the Ducks to face Kansas State on Thursday night in the Fiesta Bowl.
While in Arizona, Banner reportedly interviewed Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton for the head-coaching position.
A Sirius XM report has identified Kelly is the Browns’ No. 1 candidate. Kelly also is the potential top choice of the Philadelphia Eagles, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Kelly deflected questions this week about the NFL openings during media interviews before the bowl game.
49ers busy in bye week, sign kicker Cundiff
The San Francisco 49ers have given their players a run of rest days thanks to their first-round bye in the NFL playoffs, but the team has kept busy, signing Billy Cundiff to compete for the club’s kicking job.
Cundiff, cut by the Washington Redskins in October after missing 5-of-12 field goal attempts, was signed on Tuesday and will compete with incumbent David Akers, who has also struggled making field goals.
Akers has hit on 29-of-42 attempts this season and gotten it through the uprights just 7-of-13 times from 40-49 yards, missing two chances from that range in Sunday’s victory against Arizona.
Niners (11-4-1) coach Jim Harbaugh has given his players Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off before beginning preparations for one of three possible opponents in their Jan 12 playoff game in San Francisco — Green Bay, Seattle or Washington.
Russia imposes heavy fines for touts at Sochi Games
MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a new law imposing heavy fines for ticket touts at the 2014 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Sochi, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.
The International Olympic Committee has the power to establish ticket prices for all events at the 2014 Games and anyone caught selling tickets above their face value faces a fine of up to one million roubles ($32,700), the Russian government said on its website (www.kremlin.ru).
For low-level scalping, the fine could be up to 10 times the ticket’s price for individuals or 20 times for a Games official. Companies scalping tickets could be shut down.
For years, Russia has been plagued by illegal ticket sales at most major sporting and entertainment events.
The Sochi Games are a prestige project for Putin that will allow him to showcase Russia’s ability to organise major events and boost its international image.
The new law also regulates hotel prices in the region during the 2014 Games, prohibiting owners charging more than the state-imposed fee for each category. ($1 = 30.5480 Russian roubles)
Son of Clippers owner dies of possible drug overdose
The 31-year-old son of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was found dead late Tuesday night at a home in Malibu, Calif.
Scott Sterling’s death was confirmed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The death will be investigated as a possible drug overdose, Scott Whitmore of the LA County Sheriff’s Department told the Times. An autopsy and toxicology report will take several weeks before a cause of death is determined.
Friends and family had not seen Sterling for at least two days, and his body was found at a house on the Pacific Coast Highway. There was no information yet on who went to the home and discovered Sterling, who was there by himself. No foul play was suspected.
Donald Sterling is a lawyer turned real-estate mogul who has owned the Clippers since 1981.