PHOENIX (AP) As if wishing made it so, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell described his league - and himself - as having addressed missteps on difficult matters such as domestic violence and being ready to move on.
"As an organization, and as an individual, it's been a tough year," Goodell said Friday during his pre-Super Bowl news conference, "but a year of great progress, and I'm excited about the future."
Nearing the end of a season he acknowledged was filled with "plenty of challenges," Goodell was asked whether he thought he deserved a pay cut - "That's up to the owners," he replied - and whether he could envision resigning or being fired.
PHOENIX (AP) Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday it will be Richard Sherman's decision whether to play in Sunday's Super Bowl if his pregnant girlfriend goes into labor with the couple's first child sooner than expected.
Carroll said during a joint news conference with New England coach Bill Belichick that family comes first and "if (Sherman) is faced with that decision, we'll support him."
PHOENIX (AP) Peyton Manning is still thinking over his future, making no commitment to returning to the Broncos for his 18th NFL season.
"I'm taking some time to assess some things and to see," Manning said Friday, after accepting the Bart Starr Award in Phoenix. "Of course, I think that's something that's important to me, is not whether I can physically do it for myself, (but) can I physically do it to help the team?"
FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) The 18 New England residents sitting on the jury in the murder trial of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez will be allowed to watch the home team play in Sunday's Super Bowl, but the judge overseeing the case says they must leave the room if his name is mentioned.
Hernandez caught quarterback Tom Brady's last Super Bowl touchdown pass in the Patriots' 2012 loss to the New York Giants. Now he is on trial for murder, charged with the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister.
PHOENIX (AP) The NFL will create the new position of chief medical officer to oversee all the league's health policies.
In his annual Super Bowl news conference Friday, commissioner Roger Goodell announced the plan to hire an executive who will work with the league's medical committees, advisers and the NFL Players Association.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Strong safety Kam Chancellor was a new addition to the Seattle Seahawks injury report on Friday but is probable for Sunday's game against New England.
Chancellor fell near the goal line on the second-to-last play of Friday's practice according to the pool report. He walked off the field without a limp, but left the practice facility with a wrap on his left knee.
PITTSBURGH (AP) Prosecutors have dropped a marijuana charge against New England Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount that stemmed from an August arrest with former Pittsburgh Steelers teammate Le'Veon Bell.
West View District Judge Richard Opiela told Blount at a court appearance last month that the misdemeanor marijuana possession charge would go away if the player completed 50 hours of community service by Feb. 4.