Report says Gailey is finalist in Miami

With at least one report from Florida listing him as one of two finalists to be named head coach of the Miami Dolphins, Chan Gailey was still on the job at Georgia Tech Thursday.


There was increased interest in the Dolphins' search, in part due to a published comment from a Georgia Tech recruit that he was told by Gailey there should be a resolution of the matter "sometime around Thursday."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted recruit Morgan Burnett as saying Gailey "just told me about the whole situation."

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported that Gailey and San Diego offensive coordinator Cam Cameron are the finalists. The paper listed Gailey as the favorite to replace Nick Saban.

FALCONS: Atlanta running back Warrick Dunn had arthroscopic surgery for a damaged shoulder that bothered him much of the season.

Dunn will need several months of rehabilitation before he's able to resume football workouts, the team said. But he should make a full recovery.

COWBOYS: Nearly two weeks after the Dallas Cowboys' season ended, Bill Parcells still hasn't decided whether he wants to keep coaching.

Jerry Jones has told Parcells to take all the time he wants. At least, until the Feb. 1 deadline that's in his contract.

PATRIOTS: New England safety Rodney Harrison participated in the opening of practice after missing the start Wednesday with an injured right knee.

JAGUARS: Jacksonville locked up another key defensive starter, signing linebacker Daryl Smith to a five-year contract extension worth about $25 million.

Smith, a second-round draft pick from Georgia Tech in 2004, has started every game the past two seasons and led the team with 170 tackles last year.

WATERS: Brain damage caused on the football field ultimately led to the suicide of former NFL defensive back Andre Waters, according to a forensic pathologist who studied Waters' brain tissue.

Bennet Omalu of the University of Pittsburgh told The New York Times that Waters' brain tissue resembled that of an 85-year-old man and that there were characteristics of early stage Alz-heimer's.

Omalu told the newspaper he believed the damage was related to multiple concussions Waters sustained during his 12-year NFL career.

Waters was 44 when he committed suicide last November.


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