Seattle Seahawks fullback Michael Robinson is headed to Hawaii after being added to the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl.
Robinson was added Thursday after Green Bay fullback John Kuhn pulled out because of injury. Robinson was the first alternate, and this will be his first Pro Bowl appearance.
He joins safety Earl Thomas as Seattle’s representatives at the Pro Bowl – scheduled for Jan. 29 in Hawaii.
Robinson’s blocking helped running back Marshawn Lynch become Seattle’s first 1,000-yard back since 2005. Lynch scored TDs in 11 straight games, and Seattle was one of the top running teams in the NFL the second half of the season.
Robinson also had a touchdown receiving and he returned a blocked punt for a touchdown this season.
Cincinnati Bengals receiver Jerome Simpson was indicted in Covington, Ky., on one count of marijuana trafficking in excess of 8 ounces, a felony count that carries up to five years in jail. He’s scheduled for arraignment on Jan. 30.
The four-year veteran has been under investigation since September, when agents from California tracked a package shipped to the receiver’s home in northern Kentucky that contained 21/2 pounds of marijuana.
A search of Simpson’s home also turned up 6 more pounds of marijuana, smoking pipes and scales, authorities said.
The second-round draft pick from Coastal Carolina had his best season yet, catching 53 passes for 758 yards and four touchdowns. His most visible moment came during a 23-16 win over Arizona on Dec. 24, when he vaulted over a linebacker and landed on his feet in the end zone like a gymnast.
A person familiar with the decision says recently fired St. Louis Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo has agreed to take over as defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Saints have not announced the hiring.
Spagnuolo, 52, was coach in St. Louis the past three seasons and was fired on Jan. 2 after going 10-38 with the Rams. Before that he was defensive coordinator for the New York Giants, a stint that included a Super Bowl upset of the New England Patriots.
Gregg Williams, who was New Orleans’ defensive coordinator the past three seasons, has joined Jeff Fisher’s staff in St. Louis.
The Indianapolis Colts have responded to their worst season in two decades with a major housecleaning.
Following the firing of head coach Jim Caldwell last week, the Colts announced the departure of eight assistants Thursday, as well as the retirement of defensive coordinator Mike Murphy.
The coaches let go were assistant Devin Fitzsimmons, offensive line coach Pete Metzelaars, special assistant to the defense Rod Perry, receivers coach Frank Reich, defensive assistant Bill Teerlinck, defensive line coach John Teerlinck, strength and conditioning coach Jon Torine, and quarterbacks coach Ron Turner.
With four-time MVP quarterback Peyton Manning sidelined all season because of a neck injury, the Colts stumbled to a 2-14 record, leading owner Jim Irsay to fire Caldwell, vice chairman Bill Polian and his son, Chris, the team’s general manager.
GOING PRO (BOWL)
Several more players were added to the conference Pro Bowl rosters Thursday:
• Oakland long snapper Jon Condo was added to the AFC roster, joining Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski and punter Shane Lechler.
• The AFC added Houston Texans center Chris Myers and defensive end Antonio Smith. Myers is the first Texans offensive lineman to make the Pro Bowl. Houston ranked second in rushing this season (153 yards per game). Myers is replacing Pittsburgh’s Maurkice Pouncey (ankle) and Smith will step in for New England’s Andre Carter (knee).
Tim Ruskell, current director of player personnel for the Chicago Bears and former Seattle Seahawks president and general manager (2005-2009), has interviewed for the Bears’ general manager job. … The Minnesota Vikings hired Alan Williams, the defensive backs coach for the Indianapolis Colts for the past 10 years, as their new defensive coordinator. He’ll be supervising the man he’s replacing in that role – former defensive coordinator Fred Pagac, who was demoted to linebackers coach.