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[December 01, 2014]  Nov 30 (The Sports Xchange) - San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh could get a contract extension if the team wins its final four regular season games and makes a run in the playoffs, ESPN reported on Sunday.

Harbaugh has one year left on his contract, but discussions to extend his deal in the past have not gone far.

If Harbaugh is available, the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets are among teams expected to be interested in trading for him. Since Harbaugh has a year left on his deal, the 49ers would seek draft compensation for him.

CBS Sports reported the 49ers may promote one of their assistants to head coach if Harbaugh is gone. Defensive line coach Jim Tomsula and defensive coordinator Vic Fangio reportedly top the list.

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The Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints are among at least four teams interested in running back Ray Rice, according to ESPN.

Rice was reinstated last week after being suspended early in the season and released by the Baltimore Ravens because of a domestic violence case.

It is also unlikely that Rice, who turns 28 in January, will play this season.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Justin Hunter will remain in a Houston-area hospital with a lacerated spleen, the team confirmed.

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Titans quarterback Zach Mettenberger left Sunday's game against the Texans with a right shoulder injury incurred on a hit by Houston defensive end J.J. Watt in the third quarter.

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New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan dislike each other so much that the team may part with at least one of them after the season, according to CBS Sports.

Payton and Ryan have had several spirited discussions on the sideline during games, including last Monday's loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Ryan is popular with the team but may be let go because of the declining play of the defense.

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will not return to the team next season, according to CBS Sports.

There has reportedly been a growing rift between Griffin, who lost his job to Colt McCoy, and the team that is beyond repair.

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Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is considering retiring from the NFL after this season, according to the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Seahawks have long been rumored to be considering parting ways with the star running back due to a combination of his $5 million salary for 2015, his age (28) and running style, and recent reports the front office is tired of his mercurial personality. However, sources "with direct knowledge of Lynch's thinking" told Rapoport that Lynch may beat them to the punch by retiring.

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Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine will take a day or two to decide whether it is time to turn the offense over to rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Manziel replaced an ineffective Brian Hoyer and ran for a 10-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter on his first drive Sunday.

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New England Patriots special teams player Matthew Slater agreed to a two-year extension, according to multiple reports.

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Buffalo Bills Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly honored former teammate Darryl Talley by wearing his number 56 jersey during player introductions before Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

Talley, 54, told the Buffalo News last week that he suffers from depression, lost his business and has suicidal thoughts. (Editing by Gene Cherry)

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