After sticking around from the birth of the franchise and through three head coaches, longtime Carolina Panthers receivers coach Richard Williamson is giving up the long hours.
The 68-year-old Williamson announced his retirement Monday. He joined the Panthers in their inaugural season in 1995 and worked under coaches Dom Capers, George Seifert and John Fox, helping develop an impressive stable of receivers that includes Steve Smith and Muhsin Muhammad.
Chargers wide receiver Vincent Jackson was handcuffed briefly and had his car impounded following a traffic stop on Sunday just a few hours before a playoff loss to the New York Jets, police said. Det. Gary Hassen said Monday that a traffic officer pulled over Jackson for playing loud music. The player was cited for driving with a suspended license and expired tags. Jackson was briefly handcuffed, which Hassen said is part of standard procedure in such situations. … The San Francisco 49ers have hired veteran NFL and college coach Kurt Schottenheimer as special teams coordinator. … New York Jets defensive end Shaun Ellis has a broken left hand that will require surgery, but he expects to play in the AFC title game against Indianapolis. … Sun Life Financial has purchased naming rights to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium in time for the Super Bowl. … The Minnesota Vikings will watch defensive end Ray Edwards closely this week. Edwards was injured in the third quarter of Sunday’s playoff victory over Dallas, appearing to hurt his right knee. He returned for a few plays, then was done for the day with the Vikings in command of the game. … Authorities say Tennessee Titans wide receiver and former Rutgers star Kenny Britt was arrested in New Jersey on outstanding traffic warrants during a motor vehicle stop.