The Denver Broncos returned to the practice field for the first time since clinching a spot in the Super Bowl.
It was 9 degrees at the start of practice Thursday, a possible preview of what could greet them next week at the Meadowlands.
That’s perfect preparation for the Peyton Manning, who loathes leaving anything to chance and even prepared for cold weather his first year in Denver in 2012 by dunking his right hand in ice water before some practices.
For all his greatness, the knocks on Manning is that he crumbles in the cold and has just one championship ring, something he could change when the Broncos face the Seattle Seahawks in the first outdoor Super Bowl ever held in a cold-weather city.
Peterson has surgery
For the third consecutive offseason, Adrian Peterson will be recovering from surgery.
The Minnesota Vikings said their star running back had an operation Thursday to repair his adductor muscle, which is part of the groin. The team said Peterson was expected to be fully recovered in about six weeks. Peterson rushed for 1,266 yards in 14 games, missing two in December due to a sprained right foot. The groin problem was lingering long before that, though, sapping him of some of his explosiveness.
Cowboys lock up kicker
The Dallas Cowboys signed kicker Dan Bailey to a new seven-year contract through the 2020 season. Bailey was set to be a restricted free agent. In three seasons with the Cowboys, Bailey has made 91 percent of his field goals (89-of-98) and all 123 extra-point attempts.
Steelers hire Munchak
The Pittsburgh Steelers hired former Tennessee Titans boss Mike Munchak as their new offensive line coach. Munchak, 53, replaces Jack Bicknell Jr., who was let go after just one season with the Steelers. Munchak, a hall of fame guard during his 12-year playing career with the Houston Oilers, went 22-26 in three seasons with Tennessee.
Bears add two assistants
The Chicago Bears hired former Syracuse and Connecticut coach Paul Pasqualoni as their defensive line coach and Reggie Herring as linebackers coach. Pasqualoni was in his third season at UConn last fall when he got fired after an 0-4 start. Herring spent the past three seasons as the Houston Texans’ linebackers coach.
Taylor’s killer sentenced
The man who prosecutors say fired the shot that killed Washington Redskins star Sean Taylor during a botched 2007 burglary was sentenced in Miami to more than 57 years in state prison. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Dennis Murphy imposed the sentence on Eric Rivera, 23, one of five Fort Myers-area men charged with Taylor’s death after they broke into his house looking to steal cash.
Brent awaits sentencing
The jury at former Dallas Cowboys player Josh Brent’s intoxication manslaughter trial was dismissed for the night after a day of testimony in the sentencing phase in Dallas.
The Dallas jury will resume deliberating Brent’s sentence today. Brent faces up to 20 years in prison or as little as probation.