NFL roundup: NFL confident in concussion settlement, Bill Lazor to join Lions and more

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The NFL believes its concussion settlement, which was rejected on Tuesday, will eventually go through in its current form. That news and more from a busy Tuesday in the NFL.

Early on Tuesday, a federal judge rejected the NFL's $765 million concussion settlement. That was a preliminary approval, however, and it does not kill the settlement outright. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody determined that the settlement amount was not enough to cover 20,000 retired players, and requested more financial information. The league remains confident that it will be able to provide the necessary information and get the settlement approved.

Here's what else you might have missed on Tuesday in the NFL:

Lazor to join Lions

The Detroit Lions hired head coach Jim Caldwell on Tuesday and didn't take long to bring in his offensive coordinator. The team is reportedly hiring Bill Lazor, the current quarterbacks coach with the Philadelphia Eagles. Lazor has been given a lot of credit for the emergence of Nick Foles this past season. Detroit needs someone to step in and take charge of Matthew Stafford, as the front office clearly believes the team can win with him at quarterback.

Chargers keep Pagano

The San Diego Chargers are keeping defensive coordinator John Pagano. He was re-signed to a new deal, which is significant because his contract was set to expire in a matter of weeks. He's been with the Chargers since 2002 and survived the head coaching switch from Norv Turner to Mike McCoy this season. Pagano was named defensive coordinator under Turner in 2012.

Diehl to retire

The New York Giants aren't likely to retain the services of offensive lineman David Diehl heading into next season. Rather than test the open market, Diehl will likely just hang up the cleats and call it a career. He's been in the NFL for 11 seasons and won two Super Bowls with the Giants. He hardly has anything left to prove, though he has still played well in recent years.

Bucs commence second round of interviews

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers began the second wave of interviews for their general manager position. Lake Dawson, the vice president of player personnel with the Tennessee Titans; Lionel Vital, the director of player personnel with the Atlanta Falcons; and Marc Ross, the vice president of player operations with the New York Giants, are among the names getting second interviews.

Colston pass was designed

The head-scratching play that saw New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston throw a pass in desperation at the end of the team's Divisional round game against the Seattle Seahawks was ... by design. Of course, a forward pass wasn't by design -- he was supposed to lateral it -- but the pass was about as forward as it can get. Most wondered why he didn't get out of bounds, to give the team one more shot at making it to the end zone. The Saints lost to the Seahawks, who will host the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship.

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