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NFL notebook — Jan. 13

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Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr. is out for the rest of the playoffs after an MRI on Monday revealed a torn ACL in his left knee.

“There’s no doubt he’s one of our better performers on defense throughout this season, but … we’ve lost some pretty good performers throughout the season and this team’s been resilient,” coach John Fox said.

Harris was injured in the third quarter of Denver’s 24-17 win over San Diego in the AFC Divisional round Sunday. After he went out, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers staged a comeback from a 17-point deficit largely by targeting Harris’ replacement, Quentin Jammer. It fell short when Peyton Manning was able to keep Rivers on the sideline over the final 3 minutes, 51 seconds by converting a trio of third downs.

Collusion case

A court hearing today in St. Louis will address a claim by the NFL Players Association that the league colluded to set a secret salary cap in 2010. Representatives from the NFL and the NFLPA will have 20 minutes apiece in oral arguments before a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The NFLPA is appealing a ruling by U.S. District Judge David Doty in Minneapolis rejecting the union’s attempt to reopen the Reggie White lawsuit that guided league labor matters from 1993 until the new collective bargaining agreement in 2011.

Vikings like Zimmer

The Minnesota Vikings have moved into the home stretch of their search for a head coach and Cincinnati defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer has emerged as a favorite. John Wooten of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, said in a phone interview that Vikings general manager Rick Spielman told him last week the team’s plan was to contact finalists for the job by today. Cleveland defensive coordinator Ray Horton is among those already interviewed.

Bills fire Driesbach

The Buffalo Bills (6-10) fired linebackers coach Chuck Driesbach in what is regarded as a surprise move. Driesbach was in his first season in Buffalo, joining the team after 36 seasons at the college level. He was responsible for coaching inside linebackers. That group included NFL defensive rookie of the year candidate Kiko Alonso.

— Associated Press


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