John York has stepped down as the chair of the NFL's international committee to become chair of the newly created health and medical committee, commissioner Roger Goodell announced this week.York, the 49ers' co-chair, will lead the new committee on health and medical issues. York, a pathologist, began his business career in 1982 as founder of DeYor Laboratories in Youngstown, Ohio.He received a doctorate in blood pathology from Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University Chicago in 1975. He spent seven years of post-doctoral study, specializing in the laboratory diagnosis of lymphoma and leukemia.Jerry Jones (Cowboys), Rich McKay (Falcons), John Mara (Giants) and Mark Murphy (Packers) will be the other members of the new Health and Safety Advisory Committee."Our committee structure has been very important and beneficial to the NFL over the years," Goodell said. "It has allowed us to address and study complex issues in depth and present our clubs with comprehensive information and thoughtful recommendations."Clark Hunt (Chiefs) is taking over as the chair of the NFL's international committee.
The 49ers inquired about the possibility of re-hiring defensive coordinator Vic Fangio to presumptive coach Kyle Shanahan's staff, but the Chicago Bears denied permssion, a source told CSNBayArea.com.
Fangio recently completed his second season as the Bears' defensive coordinator after spending four seasons in the same position on Jim Harbaugh's staff with the 49ers.
The Bears made it known to the 49ers that Fangio would not be allowed out of his contract. It never got to the point where the 49ers made a formal request to speak with Fangio, a source said.
Fangio's defenses were the strength of three 49ers teams that advanced to the NFC Championship game, including one Super Bowl appearance. He interviewed for the 49ers' head-coaching job after the 49ers parted ways with Harbaugh. After being passed over for defensive line coach Jim Tomsula, Fangio ended up on John Fox's staff with the Bears.
The Sacramento Bee was first to report the 49ers were blocked in their attempt to lure Fangio back to the organization.
The Seahawks might be in some trouble.
Seattle may lose its second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft after failing to disclose Richard Sherman's knee injury, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.
The league is reportedly mulling a penalty after Pete Carroll revealed on Monday that Sherman dealt with an MCL injury during the season.
Back in September, the NFL took away the Seahawks' fifth-round pick, fined the team $400,000 and fined Pete Carroll $200,000 for violating work rules that prohibit excessive contact in all offseason workouts.
The Seahawks will also forefit their first week of 2017 OTAs.