Detroit Lions running back Jahmyr Gibbs (26) celebrates a touchdown against Tampa Bay Buccaneers with wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown (14) during the second half of the NFC divisional round at Ford Field in Detroit on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2024.

Lions’ Jahmyr Gibbs, Amon-Ra St. Brown, Eagles’ Jalen Hurts added to Pro Bowl

Detroit Lions rookie running back Jahmyr Gibbs and wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown were added Tuesday to the NFC roster for the upcoming Pro Bowl.

Gibbs is replacing San Francisco 49ers star running back Christian McCaffrey, whose team defeated the Lions in the NFC Championship Game on Sunday. The 49ers will compete in Super Bowl LVIII against the Kansas City Chiefs on Feb. 11 in Las Vegas.

St. Brown is taking the place of Philadelphia Eagles injured wideout A.J. Brown, while the Eagles are sending two of their own to the Pro Bowl. Quarterback Jalen Hurts is replacing Niners quarterback Brock Purdy, and cornerback Darius Slay will replace San Francisco cornerback Charvarius Ward.

Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark and Minnesota Vikings fullback C.J. Ham also were added to the NFC roster. They will replace 49ers defensive tackle Javon Hargrave and fullback Kyle Juszczyk, respectively.

Also, Baltimore Ravens guard Kevin Zeitler, New York Jets edge rusher Jermaine Johnson and Indianapolis Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and center Ryan Kelly have been added to the AFC roster. Zeitler is replacing Kansas City Chiefs guard Joe Thuney and Johnson will take the place of Los Angeles Chargers edge rusher Khalil Mack. The Colts duo is replacing Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones and center Creed Humphrey, respectively.

Gibbs, 21, had 182 carries for 945 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with 52 catches for 316 yards and a score in 15 games this season. He was selected by the Lions with the 12th overall of the 2023 NFL Draft.

St. Brown, 24, recorded a career-high totals in catches (119), receiving yards (1,515) and touchdowns (10) in 16 games this season.

Hurts, 25, passed for career highs of 3,858 yards, 23 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 17 games (all starts) this season. He also rushed for a career-high 15 scores.

Slay, 33, had 57 tackles and two interceptions in 12 starts this year before having arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-December. This marks Slay’s sixth nomination to the Pro Bowl.

Clark, 28, had 7.5 sacks, 44 tackles and two forced fumbles in 17 games (all starts) this season.

Ham, 30, provides a presence in the backfield that overshadows his statistics. He had one carry for seven yards and seven catches for 25 yards in 17 games (five starts) this season.

Zeitler, 33, will be headed to his first Pro Bowl after starting all 15 games in which he has played this season.

Johnson, 25, recorded 7.5 sacks, 55 tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 17 games (all starts) this season.

Buckner, 29, has eight sacks, 81 tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery for a touchdown in 17 games (16 starts) this season.

Kelly, 30, started all 14 games in which he played this season.

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Dec 10, 2023; Santa Clara, California, USA; Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (33) reacts after breaking up a pass attempt against the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks place S Jamal Adams on IR, waive OLB Frank Clark

The Seattle Seahawks placed safety Jamal Adams on injured reserve and waived outside linebacker Frank Clark on Saturday.

Adams was ruled out of Seattle’s Sunday home game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday due to a knee injury. He had missed the previous two games, and the Saturday move means he is done for the regular season.

On Friday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll addressed Adams’ situation.

“He’s doing everything he can,” Carroll said. “It’s just really, really frustrating that he can’t quite get over the hump. We declared it already (that he won’t play against Pittsburgh). He feels like this is the right thing for this week.”

Adams must miss four games before he can return, so the Seahawks would have to win two playoff games for him to be eligible to be activated again this season.

Adams, 28, has played in just nine games this season and has 48 tackles.

The three-time Pro Bowl pick has 494 tackles, 21.5 sacks, seven forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and four interceptions in 80 regular-season games with the New York Jets (2017-19) and Seattle.

Clark returned to the Seahawks in late October for his second stint with the team but wasn’t effective. He had six tackles and no sacks in six games.

Clark didn’t practice all week and was listed as out despite Seattle not reporting an injury.

Carroll was highly defensive when asked about Clark on Friday.

“I’m not talking about that anymore,” Carroll said. “That’s it. I’ve got nothing for you. He’s out right now and we’ll just leave it at that if we could.”

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Clark has 58.5 career sacks in 128 games (88 starts) with Seattle (2015-18, 2023), the Kansas City Chiefs (2019-22) and the Denver Broncos (2023).

Seattle also placed receiver Dee Eskridge (ribs) on injured reserve and downgraded linebacker Jordyn Brooks (ankle) from questionable to out against the Steelers.

The Seahawks filled the roster openings by signing linebacker Patrick O’Connell, safety Ty Okada and offensive lineman Jake Curham from their practice squad. Seattle also promoted cornerback Kelvin Joseph and nose Austin Faoliu from the practice squad for the Pittsburgh game.

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Denver Broncos linebacker Frank Clark (55) during the third quarter against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos release DE Frank Clark

Broncos defensive end Frank Clark was released after playing two games with Denver.

The 30-year-old agreed to a restructured contract earlier this week to help facilitate a trade, according to multiple reports, but was let go on Friday with no trade takers.

ESPN reported Clark sacrificed $1.7 million from his contract to help the team find a trade or agree to his release.

Clark has 58.5 career sacks and was playing on a one-year contract. He follows fellow pass rusher Randy Gregory out of Denver. The Broncos traded Gregory to the San Francisco 49ers last week.

Clark was ruled out of Thursday’s home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs due to an illness.

A three-time Pro Bowl player (2019-21), Clark won Super Bowl titles with the Chiefs in 2019 and last season, when he had five sacks and 39 tackles in 15 regular-season games (all starts). He began his career with the Seattle Seahawks, who selected him in the second round (63rd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft.

Clark has 265 career tackles with two interceptions, 14 forced fumbles and seven fumble recoveries in 122 regular-season games (88 starts). He also has 13.5 sacks in 17 postseason games, the most among all players since entering the NFL in 2015.

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Sep 10, 2023; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons (31) reacts to a turnover in the third quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Broncos rule out OLB Frank Clark, S Justin Simmons vs. Dolphins

The Denver Broncos will be without two important players on defense against the host Miami Dolphins in Week 3, ruling out outside linebackers Frank Clark and safety Justin Simmons with hip injuries Friday.

Clark will miss his second straight game, but Simmons popped up on the injury report Wednesday. They both missed practice Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Defensive tackle Mike Purcell (ankle) also missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, but he returned as a limited practice participant Friday and was ruled questionable for the Miami game.

Simmons, 29, was a Pro Bowler in 2020 and a second-team All-Pro selection in 2019, 2021 and 2022. He had 14 tackles through two games for the Broncos this season.

Clark, 30, is a three-time Pro Bowler who joined the Broncos in the offseason. He had two tackles in Week 1 and has racked up 58.5 sacks in his first eight NFL seasons with Seattle and Kansas City.

The Dolphins listed running back Salvon Ahmed (groin) as doubtful. Ahmed returned to practice in limited fashion Friday after missing Wednesday and Thursday.

Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle (concussion) and tackle Terron Armstead (back, ankle, knee) are among seven Dolphins players listed as questionable.

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Dec 18, 2021; Shreveport, LA, USA; UAB Blazers head coach Bill Clark embraces  UAB Blazers offensive linemen Colby Ragland (53) after defeating the BYU Cougars during the 2021 Independence Bowl at Independence Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

UAB coach Bill Clark retires due to serious back issues

UAB football coach Bill Clark said Friday that he is retiring from his post due to chronic back issues.

Clark, who famously rebuilt the program in Birmingham after it was shut down for two seasons, will officially step down on Aug. 1.

“Retiring as the UAB head football coach is the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make, but my future health and well-being depend on it,” Clark wrote on Twitter.

Clark, who turns 54 on Tuesday, will leave after eight years and six seasons. He has a 49-26 record, including the only two bowl victories in school history.

Clark said he will undergo spinal fusion surgery in hopes of alleviating the back issues that have plagued him. He said he initially hurt the back while doing squats in high school.

“I have reached this difficult decision after consultation with a number of world-class medical experts and much family discussion, reflection and prayer,” Clark said in his lengthy statement. “Having undergone a previous back surgery, extensive physical therapy, shots and chiropractic therapy, I have exhausted all of my options.

“Due to the extreme physical demands placed on a head coach, it is clear to me. It’s time to pass the torch and try and get well.”

Offensive coordinator Bryant Vincent will serve as interim coach, and defensive coordinator David Reeves was promoted to assistant head coach. The Blazers are moving from Conference USA to the American Athletic Conference for the 2023 season.

The UAB program was shut down after the 2014 season due to financial reasons. The program was reinstated one year later and the Blazers began play again in 2017 and Clark stunningly guided the team to an 8-5 record that season and an 11-3 mark in 2018.

Clark was named Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year for the 2018 campaign.

The Blazers went 9-4 last season for their fifth straight winning season. UAB finished the campaign with a 31-28 victory in the Independence Bowl over No. 13 BYU — the highest-ranked team the program has ever defeated.

“We rose from ashes to build something rare and real, and we did it together,” Clark wrote. “We set excellence as a standard, and we achieved it.”

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Jul 28, 2021; St. Joseph, MO, United States; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark (55) walks down the hill from the locker room to the fields during training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs DE Frank Clark (hamstring) doubtful vs. Chargers

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s home game against the Los Angeles Chargers due to a hamstring injury.

The two-time Pro Bowl selection missed the season opener with a hamstring injury. He played in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens but then injured his other hamstring in practice on Thursday.

Clark sat out Friday’s practice.

Two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones (wrist) is listed as questionable, as is cornerback Charvarius Ward (quadriceps).

The Chargers will be without cornerback Chris Harris Jr. (shoulder) for the second consecutive game.

Three-time Pro Bowl defensive end/linebacker Joey Bosa (foot, ankle) is questionable after not practicing all week. Defensive lineman Justin Jones (calf) is doubtful.

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Feb 1, 2021; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark (55) during Super Bowl media night, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. The Chiefs will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55.  Mandatory Credit: Steve Sanders/Handout Photo via USA TODAY Sports

Chiefs’ Frank Clark charged with felony possession of assault weapon

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark was charged in Los Angeles County with felony possession of an assault weapon on Friday and faces up to three years in prison.

Clark was arrested on March 13 after a traffic stop when officers found a firearm and two loaded guns in the car.

FOX4 in Kansas City reported that Clark will be arraigned on July 14 in Compton, Calif.

The charge on Friday is unrelated to another case against Clark, who was also arrested on June 20 in Los Angeles with a Uzi submachine gun after his car was stopped by police.

Clark is set to appear on Oct. 18 in the June case.

The 28-year-old Clark is entering the third season of a five-year, $104 million deal with the Chiefs. His base salary for 2021 is $18.5 million.

Clark was a Pro Bowler for the second straight season last year. He had 29 tackles and six sacks in 15 games.

He has 14 sacks in two seasons with Kansas City. Clark has 49 overall after posting 35 with the Seattle Seahawks over his first four seasons.

Clark has amassed 202 tackles, 11 forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and two interceptions in 91 games (59 starts).

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