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[January 22, 2014]  (The Sports Xchange)  Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase informed the Cleveland Browns he is withdrawing from consideration for the team's head coaching position.

Gase called the Browns on Tuesday, informing them he would not interview and wants to focus solely on the Super Bowl. Denver will meet the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2 in East Rutherford, N.J.


San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh said Tuesday that running back Frank Gore broke his right ring finger during Sunday's NFL title game loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Harbaugh said at his press conference that he wasn't aware that Gore suffered an injury until after the game.

Matt Maiocco of reported that Gore, who had just 14 yards on 11 carries on Sunday, will have minor surgery to repair the injury.


After winning the coin toss Tuesday, NFL great Jerry Rice picked New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees and St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn for his Pro Bowl team.

That means Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt and Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles are on Deion Sanders' team.

Since Rice chose the captain group, Sanders' team will have the first pick in Tuesday and Wednesday night's drafts. Both night's drafts begin at 8 p.m. ET.


The NFL announced that Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo has been selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl in place of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ahmad Brooks.


The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Jason Licht as their general manager, multiple media outlets.

Licht, 42, spent the previous two years in the Arizona Cardinals' front office, the last season as vice president of player personnel.


The Philadelphia Eagles hired former Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave as their quarterbacks coach.

Musgrave, 46, takes over for former Eagles quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor, who left to become the Miami Dolphins' offensive coordinator last week.


Longtime New England Patriots assistant coach Pepper Johnson announced he is leaving the organization.


New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib was not seriously injured in Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos, according to

Talib, named to the 2013 All-Pro team, suffered no structural damage in his knee in the collision with former teammate Wes Welker.


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New York Giants owner John Mara plans to talk contract with head coach Tom Coughlin in the near future.

Mara said the 68-year-old Coughlin, the oldest coach in the NFL, has been focused on making improvements necessary to get the team back in contention after a 7-9 season in 2013. Coughlin has one year remaining on his contract.


Further proof that the mission to build a coach staff with quarterback Matthew Stafford in mind was not lip service, the Detroit Lions hired Joe Lombardi as offensive coordinator.

Lombardi, the grandson of Vince Lombardi, was quarterbacks coach of the New Orleans Saints and has been with the franchise since 2007.


Vance Joseph was hired as assistant defensive backs coach of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Joseph will assist Mark Carrier. He was secondary coach with the Houston Texans for the past three seasons.


Coach John Harbaugh said the Baltimore Ravens are narrowing their search for the offensive coordinator position vacated when Jim Caldwell was named head coach of the Detroit Lions last week.

Scott Linehan, former offensive coordinator of the Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Smart, former Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and current Ravens wide receivers coach Jim Hostler were interviewed.


The Arizona Cardinals agreed to terms on a two-year contract with punter Dave Zastudil.

Zastudil (6-3, 220) finished his 12th NFL season and third with the Cardinals after joining the team in 2011.


The San Francisco 49ers today announced that long-time team executive Paraag Marathe will be promoted to team president, as Gideon Yu is stepping down from that role.


World-renowned soprano Renee Fleming, a four-time Grammy winner, will sing the national anthem before Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on Feb. 2.

(Editing by Frank Pingue)

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