The Cleveland Browns' coaching search has either stalled or stopped.
Team president Mike Holmgren did not interview any candidates Wednesday, the 10th day of Cleveland’s pursuit of a replacement for Eric Mangini. A team spokesman said the Browns had nothing to report and was not aware of any further interviews.
The Browns have met with three known candidates: St. Louis offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
Shurmur, 45, is believed to be the front-runner to become Cleveland’s fifth coach in 13 years. He worked in Philadelphia under coach Andy Reid, a protegé and close friend of Holmgren’s. Shurmur also worked with Browns general manager Tom Heckert.
ESPN.com, citing anonymous league sources, said the Browns hope to finalize a contract with Shurmur “within the next 48 hours” and introduce him at a news conference by Friday.
JETS LOSE WOODY
The New York Jets put starting right tackle Damien Woody on injured reserve with a left Achilles’ tendon injury.
Woody returned from a right knee problem to play all but the final three plays of last weekend’s wild-card win at Indianapolis. He hurt the Achilles’ tendon on the final drive and was replaced by Wayne Hunter, who will start Sunday at New England in the divisional round.
Former Detroit Lions wide receiver Tommie Boyd has pleaded guilty in a Mount Clemens, Mich., court to a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge on accusations involving a 15-year-old girl. In exchange, authorities have dropped five other charges. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 22. Lester Bagley, Vikings vice president and point man for a new, publicly financed stadium, said the team will pay about a third of what it would cost to build a stadium without a roof – even if state lawmakers opt for a more expensive covered facility.