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FILE - This is a 1981 file photo showing San Francisco 49ers NFL football quarterback Joe Montana. Soon after the Super Bowl matchup was set, Hall of Famer Joe Montana went to Twitter to send out a picture of his framed jerseys for the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. Montana won four Super Bowl titles in 14 years with the 49ers before finishing his career with two seasons on the Chiefs when he made one trip to the AFC championship game.(AP Photo/File)

Joe Montana headlines QBs with ties to 49ers, Chiefs

Jan. 29, 2020 4:20 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Soon after the Super Bowl matchup was set, Hall of Famer Joe Montana went to Twitter to send out a picture of his framed jerseys for the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers. Joe Cool will be a champion once again. "You heard from me first. I GUARANTEE my team will win the SUPER...

FILE - In this Dec. 15, 2013, file photo, former Minnesota Viking Chris Doleman acknowledges the crowd during a ceremony honoring the All Mall of America Field team during halftime of an NFL football game between the Vikings and the Philadelphia Eagles in Minneapolis. Hall of Fame defensive end Doleman, who became one of the NFL's most feared pass rushers during 15 seasons in the league, has died. He was 58. The Vikings and Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker offered their condolences in separate statements late Tuesday night, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy King, File)

Hall of Fame DE Doleman dies at age 58

Jan. 29, 2020 2:47 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hall of Fame defensive end Chris Doleman, who became one of the NFL's most feared pass rushers during 15 seasons in the league, has died. He was 58. The Minnesota Vikings and Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker offered their condolences in separate statements late...

Longtime offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia retires

Jan. 28, 2020 11:05 PM EST

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, the league's longest-tenured coach with the same team, has retired. Considered one of the best O-line coaches in NFL history, he spent 34 seasons with the Patriots and 36 in the league. “Dante Scarnecchia has been...

FILE - In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, New York Jets cornerback Kyron Brown (35) is helped off the field after being injured during the second half of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins in East Rutherford, N.J. The New York Jets finished the season with a league-high 20 players on injured reserve and had so many other injuries the organization is studying every step from practice to recovery down to how they care for injuries to stay healthier in the future. Jets general manager Joe Douglas hopes 2019 was a “bit of anomaly.” (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

AP analysis: NFL teams lost over $500M to injuries in 2019

Jan. 28, 2020 8:50 PM EST

NFL teams paid more than a half-billion dollars to Week 1 starters who missed games because of injuries this season and players who ended the year on injured reserve, according to an Associated Press study. And the players sidelined the most in a league devoted more and more to speed: the fastest guys on the...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 file photo, NFL Chief Medical Officer Dr. Allen Sills explains what takes place inside a sideline injury tent, right, during a health and safety tour at Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game in Atlanta.  Everyone who has watched an NFL player disappear into that medical tent on a sideline has an idea of what happens once the flap folds down. The NFL shares a look Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 inside the tent and game-day procedures designed to help when someone is hurt. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)

NFL tries to dispel mystery around sideline medical tent

Jan. 28, 2020 7:52 PM EST

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The blue medical tent on each NFL sideline is a place no player ever wants to go, and everyone else would love to sneak inside for a peek. Yes, it's a basic pop-up tent anchored by a metal rectangle frame on the ground around an exam table. When a player is suspected of having a...

NFL dealing with social media hackers during Super Bowl week

Jan. 28, 2020 5:40 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — The NFL has been dealing with hackers, not someone trying to peak into the league's records or team playbooks. The hackers apparently attacked social media accounts for the league and the AFC champion Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears. The NFL said Tuesday that its...

San Francisco 49ers fans wait for Opening Night for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, at Marlins Park in Miami. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Column: Super Bowl streak ends at age 89 for Izenberg

Jan. 28, 2020 5:17 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Jerry Izenberg can still write, as anyone who reads his columns in the Star-Ledger in New Jersey knows. Just the other day he wrote a good one about an aging sports writer who has been to every Super Bowl since the first one in 1967. That sports writer won’t be in Miami this week. But...

Panthers retain Blackburn as special teams coordinator

Jan. 28, 2020 5:03 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers are bringing back Chase Blackburn as their special teams coordinator. Blackburn spent the last two seasons in the same role under former head coach Ron Rivera, but was on an expiring contract. Blackburn has some history with new Panthers coach Matt Rhule. They spent time...

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo smiles as he speaks during a media availability for the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game, on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Garoppolo takes lessons from Brady into 1st Super Bowl start

Jan. 28, 2020 4:59 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo had a front-row seat in the best classroom on the best way to prepare for being a starting quarterback in the Super Bowl. After watching Tom Brady prepare for two Super Bowl wins as his backup on New England, Garoppolo now gets the chance to translate those lessons into his...

Texans give coach O'Brien GM title, too; promote Easterby

Jan. 28, 2020 4:41 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Texans have added general manager to Bill O’Brien’s title, a role the coach has been filling since the firing of Brian Gaine in June. The team announced the move Tuesday and also said that Jack Easterby, who worked this season as executive vice president of team...