"They are there for a reason. There's a reason the head coach and
quarterback have been there for as long as they have," Manning said.
"You have to give them a lot of credit. When the schedule comes out
and you know you are going to play them in the regular season, when
the final second ticks off you know there's a good chance you are
going to see them again if you do your job."
Tom Brady appeared amused when asked about comments from Denver
Broncos defenders Antonio Smith and Malik Jackson, who said the
Patriots quarterback is a "crybaby" and "whiner" when complaining to
Brady was asked by reporters if he works referees more than others
"I'm not sure what the other quarterbacks do," Brady said before the
team's first practice in advance of Sunday's AFC Championship Game
in Denver. "If the refs want to throw the flag, I love when they
throw flags on the defenders, absolutely. It advances our team.
That's just part of football."
Patriots linebacker Darius Fleming confirmed that he rescued a woman
from a smoking car last week and played with 22 stitches in his leg
in Saturday's divisional playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Fleming said he was injured when he kicked in a window to pull the
woman out of the smoking car about a mile from Gillette Stadium two
days before the game.
Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski took issue with Broncos cornerback
Chris Harris Jr.'s comments to "hit him in his knees" as the teams
prepare for the Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
Asked during an ESPN's "SportsCenter" interview Tuesday for the best
way to defend Gronkowski, Harris said: "You gotta hit him low, man.
Hit him in his knees. That's the best chance you got of hitting
Chip Kelly was drawn to the job of San Francisco 49ers head coach
for many reasons, but it all boiled down to his passion for
"Everybody makes mistakes," Kelly said of settling into a job in
which he won't have as much control in personnel. "To me, it's just
the lines of communication. Are they open? To me, I just want to
coach football. I just want to coach."
Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart was not practicing
Wednesday as the team prepared for Sunday's NFC Championship Game
against the Arizona Cardinals.
Stewart tweaked his ankle in last Sunday's divisional-round 31-24
win over the Seattle Seahawks. The injury is not expected to be a
factor for the NFC title game.
Six Pittsburgh Steelers players, including five starters, will need
offseason surgeries, head coach Mike Tomlin said.
Two players -- safety Mike Mitchell and punter Jordan Berry -- will
undergo shoulder surgery that will keep them out for four months.
Both likely will miss offseason training activities and minicamp but
should be ready for the start of training camp in late July.
Houston Texans rookie cornerback Kevin Johnson was undergoing foot
surgery in Charlotte, N.C.
According to the Houston Chronicle, renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr.
Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist who is the Carolina
Panthers' team doctor, performed the procedure.
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon has applied for
reinstatement from his indefinite suspension for multiple violations
of the league's substance abuse policy, according to reports.
Gordon, 24, was suspended for a minimum of a year on Feb. 3, 2015
after his third violation of the league's policy. By NFL rule,
Gordon could apply for reinstatement within 60 days of his
suspension. Commissioner Roger Goodell now has 60 days in which to
rule on his reinstatement.
The coaching staffs of the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs
were selected to lead the 2016 Pro Bowl teams in Hawaii, the NFL
The 2016 Pro Bowl will be played Sunday, Jan. 31 at Aloha Stadium in
Head coaches Mike McCarthy of the Packers and Andy Reid of the
Chiefs, along with their assistants, will be assigned to teams
through the Pro Bowl Draft.
Eric Rogers, one of the top wide receivers in the Canadian Football
League for the Calgary Stampeders last season, signed with the San
Francisco 49ers, according to media reports.
Rogers reportedly received a $125,000 signing bonus and $100,000 in
guaranteed salary. The 49ers were one of 16 NFL teams who took a
look at Rogers, who led the CFL with 1,448 receiving yards and 10
touchdowns while making 87 receptions last season.
The Miami Dolphins signed quarterback Zac Dysert and tight end
Dominique Jones to reserve/future contracts.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was named to the Pro Bowl
roster on Wednesday as a replacement for Green Bay Packers
quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Also added to the Pro Bowl roster were Miami Dolphins wide receiver
Jarvis Landry and offensive tackle Branden Albert as replacements
for Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown and Washington
Redskins offensive tackle Trent Williams.
The Miami Dolphins named Clyde Christensen as offensive coordinator,
Bo Hardegree as quarterbacks coach and Jeremiah Washburn as
assistant offensive line coach.
The Indianapolis Colts hired Greg Williams as defensive backs coach.
Williams replaces Mike Gillhamer, who was let go after the 2015
season ended as one of several changes to head coach Chuck Pagano's
staff. (Editing by Frank Pingue)
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