SMITH LIKELY TO RE­TIRE AF­TER SUN­DAY’S GAME

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owings mills, md.» Steve Smith talks like a man ready to play his fi­nal game, though the Bal­ti­more Ravens re­ceiver has not com­pletely closed the door on re­turn­ing for a 17th NFL sea­son.

The 37-year-old Smith will play in his 219th reg­u­lar-sea­son game Sun­day at Cincin­nati. He strongly in­di­cated Wed­nes­day that it will mark the end of a record-break­ing ca­reer.

He said he’s “try­ing to get to Sun­day with­out cry­ing like a lit­tle kid.”

But Smith didn’t for­mally an­nounce his re­tire­ment. Re­gard­ing the sea­son fi­nale Sun­day, he said, “For 2016-17 and be­yond, it’s prob­a­bly my last game.”

Bills switch QBs.

Aside from hav­ing an in­terim head coach in An­thony Lynn, the Buf­falo Bills also have an in­terim start­ing quar­ter­back: EJ Manuel.

With­out go­ing into de­tail, Lynn called it “a busi­ness de­ci­sion” to start Manuel in place of Ty­rod Tay­lor in Buf­falo’s sea­son fi­nale against the New York Jets on Sun­day. Both teams are elim­i­nated from play­off con­tention.

Green out Sun­day.

Re­ceiver A.J. Green won’t play in the Ben­gals’ fi­nal game on Sun­day against Bal­ti­more, leav­ing him shy of an NFL record.

He fin­ishes 36 yards shy of join­ing Randy Moss as the only NFL play­ers to top 1,000 yards re­ceiv­ing in each of their first six sea­sons.

Green se­verely strained his right ham­string in a loss to Buf­falo on Nov. 20.

Martin sus­pended.

Tampa Bay run­ning back Doug Martin has been sus­pended four games for vi­o­lat­ing the NFL’s pol­icy on per­for­mance en­hanc­ing sub­stances and said he’s en­ter­ing a treat­ment fa­cil­ity rather than ap­peal the ban.

China to air Su­per Bowl.

NFL games are be­ing streamed live in China, and will be through the Su­per Bowl.

The league an­nounced a part­ner­ship with Sina Weibo, one of the largest so­cial me­dia plat­forms in China.

Six reg­u­lar-sea­son games were streamed, and Sina Weibo will stream the Packers-Lions show­down for the NFC North ti­tle on Sun­day night. It also will stream three play­off games and the Su­per Bowl.

Foot­notes.

Coach Ron Rivera says he will not play three-time All-Pro mid­dle line­backer Luke Kuechly in the team’s sea­son fi­nale against the Buc­ca­neers.

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