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Leon Hall tears Achilles, out for season

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The Bengals got a win today, but it came with a terrible cost.

A league source confirms to PFT that Bengals cornerback Leon Hall suffered a torn Achilles and will be lost for the season.

Hall went down in the first quarter while covering Calvin Johnson, and did not return. He also suffered the same injury to the other leg in 2011.

That throws a major kink in the Bengals’ defensive plans, as he was their top cover player, and had the ability to cover in the slot or outside.

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Von values a Super Bowl ring over the MVP award

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Super Bowl MVP   Von Miller #58 of the Denver Broncos celebrates with the Vince Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  The Broncos defeated the Panthers 24-10.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

Upon receiving the Super Bowl MVP trophy this morning, Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller said it’s only the second-best award he’s receiving.

Miller emphasized his love for the entire Broncos team and said that the Super Bowl ring he’ll get for yesterday’s game is what means the most, because it’s what all of his teammates will share.

“The MVP is special, but the Super Bowl ring is something I’ll carry with me for life,” Miller said.

Asked about the defense carrying Peyton Manning and the offense, Miller insisted that the offense contributed, too.

“We carried each other,” Miller said. “If it wasn’t for Peyton making the decisions he made to throw the ball short so we could punt the ball.”

It says a lot about how far Manning has fallen that he’s now being credited just for putting his team in a position to punt, but Miller said he loves the offense, the defense, the coaches and everyone in Denver. Miller also singled out John Elway and said he’s confident that they’ll come to an agreement on a new contract this offseason. Miller said any reports that there will be difficult negotiations are false.

“It’s going to be a peaceful thing. I’m not really worried about it. That’s another thing that the media tries to play up,” Miller said.

The Broncos would love to have Miller in Denver for many more years, and it sounds like the feeling is mutual.

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Police report says McCoy, Curtis Brinkley assaulted three officers

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The police report from the Sunday morning incident that resulted in two off-duty police officers being hospitalized in Philadelphia said three officers fought with Bills running back LeSean McCoy and former NFL running back Curtis Brinkley.

The report said there was “a dispute over the purchase of champagne” between the men and Brinkley “grabbed the bottle.” Nothing good generally happens after 2 a.m., and the report lists 2:45 a.m. as the approximate time of the incident.

A law enforcement official told CSNPhilly.com that two of the officers suffered broken ribs.

ABC-6 in Philadelphia first reported that McCoy was being investigated for assault. No arrests have been made.

The Bills said in a team statement that they’re aware of the situation and have no further comment at this time. The Bills acquired McCoy in a trade with the Eagles last year.

Brinkley is a native of Philadelphia. He played for the Chargers and Bears between 2009-13.

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Broncos’ Brandon Marshall: Peyton’s the reason I’m here

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After the Super Bowl, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall said it was Peyton Manning who got him into the game.

According to Marshall, when he was on the practice squad it was Manning who convinced the Broncos to call him up to the active roster. Marshall said that when Manning addressed the team, it was an emotional time because of the respect the team has for its quarterback.

“I got emotional,” Marshall said. “A lot of people don’t know but Peyton is the reason I’m here. When I got picked up on the practice squad, I was playing my tail off at practice. He was one of the ones that noticed me. He would ask the coaches, ‘Who is this guy? Who is this guy Brandon Marshall? We have to get him up.’ So he noticed me, and a lot of the offensive guys started talking about me, and that allowed me to get my chance. So I love Peyton. I have a different appreciation for him. I feel like he had a hand in me getting off the practice squad and onto that roster. I told Peyton before the game, I said, ‘Man, I want to win this for you.’ I’ve been feeling that way all year.”

Marshall said Manning’s speech to the team was inspiring.

“You know Peyton. He cracked a few jokes in there. He thanked everybody. He thanked the support staff, the coaches, the players. It was speech where he got emotional and he was recapping the year. He even mentioned my name because I told him I wanted to win for him. Peyton is a hell of a guy, and I’m so happy we won for him,” Marshall said.

Manning didn’t do a lot on the field to help the Broncos win, but there’s little doubt that his teammates credit him as being an important part of their championship team.

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Report: LeSean McCoy accused of assaulting off-duty officers

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Bills running back LeSean McCoy is accused of assaulting two off-duty police officers early Sunday morning, ABC-6 in Philadelphia reported Monday.

The report says both officers were hospitalized after the incident that occurred around 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Recess Lounge in Philadelphia’s Old City district.

The report said neither McCoy nor a friend who was also involved were arrested. An investigation is ongoing.

McCoy played for the Eagles from 2009-14 before being traded last year.

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What happened to Mike Carey?

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Lost in last night’s Super Bowl was the fact that CBS officiating expert Mike Carey apparently got lost.

Carey contributed only once to the broadcast, in connection with an incomplete pass from Panthers quarterback Cam Newton to receiver Jerricho Cotchery that Carolina coach Ron Rivera challenged.

Before referee Clete Blakeman announced the outcome, Jim Nantz threw it to Carey for an explanation.

“I think this is a good challenge by Carolina,” Carey said. “The receiver goes up, he’s going the ground. So he must maintain control of the ball, which he does. If I was in the booth, I would reverse this to a catch.

“The ball never hits the ground. Even though there’s a bobble inside, maintains good control, up off the ground. He rolls over, keeps it off the ground at the end.”

But the ruling on the field was upheld, because the ball did hit the ground and because there was no indisputable visual evidence that the ruling on the field of the ball moving too much upon hitting the ground was incorrect.

After the play, Carey was never heard from again. Sure, there was only one more replay challenge (a tap-in putt that would have allowed Carey to quickly explain that Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will be treated as down even with the slightest contact from a Carolina defender), but the game presented other opportunities for explanations from Carey, including an illegal blindside block during a punt return.

Likewise, multiple players had a pair of personal fouls, which Commissioner Roger Goodell has proposed would result in an ejection. Carey could have said something about the dilemma officials face when potentially sending a player to the showers prematurely.

Based on last week’s comments from CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus, it’s obvious that CBS is aware of, and sensitive to, the criticism of Carey. It seems that someone opted to protect Carey and CBS from further fodder for more criticism but putting him on ice for the rest of Super Bowl 50.

CBS has not yet responded to an email sent last night request comment on Carey’s disappearance from the broadcast. There’s at least a chance the disappearance will be something more than temporary, given his body of work.

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Seahawks mum on whether they’ll collect Marshawn’s bonus money

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Peyton Manning chose not to announce his retirement after last night’s game. Marshawn Lynch chose to announce his retirement during it.

Vague at first, it quickly became clear that Lynch is indeed done, with tweets from Richard Sherman, Russell Wilson, and (most convincingly) owner Paul Allen confirming it.

The one thing the Seahawks haven’t and likely won’t confirm is whether Lynch will be permitted to keep the $5 million in signing bonus money he hasn’t earned yet. The safe guess is that it was understood a year ago that the Seahawks wouldn’t seek reimbursement if he retired after 2015. But the Seahawks would be wise to not publish that, because then other players who retire with unearned signing bonus money may expect the same courtesy.

It’s also unknown whether the Seahawks conditioned Marshawn’s retention of the money on his commitment to remaining retired. If he returns later in the year and plays for another team, the Seahawks would be entitled to be more than a little miffed.

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Patriots, Seahawks, Steelers installed as early favorites for next season

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 05:  The Vince Lombardi trophy sits in front of a gold "50"during the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center West on February 5, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Broncos have been Super Bowl champions for less than 24 hours, but time waits for no man and no team.

Las Vegas has already started looking ahead to next season and they’ve installed three teams as favorites to follow the Broncos as the top team in the NFL. The Westgate SuperBook in Vegas has the Patriots, Seahawks and Steelers listed as 8-1 favorites to secure the Lombardi Trophy in Houston.

The Broncos are considered a 14-1 shot to repeat while the Panthers are given 10-1 odds to take the final step that eluded them this time around. The Cardinals and Packers join the Panthers at that number while the Bengals slot in next to the Broncos. The Cowboys are ninth at 16-1 while the Chiefs, Colts and Vikings are at 20-1.

On the other end of the spectrum are the Browns. Hue Jackson is considered a 200-1 shot to lift the trophy in his first year on the sideline in Cleveland, which is way below the 49ers — the book’s 31st choice at 60-1 — and everyone else in the league.

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Report: Eagles haven’t had discussions about Nick Foles return

ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 6: Nick Foles #5 of the St. Louis Rams is sacked in the second quarter against the Arizona Cardinals at the Edward Jones Dome on December 6, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images) Getty Images

On Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Eagles are interested in turning back the clock and bringing Nick Foles back to Philadelphia a year after trading him to the Rams for Sam Bradford.

That report also indicated that the Eagles are leaning against using the franchise tag to assure that Bradford, an impending free agent, remains with the team in 2016. Another report from Philadelphia indicates that thoughts of a reversal of course are premature at the moment.

Zach Berman of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Eagles have not had internal discussions about pursuing a Foles return. As of now, any Foles pursuit would require another trade as he is under Rams control. He’s due a $6 million bonus three days into the new league year, which starts on March 9, so that status could change in the coming weeks.

Berman also reports that the Eagles have made no decisions regarding Bradford. New coach Doug Pederson has spoken well of Bradford since getting hired last month, although there’s certainly a big difference between saying nice things and putting yourself on the hook for a salary around $20 million for a quarterback who hasn’t been consistent enough withe either the Rams or Eagles to justify that price.

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Monday morning one-liners

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The first Bills season tickets went on sale on this date in 1960.

Former Dolphins QB Dan Marino was part of the Super Bowl commercial blitz.

Patriots QB Tom Brady didn’t hear many cheers at Levi’s Stadium on Sunday.

Video games occupied Jets DT Damon Harrison’s attention on Super Bowl Sunday.

Ravens QB Joe Flacco was walking well as part of the celebration of past Super Bowl MVPs.

The Bengals offensive line handled the Broncos defense well this season.

Browns coach Hue Jackson had a good meeting with Memphis QB Paxton Lynch.

A breakdown of the Steelers quarterback play in 2015.

Former Texans TE Owen Daniels and coach Gary Kubiak became Super Bowl champions with the Broncos.

Said Former Colts WR Marvin Harrison of making the Hall of Fame, “It’s always a blessing to have a compliment to the kind of work ethic you bring to the football field.”

Former Jaguars QB David Garrard credits Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula with aiding in his development.

Life on Broadway agrees with former Titans RB Eddie George.

Said Broncos PR Jordan Norwood of his 61-yard return in the Super Bowl, “It was a short punt, and a lot of times guys will just run past it. And they didn’t, but I just decided to roll with it.”

Winning comeback player of the year gave some closure to Chiefs S Eric Berry.

Raiders QB Derek Carr could commiserate with Cam Newton when it came to getting sacked by Von Miller.

A look back at when the Chargers drafted Ryan Leaf.

The best and worst running backs drafted by the Cowboys.

Peyton Manning now has as many Super Bowl wins as Giants QB Eli Manning.

Former Eagles defensive coordinators were on both sidelines in the Super Bowl.

Should the Redskins be in pursuit of a big wide receiver?

Gary Kubiak said he inherited a good Broncos team from Bears coach John Fox.

Lions General Manager Bob Quinn was praised by former boss Robert Kraft.

Are Packers fans too critical of the team’s season?

Weighing the chances that the Vikings draft a wide receiver in the first round.

Can the Falcons make the jump to the Super Bowl next season?

WR Jerricho Cotchery’s drops hurt the Panthers against the Broncos.

Saints QB Drew Brees was part of the pregame festivities in Santa Clara.

WR Mike Evans has heard from Buccaneers teammate Vincent Jackson about being more mature in the future.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was rooting for Peyton Manning on Sunday.

Will the Rams be a more attractive destination for free agents?

49ers RB Jarryd Hayne’s hometown in Australia was tuned in to the Super Bowl.

Some reaction to Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch’s retirement announcement.

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Cam’s failure to fall on fumble defines his Super Bowl

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Cam Newton had a special season in 2015, winning the NFL’s Most Valuable Player award and emerging as a run-pass threat the likes of which we’ve never seen in the history of football. And yet quarterbacks are remembered for what they do in the Super Bowl, and Newton’s Super Bowl is going to be remembered for one terrible play above all.

When Newton fumbled in the fourth quarter, with the game on the line, he oddly appeared to pull back, rather than fall on the football into the middle of a scrum.

Why didn’t he fight harder for the ball? He didn’t answer that question after the game, hastily rushing out of his post-game press conference without saying much of anything.

Broncos linebacker DeMarcus Ware joined PFT Live this morning and suggested that Newton might simply not have known where the ball was.

“I tried to dive on it, I seen his feet in front of me but I don’t know why he didn’t dive on it. Maybe he didn’t see it,” Ware said.

The reaction from fans toward Newton’s play has been brutal, with many saying he just isn’t tough enough. But that seems hard to believe: Newton is the most physical runner of any quarterback in the NFL, and he has played through injuries many times. He’s been a tough player throughout his career. Why would he lose that toughness in the Super Bowl?

Newton is a great player who had a rough game against a great defense, and neither his season nor his Super Bowl should be defined by that one play. But in a quarterback’s career, we remember a few big moments above all others. And that was a very bad moment for Newton.

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Join us at 6:00 a.m. ET for the new PFT Live

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The midnight oil will soon yield to 10 cups of coffee. In fewer than five hours, the first 6:00 a.m. ET edition of PFT Live on NBC Sports Radio will launch.

The last hour of the program will be televised on NBCSN, leading in to The Dan Patrick Show.

For our friends on the West Coast, the entire show re-airs from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET, and producer Rob “Stats” Guerrera promptly will carve up a “best of” podcast for downloading.

Monday’s guests include Peter King of TheMMQB.com and PFT’s Darin Gantt. We’re also hoping to get Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller in hour three, our debut hour on NBCSN.

I picked the original 2011 web show logo for the post because I really haven’t been this excited since we launched the program more than five years ago at 12:00 p.m. ET. Hopefully, we’ll be in the new time slot for another five years, and longer.

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DeMarcus Ware feels like he’s arrived

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Peyton Manning has been the veteran focus of attention around the Broncos throughout their postseason run, but he wasn’t the only member of the team with a chance to burnish his legacy with a win in Super Bowl 50.

Linebacker DeMarcus Ware accomplished plenty over the course of his 11 NFL seasons, including sacking quarterbacks 134.5 times, but he had never played in a Super Bowl before Sunday. He made his first appearance a memorable one by sacking Cam Newton twice as the Broncos rolled to a 24-10 victory that left the veteran pass rusher feeling he’d finally made it.

“I wouldn’t say there’s a sense of relief. I would just say that there’s a sense of ‘I have arrived,’ just being a champion. It was a hard-fought battle for so many years for me. It just feels great to [enjoy] this moment right now.”

On Sunday night, linebacker Brandon Marshall said that General Manager John Elway “built for this moment” after losing to the Seahawks two years by bolstering the defense with players like Ware. Ware made Elway look very smart for making that move with his play against the Panthers and he made his own career accomplishments sparkle a bit more brightly in the process as well.

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Thomas Davis shows how much it meant to him to play

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Thomas Davis wasn’t going to let three torn ACLs hold him back, nor was a broken arm going to keep him off the field in the Super Bowl.

And he was willing to show what it meant to him after the game.

Davis tweeted out a photo of the stitched-up surgical incision on his right arm, which was broken two weeks ago in the NFC Championship Game. It’s a little graphic, but not overtly. If you’re squeamish about incisions and stitches and swelling, maybe don’t look.

“This post is not about me, or how tough I am,” he wrote. “It’s not to shine any light on me or my injuries. Our team doctors and trainers did an amazing job giving me an opportunity to get back on the field. This post is strictly to show how much love I have for my brothers and #PantherNation. Thank you all for your support and we will #KeepPounding.-TD”

Knowing he broke his arm two weeks ago and had surgery to put a plate and 12 screws in so he could play is one thing.

Seeing a graphic image of what it looks like underscores his commitment to the team, and to playing in the final game of the year.

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Mike Shula: Broncos D came in as best we’ve seen and proved it

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers is tackled by  DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Denver Broncos in the fourth quarter during Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Panthers scored 580 points in their first 18 games this season, an average of 32.2 points per game that they didn’t come close to hitting against the Broncos in Super Bowl 50.

Panthers offensive coordinator Mike Shula said after the game that he’s “not sure” exactly why the team was off on Sunday, but that the Broncos defense had a lot to do with knocking his unit off its game.

“Well, we tried a lot of different things. We knew those guys coming in were the best we’ve seen and they proved it. They’re fast to the ball, they can rush the passer, they do a good job against the run game. A lot of contested catches. They were contesting our receivers. You throw in the fact that we were just off on some things — had a couple turnovers early, just a little bit off on some other things. It can add up, and unfortunately it looked like that.”

When things have gone right for the Panthers this season, they’ve jumped out to early leads and then poured pressure on opponents who had to take risks in order to catch up. They found themselves on the other side of the fence this Sunday and their offense couldn’t handle the pressure that Denver threw their way. You can break things down more minutely than that if you like, but sometimes the simplest answers work best.

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John Elway: Previous Super Bowl loss made this win sweeter

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Cam Newton may not have handled a bad night at the office particularly well.

But John Elway knows exactly how it feels, having gone through it two years ago.

The Broncos executive vice president said after Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 win, that the memories of their Super Bowl XLVIII thrashing at the hands of the Seahawks made it that much sweeter.

“There is nothing worse,” Elway said of that 43-8 loss. “Everyone crash lands unless you are this team, unless you are the team that wins it. It is always a crash landing for the other 31 teams. Watching [the Seahawks celebrate] and realizing and having looked at that and having been through all that — how special is it to be able to go through that.

“For us to be able to get back here two years from then and get back and have the orange tape flying is much better.”

In some respects, the crash landing for the Broncos was harder because of the different in score. Theirs was never particularly close, and they had to deal with humiliation in addition to a physical beating.

And if Newton and the Panthers want to put the pain of such a loss behind them, the Broncos have laid out the roadmap.

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