Fox and the NFL have agreed to a five-year deal for Thursday night football games.

Those games previously were televised by CBS and NBC, two of the league’s other network partners. Fox announced that it will televise 11 games between Weeks 4 and 15, with simulcasts on NFL Network and Fox Deportes.

Fox, which has the Sunday afternoon NFC package, will produce all of the games under the deal, which is worth a little more than $3 billion.

“This is a single partner deal, we are not splitting the package,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a conference call. “We had tremendous amount of interest from all the broadcast partners, all of whom wanted it exclusively. We felt this was the best opportunity for the NFL to grow the Thursday night package.”

Goodell added that the league is exploring partnerships with digital outlets, also in conjunction with Fox.

Gronkowski at drills

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski remained in the concussion protocol for New England’s first Super Bowl practice in Minnesota.

According to a pool report of the workout, Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Gronkowski took part in noncontact drills and is “working his way back.”

The Patriots worked out for two hours in their only full-padded practice leading up to Sunday night’s matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Titans add assistants

The Tennessee Titans hired five new assistant coaches with coach Mike Vrabel keeping a couple assistants.

Pat O’Hara will coach quarterbacks with Kerry Coombs overseeing the secondary. Shane Bowen will coach outside linebackers with Tyrone McKenzie in charge of inside linebackers. Rob Moore will coach wide receivers.

Vrabel is keeping Craig Aukerman as special teams coach after having been an assistant for that unit. Arthur Smith is being retained as tight ends coach.

Panthers name staff

The Carolina Panthers announced the addition of six assistant coaches to Ron Rivera’s staff, including former Michigan coach Brady Hoke as new defensive line coach.

Carolina promoted Chase Blackburn to special teams coordinator, and hired Steve Russ as linebackers coach, Scott Turner as quarterbacks coach, Heath Farwell as assistant special teams coach and Travelle Wharton as assistant offensive line coach.

Falcon wins award

Atlanta Falcons receiver Andre Roberts has won the 2017 Salute to Service Award.

Roberts, whose parents served in the U.S. Army and is widely engaged in military appreciation events with the Falcons, will be recognized at NFL Honors on Saturday night.

In his honor, USAA, which provides insurance and other services to U.S. military members, veterans and their families, will contribute $25,000 to the official aid societies representing all five military branches.