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NFL Roundup: Ex-player Sharper arrested on rape allegations

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jan 18 2014 05:54:05 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 18 2014 05:54:06 PM CST

Former NFL safety Darren Sharper was arrested Friday on felony charges in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

TMZ reported that Sharper was arrested on suspicion of rape. He was connected to sexual assaults in October 2013 and earlier this month.

Sharper, 38, was booked into Los Angeles County jail and later released on a $200,000 bond. He is due in court Feb. 14.

Sharper is an analyst for NFL Network, which suspended him without pay Saturday.

A Louisiana woman filed a separate sexual assault complaint against Sharper in 2013, accusing him of criminal misconduct, New Orleans TV station WDSU reported.

Sharper played 14 seasons in the NFL. He played for the Green Bay Packers (1997-2004), Minnesota Vikings (2005-08) and New Orleans Saints (2009-10).

Sharper was a two-time First Team-All-Pro, named to five Pro Bowls and selected to the NFL 2000's All-Decade Team.

--- Norv Turner has agreed to become the Minnesota Vikings' new offensive coordinator, CBS Sports reported Saturday, citing a league source.

Turner served as the Cleveland Browns' offensive coordinator for one season. After Rob Chudzinski was fired in December, the rest of the coaching staff was given permission to seek other opportunities.

The Vikings recently hired Mike Zimmer as their head coach. Turner will help Zimmer, the former Cincinnati Bengals' offensive coordinator, find and developing a consistent starting quarterback.

Turner has been a head coach for the San Diego Chargers, Washington Redskins and Oakland Raiders. He has also served as an offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.

--- The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome was deflated as part of its gradual demolition.

The Metrodome served as home of the Minnesota Twins from 1982-2008 and the Minnesota Vikings from 1982-2013. The Twins have since moved into outdoor Target Field and the Vikings are planning to build a new stadium at the dome's site.

For the past few weeks, workers have removed items from the dome, including seats. However, the latest stage of its demolition involved deflating the Teflon-coated fiberglass roof, which took about 35 minutes. A video replay of the roof's deflation can be seen on Vikings.com.

The Vikings will play their home games at the University of Minnesota's TCF Bank Stadium for the next two seasons while their $1 billion fixed-roof stadium is being built.

--- The Tennessee Titans reached an agreement with Ray Horton to be their new defensive coordinator, CBS Sports reported, citing a league source.

Horton served as the Cleveland Browns' defensive coordinator in 2013 and is reportedly among the highest-paid assistant coaches in the NFL.

New Titans head coach Ken Whisenhunt and Horton worked together when Whisenhunt coached the Arizona Cardinals. Horton went to the Browns after Whisenhunt was fired by the Cardinals following the 2012 season.

--- Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase will likely turn down the Cleveland Browns if they offer him the head coaching job, Cleveland.com reported.

Gase has not met with the Browns because he is putting off all interviews until the Broncos are eliminated from the playoffs. Denver hosts the New England Patriots in the AFC title game Sunday.

Gase will probably reject an offer from the Browns because he wants to work with quarterback Peyton Manning for at least another season. Gase has been with the Broncos since 2009. This is his first season as offensive coordinator.

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles have withdrawn their names from consideration.

--- The Detroit Lions hired Ron Prince as assistant head coach/tight ends coach. Contract terms were not disclosed by the team.

Prince served as Rutgers' offensive coordinators in 2013. He has 22 years of coaching experience, including three at the NFL level.

He previously held assistant offensive line positions with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012) and Indianapolis Colts (2010-11).

His 19 years of coaching at the collegiate level included head coach at Kansas State (2006-08) and offensive coordinator at Virginia (2001-05, 2009).

--- The Cincinnati Bengals hired Matt Burke as linebackers coach, the team announced.

Burke spent the previous five seasons on the Detroit Lions' coaching staff and has 10 years of NFL experience overall.

Burke replaces Paul Guenther, who was promoted defensive coordinator earlier in the week. Burke, 37, helped coach a Lions defense that ranked sixth in the NFL against the run in 2013.

Burke spent five seasons on the Tennessee Titans' coaching staff, working as an administrative assistant and defensive assistant. He also coached three seasons at the collegiate level.