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Goodell OK with Jones, denies retirement

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IRVING, Texas (AP) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell twice turned to Jerry Jones when asked about his relationship with the powerful Dallas Cowboys owner who tried to scuttle his contract extension.

"Jerry, do I look like I take it personally?" Goodell asked after the second question as Jones, the recent Hall of Fame inductee, winked at him. "`No' is the answer to that question."

A new five-year deal for Goodell had been signed for a week when owners gathered for meetings at a luxury Dallas-area hotel Wednesday. And while Jones was conciliatory, even hugging Goodell when replacing him on the podium, the outspoken billionaire wasn't conceding anything.


Rodgers preparing to face Panthers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) The Green Bay Packers stayed afloat in the postseason race while hoping for nearly two months that Aaron Rodgers would return.

News that the two-time NFL MVP was cleared medically to come back from a collarbone injury finally arrived Tuesday night, coming a bit later than coach Mike McCarthy hoped - but well worth the wait for the playoff-hopeful Packers.


Saints RB Kamara back, 3 still hurting

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Rookie running back Alvin Kamara and several other recently injured Saints returned to practice Wednesday, providing New Orleans hope of getting back several regulars as the club tries to hold on to a slim lead atop the NFC South.

Kamara, safety Kenny Vaccaro and utility offensive lineman Senio Kelemete - who were among six Saints players knocked out of last week's game at Atlanta - were listed as fully participating in practice.


Bills QB Taylor likely to start Sunday

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) With his bruised left knee feeling considerably better, Tyrod Taylor stood comfortably at the podium requiring no reminder of the doubts and adversity he's overcome in preparing to once again reclaim the Buffalo Bills' starting job.

Whether the Bills latest quarterback shuffle was poetic or fitting, Taylor couldn't say in assessing a tumultuous season that was coming full circle.


Rams WR Woods set to face Seahawks

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Robert Woods is ready to rejoin the Los Angeles Rams' playoff push.

The veteran receiver plans to return from a three-game absence when the Rams (9-4) visit the Seattle Seahawks (8-5) on Sunday in a game likely to decide the eventual winner of the NFC West.


Redskins shut down TE Reed for season

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) The Washington Redskins have decided to shut down Jordan Reed, putting the tight end on season-ending injured reserve.

The team announced the move Tuesday. Reed has missed the past six games with a strained right hamstring.


Norman questions role, misses practice

ASHBURN, Va. (AP) Josh Norman spent practice casually riding an exercise bike on the sideline of the Washington Redskins' indoor facility.

Coach Jay Gruden said Norman's knee was sore. The cornerback insisted nothing was wrong.


Patriots sign former Browns WR Britt

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) The New England Patriots have beefed up Tom Brady's receiving corps for this week's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, adding veteran Kenny Britt.

They'll also get tight end Rob Gronkowski back after his one-game suspension. Also Wednesday, tackle Marcus Cannon was placed on injured reserve.


Jets' Claiborne, Forte sit out practice

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) New York Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne and running back Matt Forte were among a handful of players who sat out practice with injuries.

Claiborne has been dealing with a sprained right foot since late October and says Wednesday that his performance against Denver last Sunday was embarrassing. He says he was limping throughout, but assured coaches he was OK because he didn't want to come out.


Former Falcons great Nobis dies at 74

ATLANTA (AP) Tommy Nobis, the first player drafted by the expansion Atlanta Falcons and a hard-hitting middle linebacker who was never fully recognized for his talents on a struggling franchise that failed to make the playoffs during his long career, died Wednesday. He was 74.

The team said he died at his suburban Atlanta home after an extended illness with his wife of more than 50 years, Lynn, at his side. Nobis was among hundreds of ex-NFL players who struggled with physical and cognitive ailments after their careers ended, having played in an era when no one paid much attention to the lingering impact of concussions nor thought twice about groggily going back on the field after a shot to the head.

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