Coach Dennis Erickson is in no hurry to leave the San Francisco 49ers just yet. Erickson responded to the rumors about his future yesterday, saying he thinks he'll still be employed...

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Coach Dennis Erickson is in no hurry to leave the San Francisco 49ers just yet.

Erickson responded to the rumors about his future yesterday, saying he thinks he’ll still be employed by the Niners (2-11) at least until January. He met with owner John York and general manager Terry Donahue one day after San Francisco’s 31-28 overtime win over Arizona, but Erickson believes all discussion of the coaching staff’s future will wait three weeks.

“It wasn’t really any different than any other meeting that I have with (York),” said Erickson, who meets with the owner after every game when York isn’t home in Ohio. “We talked about the game. We talked a little bit about personnel. … At the end of the year, we’ll all get together … and talk about everything.”

Erickson also said he hasn’t been contacted by Mississippi about its coaching vacancy despite widespread reports naming him as the top candidate. But he also didn’t exactly deny interest.

“Right now, really, my concern is playing the Redskins on Saturday and then go from there,” Erickson said. “I mean, everybody has to look at options.”

York seems dissatisfied with the team’s coaching staff, and Erickson certainly is dissatisfied with the lackluster roster assembled by York and Donahue. While Erickson is owed $7.5 million over the next three years, York might try to entice Erickson to quit by firing his assistants.


• The St. Louis Rams expect QB Marc Bulger to return next week against the Philadelphia Eagles, leaving 39-year-old Chris Chandler to make his second consecutive start Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Chandler threw a career-worst six interceptions in a 20-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers last Sunday.

Eli Manning, who was benched Sunday, will remain the starting quarterback of the New York Giants, coach Tom Coughlin said. Since taking over from Kurt Warner, Manning is 0-4 with one touchdown pass, six interceptions and a passer rating of 33.8.

“The rookie player that has this type of opportunity … it is a priceless experience that does not come without pain,” Coughlin said.

• The NFL is reviewing Denver QB Jake Plummer‘s obscene gesture toward a fan and might fine Plummer under its policy that prohibits public displays of profanity. The quarterback, who has been criticized often this season, responded to a heckler at Invesco Field on Sunday.

• The Oakland Raiders signed K Sebastian Janikowski to a five-year, $10.5 million extension. The deal includes $2.8 million in guaranteed money, according to Janikowski, a first-round draft pick in 2000, has made 112 of 140 field-goal tries, including 19 of 22 this year.

• Denver RB Tatum Bell said he could be available against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday despite a separated shoulder. The rookie ran for 123 yards and two touchdowns against the Miami Dolphins last weekend, but he left in the third quarter after separating his shoulder.

• Chicago LB Brian Urlacher is to have an MRI on his left hamstring this week. Urlacher suffered his third leg injury of the season in a 22-3 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Injury report
Player, Team Injury Status
QB Jeff Garcia, Browns Knee Out for season
FB Justin Griffith, Falcons Ankle Out for season
LB Clark Haggans, Steelers Groin Out two weeks
QB Carson Palmer, Bengals Knee Questionable