NFL notebook: Seahawks' Harvin ruled out
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, 8:18 p.m.
As was the case for most of the season, the Seattle Seahawks will be without wide receiver Percy Harvin for the NFC championship game.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll said after practice Friday that Harvin had not cleared league-mandated protocols for concussion testing and would not play Sunday against San Francisco. Harvin suffered a concussion in last week's playoff win over New Orleans and did not practice all week.
Harvin suffered the concussion late in the first half while jumping for a pass in the end zone and hitting his head on the turf as he was hit by New Orleans safety Malcolm Jenkins.
He was also hit earlier in that game by Rafael Bush, who was fined $21,000 for the play.
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• Jim Haslett will remain with the Redskins as defensive coordinator, the latest in a series of expected moves under new coach Jay Gruden. The Redskins also announced Friday that Chris Foerster will stay on as offensive line coach and that Wes Phillips has been hired as tight ends coach.
• After a season of defensive struggles, Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene said he is leaving the team to spend more time with his family. The former standout linebacker played for the Steelers from 1993-95.
• Browns receiver Davone Bess reportedly was arrested at the Fort Lauderdale International Airport for assaulting an officer/firefighter. He also was charged with one count of disorderly conduct and one count of resisting an officer.
• Buccaneers director of player personnel Dennis Hickey is the seventh candidate to interview for the job of general manager with the Dolphins.
• The Lions hired Teryl Austin as their next defensive coordinator. The Lions also hired Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan as linebackers coach.
• Defense attorneys for Cowboys defensive tackle Josh Brent have rested their case in his intoxication manslaughter trial for a 2012 wreck. Brent's lawyers completed their case in one day. A defense expert said the blood tests used to argue Brent was drunk were precise but wrong. Brent faces up to 20 years in prison.
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