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on June 23, 2014 10:25 AM

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Jets coach Rex Ryan said that that a suggestion by former defensive coordinator and current Cleveland Browns coach Mike Pettine that New England might have obtained a copy of New York's playbook is “ridiculous” and “disrespectful” to the Patriots.

Pettine made the comments during an interview with Sports Illustrated's theMMQB.com, saying Ryan once gave Alabama coach Nick Saban a copy of the Jets’ playbook — and Pettine warned that Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Saban are close friends.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The company most associated with the Washington Redskins is keeping its distance from the debate over the team's name.

FedEx has its name on the Redskins’ stadium, and its president is a member of the team's ownership group. But the company is remaining neutral on owner Dan Snyder's efforts to keep the name.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The bidding for the Buffalo Bills is set to begin now that prospective ownership groups are being contacted by a law firm representing late owner Ralph Wilson's estate.

Two people familiar with the sale process told The Associated Press that prospective buyers, including real estate developer Donald Trump and Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula, began receiving a seven-page non-disclosure agreement, and a brief outline of background material on the Bills franchise and stadium. The documents were distributed by Proskauer Rose, the legal firm overseeing the sale.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly took a break from his recovery from cancer treatments to make a surprise appearance at the Buffalo Bills’ practice.

Kelly made his way to the sideline while players were stretching before the start of the final minicamp practice. Coach Doug Marrone gathered his team at midfield before introducing Kelly.

He thanked the players for their support during his yearlong bout with jaw and sinus cancer and closed by urging them to lead the Bills to the playoffs and end the team's 14-year postseason drought.

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