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NFL roundup: Gregg Williams reportedly agrees to join Titans' staff

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Gregg Williams and Jon Gruden have received a lot publicity about their possible return to coaching in the NFL, and while it seems Williams will be added to the Tennessee Titans staff if and when he is reinstated, Gruden apparently will not join the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff as had been rumored.

Williams, a former defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints, has agreed to become an assistant head coach for defense for the Tennessee Titans, CBSSports.com reported, based on league source.

Williams cannot be officially added to the Titans staff until he is reinstated to the league after being suspended for a year as a result of his part in the Bountygate affair. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to meet with Williams next week to discuss his reinstatement.

In Dallas, the fact that the Cowboys have hired several former Gruden assistant coaches led to speculation that the Cowboys might be pursuing Gruden as well. But the idea Gruden would be added to the Cowboys' staff is "ridiculous," a source told ESPN's Ed Werder.

In one other coaching move, the Arizona Cardinals are expected to formally announce this week that they hired Amos Jones as their special teams coach, according to multiple reports.

--Philadelphia Eagles offensive tackle Todd Herremans recently had foot surgery, according to CSN Philly. Herremans reportedly needed the surgery after he developed an infection. His season ended when he dislocated a bone in the foot.

He also damaged ligaments when he sustained the injury during the season, but is not expected to miss any of the team's offseason program.

---Weather reports for Sunday's Pro Bowl were not favorable, but the game started as scheduled at 6 p.m. ET.

Hours before kickoff of the game, the National Weather Service issued a flash-flood warning for the entire island of Oahu, including the site of the game in Honolulu.

Winds picked up in the morning and a cold front with showers and heavy rainfall along with thunderstorms are expected this afternoon.

---The Cowboys have had preliminary contract talks with impending free agent linebacker Anthony Spencer, ESPN Dallas reported Sunday.

If the two sides cannot reach a deal, the Cowboys may place a $10.6 million franchise tag on Spencer.

---Former Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers safety Chris Harris announced through Twitter on Saturday night that he is retiring.

Harris had 16 interceptions and forced 14 fumbles over the span of his career.

---President Barack Obama expressed concerns about the dangers of playing football.

In an interview with The New Republic magazine, the president admitted to being a big football fan, but said if he had a son he would "have to think long and hard before I let him play football."
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