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Ex-Texan Ryans to guide 49ers’ defense

- From staff and wire reports

The San Francisco 49ers promoted inside linebacker­s coach DeMeco Ryans, 36, to defensive coordinato­r Monday to replace Robert Saleh, an expected move that came four days after Saleh left to become the New York Jets head coach.

The promotion of Ryans — who played for the Texans from 2006-11 — came less than four years after he was hired as a rookie quality control coach.

The 49ers also elevated running game coordinato­r Mike McDaniel, 37, to offensive coordinato­r, although head coach Kyle Shanahan will retain playcallin­g duties.

OC Daboll expected to stay with Bills

Bills offensive coordinato­r Brian Daboll will stay with Buffalo next season, according to league sources not authorized to speak publicly.

Daboll, the architect of the AFC East champion’s creative offense headlined by quarterbac­k Josh Allen, is expected to be one of the top head coaching candidates in 2022, per sources. The Bills are in Sunday’s AFC Championsh­ip Game — reaching it for the first time since 1994 — at Kansas City.

Daboll was once considered the front-runner for the Chargers job that went to former Rams defensive coordinato­r Brandon Staley on Sunday, according to league sources.

Ravens nearing release of Ingram

In an apparent farewell message, Baltimore Ravens running back Mark Ingram wrote on social media Monday night he was “looking forward to my next opportunit­y.”

Ingram, a Pro Bowl selection in 2019 who struggled with injuries over the past year, is not expected to return for the final year of his three-year, $15 million contract.

The Ravens would save $5 million in salary cap space by releasing him, which ESPN reported. The team is expected to do so Tuesday, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Combine to skip Indy for this year

The NFL scouting combine will not be held this year as usual in Indianapol­is, the league told teams in a memo.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all on-field workouts leading up to the draft will take place at players’ schools during on-campus pro days for teams’ coaches, executives and scouts. Interviews and psychologi­cal testing and assessment­s will be virtual.

Ohio State star QB declares for draft

Ohio State quarterbac­k Justin Fields is forgoing his senior season to enter the NFL draft, he said Monday on Twitter.

Fields, likely a first-round pick, was a Heisman finalist and went 20-2 as a two-year starter.

 ?? Michael Zagaris / Getty Images ?? DeMeco Ryans, who played for the Texans from 2006-11, has been promoted to San Francisco’s defensive coordinato­r.
Michael Zagaris / Getty Images DeMeco Ryans, who played for the Texans from 2006-11, has been promoted to San Francisco’s defensive coordinato­r.

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