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Meyer says he remains committed to Jaguars


Urban Meyer said he will not be Notre Dame’s next head coach.

The Jacksonvil­le Jaguars coach flatly quashed any speculatio­n about his immediate future when asked by the Associated Press on Tuesday about the vacancy at Notre Dame created by Brian Kelly’s abrupt departure for LSU.

“I’m not a candidate,” Meyer said on a conference call with the beat writers for the Los Angeles Rams, Jacksonvil­le’s opponent Sunday. “Obviously I spent six years of my life there, so great respect for Notre Dame, and as I do USC, UCLA, like we talked about [earlier in the call]. But I’m committed to the Jaguars and doing the best we can to turn this thing around.”

Earlier Tuesday, a person familiar with Meyer’s thinking said the 57-year-old coach is fully committed to the Jaguars and has no plans to return to college football. The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity Tuesday because Meyer had yet to make his plans public.

The NCAA’S one-time transfer rule, the burgeoning transfer portal and outside compensati­on for the use of an athlete’s name, image and likeness have altered college football dramatical­ly since Meyer stepped down at Ohio State following the 2018 season.

Meyer shot down speculatio­n about leaving the NFL for Southern California after the Trojans fired coach Clay Helton in September, and his name was immediatel­y linked to Notre Dame on Monday after Kelly bolted for LSU. Meyer spent five years (1996-2000) as receivers coach in South Bend, Ind., and even called the Fighting Irish a “dream job” while he was at Florida in 2008.

Meyer was immediatel­y installed as one of the betting favorites to get hired at Notre Dame after Kelly’s departure, given his connection­s to the program and the spotlight involved.

GIANTS: A person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press that quarterbac­k Daniel Jones has a neck injury and his status for Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins is uncertain.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Giants had not released their injury report and the team had the day off. The person said that Jones’s name will be on the report Wednesday.

NFL Network was first to report the injury.

BILLS: As difficult as it will be to replace Tre’davious White in the secondary, Buffalo is getting healthier up front on both lines just in time for a key AFC East showdown Monday night against the New England Patriots.

The Bills welcomed back starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and starting offensive linemen Jon Feliciano and Spencer Brown.

Lotulelei, who missed four games, and Brown, who missed two, were cleared from the covid19 reserve list. Feliciano practiced for the first time after missing four games with a calf injury.

White will miss the remainder of the season after tearing a ligament in his left knee in a 31-6 win over New Orleans on Thursday.

BROWNS: All-pro right tackle Jack Conklin’s season is officially over: The team placed him on injured reserve again, two days after he suffered a torn patellar tendon in a loss to Baltimore.

Conklin was playing for the first time since coming off the IR after missing three games. He dislocated his elbow Oct. 31 in a game against Pittsburgh.

He got hurt Sunday night while pass blocking on the Browns’ second possession against the Ravens. Conklin’s knee collapsed under him as he backpedale­d. He struggled walking to the sideline before being carted to the locker room.

COWBOYS: Rookie cornerback Nahshon Wright tested positive for the coronaviru­s, bringing to eight the number of players and coaches sidelined for Thursday’s game at New Orleans.

Coach Mike Mccarthy and five members of his staff won’t make the trip because of positive virus tests. . . .

Defensive tackle Trysten Hill’s suspension for punching Las Vegas offensive lineman John Simpson after the Thanksgivi­ng Day loss to the Raiders was reduced from two games to one.

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