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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) The Minnesota Vikings have hired Todd Downing as a senior offensive assistant, bringing him back to his hometown team after serving last year as offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. Downing will begin his 18th season in the NFL, the first five of which were with the Vikings as an intern, …

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The Panthers have reinstated interim general manager Marty Hurney after an NFL investigation found no wrongdoing into charges of harassment by his ex-wife. Hurney had been on a paid leave of absence during the investigation. He is one of four candidates who have interviewed for the team’s permanent general manager position, which is expected to …

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CINCINNATI (AP) AJ McCarron won his grievance against the Cincinnati Bengals and will become an unrestricted free agent next month, making him one of the more attractive quarterbacks on the market. McCarron challenged the Bengals’ decision to put him on a non-football injury list as a rookie in 2014, when the fifth-round pick had a …

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ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) Eighteen years after the Raiders made kicker Sebastian Janikowski a surprise first-round draft pick, his career in Oakland has come to an end. The team told Janikowski this week that he won’t be brought back when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next month. ”The Raider Nation salutes Sebastian Janikowski as the …

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PHOENIX (AP) New Arizona coach Steve Wilks says Cardinals standout wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has told him he’ll return for a 15th NFL season. Wilks made the comment Thursday in an interview on the ”Doug &Wolf” sports talk radio show. Wilks says Fitzgerald told him of his decision in a conversation on Wednesday night. Fitzgerald …

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BEREA, Ohio (AP) Todd Haley’s dad played for the Steelers, so he grew up in a household where enemy lines were clearly defined. ”I hated the Browns,” Haley said. Not anymore. After six successful seasons guiding one of the NFL’s most high-powered offenses in Pittsburgh, Haley is starting anew in Cleveland with the winless …

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Jeremy Bates is getting another chance at running an NFL offense. The New York Jets promoted Bates from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator Wednesday, replacing the fired John Morton. The team also hired Rick Dennison as offensive line coach/run game coordinator and Steve Jackson as assistant defensive backs coach. Bates also will continue his duties …

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BOSTON (AP) A Boston sports radio station facing criticism after a host used a stereotyped Asian accent to impersonate New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s agent will suspend live programming while employees receive ”sensitivity training.” WEEI announced Wednesday that live programs will halt from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday while the staff participates …

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Derrick Johnson’s tenure with the Kansas City Chiefs is coming to an end. The franchise’s career tackles leader and a four-time Pro Bowl selection, Johnson will become a free agent when his contract expires at the start of the new league year March 14. He intends to keep playing, it just won’t be in the …

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Frank Reich has been introduced as the Indianapolis Colts new head coach. The former Philadelphia Eagles’ offensive coordinator accepted the job two days earlier then signed his contract at the home of team owner Jim Irsay later that night. The announcement came exactly one week after the Colts had agreed to a deal …

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