Jaguars' Henderson headed to Pro Bowl


Published: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 27, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Tight end Jason Witten and defensive tackles John Henderson and Pat Williams were selected Friday as injury replacements for the Pro Bowl.

Witten, sixth in the NFL among tight ends with with 64 catches for 754 yards for Dallas, replaced Jeremy Shockey of the New York Giants. Jacksonville's Henderson replaces New England's lone selection, Richard Seymour, and Minnesota's Williams is filling in for Chicago's Tommie Harris.

Henderson, who joins teammate Rashean Mathis in Honolulu for the Feb. 10 game, had 64 tackles, 12 quarterback pressures and 3.5 sacks last season. It will be his second trip to the Pro Bowl.

This is Williams' first Pro Bowl selection in his 10-year career. He had 59 tackles, 14 quarterback hurries and five passes defensed.

COWBOYS

San Diego defensive coordinator Wade Phillips interviewed with Dallas about replacing retired head coach Bill Parcells.

Phillips, the former head coach at Denver and Buffalo who also had interim stints in New Orleans and Atlanta, said he had a "very encompassing talk" with Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. Phillips has a 48-39 coaching record.

"I'm going to go on my record," Phillips said. "I've won as a head coach, been in the playoffs three out of the five years I've been a head coach. ... I have a lot of experience; I've been 30 years in the league, 25 as either a head coach or coordinator."

Jones also plans to talk to San Francisco offensive coordinator Norv Turner, a former head coach for Washington and Oakland, and New Orleans defensive coordinator Gary Gibbs. Both are former Dallas assistants.

Gibbs was scheduled to interview today. Turner is coaching at the Senior Bowl today, and is expected to interview Sunday.

OBITUARY

Ken Kavanaugh, a star receiver for the Chicago Bears in the 1940s who spent nearly a half century with New York Giants as a coach and scout, has died. He was 90.

He died of complications from pneumonia Thursday in Sarasota, where he had lived since retiring from football in 1999, the Giants said.

Kavanaugh starred at LSU and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1963. He played eight seasons with the Bears, interrupted by three years as a pilot in World War II during which he flew 30 missions over Germany.

CHIEFS

Kansas City has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with Ramiro Pruneda, the offensive lineman who led Monterey Tech to four Mexican national championships.

Several print and television reporters from Pruneda's hometown of Monterey were on hand to see the 6-foot-6, 317-pounder introduced at a formal news conference. Honored three times as the best offensive lineman in Mexico, he was supposed to play in NFL-Europe last year but pulled out because of a knee injury.

CHARGERS

San Diego promoted Clarence Shelmon from running backs coach to offensive coordinator.

He replaces Cam Cameron, who was hired as Miami's head coach a week earlier.

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