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Theismann is out at `MNF'

March 26, 2007|Larry Stewart

Joe Theismann will not be back as a commentator on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," according to sources. He is expected to be replaced by Ron Jaworski.

ESPN declined comment, but sources indicated Theismann is not being fired and will be offered another high-profile football commentating job at ESPN.

The former Washington Redskins quarterback began working as an NFL commentator for ESPN on Sunday nights in 1988. He moved to Monday nights last season after ESPN obtained those rights, working alongside play-by-play announcer Mike Tirico and fellow commentator Tony Kornheiser.

Critics complained early in the season about a lack of chemistry between Theismann and Kornheiser. But both said the chemistry improved as the season progressed, and after Kornheiser said in January that he would be back, it was assumed Theismann would be too.

Messages were left for Theismann and Kornheiser, but neither called back.

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