NFL NOTEBOOK: Irsay backs down from comments
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Indianapolis owner Jim Irsay backed down a bit after Broncos coach John Fox and former Colts general manager Bill Polian chided him for comments critical of Peyton Manning.
Fox used his weekly SiriusXM NFL Radio appearance Tuesday to criticize the Colts’ owner for sounding ungrateful for all Manning did for his team and city, including winning a Super Bowl in 2007, and Polian used the same platform to say Irsay was wrong in both his facts and opinions.
After a series of tweets defending himself Tuesday night, Irsay took to Twitter on Wednesday to say he meant that if the Colts had given Manning better special teams and defense, they could have won more than one Super Bowl, instead of asking the quarterback to do too much.
Manning refused to get pulled into the fray, dictating the terms of his Wednesday news conference as effectively as he orchestrates his offense from the line of scrimmage.
“I don’t have an answer for you on that, or any comment on that,” was Manning’s response to the first, predictable question of his news conference — the one asking for reaction to Irsay’s comments.
The Broncos play at Indianapolis on Sunday night.
Suh fined for Weeden hit
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — Ndamukong Suh has been fined again by the NFL.
The Detroit Lions defensive tackle was docked $31,500 by the league for a hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the fine had not been announced.
Since Detroit selected Suh No. 2 overall in 2010, he has been fined seven times for more than $200,000.
Nicks has surgery for MRSA
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Carl Nicks, one of three members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers diagnosed with MRSA, has had surgery to get rid of the staph infection.
The 28-year-old guard had surgery Tuesday night and coach Greg Schiano said that Nicks is doing well.
Pats place Mayo on IR
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England linebacker Jerod Mayo was placed on season-ending injured reserve.
The two-time Pro Bowl standout hurt his chest in the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ 30-27 win over the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
Cowboys cut DT Ratliff
IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys released defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, saying he failed a physical after spending the first six weeks of the season on the physically unable to perform list.
Ratliff missed the last six games of the 2012 season with a sports hernia injury and never made it on the field this year after getting injured during the conditioning test before training camp in July.
Giants pick up Hillis
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The New York Giants signed veteran running back Peyton Hillis.
Hillis is a six-year veteran with a 1,000-yard season on his resume. He has played for Denver, Cleveland and Kansas City, and has 2,470 yards and 21 touchdowns for his career.