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NFL notebook: Seahawks owner Allen dies

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16 Oct 2018, 09:07 GMT+10

Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen, who became one of the richest people in the world after co-founding Microsoft, has died. He was 65.

Allen also owned the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA and the Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer.

Two weeks ago Allen revealed that he had non-Hodgkins lymphoma, but his statement on the issue sounded optimistic, saying he would fight the disease.

Allen never married and had no children, and at this point it is not clear who will inherit ownership of the Seahawks.

Allen purchased the Seahawks in 1996. He did not interfere with personnel or coaching decisions, but was willing to spend the money needed to produce a successful team.

The Seahawks built a competitive roster and won Super Bowl XLVIII.

--The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith, the team announced.

Smith was in his third season at the helm of the Buccaneers' defense. The 59-year-old Smith was replaced by Mark Duffner, who served as the team's linebackers coach.

The Buccaneers (2-3) have been gouged for 34.6 points per game and 355.6 passing yards, with both totals serving as the worst in the NFL. They have also surrendered 439.8 yards per contest, which ranks just above the Kansas City Chiefs for 31st in the league.

Tampa Bay dropped its third straight decision in a 34-29 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. The Buccaneers will be out to rebound versus the visiting Cleveland Browns (2-3-1) on Sunday.

--Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback Josh Allen left Sunday's loss to the Houston Texans with a right elbow injury, and it remain unclear whether he will be ready to play in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.

On Monday, Bills head coach Sean McDermott described Allen's status as week-to-week, which generally means the player will not be available for the next game.

But when asked whether Allen will definitely miss the game against the Colts, McDermott said, according to ESPN.com, "We'll see. I'll know a little more tomorrow, but we'll see."

Allen was scheduled to have an MRI on Monday.

When Allen left Sunday's game, he was replaced by Nathan Peterman, but McDermott did not say that Peterman would start against the Colts if Allen could not play.

The Bills signed veteran Derek Anderson last week and he was inactive against Houston.

--Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Nick Vigil is expected to be sidelined for a month with a sprained MCL, according to a report.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported that Vigil was injured on a cut block during Sunday's 28-21 setback to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Vigil, who was spotted on crutches after the game, has recorded a team-leading 51 tackles and four tackles for loss this season with the Bengals.

Also, cornerback Darqueze Dennard was spotted with his arm in a sling after Sunday's contest. It is not immediately known how long the 5-11, 200-pound Dennard will be sidelined, however.

--Miami Dolphins coach Adam Gase told reporters that quarterback Ryan Tannehill is considered day-to-day with a shoulder injury.

Gase was a bit more relaxed in providing an update on Tannehill, mere hours after delivering a testy response in the wake of the Dolphins' overtime win over the Chicago Bears. He said he expects Tannehill to play again this season and that he'll be the starter when he does return, but isn't exactly certain when that will be.

"I'm not sure. I really don't know. I don't know the answer. It's day-to-day. It's really going to come down to how he feels," Gase said on Monday.

Backup Brock Osweiler started in place of Tannehill on Sunday and completed 28 of 44 passes for a career-high 380 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.

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