NFL Notes: Manning decision based on health

Quarterbacks dominated Thursday's news from Indianapolis, from Manning to Luck to Tebow. Plus, another NFL team is getting a new stadium and counterfeit items are prevalent at the Super Bowl.

Indianapolis Colts GM Ryan Grigson and new coach Chuck Pagano emphasized on Thursday that a decision about quarterback Peyton Manning, who is owed a $28 million option bonus on March 8 and will become an unrestricted free agent if the franchise does not pay it, will be based on the quarterback's health, not on sentiment.

An ESPN report Thursday said two doctors and Colts neurosurgeon Dr. Hank Feuer have cleared Manning to resume his NFL career, throwing a new wrinkle into the situation.

Said Grigson: "If you don't divorce yourself from sentiment, you're going to make bad decisions." Grigson also characterized the situation as a "very unique" one.

Grigson contended the Colts are in "a holding pattern" on their quarterback situation, but was speaking generally, while the question posed to him actually was concerning a choice between Andrew Luck of Stanford and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III of Baylor, with the top overall selection in three months.

  • Luck was also briefly in Indianapolis, a city he could soon be quite familiar with.

    The ex-Stanford standout quarterback was in town to promote a Gatorade nutrition program, though he didn't meet with Colts owner Jim Irsay or communicate with any other team officials during a 24-hour visit.

    Luck said he hasn't given much thought to being the Colts quarterback, whether or not Peyton Manning is still with the team. Luck admitted he's aware of the situation, though.

    "I don't live in a cave, so definitely I have [followed it]," Luck told Don Banks of SI.com. "I have internet and watch TV, and if I'm walking by, I'll stop and see snippets. But I'm not completely educated on everything, and I don't know any secrets that no one else knows. I just see what's on TV every now and then."

  • Tim Tebow was also in Indianapolis, promoting EA Sports. The Denver Broncos quarterback drew the most attention on Radio Row on Thursday, not that the Christ-centered athlete was entirely comfortable with it.

    "Actually, I'm a pretty relaxed person and don't love too much attention," Tebow said, according to yahoo! Sports. "Sometimes I'd love just go to dinner and relax with my friends and family and just be a normal kid, but it's hard to do [though] the pros definitely outweigh the cons because I can go into a hospital and share [time] with kids. I can build a hospital like we're doing in the Philippines."

  • Calling it "a big step forward," San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York announced on Thursday that NFL owners have put aside $200 million in funding for the future 49ers stadium in Santa Clara.

    York tweeted the comment after NFL owners voted to approve the stadium's funding at an Indianapolis meeting.

    "With the NFL's muscle now behind the new stadium, we are moving forward," said York. "I expect an official ground-breaking ceremony very soon. Get your hard hats ready; we are embarking on the path to the next generation of 49ers football."

  • The Green Bay Packers named Tom Clements as their new offensive coordinator on Thursday, as head coach Mike McCarthy announced.

    Clements has served the Packers as quarterbacks coach the last six seasons, developing Aaron Rodgers into one of the top signal-callers in the league.

    "Tom has been an integral part of our success and our staff, making it an obvious decision to promote him to offensive coordinator," McCarthy said. "He has earned this opportunity and we look forward to continued offensive success in 2012 "

    Clements said he's happy for Joe Philbin, the Packers former offensive coordinator who was recently named head coach of the Miami Dolphins.

    "I'm happy that it's happened and I'm happy for Joe (Philbin) that he's a head coach, and I'm glad I was able to step into his place," Clements said. "I've been a coordinator before, only for a few years. I've always wanted to get back to doing that and I'm thankful that it's here in Green Bay – I think it's a great opportunity. We have a young team. We've had success over the past couple of years. We still have a lot of room to grow and I'm happy to be a part of it."

  • Philbin announced the Dolphins have hired Jim Turner as their offensive line coach, while the team retained defensive quality control coach David Corrao, assistant special teams coordinator Dave Fipp, assistant strength coach Dave Puloka and defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers for the upcoming season.

    Turner spent four years in the same position at Texas A&M, working for Mike Sherman, while Corrao, Rodgers and Puloka will be in their fifth seasons working for Miami. Fipp is coming off his first season with the Dolphins

  • The economy may still be struggling, but the market for counterfeit NFL items keeps growing.

    Federal authorities on Thursday announced the seizure of over 42,692 fake Super Bowl items since they started a sweep on Oct. 1. The items totaled more than $4.8 million, over $1 million more than last year‘s figures.

    Miami agents alone secured 404 items worth $95,720, according to tbo.com. That total is more than half of Florida's 801 counterfeit items seized for $157,336.

    Hats, jerseys, T-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs were the target of Operation Fake Sweep.

    "Counterfeiting is a serious modern-day crime of global proportions. Selling fake football jerseys, hats and other team gear is just the tip of the iceberg of intellectual property rights crime," said Susan McCormick, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Tampa, according to tbo.com. "The international market is teeming with other bogus goods, including fake pharmaceuticals and electronics. Nearly any item that will turn a profit is subject to being counterfeited."


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  • Luck was also briefly in Indianapolis, a city he could soon be quite familiar with. The ex-Stanford standout quarterback was in town to promote a Gatorade nutrition program, though he didn't meet with Colts owner Jim Irsay or communicate with any other team officials during a 24-hour visit. Luck said he hasn't given much thought to being the Colts quarterback, whether or not Peyton Manning is still with the team. Luck admitted he's aware of the situation, though. \"I don't live in a cave, so definitely I have [followed it],\" Luck told Don Banks of SI.com. \"I have internet and watch TV, and if I'm walking by, I'll stop and see snippets. But I'm not completely educated on everything, and I don't know any secrets that no one else knows. I just see what's on TV every now and then.\"
  • Tim Tebow was also in Indianapolis, promoting EA Sports. The Denver Broncos quarterback drew the most attention on Radio Row on Thursday, not that the Christ-centered athlete was entirely comfortable with it. \"Actually, I'm a pretty relaxed person and don't love too much attention,\" Tebow said, according to yahoo! Sports. \"Sometimes I'd love just go to dinner and relax with my friends and family and just be a normal kid, but it's hard to do [though] the pros definitely outweigh the cons because I can go into a hospital and share [time] with kids. I can build a hospital like we're doing in the Philippines.\"
  • Calling it \"a big step forward,\" San Francisco 49ers owner Jed York announced on Thursday that NFL owners have put aside $200 million in funding for the future 49ers stadium in Santa Clara. York tweeted the comment after NFL owners voted to approve the stadium's funding at an Indianapolis meeting. \"With the NFL's muscle now behind the new stadium, we are moving forward,\" said York. \"I expect an official ground-breaking ceremony very soon. Get your hard hats ready; we are embarking on the path to the next generation of 49ers football.\"
  • The Green Bay Packers named Tom Clements as their new offensive coordinator on Thursday, as head coach Mike McCarthy announced. Clements has served the Packers as quarterbacks coach the last six seasons, developing Aaron Rodgers into one of the top signal-callers in the league. \"Tom has been an integral part of our success and our staff, making it an obvious decision to promote him to offensive coordinator,\" McCarthy said. \"He has earned this opportunity and we look forward to continued offensive success in 2012 \" Clements said he's happy for Joe Philbin, the Packers former offensive coordinator who was recently named head coach of the Miami Dolphins. \"I'm happy that it's happened and I'm happy for Joe (Philbin) that he's a head coach, and I'm glad I was able to step into his place,\" Clements said. \"I've been a coordinator before, only for a few years. I've always wanted to get back to doing that and I'm thankful that it's here in Green Bay – I think it's a great opportunity. We have a young team. We've had success over the past couple of years. We still have a lot of room to grow and I'm happy to be a part of it.\"
  • Philbin announced the Dolphins have hired Jim Turner as their offensive line coach, while the team retained defensive quality control coach David Corrao, assistant special teams coordinator Dave Fipp, assistant strength coach Dave Puloka and defensive line coach Kacy Rodgers for the upcoming season. Turner spent four years in the same position at Texas A&M, working for Mike Sherman, while Corrao, Rodgers and Puloka will be in their fifth seasons working for Miami. Fipp is coming off his first season with the Dolphins
  • The economy may still be struggling, but the market for counterfeit NFL items keeps growing. Federal authorities on Thursday announced the seizure of over 42,692 fake Super Bowl items since they started a sweep on Oct. 1. The items totaled more than $4.8 million, over $1 million more than last year‘s figures. Miami agents alone secured 404 items worth $95,720, according to tbo.com. That total is more than half of Florida's 801 counterfeit items seized for $157,336. Hats, jerseys, T-shirts, jackets and other souvenirs were the target of Operation Fake Sweep. \"Counterfeiting is a serious modern-day crime of global proportions. Selling fake football jerseys, hats and other team gear is just the tip of the iceberg of intellectual property rights crime,\" said Susan McCormick, special agent in charge of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Tampa, according to tbo.com. \"The international market is teeming with other bogus goods, including fake pharmaceuticals and electronics. Nearly any item that will turn a profit is subject to being counterfeited.\"
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