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NFL notebook: McCarthy reportedly interviews with Panthers

Former Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy was interviewed by the Carolina Panthers for their head coaching position on Sunday after their 38-6 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, according to multiple media reports Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy reacts to his teams play against the Cincinnati Bengals in their NFL football game at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 22, 2013. REUTERS/John Sommers II

The 5-10 Panthers got the coaching carousel rolling early when they fired head coach Ron Rivera on Dec. 3 after a 5-7 start to the season. Perry Fewell, previously serving as secondary coach, has been Carolina’s interim head coach since Rivera’s departure.

The team and Panthers owner David Tepper are reportedly seeking an offensive-minded coaching candidate with an interest in utilizing analytics.

McCarthy, 56, was fired by the Packers on Dec. 2, 2018, after the team dropped to 4-7-1 in Week 13 during his 13th season at the helm in Green Bay. He finished with a 125-77-2 regular-season record while going 10-8 in the postseason, leading the team to a Super Bowl XLV victory following the 2010 season.

--The Seattle Seahawks are exploring a reunion with retired running back Marshawn Lynch, and coach Pete Carroll said there is a “really good chance” Lynch will join the team.

The Seahawks suddenly are in dire need at the position after losing leading rusher Chris Carson to a hip injury and backup C.J. Prosise to a broken arm on Sunday. Rashaad Penny, Carson’s backup for most of the season, tore his left ACL in a Week 14 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.

Left tackle Duane Brown, who sat out Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, was also scheduled to undergo knee surgery in hopes of returning for playoff action.

--Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, who sustained a hamstring injury in Sunday’s 27-13 win over the Seahawks, will finish the season on the field and not the sideline against the Rams in Week 17, if coach Kliff Kingsbury has his way.

“I am so big on reps and mental reps,” Kingsbury said Monday via the team’s website. “To be in the heat of the battle against one of the top teams in the NFL on the road, those are all reps that could be huge going into the offseason.

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“If he’s able to play, he’s going to play.”

--Baltimore coach John Harbaugh announced that quarterback Lamar Jackson and other key starters, including injured running back Mark Ingram, will sit out the Ravens’ regular-season finale Sunday at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Harbaugh said Ingram has a mild-to-moderate calf strain but hopes he’ll be ready for the playoffs. Also sitting out are guard Marshal Yanda, safety Earl Thomas and defensive tackle Brandon Williams.

--Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller V will miss the regular-season finale against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday after sustaining a groin injury against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reported, citing league sources.

An MRI exam confirmed the injury, with a recovery period that usually takes two to three weeks.

--The Philadelphia Eagles are releasing running back Jay Ajayi, according to multiple reports.

Top running back Jordan Howard is slated to return from a shoulder injury for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants, and that made Ajayi expendable. Howard missed the previous six games.

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz suffered a fractured rib during Sunday’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys, according to multiple reports. Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson said the team is waiting on medical tests before determining Ertz’s status for Sunday’s game.

--Cowboys linebacker Leighton Vander Esch will have minor neck surgery to fix a nerve issue and will go on injured reserve for the rest of the season, coach Jason Garrett said.

Vander Esch has missed the past five games because of the neck issue, which began when he suffered a stinger against the Eagles on Oct. 20.

--Less than two hours before hosting the Packers on Monday night, the Minnesota Vikings announced that backup running back Alexander Mattison (ankle) was among the club’s inactives for the game. It was the second straight game missed for the rookie third-round pick.

The Vikings were also without starting running back Dalvin Cook against the Packers.

--Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph is expected to miss Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Ravens due to a left shoulder injury, according to multiple reports.

That leaves Devlin “Duck” Hodges in the starting role with Paxton Lynch as the backup for the pivotal Week 17 road game.

--Washington rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins suffered a high-ankle sprain Sunday during the Redskins’ overtime loss to the Giants, according to an NFL Network report.

He was scheduled to undergo an MRI exam to check the severity of the injury, but interim head coach Bill Callahan later ruled him out for the Redskins’ regular-season finale against the Cowboys. Case Keenum will get the start in Dallas.

--Field Level Media