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Saints' comments aren't riling up Colts

The Colts are trying to keep their mouths shut.

On Friday, Indianapolis players and coaches downplayed the significance of comments made earlier this week by Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams.

Williams, familiar with the Colts from his days in Jacksonville, told a Tennessee radio station Tuesday that New Orleans would try to have some "remember-me shots" for quarterback Peyton Manning in next week's Super Bowl.

"We hear it all the time," left guard Ryan Lilja said yesterday. "The teams in our division go out and draft guys for that reason. You hear rumors about bounties and that kind of stuff, so it's nothing new."

The Colts (16-2) say it won't change how they play.

But no offensive line likes hearing that about their quarterback, and the Colts aren't immune, though left tackle Charlie Johnson believes the Colts' response will come next week.

"We'll let our game speak for ourselves," he said.

» Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney and starting cornerback Jerraud Powers are listed as questionable for next week's Super Bowl after missing a third straight practice yesterday. Freeney has a sprained right ankle. Powers missed last Sunday's AFC Championship Game with an injured left foot. The Colts remain hopeful both will play against New Orleans.

» Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga pleaded not guilty in Northern Kentucky to drunken and careless driving. A police spokesman said Maualuga hit a parking meter and two parked cars early yesterday with his 2003 Pontiac.

» The NFL says Pro Bowl players Julius Peppers and Bryant McKinnie are subject to fines for missing practice. The league said the absences were unexcused.

» There was another change on the NFC Pro Bowl roster. Panthers linebacker Jon Beason will replace the 49ers' Patrick Willis, who's out with a knee injury.

» The Philadelphia Eagles promoted Howie Roseman, its vice president of player personnel the past two seasons, to general manager — although coach Andy Reid still has final say on personnel decisions as the team's president of football operations.

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