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At Heat-Mavs game, Manziel declines to comment on his situation


On Tuesday, the Browns made it clear that they’re done with Johnny Manziel. On Wednesday, Manziel had no desire to talk about the situation.

Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Manziel declined an interview request from Tim MacMahon of at a Heat-Mavs game in Dallas. Manziel offered to talk instead about the Mavs, but MacMahon declined to entertain the quarterback’s views on the basketball team in Dallas.

The Browns reportedly will cut Manziel on March 9, the first day of the new league year. It’s widely believed that he wants to play for the football team in Dallas; it’s still unknown whether the Cowboys want Manziel.

Owner Jerry Jones presumably does, but he wanted Manziel in the first round of the 2014 draft and was overruled. If Stephen Jones and coach Jason Garrett don’t want Manziel, they could block the move.

Hall of Fame receiver Tim Brown, who lives in the Dallas area, told PFT Live on Tuesday that he believes the fans don’t want Manziel. Brown also pointed out that the recent expansion of Manziel’s misdeeds to possibly include domestic violence will make it even harder for the Cowboys to sign him, especially in the wake of the failed 2015 experiment with defensive end Greg Hardy.

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Jared Allen’s foot is fine, Panthers gave him some rest

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  Defensive End Jared Allen #69 of the Carolina Panther addresses the media prior to Super Bowl 50 at the San Jose Convention Center/ San Jose Marriott on February 2, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

Although Panthers defensive end Jared Allen was limited in practice today with a foot injury, he’s doing just fine and should be full-speed for Super Bowl 50.

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said designating Allen as limited in practice was just an opportunity to give him some time off, and not an issue of a setback with his foot.

“Jared’s was really about rest,” Rivera told pool reporter Jarrett Bell. “He’s been going full-blast since we started, and the doctors wanted to just make sure. So he earned the rest.”

Other than Allen, every player was a full participant in the Panthers’ 75-minute practice today at San Jose State. Carolina is healthy heading into the Super Bowl.

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Cam Newton says Super Bowl media requirements get under his skin

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - FEBRUARY 03: General view of of a display with Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers during the NFL Experience exhibition before Super Bowl 50 at the Moscone Center on February 3, 2016 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) Getty Images

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has had his fill of the media this week.

Newton noted at his media availability today that he’s been asked the same questions over and over again this week. He said it was particularly strange to meet the media on Tuesday, then meet the media again on Wednesday without having a practice in between, meaning there was absolutely nothing new to talk about.

“You know what’s confusing? How can I reword questions I’ve been asked so many times? Golly,” Newton told reporters. “Nothing pretty much has changed since I’ve seen you guys 24 hours ago. I had an unbelievable sleep, but yet I’m up here again. It’s cool. It’s like I don’t know how you want to say it. I sound like a broken record.”

Newton said there’s really not much going on this week that’s any different from any other week, and he’s not sure why he’s spending so much more time than usual talking to the press.

“It’s not necessarily the media pressure, it’s just media requirements that is getting up under a lot of people’s skin,” Newton said. “I think I’ve got to meet with you guys another time and nothing’s going to change. I’ll be walking out in this room, walking up those stairs, going to another meeting, going to practice, probably playing a couple of video games, talking to my parents, making sure they make it here on time, waking up, brushing my teeth – obviously – go to another meeting. Depends on what the breakfast looks like, if I may eat it or not. Go to the team meeting, come back to you guys and talk. I don’t get it. I don’t know what you guys want to know, man, but it is what it is.”

Newton makes a fair point that the media hype in the week preceding the Super Bowl gets a little ridiculous. But that’s the nature of the game, and it’s not going to change.

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Darian Stewart, T.J. Ward limited in practice

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 13: Defensive back Darian Stewart #26 of the Denver Broncos celebrates after making a game-ending interception in the fourth quarter of a game against the Baltimore Ravens at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 13, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) Getty Images

Whenever he was asked about his starting safeties since arriving in California, Broncos coach Gary Kubiak has said that he expected Darian Stewart and T.J. Ward to participate in Wednesday’s opening practice of Super Bowl week.

Stewart, who is dealing with a knee injury, and Ward, who has an ankle injury, didn’t let their coach down once that practice actually arrived. Both safeties were listed as limited participants in the practice and Stewart said earlier in the day that he’s feeling no pain at this point in the week.

“I’m pain free with all the movement,” Stewart said. “That right there just gave me the go ahead to just keep pushing it.”

Right guard Louis Vasquez was also a limited participant due to a knee injury, but there hasn’t been any concern about his availability for Sunday’s game. Tight end Owen Daniels (knees), linebacker Todd Davis (shoulder), cornerback Chris Harris (shoulder), quarterback Peyton Manning (foot), linebacker Brandon Marshall (ankle), left guard Evan Mathis (ankle) and linebacker DeMarcus Ware (knee, back) were all full participants for Denver.

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Peyton’s doctor told him he’ll eventually need a hip replacement

STANFORD, CA - FEBRUARY 03:  Peyton Manning #18 of the Denver Broncos drops back to pass the ball during the Broncos practice for Super Bowl 50 at Stanford University on February 3, 2016 in Stanford, California. The Broncos will play the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

Add a bad hip to Peyton Manning’s list of physical ailments.

Manning, the 39-year-old Broncos quarterback who missed a full season after four neck surgeries and more recently missed time this season with a foot injury, says that his doctor told him two years ago that he’s going to need a hip replacement down the line.

“Certainly when you have injuries, when you have surgeries, the doctor sometimes will mention to you, whether you ask him or not, ‘Hey you are probably heading for a hip replacement at a certain time in your life,’” Manning said today. “I said, ‘Doc, I didn’t ask you if I was going to have a hip replacement. I didn’t need to know that right here at age 37, but thanks for sharing. I look forward to that day when I am 52 and have a hip replacement.’ Am I going to have some potential neck procedures down the road? I don’t know the answer to that. The hip part was true. I can’t remember which doctor told me that. I have seen a lot of doctors. He was nice enough to share that information with me. I feel like I do a lot of things to try to ‘prehab’ if you will. Preventive type of stretching. I wear a posture shirt and different things like that. As those things come along later in life for me, I will try to handle them and try to have a good plan when those are around. I feel pretty good as we speak and I am fortunate for that.”

Manning may feel pretty good today, but his physical ailments seem likely to lead to his retirement after Super Bowl 50. With Manning’s list of injuries, it’s unlikely that he’ll still be in the NFL when he’s 40.

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John Elway’s giving Peyton Manning “plenty of time”

<> at SAP Center on February 1, 2016 in San Jose, California. Getty Images

Few know the position Peyton Manning is in better than his boss.

That’s why Broncos boss John Elway isn’t about to rush his quarterback for a decision about his future, before or after Sunday’s Super Bowl.

Via Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Elway said he’s in no hurry to find out whether this is Manning’s last rodeo or not.

He’s got plenty of time, whatever time he needs,” Elway said. “I think it’s never going to be a quick decision. You don’t want it to be. It’s one that’s going to change his life, . . . and it’s always a hard decision. So we’ll give him plenty of time.”

Elway said he was about “95 percent” sure he was retiring before he took the first snap of Super Bowl XXXIII in Miami. But after beating the Falcons that day, he said it still took him time to be sure.

“You never want to walk from the game you love until you really have to,” Elway said. “It all depends on what your standards are, how well you want to be able to play, how well you can play.

“Those are all questions he’ll have to answer to figure out which way he wants to go.”

Of course, no one’s really expecting anything other than retirement for Manning, especially after he told Patriots coach Bill Belichick it might be his last rodeo after the AFC Championship Game. But he’s stayed firm this week about not dropping hints, or doing anything other than staying in the moment.

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Jared Goff says he’ll do everything at combine

at Stanford Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Palo Alto, California. Getty Images

Once the Super Bowl ends on Sunday night, the next big event on the NFL calendar will be the scouting combine for draft-eligible players in Indianapolis.

One of the questions leading up to the event every year is whether the top prospects will participate in the full slate of drills or if they’ll wait until a later workout in front of scouts to show off their skills. One of this year’s top quarterback prospects is Cal’s Jared Goff and he told Mike Florio on Wednesday’s PFT Live that he will be doing everything in Indy.

“I’ll do it all,” Goff said. “I’ll throw and I’ll do it all. I think it’s the right thing to do. I’ve got nothing to hide. Go out there and throw and have some fun.”

The Browns (No. 2 pick), Cowboys (No. 4 pick) and 49ers (No. 7 pick) are, to varying degrees, considered possible landing spots for quarterbacks early in the first round pick. North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz and Memphis’ Paxton Lynch join Goff as the most highly regarded quarterbacks in this year’s draft and the combine will be the first step in shaking out how likely it is one of them will land with one of those teams.

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Von Miller loves Cam Newton’s dancing

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Cam Newton’s celebrations became a topic of controversy during the regular season when some players on the Titans took issue with Newton dancing in the end zone. But not all of his opponents have a problem with Newton’s actions.

Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller came out as pro-dancing when asked about the way Newton celebrates.

“What is my take on celebrations? I love it. I love it,” Miller said. “Whoever is dancing the most is probably going to win the game Sunday. I like to dance. I like to show emotion and celebrate with my teammates. Cam is the same way. I love it. I think it is great for the game. You have a younger generation that pays close attention to that and that is what they follow. That is the future of the sport. I think it is great. Whoever is dancing the most will likely win the game on Sunday.”

Newton and Miller were the first two picks in the 2011 NFL draft, and they’ve become two of the best young players in the league. And when it comes to celebrating, they’re on the same page: If you don’t like it, you’d better stop them from making plays.

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Brandon Marshall: I don’t want Colin Kaepernick on Jets

Colin Kaepernick AP

On Tuesday, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reported that quarterback Colin Kaepernick wants to leave the 49ers and that the Jets are his preferred next team.

The Jets’ top receiver isn’t lobbying for that change in address. During an appearance on ESPN Wednesday, Brandon Marshall said that he thinks Kaepernick is good but that the team has its quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick.

“I don’t want Kaepernick,” Marshall said. “I think he’s good. My guy’s Fitz. It’s nothing against Kaepernick. … I have my quarterback, so I’m good.”

Mehta’s report was followed by one from Dom Cosentino of that quoted “a person familiar with the situation” saying they had “no idea where [the idea Kaepernick wants to go to the Jets] came from” and that it wasn’t true. Whatever Kaepernick’s feelings, there’s a lot to play out before we’ll know what his deal will be in 2016.

The 49ers have until April 1 to decide if they want to keep Kaepernick at his current contract, which would pay him $11.9 million for the 2016 season, and they could trade him before that point to any other team in the league. The Jets, meanwhile, have said repeatedly that re-signing Fitzpatrick is a top offseason priority. His return would leave any new arrival to vie for a backup spot, something that wouldn’t seem to be as appealing to Kaepernick as a chance to compete for a starting job in San Francisco or elsewhere.

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Demaryius Thomas is not a believer in trash talk

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas speaks to the media at the Broncos media availability at the Santa Clara Marriott on February 2, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

If there’s any jawing on the field in Super Bowl 50, Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas will not be a participant.

“No, I don’t talk on the field,” Thomas said. “I let my play do the talking between the whistles. I don’t have to talk. There’s no reason to talk. We don’t get paid to talk. We get paid to play football.”

Thomas was asked if he thinks he’ll go back and forth with Panthers cornerback Josh Norman, but Thomas said he has no idea if Norman or any other cornerback trash talks him on the field. Thomas tunes it all out.

“No. I don’t know if anybody does talk. I don’t pay attention to it. I don’t talk. I don’t get into the talking,” Thomas said. “I’ve seen him on film talking. But if he does, it’s not going to bother me. I’m going to be ready for it.”

Thomas said he thought Norman’s back-and-forth with Odell Beckham in December was “crazy” and Thomas is confident he won’t be baited into any similar situation.

“No. There’s no reason to,” Thomas said. “That makes a cornerback play better.”

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Despite his own concussions, Hoge thinks football critics go too far

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Long before concussions in the NFL were the subject of lawsuits, front-page headlines and Hollywood movies, Merril Hoge was a sufferer. Hoge retired from an eight-year NFL career after suffering multiple concussions, the last of which left him hospitalized, and he won a lawsuit against a team doctor who misdiagnosed him and prematurely cleared him to return to the field.

But even though Hoge has suffered headaches and memory loss, he still believes that playing football is beneficial, and he’s particularly critical of Dr. Bennet Omalu, who is using his newfound celebrity to discourage parents from allowing children to play football.

“The guy knows nothing about pediatrics but he keeps talking about that as if he’s educated and informed in that. He’s never been in that world,” Hoge said of Omalu on the DVE Morning Show. “If we follow Dr. Omalu’s philosophy and live in his fear, we’re going to have a problem getting our kids off the couch. . . . What we need to do is educate and inform our kids, empower our parents and our educators and our advisors in how we make sports safer for our kids, as safe as we can make them, teach them how to handle injuries right, and then enjoy all the sports they want to enjoy. To rob our kids of those opportunities and scare them to death is an absolute travesty.”

Every sport has a risk of injury and every sport has physical benefits, Hoge says. Despite his own injuries in football, he believes the benefits outweigh the risks.

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Animosity regarding Al Davis still influences owners

Owner Al Davis of the Oakland Raiders

In most businesses where decisions are influenced by factors that for any number of reasons shouldn’t influence decisions (in other words, in all businesses), discretion is exercised. When it comes to the NFL and decisions made involving the Raiders, discretion flies out the window, apparently.

An excellent, thorough, and at times biting portrait of the modern NFL and its Commissioner from Mark Leibovich of the New York Times Magazine includes new details about the January 12 ownership meeting that resulted in the Rams getting the first L.A. golden ticket.

“Everybody wins in this deal,’’ Dolphins owner Stephen M. Ross said to reporters while leaving the meeting.

‘‘What about the fans of St. Louis?’’ he was asked.

‘‘Well, somebody has to lose,’’ Ross said.

The Raiders also lose, and for reasons not entirely related to business merit. The Raiders lose because their partners hold a grudge.

‘‘Oakland gets nothing,’’ Texans owner Robert McNair. ‘‘Al used to sue us all the time.’’

McNair didn’t even join the league until 2002, and yet his feelings about the litigiousness of a man who had been dead for more than four years are blunt and raw. How do the owners who actually lived through the worst of the legal battles feel?

The comments from McNair underscore a sense that has been percolating around the league for years. The Raiders won’t move to L.A. as long as Mark Davis owns the team.

For his part, Davis seems to think his status comes from a perception that he’s not nearly as rich as his billionaire colleagues.

‘‘Everyone thinks I have no money,” Davis told Leibovich. ‘‘But I’ve got $500 million and a team.’’

As long as Davis still has that team, that team likely won’t have a spot in L.A., even if the Chargers decide to stay in San Diego. And the league, based on the attitude expressed by McNair, won’t be likely to do Davis any favors as a result of the perceived sins of his father, who if anything was decades ahead of the curve in pushing back against a business model that, as it always has been constructed, potentially violates multiple federal antitrust laws on a regular basis.

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Report: Rams monitoring Peyton Manning retirement decision

during the AFC Championship game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on January 24, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Patriots 20-18. Getty Images

Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning hasn’t made any public pronouncements about whether he’ll continue playing in 2016, although there have been plenty of reports and hints that he will be retiring after Super Bowl 50.

If he goes the other way, he’s under contract to the Broncos for one more season although his $21.5 million cap number and $19 million salary would be obstacles to his return. The Rams might be another option in the event Manning decides on another rodeo.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports the Rams have had internal discussions about pursuing Manning if he’s available this offseason. Bringing in one of the NFL’s all-time greats would be a bigger draw for a first season in Los Angeles than the Case Keenum/Nick Foles duo that’s currently atop the depth chart and we already know that Rams coach Jeff Fisher is a Manning fan.

Any serious discussions about bringing Manning to L.A. would have to wait until he says he’s going to play in 2016, something that seems unlikely given everything we’ve seen and heard over the course of this season.

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Report: Romo to decide on surgery in four weeks

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03:   Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys looks at the field after a 34-23 loss against the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Getty Images

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had a CT scan of his left collarbone last month as part of the process to determine whether he’ll have surgery in an attempt to avoid further injuries after breaking it twice during the regular season.

Reports at the time were that Romo was planning to have a plate surgically implanted to protect the bone, but it appears there has yet to be a final determination. Todd Archer of reports that the CT scan showed good bone growth and that Romo will have the collarbone re-evaluated in four weeks before making a call on surgery.

Archer also reports that Romo could pass on having the plate implanted and have another operation, called a Mumford procedure, that involves shaving down a portion of the collarbone.

If Romo opts for either surgery, the expected recovery time would be six to eight weeks. That should leave him available for organized team activities in May.

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Cam says his wide receivers have proven people wrong

SAN JOSE, CA - FEBRUARY 02:  Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panther addresses the media prior to Super Bowl 50 at the San Jose Convention Center/ San Jose Marriott on February 2, 2016 in San Jose, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Getty Images

Heading into this season, wide receiver was supposed to be a huge problem for the Panthers. With 2014’s top wide receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, out for 2015, the Panthers’ passing game was in trouble.

Now that the Panthers are in the Super Bowl with that supposedly third-rate receiving corps, Cam Newton is taking delight in seeing those receivers prove people wrong. On Tuesday, Newton detailed all the things he heard about his receivers before the season started.

“Those guys have been playing lights out since day one, to say the least, from Ted Ginn, who was a bust for so many people. I heard Jerricho Cotchery was washed up 10 years ago, Philly Brown had no hands, Devin Funchess was too high of a pick for the Carolina Panthers, Brenton Bersin, who knows who he is, and just things of that sort. But for us, we didn’t let anyone else dictate to us that we knew what we were capable of. It’s a very close-knit group and guys selling out for each other,” Newton said.

The improvement in the Panthers’ passing game despite the loss of Benjamin is mostly a credit to Newton. But it’s also a credit to the Panthers’ receiving corps, which showed that it has a lot more talent than anyone thought.

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