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Panthers unsure if Newton needs surgery

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Panthers are preparing for life without Cam Newton next season in case the team's franchise quarterback can't make it back from a lingering shoulder injury.

Panthers owner David Tepper said Tuesday that while the team is exhausting all options to make sure Newton's throwing shoulder gets the medical attention he needs this offseason, it is important to "keep their options open."

The hope, he said, is Newton will be healthy. However, it's been 2+ weeks since Carolina's season ended, and the team still doesn't know if the 2015 league MVP will need surgery.

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Pederson: Wentz Eagles QB going forward

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Eagles coach Doug Pederson reiterated Tuesday that Carson Wentz will be the team's starting quarterback in 2019.

Wentz missed the final three games of the regular season and two playoff games because of a back injury. Nick Foles led Philadelphia to four straight wins and was 27 yards away from taking the Eagles to the NFC championship game before his final pass bounced off Alshon Jeffery's hands and was intercepted to seal a 20-14 victory for the New Orleans Saints.

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Parry named Super Bowl LIII referee

ATLANTA (AP) Referee John Parry will lead the seven-person crew of on-field game officials working the Super Bowl in Atlanta.

This will be the third Super Bowl that Parry has worked. He also worked the Super Bowls following the 2006 and 2011 seasons.

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Chiefs activate starting guard from IR

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Andy Reid typically begins his postgame news conferences with a rundown of injuries, ranging from the run-of-the-mill bumps and bruises to the more serious stuff that keeps players out awhile.

After Kansas City routed the Indianapolis Colts last weekend to reach its first AFC title game in 25 years, Reid stepped to the podium and said, well, not much of anything.

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Chargers, Dallas staffs to work Pro Bowl

The coaching staffs of the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys have been selected to lead the Pro Bowl teams.

Anthony Lynn and his Chargers' staff will coach the AFC team while Jason Garrett and his Cowboys' staff coach the NFC team.

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Colts unexpectedly fire O-line coach

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) The Indianapolis Colts announced they have dismissed offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo and confirmed assistant offensive line coach Bobby Johnson has been hired by the Buffalo Bills.

No reason was cited for the firing.

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Giants QB Lauletta agrees to plea deal

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) New York Giants backup quarterback Kyle Lauletta has pleaded guilty to a disorderly person offense and two traffic offenses after failing to obey an officer's orders while driving near a construction site in October.

Lauletta pleaded guilty Tuesday. The plea deal calls for dropping charges if Lauletta stays out of trouble for the next year.

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Shutdown concerns Super Bowl organizers

ATLANTA (AP) A day after travelers waited nearly 90 minutes in snail-speed security lines at the world's busiest airport, Atlanta's mayor is concerned about the waits that could result when the city hosts the 2019 Super Bowl.

The ongoing partial government shutdown is "uncharted territory" amid planning for one of the world's biggest sporting events, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said Tuesday.

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Bills offer special teams job to Farwell

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The Buffalo Bills have hired Bobby Johnson to take over as offensive line coach, and are also offering their special teams coordinator's job to Carolina Panthers assistant Heath Farwell.

Johnson was hired Tuesday after spending the past season as the Colts assistant offensive line coach. His status in Indianapolis became uncertain after offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo was fired following the Colts playoff loss at Kansas City on Saturday.

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Raiders could play in Oakland in 2019

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Coliseum Authority will meet Friday to get an update on the possibility of whether the Raiders could stay in Oakland another year.

Authority executive director Scott McKibben said he will update the board in closed session on where things stand between the Raiders and the Coliseum following a lawsuit filed by the city of Oakland against the team and the NFL last month. No Raiders officials will be present.

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