TAMPA — Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith is counting on four-time Pro Bowl cornerback Gill Byrd to get the best out of Darrelle Revis and the rest of the Bucs cornerbacks next season.
Byrd, who was named All-Pro four times during his 11-year playing career, was named the Bucs cornerbacks coach Friday.
The Chargers’ all-time leader in interceptions, Byrd played his entire career in San Diego from 1983-93 and moved into the NFL coaching ranks in 2003 as a defensive assistant to Smith, who was then defensive coordinator of St. Louis.
Bucs RB Michael Hill, 24, was arrested Thursday in St. Joseph, Mo., for failure to obey lawful order and resisting arrest after an incident at a local bar, according to the St. Joseph News-Press. Hill, who signed with the team in November, appeared in six games and rushed nine times for 23 yards.
CHARGERS: Center Nick Hardwick was cleared to work out five days after sustaining a concussion and was a limited participant as San Diego practiced Friday.
CONCUSSIONS: Two players violated league concussion protocol during last weekend’s wild-card games, according to a letter sent by the NFL’s head, neck and spine committee chairmen to all team doctors and trainers.
In a document obtained by The Associated Press, Drs. Hunt Batjer and Richard Ellenbogen said one player re-entered the game and another refused to leave the sideline.
The doctors did not identify the players, but one was Green Bay tackle David Bakhtiari, who went into the game for an extra-point try despite being examined for a concussion and not cleared. The other player was Saints cornerback Keenan Lewis, who remained on the sideline but did not get back on the field.
DOLPHINS: Former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor have interviewed for the job of offensive coordinator with Miami. Both are candidates to replace the fired Mike Sherman.
PANTHERS: Wide receiver Steve Smith said his left knee feels “fine” and hopes to play Sunday against San Francisco.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.