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    NFL notes: Former Oilers coach Bum Phillips dead at 90

    Former Oilers coach Bum Phillips tipped his hat to the crowd before a Texans game at Reliant Stadium in Houston.
    Dave Einsel/Associated Press/File 2012
    Former Oilers coach Bum Phillips tipped his hat to the crowd before a Texans game at Reliant Stadium in Houston.

    Bum Phillips, the folksy Texas football icon who coached the Houston Oilers during their Luv Ya Blue heyday and also led the New Orleans Saints, died Friday. He was 90.

    ‘‘Bum is gone to Heaven,’’ son Wade, defensive coordinator of the Texans, tweeted Friday night. ‘‘Loved and will be missed by all — great Dad, Coach, and Christian.’’

    Phillips died at his home in Goliad, Texas.


    Phillips coached in the NFL from 1975 to ’85, gaining fame by leading the Oilers to the playoffs three consecutive years. The Oilers, despite having running back Earl Campbell and quarterback Dan Pastorini, never made it past the AFC title game.

    White to miss first game

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    Receiver Roddy White, a four-time Pro Bowl selection, won’t be able to play Sunday when the Falcons (1-4) host the Buccaneers (0-5). It will be the first time White will miss a game in his career. He had played in 133 straight games since being drafted in the first round in 2005.

    White was one of three starters listed as out on Friday’s injury report. White played the first five games with a right ankle injury, catching only 14 passes for 129 yards. He hurt his left hamstring in a Week 5 loss to the Jets and hasn’t practiced since.

    Falcons running back Steven Jackson (hamstring) and left tackle Sam Baker (knee) will not play as well.

    Green Bay needs bodies

    The injury-riddled Packers might have to scramble to fill their roster for Sunday’s game against the Browns. Wide receiver James Jones (sprained knee) and linebacker Mike Neal (bruised shoulder) are among four players listed as questionable, and five players on the 53-man roster have been ruled out.


    Teams are allowed to dress 46 players for games, but the Packers’ biggest problem could be finding enough healthy bodies to reach that number.

    Coupled with the loss of Randall Cobb until at least mid-December because of a leg fracture, the Packers were going to be down to Jordy Nelson, Jarrett Boykin, and newly added rookie Myles White at receiver, if Jones can’t play.

    But later in the day Friday, Green Bay acquired rookie receiver Chris Harper off waivers from the 49ers, who released him the previous day. Harper was a fourth-round draft pick by the Seahawks, who cut him at the end of the preseason.

    Vikings put Smith on shelf

    The Vikings placed safety Harrison Smith (turf toe) on injured reserve with designation to return, and the best-case scenario for him is a return for the final three games. In six weeks, the Vikings will evaluate Smith’s injury and determine whether he needs surgery, which requires up to six months of rehabilitation . . . Bears cornerback Charles Tillman and tight end Martellus Bennett are questionable with knee problems for Sunday’s game at Washington . . . Chargers left guard Chad Rinehart (toe) was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the winless Jaguars and inside linebacker Donald Butler (groin) is doubtful. Neither was able to play in Monday’s victory over the Colts. Signs also point to wide receiver Eddie Royal not being able to play after he hurt his toe on Monday. Royal remains in a walking boot and didn’t practice this week . . . Ravens linebacker Josh Bynes was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Steelers after having surgery on an infected finger. On the other side, Steelers linebacker Jarvis Jones, suffering from a concussion, was deemed questionable . . . Russell Wilson threw three TD passes as the Seahawks improved to 6-1 for the first time in franchise history by winning at Arizona, 34-22, on Thursday.