NFL notebook: Texans name Phillips interim head coach
Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips will take over as Houston's interim head coach and try to help the team end a six-game skid with Gary Kubiak out indefinitely after suffering a mini-stroke this weekend
“I'm just keeping the seat warm,” Phillips said.
It's a familiar position for Phillips, a 30-plus-year NFL coaching veteran, who was last a head coach in Dallas and has twice served as an interim head coach in the league.
Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison will take over the play-calling duties, with input from Phillips, when the Texans travel to Arizona on Sunday.
• Clarence “Ace” Parker, the oldest member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has died. He was 101. Parker was a Portsmouth, Va., native who played football, basketball and baseball at Duke University, then starred with the NFL's Brooklyn Dodgers from 1937-41. He won the league's most valuable player award in 1940 for his exploits as a quarterback, defensive back and punter. Parker left football in 1942 to serve in World War II, then returned to football with the Boston Yanks in 1945. Parker finished his career the following season in the rival American Football Conference playing quarterback for the New York Yankees. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1972.
• The Chicago-Green Bay rivalry intensified for one couple after a Chicago-area Bears fan won a bet with his Packers fan wife at a bar in Wisconsin, police said. John M. Grant, 42, of Tinley Park, Ill., and his wife watched the Bears beat the Packers on Monday night at Sidelines Tap in Mayville, Wis., according to police. Grant told police he and his wife made a bet that he could use a Taser on her if the Bears won. The two were in the alley smoking a cigarette at one point when Grant used the Taser “two times on her buttocks,” according to a criminal complaint filed in Dodge County, Wis. Grant's wife then called police. Grant was charged with felony possession of an electronic weapon.
• Browns wide receiver Greg Little says Ravens safety James Ihedigbo choked him during a pileup in Sunday's game. Little was under a stack of players when Ihedigbo put his hands around his neck. Little was able to get up and pulled off Ihedigbo's helmet and flung it, drawing a 15-yard personal foul. Little said he doesn't regret his actions and said he would do it again.
• Texans running back Arian Foster missed practice to meet with doctors to get his back injury diagnosed, ESPN reported.
• Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant sat out practice because of stiffness in his back.
• The Saints moved linebackerJonathan Vilma to injured reserve, ending his season — and possibly his career — only three days after he had returned for his first game of this season.