- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 29, 2011

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars fired coach Jack Del Rio on Tuesday after a 3-8 start, parting ways with the franchise’s second coach during his ninth season.

Del Rio’s job security had been tenuous since majority owner Wayne Weaver said the coach needed to make the playoffs to secure a 10th season in Jacksonville. The Jaguars essentially were eliminated with Sunday’s 20-13 loss to AFC South-leading Houston.

The timing of the move made sense since the Jaguars are struggling to sell tickets and host a Monday night game against San Diego. Defensive coordinator Mel Tucker was named the interim coach.

Del Rio leaves with a 69-73 record, including 1-2 in two playoffs appearances. The Jaguars didn’t win the AFC South in any of his nine seasons.

The move came on the day an agreement was reached to sell the Jaguars to Illinois businessman Shahid Khan.

Weaver made the announcement hours after Del Rio and was dismisse and general manager Gene Smith was given a three-year contract extension. Weaver said Khan will have 100 percent control of the team.

NFL puts its foot down and sits Suh for two games

ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Ndamukong Suh’s stomp will cost him two games without pay. It may cost the Lions more than that.

The NFL suspended Detroit’s All-Pro defensive tackle on Tuesday for roughing Green Bay Packers guard Evan Dietrich-Smith in front of a national television audience during a loss Thanksgiving Day. Before the stomp, Suh shoved Dietrich-Smith’s helmet into the turf.

Suh will miss Sunday night’s game at New Orleans and a Dec. 11 home game against Minnesota, with the Lions desperately trying to keep pace in the NFC. He won’t be reinstated until Dec. 12.

Suh has three days to appeal the suspension.

It was the reigning Defensive Rookie of the Year’s fifth violation of on-field rules in his first two years in the NFL.

He leads the league with nine personal fouls since 2010, according to STATS LLC.

Steelers’ Polamalu should be fine to play Sunday

PITTSBURGH — All-Pro free safety Troy Polamalu is free of concussion symptoms and “all things are positive” for the AFC North showdown with the Cincinnati Bengals, coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday.

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