Wade Phillips will stay in press box

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Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said Thursday he’s still regaining his strength less than a month after undergoing gall bladder surgery.

The 64-year-old Phillips went on medical leave Dec. 14. He returned last week and worked from the press box in Sunday’s 23-22 loss to Tennessee.

He’ll work from there again when the Texans (10-6) play Cincinnati (9-7) in the playoffs.

CHARGERS: San Diego fired defensive coordinator Greg Manusky after just one year on the job and replaced him by promoting linebackers coach John Pagano.

The shakeup came four days after the Chargers finished 8-8 and out of the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

It also came two days after coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith were notified by team President Dean Spanos that they will return next season.

STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced Thursday but remains bothered by a sprained left ankle heading into Sunday’s wild card game at Denver.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said Roethlisberger was “moving around OK, not as good as he was.”

Linebacker James Harrison (toe), defensive end Brett Keisel (groin) and Troy Polamalu (calf) did not practice but are expected to play.

RAMS: Jeff Fisher is interviewing for the St. Louis coaching job after previously meeting with the Dolphins.

The team said Thursday that initial interviews are taking place in Denver, with owner Stan Kroenke an active participant.

Fisher offers the Rams plenty of head coaching experience. He has a career record of 142-120 and led the Titans to at least 12 wins four times.

VIKINGS: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton gave leaders in Minneapolis and Ramsey County one week to finalize their proposals to host a new Vikings stadium, so that he and state lawmakers can decide between them.


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