- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 18, 2009

From combined dispatches

Dick Jauron was fired by the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday, when the coach ran out of time to build a contender or come up with a way to fix an offense that sputtered even with the addition of Terrell Owens.

Bills owner Ralph Wilson announced Jauron’s dismissal, saying he made the decision “for the best interest of his team.” The move came two days after the Bills (3-6) fell further out of contention with a 41-17 loss at Tennessee.

Defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was chosen to replace Jauron on an interim basis. In his 12th NFL season and fourth with Buffalo, Fewell becomes the team’s first black coach.

The Bills are averaging a little more than 15 points from an offense that acquired Owens this offseason but remains unsettled at quarterback. The defense is riddled with injuries and has allowed an NFL-worst 173 yards rushing a game.

Jauron had a 24-33 record over three-plus seasons and went 5-14 in his past 19 games.

CHIEFS: Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was suspended for four games for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing substances.

Kansas City announced the suspension and said it would have no further comment. Bowe’s agent, Todd France, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

Bowe leads the team with 33 catches, including six for 91 yards Sunday in a win at Oakland.

BROWNS: Wide receiver Josh Cribbs was released from a hospital after being injured on a final, meaningless play in Monday night’s 16-0 loss to Baltimore.

Agent J.R. Rickerts said Cribbs was sent home after being evaluated for several hours by doctors and undergoing tests at the Cleveland Clinic. Rickerts spoke with Cribbs and said the versatile five-year veteran was in good spirits. He did not know whether Cribbs had suffered a concussion.

BENGALS: Running back Larry Johnson signed with Cincinnati in a backup role, giving the AFC North leaders depth at the position for the rest of the season.

The Bengals waived defensive tackle Orien Harris to open a roster spot. Johnson will be fourth on the depth chart at the outset.

DOLPHINS: Running back Ronnie Brown will miss Thursday night’s game at Carolina because of an injured right foot, and his status for the rest of the regular season is uncertain.

The Dolphins’ leader rusher was to see a specialist for further evaluation, coach Tony Sparano said.

Ricky Williams will start for the first time this season.

EAGLES: Running back Brian Westbrook will visit two concussion specialists in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

Westbrook sustained his second concussion in three weeks during Philadelphia’s 31-23 loss at San Diego on Sunday.

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