News from the combine
• Tim Tebow is still Denver’s starting quarterback, and coach John Fox is still OK with Brady Quinn being the backup.
The Broncos, though, are looking to add a few quarterbacks to the roster before training camp starts in the summer.
“We typically go to camp with four quarterbacks and right now we have two, so you do the math,” Fox said at the NFL’s scouting combine in Indianapolis.
It’s unlikely the Broncos will use a high draft pick on a quarterback because they already have two young quarterbacks on the roster in Tebow and Adam Weber, and interest in bringing back Quinn, who is a free agent.
• Indianapolis Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson says the team isn’t ready to make a decision on Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck yet.
Grigson says he has not seen Manning throw and does not have information to determine whether to release him before he is paid a $28 million bonus by a March 8 deadline.
Manning’s future was a hot topic on the first full day of the combine. Coaches and general managers from other teams were also asked about their interest in the 14-year NFL veteran, though few provided thoughts because it would violate the league’s tampering rules.
Grigson also says Indianapolis hasn’t decided whether to select Luck, the Stanford quarterback, with the top pick in April’s draft.
• Panthers coach Ron Rivera realizes the bar has been raised for Cam Newton.
And he believes the No. 1 overall choice can exceed every expectation in 2012.
“The last three years, or four, he’s had to learn a different offense,” Rivera said. “Now he’s going to have one voice, the same voice, and I think that’s important for growth.”
But Rivera insists the reason for Newton’s quick development last year wasn’t sheer talent, and his improvement will come for one reason — his work ethic.
• Steelers GM Kevin Colbert says he intends to keep restricted free agent receiver Mike Wallace, and he’s prepared to make adjustments to the roster if necessary. Wallace caught 72 passes for 1,193 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Colbert said it will be easier to decide what to do once he knows what the salary cap will be.
Wrongful death suit
The family of former Chicago Bears player Dave Duerson filed a wrongful death suit against the NFL over his suicide.
The suit was filed in Chicago on behalf of Duerson’s children. Duerson died on Feb. 17, 2011, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. The lawsuit accuses the NFL of negligently causing the brain damage that led Duerson to take his own life at age 50 by not warning him of the negative effects of concussions.