- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 26, 2009

From combined dispatches

Two-time Super Bowl winner Mike Shanahan met with the Buffalo Bills to discuss their coaching vacancy, according to a published report Wednesday.

ESPN.com reported that Bills chief operating officer Russ Brandon traveled to Denver and spent seven hours meeting with Shanahan on Monday night and Tuesday morning. Shanahan was quoted as saying he had “an excellent meeting.”

Shanahan, however, added that the two sides agreed to stay in touch to see what develops. He has been out of football since being fired as Broncos coach after last season.

CHARGERS: Shortly after signing with San Diego, Jon Runyan announced he’ll retire at the end of the season and run for Congress in New Jersey.

The offensive lineman, 35, said in a statement that he told Republican officials in Burlington County of his plans to challenge Democratic Rep. John Adler in New Jersey’s 3rd District.

“I look forward to a successful end to my career on the field and a spirited campaign against Congressman Adler in 2010,” Runyan said.

Runyan, who signed with San Diego as a free agent Tuesday, hasn’t played since the end of last season. He wasn’t re-signed by Philadelphia after having surgery on his right knee.

CARDINALS: Quarterback Kurt Warner went through a full practice Wednesday and said he plans to play Sunday at Tennessee.

Warner said he passed the required mental tests Tuesday with “no problems neurologically at all” after suffering a concussion in Sunday’s 21-13 victory at St. Louis.

STEELERS: Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger practiced despite suffering a concussion against Kansas City. He is expected to play Sunday in Baltimore.

Even though Roethlisberger went through a usual Wednesday practice, second-year quarterback Dennis Dixon took more snaps than usual. Dixon moved up the depth chart when backup Charlie Batch broke his left wrist during Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Chiefs.

COLTS: Three-time MVP Peyton Manning was a limited participant at practice Wednesday because of a backside injury.

Manning has not missed a start in his 12-year career, a streak that is at 201 including playoff games. He was one of 25 players and 13 starters on the Colts’ long list of injuries.

FEIN: The Kitsap (Wash.) County coroner said former Ravens player Tony Fein died of an accidental drug overdose.

Coroner Greg Sandstrom said Wednesday that toxicology tests showed “acute opiate [morphine] intoxication” with the added effect of Alprazolam, a drug used to treat anxiety.

Fein collapsed Oct. 6 at a friend’s house near Port Orchard and died at Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton.

The 27-year-old was an Army veteran who served in Iraq. The linebacker was an undrafted rookie free agent from Mississippi who played for Seattle and Baltimore in the preseason.

PACKERS: Despite a career that was tarnished by scandal, tight end Mark Chmura will be inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame in July.

Chmura was a key contributor on the Packers’ two Super Bowl teams in the 1990s and a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

TEXANS: Safety Eugene Wilson will have season-ending surgery to repair a pair of broken toes on his left foot.

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