Peterson Resigns as Chiefs' Top Executive

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Carl Peterson, one of the league's most prominent and successful executives, resigned yesterday as president and general manager of the Chiefs, effective at the end of the season.

The Chiefs are faltering in Peterson's 20th season as their top executive, with a record of 2-12. But Peterson oversaw 13 winning seasons in Kansas City. The team has had 68 Pro Bowl players since the free agency era began in 1993, fifth most in the league over that span.

Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt indicated the club would begin a search for a replacement immediately. Denny Thum, the team's executive vice president and chief operating officer, will take over on an interim basis.

· TITANS: DT Albert Haynesworth will miss the remainder of the regular season but is expected to return to the lineup for Tennessee's opening playoff game, Coach Jeff Fisher announced.

Haynesworth suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee during Sunday's loss to the Texans, according to Fisher. He is regarded as a top candidate for NFL defensive player of the year.

The Titans have a first-round playoff bye, giving Haynesworth four weeks to heal before the club's postseason opener. Fisher estimated Haynesworth's recovery time at 10 to 14 days.

Fisher also indicated that he also expects the team to have DE Kyle Vanden Bosch (groin surgery) back in the lineup for the opening playoff game.

· VIKINGS: Standout DT Pat Williams will miss two to six weeks because of a fractured shoulder suffered during Sunday's triumph over the Cardinals.

The Vikings have won four straight games and lead the NFC North but close the regular season by facing the league's two top-ranked rushing offenses, the Falcons and Giants.

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