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pitts­burgh» Steel­ers coach Mike Tom­lin doesn’t mind Hall of Fame quar­ter­back Terry Brad­shaw crit­i­ciz­ing his per­for­mance. It comes with the job.

Brad­shaw liken­ing Tom­lin to a “cheer­leader,” how­ever? Well that’s another mat­ter en­tirely. Tom­lin said Brad­shaw’s com­ments last week de­scrib­ing Tom­lin as no more than a rah-rah guy “fall more into the area of dis­re­spect and un­pro­fes­sional.”

Tom­lin is one of eight coaches in league his­tory to win at least 100 games in his first 10 sea­sons.

Backup Fitz­patrick now is the starter

B florham park, n.j.» Ryan Fitz­patrick will start at quar­ter­back in the Jets’ sea­son fi­nale against the Bills.

Coach Todd Bowles made the an­nounce­ment af­ter prac­tice, say­ing Fitz­patrick was the backup “so now he’s the starter.”

Fitz­patrick steps in for Bryce Petty, who was placed on in­jured re­serve on Mon­day with a torn labrum in his left (non-throw­ing) shoul­der.

Ben­gals’ Lewis not con­sid­er­ing re­tire­ment.

Marvin Lewis in­tends to re­turn to the Ben­gals in 2017, dis­put­ing a re­port that the long­time coach will re­tire at the end of this sea­son.

Ru­mors have swirled about Lewis’ fu­ture as the Ben­gals (5-9-1) close in on com­plet­ing their first los­ing sea­son since 2010.

Money for pa­rade now headed to food bank

B cleve­land» The Browns’ first vic­tory of the sea­son also has be­come a win for the Greater Cleve­land Food Bank.

Some fans up­set over the team’s poor per­for­mance this year were plan­ning a “Per­fect Sea­son Pa­rade” if the Browns ended up win­less. Over $9,000 had been do­nated to a fund to help pay for ex­penses such as se­cu­rity and bath­room fa­cil­i­ties for the pa­rade.

But the event was can­celed af­ter the Browns beat the Charg­ers 20-17 on Satur­day. Or­ga­niz­ers said the money from the pa­rade fund would be given to the food bank.


Left tackle Ty­ron Smith will not play this week­end for the play­off-bound Cow­boys af­ter ag­gra­vat­ing an MCL sprain, but coach Ja­son Gar­rett said the in­jury is not be­lieved to be se­ri­ous.

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