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Rams DC Williams cooperating with NFL investigation

For now, it's business as usual for Gregg Williams, who is on the job behind closed doors with the rest of the St. Louis assistant coaches.

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Williams, the Rams' new defensive coordinator, is facing a possible suspension after an NFL investigation revealed he administered a "pay for performance" program and ran a "bounty" pool of up to $50,000 the past three seasons when he was the defensive coordinator in New Orleans. Williams apologized for his participation, calling it a "terrible mistake."

Aside from releasing Williams' apology, the franchise that inherited this scandal has had little to say. Players and coaches are not being made available for interviews.

"Coach Williams has shown contrition for his actions and continues to cooperate with the NFL in this investigation," Rams chief operating officer Kevin Demoff said in a statement Thursday to The Associated Press. "Out of respect for the NFL's ongoing process, we will refrain from commenting until the league has come to a final decision on all aspects of this matter."

The league is expected to level its punishment this month. Whether Williams is shelved for two weeks, a month or longer, the Rams must make contingency plans, and general manager Les Snead suggested the team would be prepared for whatever action the league takes.

New coach Jeff Fisher was out of town and he isn't talking, either, until the NFL issues its ruling. Williams met with NFL security officials on Monday as part of the league's investigation; no timetable has been disclosed by the league for a decision from Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Assistant head coach Dave McGinnis is the logical fill-in candidate at defensive coordinator should Williams be suspended. McGinnis is a former NFL head coach and has an extensive background in defense, including five years as the Cardinals' defensive coordinator from 1996 to 2000, and great success coaching linebackers under Fisher in Tennessee.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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